Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

Today’s Quotation: Edith Wharton on …analysis and empathy…


In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822)


Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family’s finances? More… Discuss

This Day in History: US PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUSPENDS HABEAS CORPUS (1861)


US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)

In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner’s detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed.Habeas corpus has been suspended numerous times in US history, most recently in what year? More… Discuss