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Today – May 15

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Prince Metternich – Important 19th Century German-Austrian statesman and diplomat.

English: Klemens Wenzel von Metternich (1773-1...
English: Klemens Wenzel von Metternich (1773-1859), German-Austrian diplomat, politician and statesman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Klemens Wenzel, Prince von Metternich (May 15, 1773 – June 11, 1859) was a German-Austrian politician and statesman and was one of the most important diplomats of his era. He was a major figure in the negotiations before and during the Congress of Vienna and is considered both a paradigm of foreign-policy management and a major figure in the development of diplomatic praxis. He was the archetypal practitioner of 19th-century diplomatic realism, being deeply rooted in the postulates of the balance of power. For generations, Metternich was castigated as a blind reactionary. After World War I, some historians suggested that one of the main reasons for his opposition to giving power to the people was his apprehension that it would eventually lead to the political dominance of German nationalism.

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

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Today – May 14

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Today’s Memorable U. S. Events

Founding of Jamestown, Virginia

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English: Image of the ruins at Jamestown, Virginia, USA from: Robert Sears, A pictorial description of the United States (s.n., 1854), pg. 315  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jamestown (or James Towne or Jamestowne) was a settlement located on Jamestown Island in the Virginia Colony. Founded as “James Fort” on May 14, 1607, it was the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States of America, following several earlier failed attempts, including the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It was founded by the London Company (later to become the Virginia Company), headquartered in England. Jamestown was the capital of the colony for 83 years (from 1616 until 1699). The town was located in James City Shire upon its formation in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of Virginia. Within a year of Jamestown’s foundation, the Virginia Company brought Polish and Dutch colonists to help improve the settlement. In 1619, the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown by Dutch traders, marking the beginning of slavery in the future United States.

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 Colonial Cycle – Elizabethan Renaissance Era – First Turning, High (1589-1620)

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Today – May 2

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Catherine the Great – Long serving Empress of Russia

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Oil on canvas portrait of Empress Catherine the Great by Russian painter Fyodor Rokotov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Catherine II, called Catherine the Great (2 May 1729 –  17 November 1796).  Reigned as Empress of Russia from 9 July 1762 until her death.  Under her direct auspices the Russian Empire expanded, improved its administration, and continued to westernize. Catherine’s rule re-vitalised Russia, which grew ever stronger and became recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. Her successes in complex foreign policy and her sometimes brutal reprisals in the wake of rebellion (most notably Pugachev’s Rebellion) complemented her hectic private life. She frequently occasioned scandal — given her propensity for relationships which often resulted in gossip flourishing within more than one European court.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Liberty Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1724-1741)

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Today – April 30

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Johann Gauss – Preeminent German mathematician and scientist

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English: A portry of the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss painted by the Danish portrait painter Carl Friedrich Gauss as one of 11 portraits of international scientists he was commissioned to paint for the new Pulkovo Observatory at Sankt Petersborg- The portrait has been used on German bank notes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician and scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, electrostatics, astronomy and optics. Sometimes known as the Princeps mathematicorum (Latin, “the Prince of Mathematicians” or “the foremost of mathematicians”) and “greatest mathematician since antiquity”, Gauss had a remarkable influence in many fields of mathematics and science and is ranked as one of history’s most influential mathematicians.  He referred to mathematics as “the queen of sciences.

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

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Today – April 29

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Oliver Ellsworth – 3rd Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

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Senator (F-CT), later became chief justice of the Supreme Court (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oliver Ellsworth (April 29, 1745 – November 26, 1807) was an American lawyer and politician, a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, and the third Chief Justice of the United States. While at the Federal Convention, Ellsworth moved to strike the word National from the motion made by Edmund Randolph of Virginia. Randolph had moved successfully to call the government the National Government of United States. Ellsworth moved that the government should continue to be called the United States Government.

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The French and Indian War Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1744-1773)
Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

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Today – April 28

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Today’s Memorable U. S. Events

  • April 28, 1788  – Maryland was admitted to the Union and became the 7th United State

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James Monroe – 5th President of the United States

James Monroe, fifth President of the United States
James Monroe, fifth President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817–1825). His administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida (1819); the Missouri Compromise (1820), in which Missouri was declared a slave state; the admission of Maine in 1820 as a free state; and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), declaring U.S. opposition to European interference in the Americas, as well as breaking all ties with France remaining from the War of 1812.

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Revolutionary War Cycle – The French and Indian War Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1744-1773)
Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

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Today – April 27

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Today’s Notable Events

U. S. Birthday

Ulysses S. Grant – Civil War Union General and 18th President of the United States

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Pres. U.S. Grant (between 1870 and 1880)  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant) (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was general-in-chief of the Union Army from 1864 to 1865 during the American Civil War and the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877.

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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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Today – April 26

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Todays Notable Foreign Birthdays

Shakespeare – Simply the greatest writer in English history.

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...
This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ‘Chandos portrait’ after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist.  He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “The Bard”). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

His actual birthdate is unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, St George’s Day. This date, which can be traced back to an eighteenth-century scholar’s mistake, has proved appealing because Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616.

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Elder of Colonial Cycle – Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)

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