Today – March 31

Today’s Memorable Events

Notable Foreign Birthdays

Johann Sebastian Bach - Leading German composer of the Baroque period

Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach (Photo credit: Stifts- och landsbiblioteket i Skara)

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 [O.S. 21 March] – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.  Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation in composition for diverse instrumentation, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Enlightenment Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1674-1700)

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Today – March 30

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Vincent van Gogh (self portrait) – Renowned Dutch post-impressionist artist.

Self-Portrait, Spring 1887, Oil on pasteboard,...

Self-Portrait, Spring 1887, Oil on pasteboard, 42 × 33.7 cm., Art Institute of Chicago (F 345). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist.  Some of his paintings are now among the world’s best known, most popular and expensive works of art.  Most of his best-known works were produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gauguin. After this he suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness, which led to his suicide.

Van Gogh's Starry Night

Van Gogh’s Starry Night (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

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

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Today – March 29

Today’s Notable U. S. Events

Memorable U. S.  Birthday

John Tyler - 10th President of the United States

English: A portrait of John Tyler located insi...

English: A portrait of John Tyler located inside the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Tyler, Jr. (March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862) was the tenth President of the United States (1841–1845) and the first ever to obtain that office via succession.  A long-time Democrat-Republican, Tyler was nonetheless elected Vice President on the Whig ticket.   He became President upon the death of President William Henry Harrison on April 4, 1841, only a month after his inauguration.  It was not until 1967 that Tyler’s action of assuming full powers of the presidency was legally codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment.

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Civil War Cycle – Era of Good Feeling – First Turning, High (1788-1821)
Revolutionary War Cycle – Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)

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Today – March 24

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

William Logan Summers was born on this day in 1823

William Logan Summers (24 Mar 1823, Kentucky – 9 Dec 1877, Missouri) William was my spouse’s Great-Grandfather.  About 1849 William was married to Rachael Sells in Missouri.

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

 

Today – March 23

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Rachael (Sells) Summers was born on this day in 1830

Rachael (Sells) Summers (23 Mar 1830, Illinois – 21 Jul 1886, Missouri) was my spouse’s Great-Grandmother.  About 1849 Rachael was married to William Logan Summers in Missouri.

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

Today – March 22

Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

Stamp Act of 176522 March 1765

English: Bostonians reading Stamp Act, 1765.

English: Bostonians reading Stamp Act, 1765. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Stamp Act of 1765 (short title Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12) was a direct tax imposed by the British Parliament specifically on the colonies of British America. The act required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London and carrying an embossed revenue stamp. These printed materials were legal documents, magazines, newspapers and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies. Continue reading

Today – March 21

Today’s Notable Birthdays

Notable Foreign Birthday

Benito Juárez - Mexico’sgreatest and most beloved leader.

The reforms of Benito Juárez allowed the Angli...

The reforms of Benito Juárez allowed the Anglican Church of Mexico to come into being. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benito Pablo Juárez García (March 21, 1806 – July 18, 1872) was a Zapotec Amerindian who served five terms as president of Mexico: 1858–1861 as interim, 1861–1865, 1865–1867, 1867–1871 and 1871–1872. Benito Juárez was the first Mexican leader who did not have a military background, and also the first full-blooded indigenous national ever to serve as President of Mexico and to lead a country in the Western Hemisphere.  For resisting the French occupation, overthrowing the Empire, and restoring the Republic, as well as for his liberal efforts to modernize the country, Juárez is often regarded as one of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved leaders. Several towns, schools, parks, streets and monuments have been named to honor and remember him.

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

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Today – March 20

Today’s Notable Birthdays

Notable U. S. Birthday

B. F. Skinner  – Inovative American psychologist and behaviorist

English: B.F. Skinner at the Harvard Psycholog...

English: B.F. Skinner at the Harvard Psychology Department, circa 1950  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burrhus Frederic Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) was an American psychologist, author, inventor, advocate for social reform and poet.  He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974. He invented the operant conditioning chamber, innovated his own philosophy of science called Radical Behaviorism, and founded his own school of experimental research psychology—the experimental analysis of behavior. His analysis of human behavior culminated in his work Verbal Behavior, which has recently seen enormous increase in interest experimentally and in applied setting.  In a recent survey, Skinner was listed as the most influential psychologist of the 20th century.  He was a prolific author who published 21 books and 180 articles.

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World War Cycle – Missionary Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1886-1909)
GI. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)

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Today – March 19

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthdays

William Bradford - Leader of the separatist settlers (Pilgrims) of Plymouth Colony

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“Photograph of a painting by Edward Percy Moran (1862-1935), showing Myles Standish, William Bradford, William Brewster and John Carver signing the Mayflower Compact in a cabin aboard the Mayflower while other Pilgrims look on.” ca.1900. The original hangs at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Bradford (March 19, 1590 – May 9, 1657) was an English leader of the Separatist settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and was elected thirty times to be the Governor after John Carver died. He was the second signer and primary architect of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. His journal (1620–47), was published as Of Plymouth Plantation. Bradford is credited as the first to proclaim what popular American culture now views as the first Thanksgiving.

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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 – March 18

Today’s Notable U. S. Events

Notable U. S. Birthday

Grover Cleveland - both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States

Grover Cleveland worked to restore power to th...

Grover Cleveland worked to restore power to the Presidency after Andrew Johnson’s impeachment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Cleveland is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897) and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for President three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was the only Democrat elected to the Presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1860 to 1912. Cleveland’s admirers praise him for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism.  As a leader of the Bourbon Democrats, he opposed imperialism, taxes, subsidies and inflationary policies, but as a reformer he also worked against corruption, patronage, and bossism.

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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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