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)

Notable U. S. Event

New London School Explosion

London School before the explosion
London School before the explosion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New London School explosion occurred on March 18, 1937, when a natural gas leak caused an explosion, destroying the London School of New London, Texas, a community in Rusk County previously known as “London”. The disaster killed more than 295 students and teachers, making it the worst catastrophe to take place in a U.S. school building.

This event doesn’t fit the profile of most of the  historical events I have included in my Today posts.  Not to say it won’t in the future but not so far.  I have included it,  however, partly because it is still an unmatched disaster in the history of public education in the United States but also because it has a connection to my family history.  It seems that my wife’s family were living in the area at the time of the New London explosion.  This happened before my wife was born, so she has no personal memories of what happened but she clearly remembers the family lore that her father related and that lore told a pretty horrific story.

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World War Cycle – Depression / World War II Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1930-1944)

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