Today’s Memorable Foreign Event
- 7 Mar 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell gets patent for the telephone
I have been running this blog for a few years now and I am sure my experiences have not been substantially different than anyone who tries to keep a website running on a rented web server without any serious web administration training or experience. Much of what happens in the background of this site is black magic to me and when something goes wrong, too often I am afraid, it is presumed to be my fault and no matter how hard I work to remedy it, I usually end up calling in to the web provider and begging for a hand. Once they have bailed me out, I vow to get on top of it a little more and then almost immediately assume everything will be fine.
Which brings me to my latest bag of worms. There are a bunch of people out there that are spending all of their waking hours, with bots probably all of their hours, trying to get into everyone’s websites. If you have a common format, such as wordpress, these electronic banditos concentrate their efforts on you because, statistically, there are more of you that might screw up and leave the door open. If you are one whose door is closed, even locked and bolted…twice, you may not get invaded but you still will have these idiots beating at your door. Often with the aid of thousands of commandeered computers that don’t even know they are helping. As a result the web provider might have to raise the drawbridge to shut down access to your site. Frustrating to say the least and maddening along with it.
This has been effecting me for awhile now and I haven’t yet come up with a solution that I like. If you are registered with the site and find yourself locked out periodically please don’t give up. It is usually temporary and hopefully will go away before long. I am working on a couple of things and will continue to do so but it all boils down to my basic lack of experience in these matters. In the meantime you should be able to get into the site OK, just won’t be able to log in as a registered user. The only good that might come of this is to let me see if the comment spam goes down at all.
Thanks for your patience.
5 March 1770 – Boston Massacre
The Boston Massacre, also known as the Boston riot, was an incident on March 5, 1770, in which British redcoats killed five civilian men. It helped spark the rebellion in some of the British American colonies, which culminated in the American Revolutionary War. The British increase in troops in Boston led to a tense situation that erupted into brawls between soldiers and civilians. The troops fired after being threatened by a mob. Three civilians were killed at the scene of the shooting, eleven were injured, and two died after the incident.Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia
Revolutionary War Cycle – The French and Indian War Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1744-1773)
Today’s Memorable U. S. Event
4 Mar 1681 – Founding of Pennsylvania
Seeking refuge for persecuted Quakers, Penn pressed his case to the King to extend the limited Quaker lands already secured in Jersey. Whether from personal sympathy or political expediency, to Penn’s surprise, the King granted an extraordinarily generous charter which made Penn the world’s largest private (non-royal) landowner, with over 45,000 square miles (120,000 km2). Penn became the sole proprietor of a huge tract of land south of New Jersey and north of Maryland (which belonged to Lord Baltimore), and gained sovereign rule of the territory with all rights and privileges (except the power to declare war).
The land of Pennsylvania had belonged to the Duke of York, who acquiesced, but he retained New York and the area around New Castle and the Eastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula. In return, one-fifth of all gold and silver mined in the province (which had virtually none) was to be remitted to the King and the Crown was freed of a debt to the Admiral of £16,000.
Penn first called the area “New Wales”, then “Sylvania” (Latin for “forests or woods’”), which Charles changed to “Pennsylvania” in honor of the elder Penn. On March 4, 1681, the King signed the charter and the following day Penn jubilantly wrote, “It is a clear and just thing, and my God who has given it me through many difficulties, will, I believe, bless and make it the seed of a nation.” 1682 in England, he drew up a Frame of Government for the Pennsylvania colony. Freedom of worship in the colony was to be absolute, and all the traditional rights of Englishmen were carefully safeguarded. Penn drafted a charter of liberties for the settlement creating a political utopia guaranteeing free and fair trial by jury, freedom of religion, freedom from unjust imprisonment and free elections.
Colonial Cycle – Glorious Revolution Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1675-1692)
Alexander Graham Bell - Inventor of the first practical telephone
Alexander Graham Bell (3 March 1847 – 2 August 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
Mikhail Gorbachev - Last Soviet Leader
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (born 2 March 1931) is a former Soviet statesman, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, and as the last head of state of the Soviet Union, having served from 1988 until its dissolution in 1991. He was the only general secretary in the history of the Soviet Union to have been born during the Communist rule.
U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Silent Generation, – Artist (Adaptive) (1925-1942)
Victor Hugo – French writer and leader of the Romantic movement.
Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).
U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle - Transcendental Generation - Prophet (Idealist) (1792-1821)
W. E. B. Du Bois - Early civil rights activist
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, historian, author, and editor. Historian David Levering Lewis wrote, “In the course of his long, turbulent career, W. E. B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism— scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity.
George Washington- The 1st President of the United States and acknowledged as “Father of his Country.”
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1799. He led the American victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War as commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775–1783, and he presided over the writing of the Constitution in 1787. As the unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States (1789–1797), he developed the forms and rituals of government that have been used ever since, such as using a cabinet system and delivering an inaugural address. As President, he built a strong, well-financed national government that avoided war, suppressed rebellion and won acceptance among Americans of all types, and Washington is now known as the “Father of his country”.