Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fact of the Day: Mehmed VI

Mehmed VI was the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire which had existed for over 620 years. When the new country of Turkey took control, they abolished his power and sent him into exile. Mehmed VI died in Italy in 1926.


Huggybear said...

Sultan Mehmed VI was not the greatest of Sultans, went to war and lost a war and was exiled, but his replacement - The Father of Modern Turkey was a giant of men in the 20th Century - "Ataturk" Mutafa Kemel.
A man of ability unmatched by mostly pygmies of World leaders following WW1.

A man who Aussies fought against at Gallipoli.
"Ataturk" has been honoured by Australia by a monument near the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Can be seen on the link.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Kati said...

Have a great week!


Emmylou said...

I remember him being mentioned in this fictional book I read called The Historian. Sadly, I think most of my knowledge of the Ottoman Empire came from that book:D

Pat Hatt said...

They had a good run.

stephen Hayes said...

There's a sign with an Ataturk quote at the Australian cemetery at Gallipoli that made me cry it was so kind and understanding. I have great admiration for Ataturk. Modern Turkey owes its success to him and now Islamic radicals are trying to overthrow Turkey's secular government and throw away all that progress.

Martha said...

Interesting history trivia!

Huggybear said...

Well done Stephen. Ataturk was a great man.
I am pleased you saw that "Quote".
Every 25th April - thousands of young Aussies and Kiwis make the trek to Gallipoli, even in these troubled times when the security checks last year were just unbelievable.
The ceremony from the site above the battle field
is broadcast naturally live here.
Turkey is one of Australia's truest friends and ally.

One of us should put the quote up here, eh?
But would anyone READ it??
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Huggybear said...

No Madame - this is a FACT that Adam so kindly selects
in an endeavour to EDUCATE people.

bj said...

Hi, Adam....have a good weekend...