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May 18, 1860: Lincoln nominated by the GOP

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The GOP nominated Abraham Lincoln on this day in 1860,   He was selected in the 3rd ballot of what we would call today a very contested election.

Of course, Lincoln went on to win the general election in a four-way race.  Seven southern states seceded when he was inaugurated in March 1861.

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May 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

April 26, 1865: John Wilkes Booth killed

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April 1865 was a very consequential month is US history.

First, The Civil War ended;

Second, President Lincoln was assassinated; and,

Third, John Wilkes Boothe died on this day;

John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.Twenty-six-year-old Booth was one of the most famous actors in the country when he shot Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on the night of April 14. Booth was a Maryland native and a strong supporter of the Confederacy. As the war entered its final stages, Booth hatched a conspiracy to kidnap the president. He enlisted the aid of several associates, but the opportunity never presented itself. After the surrender of Robert E. Lee‘s Confederate army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, Booth changed the plan to a simultaneous assassination of Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward. Only Lincoln was actually killed, however. Seward was stabbed by Lewis Paine but survived, while the man assigned to kill Johnson did not carry out his assignment.After shooting Lincoln, Booth jumped to the stage below Lincoln’s box seat. He landed hard, breaking his leg, before escaping to a waiting horse behind the theater. Many in the audience recognized Booth, so the army was soon hot on his trail. Booth and his accomplice, David Herold, made their way across the Anacostia River and headed toward southern Maryland. The pair stopped at Dr. Samuel Mudd’s home, and Mudd treated Booth’s leg. This earned Mudd a life sentence in prison when he was implicated as part of the conspiracy, but the sentence was later commuted. Booth found refuge for several days at the home of Thomas A. Jones, a Confederate agent, before securing a boat to row across the Potomac to Virginia.After receiving aid from several Confederate sympathizers, Booth’s luck finally ran out. The countryside was swarming with military units looking for Booth, although few shared information since there was a $20,000 reward. While staying at the farm of Richard Garrett, Federal troops arrived on their search but soon rode on. The unsuspecting Garrett allowed his suspicious guests to sleep in his barn, but he instructed his son to lock the barn from the outside to prevent the strangers from stealing his horses. A tip led the Union soldiers back to the Garrett farm, where they discovered Booth and Herold in the barn. Herold came out, but Booth refused. The building was set on fire to flush Booth, but he was shot while still inside. He lived for three hours before gazing at his hands, muttering “Useless, useless,” as he died.”

It was quite a month!

 

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April 26, 2017 at 3:30 am

April 15, 1865: “Now he belongs to the ages”

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On Friday, April 14th, President and Mrs. Lincoln, accompanied by Clara Harris and Maj. Henry R. Rathbone, entered Ford’s Theatre for the performance of “Our American Cousin” featuring Laura Keene.   It was a popular comedy of its time.   By all accounts, the President was in good spirits and ready for a night of relaxation.

Otto Eisenschiml wrote that the shots were fired at around 10:15 pm.  (In the Shadow of Lincoln’s Death (New York: Funk, 1940),

Shortly after, the wounded President was moved across the street to the house of William Petersen at 453 10th St. NW.    He was placed in a small room at the rear of hall on the first floor.

Mrs. Lincoln and the surgeons stayed with the President all night.    VP  Johnson dropped in for a visit around 2 am.

Dr. Charles S. Taft observed that the President stopped breathing “at 7:21 and 55 seconds in the morning of April 15th, and 7:22 and 10 seconds his pulse ceased to beat.”  (Eisenschiml)

After some silence, Secretary .Stanton said:   “Now he belongs to the ages“.

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April 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

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1788: Georgia ratified US Constitution

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On this day in 1788, Georgia said “yes” today to the new Constitution.  

Over time, Georgia would play a huge role in the South’s history, specially the Battle of Atlanta depicted in “Gone with the wind”. 

It is the home Coca Cola, great peanuts and peaches.   

Also, I believe that Jimmy Carter is the only president born in Georgia.

 

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January 2, 2017 at 7:00 am

We remember the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis with Frank Burke 

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Guest: Frank Burke, businessman, author & contributor to American Thinker…………we will remember The Cuban Missile Crisis ………it was on October 22, 1962 that President Kennedy addressed the nation to talk about missiles in Cuba…………..Frank lived in the US and I was living in Cuba……plus other stories….

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October 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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1868: “Little women” was published

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Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women” was published on this day in 1868.   It became one of the most popular books ever.

Over the years, a few movies based on the book have been released.

The 1949 version, with Meg (Janet Leigh), Jo (June Allyson), Amy (Elizabeth Taylor), Beth (Margaret O’Brien) and Mrs March (Mary Astor), is my favorite.    

It is often shown on TCM and it is a nice story about family.   It was very good.

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September 30, 2016 at 10:30 am

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Happy 229th to the US Constitution

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We begin today with a “happy 229th birthday” to the US Constitution.

The document, and the governing system it created, was finally put to the test when George Washington was inaugurated in March 1789.     We remember today the document and its history:

“On September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. Beginning on December 7, five states–Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut–ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press.

In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina.

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.

On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution–the Bill of Rights–and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state.

On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States.

Today, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.” (History)

We have operated under that Constitution for 229 years.

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September 17, 2016 at 10:30 am