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This Day in History

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 19, 2007

Gettysburg Address

What makes some days in history stand out in honor and some stand out in shame? On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln presented the Gettysburg Address while dedicating a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. The inspirational Address is probably one of the most memorized speeches in history. Also on this date, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon in 1969. Jay’s Treaty was signed on November 19, 1794, resolving Revolutionary War issues between the United States and Britain. The honor of some days seems to spread out to surrounding days, such as November 11. We know it as Veteran’s Day, because in 1918 it marked the end of fighting between the United States and Germany in World War I. But did you know that in 1620 it also marked the signing of the Mayflower Compact by the Pilgrims? In contrast, mid-April is known for many tragic and notorious events such as the Columbine tragedy, Hitler’s birthday, the Waco Branch Davidian siege, the Virginia Tech atrocities, the “shot heard ’round the world” at Lexington and Concord that initiated the Revolutionary War, the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the sinking of the Titanic, President Lincoln’s assassination, and Confederate troops’ firing on Fort Sumter that started the Civil War. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and the Civil War effectively came to an end when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. But is there something in the cosmos that makes people more inclined to violence, or the Earth more prone to turmoil at certain times of the year, and more disposed to peace and harmony at others? Can you think of other periods of the year with similar historie, or is my theory full of holes?

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