Today – October 2


Today’s Notable Birthdays

Foreign Birthday

Mahatma Gandhi – Spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ( 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi (Sanskrit: maha-tma- or ‘Great Soul’, a honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore), and in India also as Bapu (Gujaratiba-pu or ‘Father’). He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

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U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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Today – September 21


Today’s Notable Birthdays

Notable Foreign Birthday

John Loudon McAdam – Father of paved roads

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John Loudon McAdam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Loudon McAdam (21 September 1756 – 26 November 1836) was a Scottish engineer and road-builder. He invented a new process, “macadamisation“, for building roads with a smooth hard surface that would be more durable and less muddy than soil-based tracks.

Modern road construction still reflects McAdam’s influence. Of subsequent improvements, the most significant was the introduction of tar (originally coal tar) to bind the road surface’s stones together – “tarmac” (for Tar Macadam) – followed later by the use of hot-laid tarred aggregate or tar-sprayed chippings to create better road metalling. More recently, oil-based asphalt laid on reinforced concrete has become a major road surface, but its use of granite or limestone chippings still recalls McAdam’s innovation.

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Today – August 21


Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Nellie McLaughlin (Photo credit: pamur)

Nellie (Stallard) McLaughlin was born on this day in 1888

Nellie (Stallard) McLaughlin (21 Aug 1888, Missouri – 18 Sep 1963, California) was my Spouse’s grandmother.  On 21 Feb 1906, Nellie married Jack McLaughlin in Oklahoma.

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

Today – August 19


Today’s Notable U. S. Birthdays

William Clinton – 42nd President of the United States

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English: Official White House photo of President Bill Clinton, President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19, 1946) served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president; only Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were younger when entering office. He became president at the end of the Cold War, and as he was born in the period after World War II, he is known as the first Baby Boomer president.  His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is currently the United States Secretary of State. She was previously a United States Senator from New York, and also candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Both are graduates of Yale Law School.

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Present Cycle – Era of Superpower America – First Turning, High (1945-1965)
Boom Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1943-1960)

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Today – August 16


Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Mabel (Lepper) Tunison was born on this day in 1892

Mabel (Lepper) Tunison (16 Aug 1892, Minnesota – 17 Sep 1966, Oregon) was my maternal Grandmother.  She was married to Joseph C. Tunison on 31 Mar 1911.

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

Today – August 11


Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Jack McLaughlin was born on this day in 1883

Jack McLaughlin (11 Aug 1883, Missouri – 14 Nov 1935, Texas) was my Spouse’s grandfather.  On 21 Feb 1906 Jack married Nellie Stallard in Oklahoma.

World War Cycle – The Gilded Age – First Turning, High (1866-1885)
World War Cycle – Lost Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1883-1900)

Today – July 17


Today’s Notable U. S. Event

Heritage Wedding

Fred Murray and Elizabeth “Bessie” Nelson were married on 17 Jul 1912 in Montana

fred_Murray_family1Fred and Elizabeth “Bessie” were my grandparents and the parents of my father, Ivan “Hap” Murray (he is the little guy in front of his Dad in the picture).  Fred was born on a farm in Kansas on 21 Mar 1891.  In 1900 his father was tragically killed in a farming accident and then his older brother drowned the following year.  In the next decade the remaining family struggled to maintain the farm and his Mother remarried.  Then in 1910 young Fred, and most of his family and neighbors, took off for the promise of Homesteading in central Montana.

Bessie was born on 9 Nov 1893 and raised in Iowa. Her family was also attracted by the apparent opportunities awaiting them in Montana, when Homesteading opened up, and around 1910 they also packed up and headed west.

Fred and Bessie met and married shortly after their families moved to Montana.  They Homesteaded near the tiny town of Coffee Creek.  Many of their family member’s descendants still live in the area.  Both of my father’s grandmothers are buried in the small Coffee Creek cemetery. Fred and Bessie had 5 children in Montana and scratched out a living, mostly farming, but also doing odd and seasonal jobs to make ends meet.  Finally,  around 1930 as the depression closed in, they began to drift west.  After stops in western Montana and Washington State they finally settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the early ’30s.  My father finished High School there in the small town of Philomath.

But they couldn’t stay still it seems.  As the depression wound down and WWII came to dominate American life they headed to California (along with most of their children and families) in search of new adventure.  The rest of their lives Fred and Bessie wandered about, not pausing long in any one place and always seeking new horizons.  The stayed mostly on the  West Coast but lived in Wyoming, Oregon, Northern and Southern California among other places.  They were happy in their comings and goings and always stayed close to one or another of their kids.  They ended up spending their final years in Oregon, near their daughter Carmen.

World War Cycle – World War I / Prohibition Era – Third Turning, Unraveling (1910-1929)

Today – May 23


Today’s Memorable Events

  • May 23 1788  – South Carolina was admitted to the Union and became the 8th United State

Notable Foreign Birthdays

Otto Lilienthal – German aeronautical pioneer.

Otto Lilienthal
Otto Lilienthal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Otto Lilienthal (23 May 1848  –  10 August 1896) was a pioneer of human aviation who became known as the German Glider King. He was the first person to make repeated successful gliding flights. He followed an experimental approach first established earlier in the century by Sir George Cayley. Newspapers and magazines in many countries published photographs of Lilienthal gliding, favorably influencing public and scientific opinion about the possibility of flying machines becoming practical reality after ages of idle fantasy and unscientific tinkering.

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

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