All of the Presidents pictured above were sworn into office on this day.
1569 – The translator of the Bible into English, Miles Coverdale, dies at 80
1942 – Slim Whitman, yodeler and country singer, was born. Below are two videos of him singing “Indian Love Call.” The first is from Mars Attacks.
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. A few quotes from him follow.
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.”
1993 - Audrey Hepburn, actress in My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Roman Holiday, dies of colon cancer in Switzerland at 63.
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1782 – Lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, N.H. A few quotes from Webster follow.
“A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.”
“There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange.”
“I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.”
1788 – The first English settlers arrived in Australia’s Botany Bay to establish a penal colony
1882 – A.A. Milne, author and creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born.
1913 – The American actor and comedian Danny Kaye was born. Here he is singing the song “Inchworm” from the movie Hans Christian Anderson.
1980 – One of my favorite albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s The Wall hits number 1 on Billboard. Below is the song “Another Brick in the Wall.”
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1706 – Benjamin Franklin, statesman and inventor, was born. At the age of 26, he outlined a list of virtues, which he then attempted to emulate in his daily life. The following is taken from wikipedia:
These are the virtues that Benjamin Franklin used to develop what he called ‘moral perfection’. He had a checklist in a notebook to measure each day how he lived up to his virtues. They became known through Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography.
- Temperance: Eat not to Dullness. Drink not to Elevation.
- Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling Conversation.
- Order: Let all your Things have their Places. Let each Part of your Business have its Time.
- Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality: Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing.
- Industry: Lose no Time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary Actions.
- Sincerity: Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice: Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
- Moderation: Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness: Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Clothes or Habitation.
- Tranquility: Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity: Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dullness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.
- Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
1931 – James Earl Jones, Actor and the voice of Darth Vader, was born. If my life was to be narrated by anyone, I would have it be James Earl Jones, followed by Morgan Freeman. Here Jones is in a scene from one of my favorite movies: Field of Dreams.
1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, was arrested by secret police in Hungary and never heard from again. To read more about Wallenberg, click here. Wallenberg once said, “I encounter one example after another of how relative truth is.”
1956 – Paul Young, Rock singer, was born. Young was one of my favorites in the early 80s. Below is a video: Love of the Common People.