Today – April 11

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Dean Acheson – American statesman and Cold War foreign policy expert.

Dean G. Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State, Janu...
Dean G. Acheson, U.S. Secretary of State, January 21, 1949 to January 20, 1953 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dean Gooderham Acheson  (April 11, 1893 – October 12, 1971) was an American statesman and lawyer. As United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953, he played a central role in defining American foreign policy during the Cold War. Acheson helped design the Marshall Plan and played a central role in the development of the Truman Doctrine and creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Acheson’s most famous decision was convincing President Truman to intervene in the Korean War in June 1950. He also persuaded Truman to dispatch aid and advisors to French forces in Indochina, though in 1968 he finally counseled President Lyndon B. Johnson to negotiate for peace with North Vietnam. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy called upon Acheson for advice, bringing him into the executive committee (ExComm), a strategic advisory group.

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World War Cycle – Missionary Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1886-1909)
Lost Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1883-1900)

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Hugo de Groot – Dutch jurist who helped lay the foundations for international law

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Hugo Grotius – Portrait by Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt, 1631 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hugo Grotius (also known as Huig de Groot or Hugo de Groot; 10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645) worked as a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. He was also a philosopher, theologian, Christian apologist, playwright, and poet.

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

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Today – April 9

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John Eckert – co-inventor with John Mauchly of the first commercial electronic digital computer (ENIAC)

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Kay McNulty hands a print-out of ENIAC results to its inventors Pres Eckert (left) and John Mauchly (right) in a newsreel dating from 1946. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Adam Presper “Pres” Eckert Jr. (April 9, 1919 – June 3, 1995) was an American electrical engineer and computer pioneer. With John Mauchly he invented the first general-purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), presented the first course in computing topics (the Moore School Lectures), founded the first commercial computer company (the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation), and designed the first commercial computer in the U.S., the UNIVAC, which incorporated Eckert’s invention of the mercury delay line memory.

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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 – April 6

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James Dewey Watson – Co-discoverer of the structure of DNA

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James Watson (Photo credit: afagen)

James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”. He studied at the University of Chicago and Indiana University and subsequently worked at the University of Cambridge‘s Cavendish Laboratory in England where he first met Francis Crick.

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World War Cycle – World War I / Prohibition Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1910-1929)
Silent Generation, – Artist (Adaptive) (1925-1942)

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Joseph Lister – pioneer in the use of sterilized medical instruments

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Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, at age 69; taken during the meeting of the British Medical Association in Liverpool, 1896 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, OM, FRS (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912) was an English surgeon who promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He successfully introduced carbolic acid (phenol) to sterilize surgical instruments and to clean wounds.

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

 

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Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent American leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. On June 10, 1968, James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee state penitentiary. Ray later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70

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Present Cycle – Boom Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1966-1980)

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William Harvey – English physician who first described the circulatory system

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Detail from a painting of William Harvey, the noted physician (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Harvey (1 April 1578 – 3 June 1657) was an English physician who was the first in the Western world to describe correctly and in exact detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped around the body by the heart.

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

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

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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)