Today – May 23

Today’s Memorable Events

  • May 23 1788  – South Carolina was admitted to the Union and became the 8th United State

Notable Foreign Birthdays

Otto Lilienthal – German aeronautical pioneer.

Otto Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Otto Lilienthal (23 May 1848  –  10 August 1896) was a pioneer of human aviation who became known as the German Glider King. He was the first person to make repeated successful gliding flights. He followed an experimental approach first established earlier in the century by Sir George Cayley. Newspapers and magazines in many countries published photographs of Lilienthal gliding, favorably influencing public and scientific opinion about the possibility of flying machines becoming practical reality after ages of idle fantasy and unscientific tinkering.

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

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Today – May 22

 Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Richard Wagner – Celebrated German composer of operas

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, conductor, theatre director and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or “music dramas”, as they were later called). Unlike most other great opera composers, Wagner wrote both the scenario and libretto for his works.


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 U. S. Contemporaries:  Civil War Cycle – Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

Today – May 20

Today’s Memorable Events

  • May 20 1861 – North Carolina is the 12th State to secede from the Union in the lead up to the Civil War
  • 20 May 1862 – Congress passes Homestead Act

 Notable Foreign Birthday

John Stuart Mill – Leading 19th Century British political philosopher.

John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873), British philosopher, political theorist, political economist, civil servant and Member of Parliament, was an influential classical liberal thinker of the 19th century. He was an exponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham’s.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

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Today – May 19

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Mustafa Atatürk – First President of independent Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic...

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (19 May 1881–10 November 1938) was the leader of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President. Mustafa Kemal became known as an extremely capable military officer during World War I.  Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Mustafa Kemal led the Turkish national movement in what would become known as the Turkish War of Independence. Having established a provisional government in Ankara, he defeated the forces sent by the Allies. His successful military campaigns led to the liberation of the country and to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. During his presidency, Atatürk embarked upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms. An admirer of the Age of Enlightenment, Atatürk sought to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern, democratic and secular nation-state. The principles of Atatürk’s reforms, which modern Turkey was established on, are referred to as Kemalism.

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

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Today – May 18

Today’s Notable U. S. Event

Heritage Wedding

Family of William and Lucy (Hills) Nelson

William Nelson and Lucy Hills  were married on 18 May 1891 in Iowa

William and Lucy were my great-grandparents.  They were my father’s maternal grandparents.  William was the last of my direct ancestors to immigrate to the United States.  In about 1873, when he was a small child, he immigrated from Sweden ( or possibly Denmark) with his parents.  Lucy was born in the United States but her parents had immigrated from Germany in the early 1850’s.  Her father, even though a recent immigrant, fought for the Union Army (Twenty-sixth Infantry IOWA) in the Civil War.

The photo was taken around 1911 or 12.  My grandmother, Bessie (Nelson) Murray is the young woman in the upper right of the photo.

World War Cycle – Missionary Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1886-1909)

Today – May 17

Today’s Notable Birthdays

Foreign Birthday

Edward Jenner – English scientist who developed smallpox vaccine.

Edward Jenner (1749-1823)

Edward Jenner (1749-1823) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Edward Jenner, (17 May 1749 – 26 January 1823) was an English scientist who studied his natural surroundings in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. Jenner is widely credited as the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Father of Immunology’.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

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Today – May 15

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthdays

Prince Metternich – Important 19th Century German-Austrian statesman and diplomat.

English: Klemens Wenzel von Metternich (1773-1...

English: Klemens Wenzel von Metternich (1773-1859), German-Austrian diplomat, politician and statesman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Klemens Wenzel, Prince von Metternich (May 15, 1773 – June 11, 1859) was a German-Austrian politician and statesman and was one of the most important diplomats of his era. He was a major figure in the negotiations before and during the Congress of Vienna and is considered both a paradigm of foreign-policy management and a major figure in the development of diplomatic praxis. He was the archetypal practitioner of 19th-century diplomatic realism, being deeply rooted in the postulates of the balance of power. For generations, Metternich was castigated as a blind reactionary. After World War I, some historians suggested that one of the main reasons for his opposition to giving power to the people was his apprehension that it would eventually lead to the political dominance of German nationalism.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)

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Today – May 14

Today’s Memorable U. S. Events

Founding of Jamestown, Virginia

English: Image of the ruins at Jamestown, Virg...

English: Image of the ruins at Jamestown, Virginia, USA from: Robert Sears, A pictorial description of the United States (s.n., 1854), pg. 315  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamestown (or James Towne or Jamestowne) was a settlement located on Jamestown Island in the Virginia Colony. Founded as “James Fort” on May 14, 1607, it was the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States of America, following several earlier failed attempts, including the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It was founded by the London Company (later to become the Virginia Company), headquartered in England. Jamestown was the capital of the colony for 83 years (from 1616 until 1699). The town was located in James City Shire upon its formation in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of Virginia. Within a year of Jamestown’s foundation, the Virginia Company brought Polish and Dutch colonists to help improve the settlement. In 1619, the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown by Dutch traders, marking the beginning of slavery in the future United States.

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 Colonial Cycle – Elizabethan Renaissance Era – First Turning, High (1589-1620)

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