Today – December 5

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Martin Van Buren – 8th President and 8th Vice President of the United States

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Picture of Martin Van Buren (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was the eighth President of the United States, serving from 1837 to 1841. Before his presidency, he was the eighthVice President (1833–1837) and the 10th Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson (1829–1831). He was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System, and the first president not of British descent—his family was Dutch. He was the first president to be born an American citizen, his predecessors having been born British subjects before the American Revolution. He is also the only president not to have spoken English as his first language, having grown up speaking Dutch, and the first president from New York.

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The American Revolution Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1774-1787)
Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)

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Today – December 1

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Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

Rosa Parks refuses to give up seat on bus.

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Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King jr. (ca. 1955)  National Archives record ID: 306-PSD-65-1882 (Box 93). Source: Ebony Magazine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement”.

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Parks’ action was not the first of its kind to impact the civil rights issue. Others had taken similar steps, including Lizzie Jennings in 1854, Homer Plessy in 1892, Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and Claudette Colvin on the same bus system nine months before Parks, but Parks’ civil disobedience had the effect of sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Parks’ act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement.

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Present Cycle – Era of Superpower America – First Turning, High (1945-1965)

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Today – November 30

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Today’s Notable Birthdays

U. S. Birthday

Mark Twain – Possibly America’s best known author

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is extensively quoted. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain enjoyed immense public popularity. His keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature“.

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Civil War Cycle – Transcendental Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1822-1837)
Gilded Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1822-1842)

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Today – November 29

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Morrison R. Waite – 7th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

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Grant appointed Morrison Remick Waite to be Chief Justice of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Morrison Remick Waite, nicknamed “Mott” (November 29, 1816 – March 23, 1888) was the seventh Chief Justice of the United States from 1874 to 1888.

Chief Justice Waite never became a significant intellectual force on the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, managerial and social skill, “especially his good humor and sensitivity to others, helped him to maintain a remarkably harmonious and productive court.”  During Waite’s tenure, it decided some 3,470 cases. In part, the large number of cases decided and the variety of issues confronted reflected the lack of discretion the Court had at the time in hearing appeals from lower federal and state courts. However, Waite demonstrated an ability to get his brethren to reach decisions and write opinions without delay. His own work habits and output were formidable—he drafted one-third of these opinions.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Good Feeling – First Turning, High (1788-1821)
Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

 

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Today – November 27

#GENEALOGY #OTD

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Hap Murray
Hap Murray, a great Dad.

Ivan O. “Hap” Murray was born on 27 Nov 1918 in Coffee Creek, Montana

My father, Ivan O. Murray (b. 1918, Montana – d. 1975, California), was married to Audrey Jean Tunison (Murray). A short bio can be found here.  Hap’s pedigree chart can be found here.

World War Cycle – World War I / Prohibition Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1910-1929)
G.I. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)

Today – November 25

#SCIENCE #OTD

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Karl Benz – Founder of the modern automobile

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Karl Friedrich Benz, sometimes spelled as Carl, (25 November 1844 – 4 April 1929) was a German engine designer and automobile engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the petrol-powered automobile and pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz.

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Karl Benz introduced the Velo in 1894, becoming the first production automobile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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Today – November 24

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Zachary Taylor – The 12th President of the United States

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Official White House portrait of Zachary Taylor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was an American military leader and the 12th President of the United States.

Known as “Old Rough and Ready,” Taylor had a 40-year military career in the U.S. Army, serving in the War of 1812, Black Hawk War, and Second Seminole War before achieving fame leading U.S. troops to victory at several critical battles of the Mexican–American War. A Southern slaveholder who opposed the spread of slavery to the territories, he was uninterested in politics but was recruited by the Whig Party as their nominee in the 1848 presidential election.

Taylor died just 16 months into his term, the third shortest tenure of any President. He is thought to have died of gastroenteritis. Only Presidents William Henry Harrison and James Garfield served less time. Taylor was succeeded by his Vice President, Millard Fillmore.

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The American Revolution Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1774-1787)
Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)

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Today – November 23

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Franklin Pierce – The 14th President of the United States

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English: Portrait of President Franklin Pierce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th President of the United States, serving from 1853 to 1857, an American politician and lawyer. To date, he is the only President from New Hampshire. He was also the first President to be born in the 19th century.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Good Feeling – First Turning, High (1788-1821)
Transcendental Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)

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Today – November 22

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Today’s Events

Memorable U. S. Event

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11/22/1963 – The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time in Dealey Plaza. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding with his wife Jacqueline in a Presidential motorcade. The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–1964, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) of 1976–1979, and other government investigations concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald who himself was murdered before he could stand trial.

I was around and remember when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. It is hard to believe it was 50 years ago. The level of emotion was unlike anything I have ever seen before or since (although 9/11 came close and probably matched it if you lived in New York). It was one of those watershed events in history that freezes up your consciousness in a way that it is all you can think about. It really has never gone away either. I keep running into new JFK assassination conspiracy web sites all the time. The ’60s was a tough decade and the turmoil of those years is still driving a lot of our politics and culture today.

Present Cycle – Era of Superpower America – First Turning, High (1945-1965)

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Today – November 21

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Today’s Notable Events

U. S. Event

Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact

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The Mayflower Compact, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris which was widely reproduced through much of the 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists, later together known to history as the Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower. Almost half of the colonists were part of a separatist group seeking the freedom to practice Christianity according to their own determination and not the will of the Anglican Church.  It was signed on November 11, 1620 (OS*),  by 41 of the ship’s 101 passengers, while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod.

  *The Compact signers dated the document using the “Old Style” Julian Calendar.  The Gregorian calendar, in use today, would place the date as November 21, 1620.

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