Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, was born 108 years ago today.
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
It’s only been 96 years (August 26, 1920).
The invading British burned the public buildings of Washington 202 years ago today.
On August 24, 1814, as the War of 1812 raged on, invading British troops marched into Washington and set fire to the U.S. Capitol, the President’s Mansion, and other local landmarks. The ensuring fire reduced all but one of the capital city’s major public buildings to smoking rubble, and only a torrential rainstorm saved the Capitol from complete destruction. The blaze particularly devastated the Capitol’s Senate wing, the oldest part of the building, which was honeycombed with vulnerable wooden floors and housed the valuable but combustible collection of books and manuscripts of the Library of Congress, then located in the Capitol building. Heat from the intense fire reduced the Senate chamber’s marble columns to lime, leaving the room, in one description, “a most magnificent ruin.”
Source: U.S. Senate Art & History
After 26 hours in Washington, the British moved toward Baltimore, where they met with resistance and the Star-spangled banner still waved.
People who know anything about anything attribute the “founding” of ISIS to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in 2004, during the Administration of George W. Bush.
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction earlier this year.
Yours truly read Ron Chernow’s superb biography of Alexander Hamilton last week and definitely recommend it.
It is long enough however, that I began to root for Burr to get it over with.
The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress on this date in 1776. The name of the holiday today is Independence Day. July 4th is a date.
Independence itself was voted two days earlier, July 2, 1776. We celebrate the anniversary of the birth announcement, not the birth. The signing of the embossed copy we recognize as THE Declaration of Independence began on August 2nd.