Today – November 25

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Karl Benz – Founder of the modern automobile

Karl Benz

Karl Benz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Karl Benz introduced the Velo in 1894, becomin...

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

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Zachary Taylor - The 12th President of the United States

Official White House portrait of Zachary Taylor

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

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Franklin Pierce - The 14th President of the United States

English: Portrait of President Franklin Pierce

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

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

Today’s Notable Events

U. S. Event

Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact, a painting by Jean Leon...

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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Today – November 19

Today’s Notable U. S. Events

The Gettysburg Address  [Audio]

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is one of the most well-known speeches in United States history.

English: Incidents of the war. A harvest of de...

Incidents of the war. A harvest of death, Gettysburg, PA. Dead Federal soldiers on battlefield. Negative by Timothy H. O’Sullivan. Positive by Alexander Gardner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Today – November 18

Today’s Notable Birthdays

Foreign Birthday

Louis Daguerre - French pioneer in the field of photography

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (18 November 1787...

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (18 November 1787 – 10 July 1851) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (November 18, 1787 – July 10, 1851) was a French artist and chemist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)

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Today – November 17

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Nicolas Appert – French inventor of airtight food preservation

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Nicolas Appert french inventor, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nicolas Appert (17 November 1749 – 1 June 1841), was born in Châlons-en-Champagne and was the French inventor of airtight food preservation. Appert, known as the “father of canning,” was a confectioner.

In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte offered an award of 12,000 francs to anyone who could devise a practical method for food preservation for armies on the march; he is widely reported as saying “An army marches on its stomach”. After some 14 or 15 years of experiment, Appert submitted his invention and won the prize in 1810. The following year, Appert published L’Art de conserver les substances animales et végétales (or The Art of Preserving Animal and Vegetable Substancess). This was the first cookbook of its kind on modern food preservation methods.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

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Today – November 14

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthdays

Claude Monet - Founder of French impressionist painting

Claude Monet, photo by Nadar, 1899. Français :...

Claude Monet, photo by Nadar, 1899. Français :  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Claude Monet also known as Oscar Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National...

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Gilded Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1822-1842)

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Today – November 12

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Leading figure in the early American women’s movement

Italiano: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) was an American social activist abolitionist, and leading figure of the early woman’s movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the first women’s rights convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized woman’s rights and woman’s suffrage movements in the United States.

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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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