Today – October 30

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

John Adams - The 1st Vice President and 2nd President of the United States

John Adams: "the man who at certain point...

John Adams: “the man who at certain points /made us / at certain points / saved us” (Canto LXII). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Adams (October 30, 1735  – July 4, 1826) was an American politician and the second President of the United States (1797–1801), after being the first Vice President (1789–1797) for two terms. He is regarded as one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jeffe...

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776) were all of British descent. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adams came to prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution. As a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, he played a leading role in persuading Congress to adopt the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. As a representative of Congress in Europe, he was a major negotiator of the eventual peace treaty with Great Britain, and chiefly responsible for obtaining important loans from Amsterdam.

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The Great Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1734-1743)
Liberty Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1724-1741)

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Today – October 29

Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

Black Tuesday

English: Crowd gathering on Wall Street after ...

English: Crowd gathering on Wall Street after the stock market crash of October 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 (October 1929), also known as the Great Crash, and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its fallout.  The crash signaled the beginning of the 12-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries and that did not end in the United States until the onset of American mobilization for World War IIat the end of 1941.

Graph of the 1929 crash on Wall Street as part...

Graph of the 1929 crash on Wall Street as part of a timeline from Oct 1928 – Oct 1930. See full graph for entire DJIA.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 24 (“Black Thursday”), the market lost 11% of its value at the opening bell on very heavy trading. Several leading Wall Street bankers met to find a solution to the panic and chaos on the trading floor.  The meeting included Thomas W. Lamont, acting head of Morgan Bank; Albert Wiggin, head of the Chase National Bank; and Charles E. Mitchell, president of the National City Bank of New York. They chose Richard Whitney, vice president of the Exchange, to act on their behalf. With the bankers’ financial resources behind him, Whitney placed a bid to purchase a large block of shares in U.S. Steel at a price well above the current market. As traders watched, Whitney then placed similar bids on other “blue chip” stocks. This tactic was similar to one that ended the Panic of 1907. It succeeded in halting the slide. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered, closing with it down only 6.38 points for the day; however, unlike 1907, the respite was only temporary.

Over the weekend, the events were covered by the newspapers across the United States. On Monday, October 28, “Black Monday”,more investors decided to get out of the market, and the slide continued with a record loss in the Dow for the day of 38 points, or 13%. The next day, “Black Tuesday”, October 29, 1929, about 16 million shares were traded, and the Dow lost an additional 30 points, or 12%. The volume on stocks traded on October 29, 1929 was a record that was not broken for nearly 40 years.Author Richard M. Salsman wrote that “on October 29—amid rumors that U.S. President Herbert Hoover would not veto the pending Hawley-Smoot Tariff bill—stock prices crashed even further”.  William C. Durant joined with members of the Rockefeller family and other financial giants to buy large quantities of stocks in order to demonstrate to the public their confidence in the market, but their efforts failed to stop the large decline in prices. The ticker did not stop running until about 7:45 that evening. The market had lost over $30 billion in the space of two days.

Anyone who bought stocks in mid-1929 and held onto them saw most of his or her adult life pass by before getting back to even.
—Richard M. Salsman

World War Cycle – World War I / Prohibition Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1910-1929)

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Today – October 27

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President of the United States

Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United St...

Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Theodore D. Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States. He is well remembered for his energetic persona, his range of interests and achievements, his model of masculinity, and his “cowboy” image. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Bull Moose Party. Before becoming the 26th President (1901–1909) he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Slavery Expansion – Third Turning, Unraveling (1838-1859)
Progressive Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1843-1859)

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Today – October 25

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Pablo Picasso - Spanish painter/sculptor and one of the leaders in 20th Century modernart.

Pablo Picasso 1962

Pablo Picasso 1962 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor.

Portrait of Picasso

Portrait of Picasso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Commonly known simply as Picasso, he is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

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U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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Today – October 24

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek - The father of Microbiology

Portrait of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632—1723).

Portrait of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632—1723). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek (born on October 24, 1632 – baptized on November 4, and died on August 26, 1723 – buried on August 30) was a Dutch tradesman and scientist from Delft, the Netherlands. He is commonly known as “the Father of Microbiology“, and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Using his handcrafted microscopes he was the first to observe and describe single celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalcules, and which we now refer to as microorganisms. He was also the first to record microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa and blood flow in capillaries (small blood vessels). Van Leeuwenhoek never wrote books, just letters.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Cavalier Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1615-1647)

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Today – October 22

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Sarah Bernhardt - Legendary 19th century French actress

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English: French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) as Cleopatra, photograph by Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896), 1891. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sarah Bernhardt (October 22, 1844 – March 26, 1923) was a legendary French stage actress, and has been referred to as “the most famous actress in the history of the world”.   Bernhardt made her fame on the stages of Europe in the 1870s, and was soon in demand in Europe and the Americas. She developed a reputation as a serious dramatic actress, earning the nickname “The Divine Sarah.”

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Progressive Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1843-1859)

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Today – October 21

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Alfred Nobel - Inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes.

Portrait of Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) by Gösta ...

Portrait of Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) by Gösta Florman (1831–1900). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alfred Bernhard Nobel  (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He is the the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 355 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Gilded Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1822-1842)

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Today – October 17

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

George Stallard was born on this day in 1859

George Stallard (17 Oct 1859, Virginia – 12 Jun 1943, Oklahoma) was my Spouse’s Great grandfather. In 1881 he was married to Eva Marshall in Missouri.

Civil War Cycle – Era of Slavery Expansion – Third Turning, Unraveling (1838-1859)
Progressive Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1843-1859)

Today – October 16

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Nevada (Cary) Summers was born on this day in 1865

Nevada (Cary) Summers (16 Oct 1865, Missouri – 05 Dec 1950, Oklahoma) was my Spouse’s grandmother.  In 1889 she was married to Logan Summers in Missouri.

Civil War Cycle – Civil War Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1860-1865)
World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)