Today – May 29

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Today’s Memorable Events

U. S. Events

  • May 29 1790  – Rhode Island was admitted to the Union and became the 13th, and last original, United State.

Foreign Events

  • May 29, 1660 – The Monarchy was restored in England as Charles II was crowned King of England on his 30th birthday.

Notable U. S. Birthday

John F. Kennedy – 35th President of the United States

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Ov...
English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

After Kennedy’s military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during World War II in the South Pacific, his aspirations turned political. With the encouragement and grooming of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Kennedy represented Massachusetts’s 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat, and in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. Kennedy defeated then Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history. To date, he is the only Catholic president. He was the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), and the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43. Kennedy is also the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.  Events during his administration include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the African American Civil Rights Movement and early events of the Vietnam War.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime but was murdered two days later by Jack Ruby before he could be put on trial. The Warren Commission and the 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that Oswald was the assassin, with the HSCA allowing for the probability of conspiracy. The event proved to be an important moment in U.S. history because of its impact on the nation and the ensuing political repercussions. Today, Kennedy continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings of former U.S. presidents.

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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 – May 27

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Today’s Memorable Events

Notable U. S. Birthday

Rachel Louise Carson – Trailblazing writer on nature and the environment

Rachel Louise Carson
Rachel Louise Carson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.

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

 

Today – May 25

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Todays Memorable Events

 Notable U. S. Birthday

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Prominent 19th Century American Transcendentalist Poet

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English: Photo of American Transcendentalist, writer, and minister Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Good Feeling – 1st Turning, High (1788-1821)

Transcendental GenerationProphet, Idealist Type (1792-1821)

 

Today – May 24

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Today’s Notable Events

Notable Foreign Birthday

Queen Victoria – Longest reigning British monarch.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was from 20 June 1837 the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and from 1 May 1876 the first Empress of India of the British Raj until her death. Her reign as the Queen lasted 63 years and seven months, longer than that of any other British monarch before or since. The period centered on her reign is known as the Victorian era, a time of industrial, political, scientific and military progress within the United Kingdom.

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

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Today – May 23

#SCIENCE #OTD

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

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Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Richard Wagner – Celebrated German composer of operas

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English: Richard Wagner, Munich Slovenš?ina: Nemški skladatelj Richard Wagner (okrog leta 1871). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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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
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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

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Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Mustafa Atatürk – First President of independent Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first p...
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey during one of his national tours. (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

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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

#SCIENCE #OTD

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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