Year 1024 was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. Emperor Basil II prepares a Byzantine expedition to invade Sicily. Governor Ahmed al-Akhal appeals to the Zirids of Ifriqiya for help, they dispatch a fleet. Battle of Lemnos: Kievan Viking raiders sail through the straits at Abydos to the Aegean Sea. From there they made for the island of Lemnos, but are defeated by a Byzantine fleet of the Cibyrrhaeot Theme. July 13 – Emperor Henry II dies in his imperial palace at Göttingen, he leaves no heirs, thereby ending the Ottonian Dynasty. The Salian Dynasty of the Holy Roman Empire is founded by Conrad II. September – Conrad II is elected and crowned as King of Germany in Mainz, while both he and his cousin Conrad the Younger are invested as joint dukes of Franconia. Roger I of Tosny, a Norman nobleman, leaves the battlefield of the Ebro Valley after terrorising the Saracens, capturing several towns and castles during the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula; the world's first paper-printed money, which greatly benefits the economy of the Song Dynasty, originates in the Sichuan province of China.
Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni sacks the Hindu religious center of Somnath, takes away a booty of 20 million dinars. April 9 – Pope Benedict VIII dies after a 12-year pontificate at Rome, he is succeeded by his brother John XIX as the 144th pope of the Catholic Church. May 13 – Hugh the Great, abbot of Cluny Al-Kunduri, vizier of the Seljuk Empire Bruno II, margrave of Friesland Fu Yaoyu, Chinese official and politician Iziaslav I, Grand Prince of Kiev Magnus the Good, king of Norway April 9 – Benedict VIII, pope of the Catholic Church July 13 – Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor Abd ar-Rahman V, Umayyad caliph of Córdoba Alpert of Metz, French Benedictine chronicler Brihtwine, bishop of Wells Choe Hang, civil minister of Goryeo Cúán úa Lothcháin, Irish poet and Chief Ollam Hugbert, bishop of Meissen Sultan al-Dawla, Buyid emir of Fars
What Do You Know About Love? is an album by singer and actress Della Reese. The album was her fifth for Jubilee Records, it was directed and conducted by Reg Owen; the album was released on Compact Disc alongside her 1958 album "Amen!", for the first time in 2008, by Collector's Choice. "What Do You Know About Love?" 3:09 "When I Fall in Love" 3:13 "Something I Dreamed Last Night" 3:33 "I Got It Bad" 3:20 "I'll Never Be The Same" 2:13 "You Better Go Now" 2:45 "I'm Nobody's Baby" 3:11 "I Never Knew" 3:07 "I Thought of You Last Night" 2:10 "You Don't Know What Love Is" 2:40 "I'm Thru with Love" 3:19 "That's All There Is" 2:21
Xu Shu, courtesy name Yuanzhi named Shan Fu, was an official of the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of China. He was used to be a vigilante swordsman in his early life. However, after running into trouble with the authorities, he renounced his old ways and took up scholarly pursuits, he lived a reclusive life from the 190s to mid-200s in Jing Province, where he met and befriended Zhuge Liang. In late 207, he served under Liu for about a year, he recommended Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei during this period of time. In late 208, Liu Bei was defeated at the Battle of Changban by his rival Cao Cao. Xu Shu's mother was captured by Cao Cao's forces during the battle. Feeling lost and without a sense of direction, Xu Shu left Liu Bei and joined Cao Cao, he continued serving in the state of Cao Wei – founded by Cao Cao's son and successor, Cao Pi, who ended the Eastern Han dynasty – and died of illness in office. Xu Shu's defection from Liu Bei to Cao Cao was fictionalised in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
In the novel, he was Liu Bei's chief strategist before Zhuge Liang came along, he once helped Liu Bei repel two attacks from Cao Cao's general Cao Ren. He was tricked into leaving Liu Bei and joining Cao Cao, but he recommended Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei before leaving and swore never to give advice to Cao Cao. Xu Shu was from Yingchuan Commandery, Yu Province, in present-day central Henan, his original family name was Shan and his original given name was Fu. He was a swordsman in his early life and he once helped someone take revenge by killing another person. To avoid being recognised, he let his hair run wild, he was arrested by an official, who asked him for his name, but he did not reply. The official tied him to a cart, paraded him through the streets, asked for any person who could identify him. No one came forth. Xu Shu's fellows rescued him later, he was so grateful to be saved that he became a scholar. When Xu Shu first attended school, his mates ostracised him because of his background, but he remained humble and hardworking.
He woke up early, cleaned the school alone, paid great attention to his studies. He became close friends with him. In the early 190s, when wars broke out in central China, Xu Shu and Shi Tao moved south to Jing Province, where they met Zhuge Liang and befriended him. During his time in Jing Province from the late 190s to the early 200s, Xu Shu maintained close friendships with Zhuge Liang, Shi Tao and Meng Gongwei, they studied together. When the warlord Liu Bei was stationed at Xinye County, Xu Shu visited him and received a warm reception. Xu Shu recommended Zhuge Liang as an adviser to Liu Bei and told him that he must visit Zhuge Liang in person. Zhuge Liang came to serve Liu Bei after the latter visited him thrice and consulted him on the affairs of their time. In 208, Liu Biao, the Governor of Jing Province and was succeeded by his younger son, Liu Cong; that year, when the warlord Cao Cao invaded Jing Province, Liu Cong surrendered and much of northern Jing Province came under Cao Cao's control.
Liu Bei led his forces and a large number of civilians south to Xiakou, independent of Cao Cao's control and where Liu Biao's elder son, Liu Qi, was based. Xu Shu accompanied Liu Bei on his journey towards Xiakou. Cao Cao sent 5,000 riders to pursue Liu Bei, they defeated him at the Battle of Changban. Cao Cao's men captured Xu Shu's mother during the battle, so Xu Shu decided to leave Liu Bei to reunite with his mother. Before leaving, he pointed at his heart and told Liu Bei, "I wanted to join you, General, in making great achievements; this is my purpose in life. Now that I've lost my mother, I've lost my sense of direction; this isn't going to be helpful. Now I bid farewell to you." He went to join Cao Cao. Shi Tao followed him and both of them came to serve Cao Cao. Xu Shu continued serving in the state of Cao Wei – founded by Cao Cao's son and successor, Cao Pi – after the fall of the Han dynasty and the start of the Three Kingdoms period. In the 220s, during the reign of Cao Pi, Xu Shu served as a Right General of the Household and a Palace Assistant Imperial Clerk.
During the reign of Cao Rui, Zhuge Liang –, the chancellor-regent of the state of Shu Han, which Liu Bei founded in 221 – led a series of campaigns to attack the state of Cao Wei. When Zhuge Liang heard about the ranks of Xu Shu and Shi Tao in Wei, he remarked, "Are there so some many talents in Wei? Why aren't the talents of these two men put to good use?" Xu Shu died of illness in Wei several years later. A tombstone with his name on it was found in Pengcheng. Xu Shu is featured as a prominent character in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which romanticises the historical events before and during the Three Kingdoms period, he appeared in chapters 35–36, in which he served as Liu Bei's strategist before Zhuge Liang came along. Xu Shu was singing on the streets of Xinye when Liu Bei noticed him and asked him if he was either the "Crouching Dragon" or the "Young Phoenix" that Sima Hui spoke of. However, Xu Shu told Liu Bei, he agreed to become Liu Bei's strategist and helped Liu counter an invading army led by Cao Cao's general Cao Ren.
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