Today – July 20

Today’s Notable Birthdays

U. S. Birthday

Anne Hutchinson – Religious dissident banned from the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Anne Hutchinson on Trial

Anne Hutchinson on Trial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anne Hutchinson (baptized July 20, 1591 – August 20, 1643) was a pioneer settler in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Netherlands and the unauthorized minister of a dissident church discussion group. Hutchinson held Bible meetings for women that soon appealed to men as well. Eventually, she went beyond Bible study to proclaim her own theological interpretations of sermons, some, such as antinomianism, offended the colony leadership. A major controversy ensued, and after a trial before a jury of officials and clergy, she was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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Colonial Cycle – Elizabethan Renaissance Era – First Turning, High (1589-1620)
Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)

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Today – July 17

Today’s Notable U. S. Event

Heritage Wedding

Fred Murray and Elizabeth “Bessie” Nelson were married on 17 Jul 1912 in Montana

fred_Murray_family1Fred and Elizabeth “Bessie” were my grandparents and the parents of my father, Ivan “Hap” Murray (he is the little guy in front of his Dad in the picture).  Fred was born on a farm in Kansas on 21 Mar 1891.  In 1900 his father was tragically killed in a farming accident and then his older brother drowned the following year.  In the next decade the remaining family struggled to maintain the farm and his Mother remarried.  Then in 1910 young Fred, and most of his family and neighbors, took off for the promise of Homesteading in central Montana.

Bessie was born on 9 Nov 1893 and raised in Iowa. Her family was also attracted by the apparent opportunities awaiting them in Montana, when Homesteading opened up, and around 1910 they also packed up and headed west.

Fred and Bessie met and married shortly after their families moved to Montana.  They Homesteaded near the tiny town of Coffee Creek.  Many of their family member’s descendants still live in the area.  Both of my father’s grandmothers are buried in the small Coffee Creek cemetery. Fred and Bessie had 5 children in Montana and scratched out a living, mostly farming, but also doing odd and seasonal jobs to make ends meet.  Finally,  around 1930 as the depression closed in, they began to drift west.  After stops in western Montana and Washington State they finally settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the early ’30s.  My father finished High School there in the small town of Philomath.

But they couldn’t stay still it seems.  As the depression wound down and WWII came to dominate American life they headed to California (along with most of their children and families) in search of new adventure.  The rest of their lives Fred and Bessie wandered about, not pausing long in any one place and always seeking new horizons.  The stayed mostly on the  West Coast but lived in Wyoming, Oregon, Northern and Southern California among other places.  They were happy in their comings and goings and always stayed close to one or another of their kids.  They ended up spending their final years in Oregon, near their daughter Carmen.

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

Today – July 15

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Rembrandt - Important artist of the Dutch Classic period.

Artist as a Young Man - Rembrandt Harmenszoon ...

Artist as a Young Man – Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.  His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)


Today – July 14

Today’s Notable Birthdays

U. S. Birthday

Gerald Ford - 40th Vice-President of the U. S. upon Spiro Agnew’s resignation and 38th President of the U. S. upon Richard Nixon’s resignation

Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo. Fran...

Gerald Ford, official Presidential photo. Français : Gerald Ford, premier portrait officiel du Président américain, (1974). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) (July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. As the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, when he became President upon Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974, he also became the only President of the United States that was not elected for either President or Vice-President.

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

G.I. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)

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Today – July 13

Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

Northwest Ordinance

Location of Northwest Territory

Location of Northwest Territory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Northwest Ordinance (formally An Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States, North-West of the River Ohio, and also known as the Freedom Ordinance or “The Ordinance of 1787″) was an act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, passed July 13, 1787. The primary effect of the ordinance was the creation of the Northwest Territory as the first organized territory of the United States out of the region south of the Great Lakes, north and west of the Ohio River, and east of the Mississippi River.

On August 7, 1789, President George Washington signed the Northwest Ordinance of 1789 into law after the newly created U.S. Congress reaffirmed the Ordinance with slight modifications under the Constitution. The Ordinance purported to be not merely legislation that could later be amended by Congress, but rather “the following articles shall be considered as Articles of compact between the original States and the people and states in the said territory, and forever remain unalterable, unless by common consent….”

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The American Revolution Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1774-1787)

Today – July 11

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

John Quincy Adams - Sixth President of the United States

John Quincy Adams portrait. "John Quincy ...

John Quincy Adams portrait. “John Quincy Adams”. Metropolitan Museum of Art . . Retrieved September 4, 2009 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American diplomat and politician who served as the sixth President of the United States from March 4, 1825 to March 4, 1829. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties.

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The French and Indian War Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1744-1773)
Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)


Today – July 10

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Marcel Proust - French novelist famous for monumental, 7 volume, “Remembrance of Things Past”

Marcel Proust 1900

Marcel Proust 1900 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic and essayist best known for his monumental À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier translated as Remembrance of Things Past). It was published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

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

Today – July 7

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Jacquard - Inventor of the programmable “Jacquard loom” an important component of the early Industrial Revolution.

Portrait of Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834)

Portrait of Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Marie Charles nicknamed Jacquard (7 July 1752 – 7 August 1834) was a straw hat maker before becoming a French silk weaver and inventor. He improved on the original punched card design of Jacques de Vaucanson‘s loom of 1745, to invent the Jacquard loom mechanism in 1804-1805.

Jacquard Loom

Jacquard Loom (Photo credit: Happy A)

Jacquard’s device was controlled by recorded patterns of holes in a string of cards, and allows what is now known as the Jacquard weaving of intricate patterns.

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

Today – July 6

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

George W. Bush - 43rd President of the United States

English: Official photograph portrait of forme...

Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He was the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000 before being s

worn in as President on January 20, 2001. Bush is the eldest son of the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush. After graduating from Yale University in 1968, and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in his family’s oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards to become Governor of Texas in 1994. In a close and controversial election, Bush was elected President in 2000 as the Republican candidate, receiving a majority of the electoral votes, but losing the popular vote to then Vice President Al Gore.

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Present Cycle - Era of Superpower America - First Turning, High (1945-1965)
Boom Generation - Prophet (Idealist) (1943-1960)

Today – July 5

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum - Early promoter of “show business” (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus).

P. T. Barnum and Commodore Nutt (Wikipedia)

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His successes may have made him the first “show business” millionaire.

English: "The Barnum & Bailey greatest sh...

“The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth Wonderful performing geese, roosters and musical donkey”.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and sometime politician, he said of himself, “I am a showman by profession…and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me,” and his personal aims were “to put money in his own coffers.” Barnum is widely but erroneously credited with coining the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

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