Today – May 2

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Today’s Notable Foreign Birthdays

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 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 15

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Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

The death of President Abraham Lincoln

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Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln; 1865 depiction. Assassin John Wilkes Booth on the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The assassination of United States President Abraham Lincoln took place on April 14, 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing to a close, just five days after the surrender of the commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee, and his battered Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant. Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, though an unsuccessful attempt had been made on Andrew Jackson in 1835.

The assassination was planned and carried out by well-known actor John Wilkes Booth as part of a larger conspiracy intended to rally the remaining Confederate troops to continue fighting. Booth plotted with Lewis Powell and George Atzerodt to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson as well.

Lincoln was shot while watching the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. He died the next morning. The rest of the plot failed. Powell only managed to wound Seward, while Atzerodt, Johnson’s would-be assassin, lost his nerve and fled.

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Civil War Cycle – Civil War Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1860-1865)

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Today – April 4

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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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Today – March 11

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthdays

Thomas Starzl – The father of modern transplantation.

Thomas E. Starzl (March 11, 1926) is an American physician, researcher, and is an expert on organ transplants. He performed the first human liver transplants, and has often been referred to as “the father of modern transplantation.”

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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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Today – February 23

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Today’s Memorable U. S. Events

  • Feb 23 1861 – Texas is the 8th state to secede from the Union in the lead up to the Civil War
  • Feb 23 1836 – The siege of the Alamo begins

Notable U. S. Birthday

W. E. B. Du Bois – Early civil rights activist

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W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 – 1963), co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in 1918.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, historian, author, and editor. Historian David Levering Lewis wrote, “In the course of his long, turbulent career, W. E. B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism— scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity.

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World War Cycle – The Gilded Age – First Turning, High (1866-1885)
Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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Today – February 15

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Today’s Memorable Events

Notable U. S. Birthday

Susan B. Anthony  – prominent women’s sufferagist.

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Susan Brownell Anthony, (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent a prominent American suffragist leader who, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led the effort to secure Women’s suffrage in the United States. Ca. 1903 (L to R) Anna Howard Shaw, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt (Standing) Harriet Taylor Upton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s rights movement to introduce women’s suffrage into the United States. She traveled the United States and Europe, and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on women’s rights for 45 years.

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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 – January 15

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Today’s Notable Birthdays

U. S. Birthday

Martin Luther King Jr. – Leader of the African-American civil rights movement.

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Cover of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.  He was assassinated by a gunman in 1968.

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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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Today – January 3

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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Lucretia Mott – Leading 19th Century American abolitionist and women’s rights activist.  #OTD

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Lucretia Mott at National Portrait Gallery. Public domain. U.S. government property (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lucretia Coffin Mott (January 3, 1793 – November, 1880) was an American Quakerabolitionist, a women’s rights activist, and a social reformer.

In 1848 Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized a women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. Stanton noted the Seneca Falls Convention was the first public women’s rights meeting in the United States. Stanton’s resolution that it was “the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves the sacred right to the elective franchise” was passed despite Mott’s opposition. Mott viewed politics as corrupted by slavery and moral compromises, but she soon concluded that women’s “right to the elective franchise however, is the same, and should be yielded to her, whether she exercises that right or not.

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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 18

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Today’s Notable Birthdays

Foreign Birthday

Louis Daguerre – French pioneer in the field of photography

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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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