Posts Tagged ‘Assassination’

Merely a Coincidence?!

April 20, 2017

Do you know the connections (or similarities) between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy (and their assassinations)?  Are these merely coincidences or is this a part of something bigger?

  • Lincoln was elected in 1860
  • Kennedy was elected in 1960
  • Each name has seven letters
  • Both Presidents were slain on a Friday
  • Both were slain in the presence of their wives
  • Both were directly concerned with Civil Rights
  • Both Presidents had had the legality of their elections contested
  • Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas
  • Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theater
  • Both of their successors were named Johnson
    • Andrew Johnson
    • Lyndon Johnson
    • Each name contains thirteen (13) letters
    • Both served in the U.S. Senate
    • Both were southern Democrats
    • Andrew Johnson was born in 1808
    • Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908
  • Booth and Oswald were both southerners favoring unpopular ideas
  • Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and hid in a warehouse
  • Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and hid in a theater
  • Booth and Oswald were murdered before their trials could be arranged
  • Lincoln and Kennedy were carried in death on the same caisson
  • Booth and Oswald were born 100 years apart
  • John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, each name has fifteen (15) letters

We Are Halfway There!

July 2, 2015

At noon today, we arrive at the official halfway point of 2015  —  182½ days have elapsed, and 182½ day remain.  Today also marks National I Forgot Day . . . a day to make up for all of the birthdays, anniversaries, etc. that you forgot to acknowledge with a greeting or gift.

And speaking of anniversaries, today marks the 51st anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1964 into law which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, in publicly owned or operated facilities, in employment and union membership, and in the registration of voters.  The bill included Title VI, which allowed for the cutoff of federal funding in areas where discrimination persisted.

Some other notable anniversaries for today include:

  • the television premiere of “The Lawrence Welk Show” (1955)
  • the television premiere of “The Andy Williams Show” (1957)
  • the date the U.S. Constitution took effect (1788)
  • the assassination of President James Garfield (1881)

Fifty Years Ago Today!

November 22, 2013

Do you remember where you were when you learned of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?  Today marks the 50th Anniversary of his death . . . here are some of the facts:

  • Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States.
  • Kennedy was the fourth President to be assassinated.
    • Abraham Lincoln (1865)
    • James Garfield (1881)
    • William McKinley (1901)
    • John F. Kennedy (1963)
  • Kennedy was assassinated at 12:30 PM CST.
    • by a sniper,
    • on Friday, November 22, 1963,
    • in Dallas, Texas (Dealey Plaza).
  • The weapon used: 6.5 × 52 mm Italian Carcano M91/38 bolt-action rifle.
  • The assassin: Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Also wounded:
    • Texas Governor, John Connolly.
    • James “Jim” Thomas Tague (bystander/witness).
  • Occupants of the Presidential limousine:
    • President Kennedy,
    • Jackie Kennedy (wife),
    • Governor John Connolly,
    •  Nellie Connolly (wife).
    • Secret Service Agent William Greer (driving).
    • Secret Service Agent Roy Herman Kellerman.

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The Ides of March!

March 15, 2013

Cesar-sa_mortAs depicted in this painting: Morte di Giulio Cesare (“Death of Julius Caesar”) by Vincenzo Camuccini in 1798, and as dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar . . . Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March” (and for a very good reason).  So, what is the Ides of March you ask?

  • a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15th (the first full moon of the year — in the old lunar Roman calendar, March was considered the first month of the year), and,
  • the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar (in 44 BCE); the end result of a conspiracy by 60 Roman senators who called themselves Liberators who stabbed Caesar to death (23 stab wounds) in a location adjacent to the Theatre of Pompey thereby ending his dictatorship.

And, as we enter the Ides of March, a fitting warning indeed (to “beware”) for the 68 teams preparing to enter the NCAA Tournament — It’s not called March Madness for nothing.

Human Virtue!

April 27, 2012

I’m re-posting this wonderful graphic from one of my friend’s blogs (thank you Keith).

Dangers indeed, but excellent concepts upon which to ponder.

Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) . . . a great man and a great leader.  Gandhi, the epitome of non-violent activism, ironically met with a very violent death (he was assassinated [shot] on January 30, 1948). 

Gandhi is considered the Father of the Nation (India), “an honorific title given to a man considered the driving force behind the establishment of their country, state or nation” (Wikipedia).