Hello Again My Friends !
We awake at my house today with a light dusting of snow again and a chilly 25 degrees, around 3 degrees wind chill ! BURR !!! Since then it has started snowing again and at this point we have accumulated a good 1/2 inch or so with snow continuing !!! It may be cold, but still a Glorious Day in our work for the Lord here at
For God’s Glory Alone Ministries !!!
HE knows we will need much snow to prepare for next summer. But I do ask this morning that everyone please be careful with the weather and make sure you pre-check your travel routes before any road trips. Also, please make sure that all you pets and little four legged loved ones are properly protected and brought inside due to the freezing temperatures.
So – What Happened Today In 1784
Zachary Taylor is born in Barboursville, Virginia.
The American Revolution had been over barely a year when Taylor, a distant relative of founding father and America’s fourth president, James Madison, was born. He grew up on his parents’ plantation in Kentucky and at age 23 left home to become a soldier in the U.S. Army. Taylor served in the War of 1812, the Blackhawk War (1832) and second Seminole War (1835-1837). In the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), Taylor gained popularity for his heroism and for the camaraderie he shared with even his lowliest subordinates. When the war ended, Taylor decided to run for the presidency. He narrowly won a race that included former President Martin Van Buren and Democratic nominee Lewis Cass. His subsequent administration is best known for his failure to address the divisive issue of slavery – although he adamantly opposed slavery and vowed to personally lead a military attack against any state that threatened to secede from the Union – and for his untimely death after only 16 months in office.
Although the exact cause of his death, on July 9, 1850, continues to be debated by historians, it is likely that Taylor succumbed to a case of cholera. On a scorching Fourth of July in Washington D.C., Taylor had attended festivities at the newly dedicated grounds upon which the Washington Monument would be erected. According to several sources, Taylor gulped down a large quantity of iced milk and cherries and then returned to the White House, where he quenched his thirst with several glasses of water.
Outbreaks of cholera, a deadly disease caused by bacteria, occurred frequently during the summer months in hot, humid Washington during the 1800s, when sewage systems were primitive at best. The dangerous bacteria were most likely present in the water or iced milk Taylor drank, though other sources have claimed that Taylor died of gastroenteritis, food poisoning or typhoid fever. It appears that no one at the time even suggested foul play, despite Taylor’s controversial stance on slavery.
Taylor left behind his beloved wife Peggy, two daughters and a son. Another daughter, Sarah, had married to future Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1835, but died of malaria three months into her marriage. Davis, a southerner and supporter of slavery, had been a subordinate officer in Taylor’s regiment. He resigned his commission and married Sarah over Taylor’s objections. Taylor did not live to see his only son, Richard, join the Confederate Army.
Taylor was succeeded by his vice president, Millard Fillmore, who went on to serve until 1853.
Other 11/24 Memorable Events:
380 – Theodsius I makes his formal entry to Constantinople;
496 – Anastasius II succeeds Gelasius I as Catholic Pope;
642 – Theodore I begins reign as Catholic Pope;
1542 – English beat Scottish King James V at the battle of Solway Moss;
1655 – English Lord protector Oliver Cromwell bans Anglicans;
1703 – First Lutheran Pastor, Justus Falckner, ordained in America;
1859 – ‘Origin of species’ published by Charles Darwin;
1863 – Union troops prevail at the Battle of Lookout Mountain;
1932 – The FBI crime lab opens for business;
1947 – ‘Hollywood 10’ cited for contempt of congress;
1940 – Slovakia becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact joining the Axis powers;
1943 – USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks killing 650 crew members;
1944 – U.S. B-29 aircraft raid Tokyo Japan;
1954 – First U.S. presidential airplane, Air Force One, is christened;
1963 – L.B. Johnson confirms U.S. intention to continue support to South Vietnam following JFK assassination;
1963 – Jack Ruby shoots and kills lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas Texas on live TV;
1969 – U.S. Army announces court martial of 1st Lt. William Calley for pre-meditated murder of 109 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai;
1969 – Apollo 12 returned to earth after 2nd manned mission to the moon;
1971 – Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachutes along with $200,000 in ransom into thunderstorms in Washington state and has not been accounted for since;
1979 – U.S. admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to toxic Agent Orange;
2010 – A jury in Austin Texas convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002; his conviction was subsequently overturned in September of 2012.
Today’s Irrelevant Question:
Why isn’t 11 pronounced onety-one?; or, Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
Today’s Simple Question Of The Day:
Why do people say, “Sleep like a baby”, when babies wake up, like, every two hours?
Today’s Funny Fact Of The Day:
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
Today’s Quote Of The Day:
“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless” -Mother Teresa
Until tomorrow – God Bless to ALL !!!