Today – July 15

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

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

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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

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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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Today – July 4th

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Have a Happy 4th

While you are at it, take a moment to remember what a great gift we were given on this day.

Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

Betsy Ross Flag. This was the first flag of th...
Betsy Ross Flag. This was the first flag of the United States. Legend states it was created by Betsy Ross. The stars all face outward and represent a new constellation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: This is a high-resolution image of th...
English: This is a high-resolution image of the United States Declaration of Independence (article (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7/4/1776American Revolutionary War: The Continental Congress approves a Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. (The Lee Resolution of Independence had been passed on July 2nd.)

The Declaration is considered to be a preceding founding document of the later formed United States of America, where July 4 is celebrated as Independence Day. At the time the Declaration was issued, the American colonies were “united” in declaring their independence from Great Britain, but were not yet declaring themselves to be a single nation. That union would evolve and take shape during the next few years after the Declaration was issued.

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

In a tragic yet beautiful coincidence, two of the central figures in the founding of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Today – July 3

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Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Franz Kafka– Influential German-language novelist

Monument to Franz Kafka by the sculptor Jarosl...
Monument to Franz Kafka by the sculptor Jaroslav Róna (2003), next to the Spanish synagoge, in Prague, Czech Republic. Bronze, height 375cm. Note: Freedom of panorama#Czech Republic Français : Monument à Franz Kafka, œuvre du sculpteur Jaroslav Róna (2003), près de la la synagogue espagnole à Prague, en République tchèque. Bronze, hauteur : 375 cm. Note : Liberté de panorama#Tchéquie (République tchèque) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a culturally influential German-language novelist. Contemporary critics and academics, such as Vladimir Nabokov, regard Kafka as one of the best writers of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” has become part of the English language.

Kafka was born to middle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague, Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague’s Church of St Nicholas, now contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author.

Most of Kafka’s writing, a large fraction of which being unfinished at the time of his death, was published posthumously.

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U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Lost Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1883-1900)