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miguel unamuno said ....

It is said in Salamanca that the day he returned to the University, Unamuno began his lecture by saying "As we were saying yesterday ..."
This was as Fray Luis de León had done in the same place four centuries before, as though he had not been absent at all.

Miguel Unamuno (1864 – 31 December 1936)
Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, and later rector at the University of Salamanca [the Spanish equivalent of Oxford or Cambridge].
Rector at Salamanca University from 1900 to 1924 and 1930 to 1936.
1924, Unamuno removed from his university chairs by dictator General Miguel Primo de Rivera, over the protests of other Spanish intellectuals.
In exile until 1930, he returned to Salamanca as Rector until 1936. Quarrelling with Nationalist general Millán Astray, he was removed from his university post and put under house arrest. Unamuno died ten weeks later.

Fray Luis de León (1527  1591)
In 1571 Dominican professors Bartolomé de Medina and Castro put forth seventeen propositions to the Inquisition documenting Fray Luis' allegedly heretical opinions. His translation into Spanish and commentary of the Song of Solomon was the biggest evidence presented for their case against him. Another charge touched on his criticizing the text of the Vulgate.

As a result, he was imprisoned at Valladolid from 27 March 1572 until December 1576

At the end of 1576, the tables turned, and on 11 December Fray Luis was cleared of all charges and released from prison with an admonishment to be more careful and reserved in his publications and speech. He returned to Salamanca on 30 December in triumph.

Tradition has it that he began his university lecture on 29 January 1577, his first after returning from four years' imprisonment, with the words Dicebamus hesterna die ("As we were saying yesterday....").

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Contrary to common belief, the Red Guards never, in fact, stormed the Winter Palace. They merely walked unopposed through the doors and climbed through the windows. Many went straight for the legendary wine cellars, history's most luxurious. Each new Red Guard detachment sent to prevent ransacking went and got drunk in their turn.

We tried flooding the cellars with water", the leader of the Bolshevik forces on site recalled, "But the firemen (also) got drunk instead".
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