Tag Archives: President of the United States

today’s birthday: Golda Meir (1898)


Golda Meir (1898)

Meir was Israel‘s first female prime minister and the third woman in the world to hold such an office, after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka and Indira Gandhi of India. A signer of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, she served in the fledgling nation’s parliament and held posts as minister of labor and foreign minister before becoming Israel’s fourth prime minister in 1969. During her tenure, she sought to ease tensions in the region through diplomacy. Why did she resign in 1974? More… Discuss

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today’s image: Abraham Lincoln (Image: Library of Congress)



Abraham Lincoln

Born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Although roundly criticized during his own time, he is recognized as one of history’s greatest figures who preserved the Union during the Civil War and proved that democracy could be a lasting form of government. Lincoln entered national politics as a Whig congressman from Illinois, but he lost his seat after one term due to his unpopular position on the Mexican War and the extension of slavery into the territories. The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates for the Senate gave him a national reputation. In 1860, Lincoln became the first president elected from the new Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865.

Image: Library of Congress

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WORD: vendetta


vendetta

Definition: (noun) A feud between two families or clans that arises out of a slaying and is perpetuated by retaliatory acts of revenge.
Synonyms: blood feud
Usage: No one remembers how the vendetta between the families began, but it will only end when the desire for revenge is not heeded. Discuss.

this pressed for your right to know: Republicans quickly criticized Obama’s move on immigration, calling it presidential overreach.— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) November 21, 2014


Other presidents exercised exec. power on immigration policy, but Obama may set precedent.— ProPublica (@ProPublica)


this pressed: Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law


Argentina‘s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Senators approved the legislation 39-24 on Wednesday.

The bill backed by President Cristina Fernandez is expected to be passed by the lower house as well and turned into law. Fernandez has said there is a growing number of foreigners entering Argentina to commit crimes.

Under the bill, foreigners caught breaking the law can be immediately expelled from Argentina and banned from returning for at least five years. Foreign-born people with legal residence can ask to remain in Argentina to serve out their sentence for the crime.

Argentines are growing increasingly worried about rising crime in their country.

Rights groups say foreigners represent a fraction of law breakers and say the proposed law could leave to unfair treatment.

via Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank 12 June 1929 early March 1945 — Historical Pics


FBI: Three Denver girls may have tried to join ISIS (+video) – CSMonitor.com


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A US official said the girls were headed toward Turkey en route to Syria and that investigators were now reviewing evidence, including the girls’ computers.

FBI: Three Denver girls may have tried to join ISIS (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

word: ostracize


ostracize 

Definition: (verb) Expel from a community or group.
Synonyms: banish, blackball, cast out, shun, ban
Usage: I have been ostracized by my teammates ever since I accidentally scored the winning goal for our opponents in the championship game. Discuss.

this day in the yesteryear: Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)


Manson Family Member Attempts Assassination of US President (1975)

In 1967, depressed teen runaway Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme met cult leader Charles Manson, and she soon became a devoted member of his “Family.” In the early 1970s, she was arrested in conjunction with several murders committed by the “Family” but avoided charges. Several years later she was arrested again, this time for aiming a gun at US President Gerald Ford at an appearance in California in what was believed to be an assassination attempt. What did Fromme claim she wanted to discuss with Ford? More… Discuss

World’s Oldest Republic Is Born (301)


World’s Oldest Republic Is Born (301)

San Marino, surrounded by Italy, is the world’s smallest republic and likely Europe’s oldest existing state. According to tradition, its founder, Marino—a Christian stonecutter from Dalmatia—took refuge on Mount Titano in the Apennines to escape religious persecution. By the mid-5th century, a community had formed. Its relatively inaccessible location has helped it to maintain its independence with only a few brief interruptions. Which US president was made an honorary citizen of San Marino? More… Discuss

quotation: Abraham Lincoln As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.


Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Discuss

today’s birthday: Herbert Hoover (1874)


Herbert Hoover (1874)

Hoover rose to fame for his relief efforts during and after World War I, which included arranging the return of Americans stranded abroad and securing supplies for civilians of war-devastated Europe. Elected US president in 1928, his administration was dominated by the economic depression that followed the 1929 stock market crash. Believing the economy would regenerate spontaneously, he was reluctant to extend federal activities. What event spurred Hoover to order federal troops to the capital? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Richard Nixon Resigns as US President (1974)


Richard Nixon Resigns as US President (1974)

In June 1972, five burglars were arrested after breaking into the Democratic Party’s national headquarters at the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, DC. The motive for the break-in remains unknown. Richard Nixon and his aides denied involvement in the scandal, but their cover-up unraveled, and Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. His successor, Gerald Ford, issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. What was the “Saturday Night Massacre“? More… Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: BETTY FORD (1918)


Betty Ford (1918)

Betty Ford, born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer, supported herself as a dancer and model before marrying congressional hopeful Gerald Ford—later to be the 38th president of the US. An unusually candid first lady, she spoke openly about drugs, premarital sex, abortion, and women’s rights. In 1978, she sought treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction and later established the Betty Ford Center for the treatment of chemical dependency. What prompted critics to call for the first lady’s “resignation”? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON DIES OF PNEUMONIA (1841)


William Henry Harrison Dies of Pneumonia (1841)

When at age 68 Harrison became the 9th president of the US, he was the oldest man yet to step into that role. Despite his age, he paid little heed to the cold, wet weather on the day of his inauguration and proceeded to deliver the longest inaugural speech in US history—without hat or overcoat. Pneumonia claimed his life a month later, making him the first American president to die in office and making his presidency the briefest ever. According to legend, he was the first victim of what curse? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: JACKSON’S BIRTHDAY


Jackson’s Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh president of the United States (1829-37), became a national hero during the War of 1812 when he successfully fought the British at New Orleans. The anniversary of his birth is a special observance in Tennessee, and the president of the United States usually brings or sends a wreath to be placed on Jackson’s grave in the garden at his home, near Nashville. Other tributes paid to Jackson during this week include radio speeches and newspaper editorials, school essay contests, and Jackson Day dinners sponsored by the Democratic party.More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Alexander Hamilton


A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

 

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This Day in the Yesteryear: 11-YEAR-OLD GRACE BEDELL URGES ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO GROW A BEARD (1860)


11-Year-Old Grace Bedell Urges Abraham Lincoln to Grow a Beard (1860)

A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the US, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent him a letter urging him to grow a beard to win over voters. Bedell claimed that “all the ladies like whiskers” and would urge their husbands to vote for a bearded Lincoln. Days later, Lincoln drafted a noncommittal response in which he wondered whether such a change in appearance would be well received. Within months, he was sporting his now-iconic beard. What did he say when he later met Bedell? More…Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: James Monroe (1758)


James Monroe (1758)

Monroe was the fifth president of the US. After serving in the American Revolution, he was elected to the Senate, where he opposed the administration of George Washington. He nevertheless became Washington’s minister to France and later helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. With Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, he developed the principles of US foreign policy later called the Monroe Doctrine. Monroe served two terms as president, presiding in a period that became known as what? More… Discuss