Many hail Gen. George Washington as an American hero. He is. But, if asked why, most might say it was because he crossed the Delaware River, in unforgiving conditions, in an organized surprise attack against the Hessians. A critical battle. This is depicted in that well-known painting. Others might say it is due to his … Continue reading The Great American Hero
On December 11, 2008, Bernard Madoff, financier and Wall Street conman was arrested in his New York City apartment. He was charged with carrying-out a Ponzi scheme that had lasted nearly 20 years. It is estimated that this charade involved an upwards of $65 billion. It would be one of the largest investment frauds on … Continue reading Ponzi Scheme Ended. Madoff Jailed.
Perhaps it's fitting that, on this day, we're talking about the greed and malpractice of wealthy elites. Or, perhaps, it's a mere coincidence. Either way, it was December 2nd, 2001, that energy giant Enron filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This announcement would uncover, what I would argue, is the largest corporate scandal in U.S. history. … Continue reading “The Smartest Guys In The Room…?”
On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Riding in a motorcade, on a ten mile stretch through the streets of downtown Dallas, accompanied by Texas Governor John Connally and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the President met a large and enthusiastic crowd. As their … Continue reading John F. Kennedy
On November 19th, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at the dedication of a military cemetery, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a powerful and brilliant address. It is one of the most important speeches ever given. Standing on a field that was once soaked in blood, smoke clouding the air, and the reality of a perilous war becoming … Continue reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
At the 11th Hour, of the 11th Day, in the 11th month, the Armistice was signed. It was an agreement between the Allied Powers of World War I and Germany. This single document guaranteed a cessation of hostilities on Western Front of the war. Armistice Day would be declared a national holiday and is now … Continue reading Armistice Day
For historians, and those engaged in religious studies, the beginning of 2017 marked a rather important benchmark. 500 years ago the Protestant Reformation began. It was in the year 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittneberg (Lutherstadt), Germany. This movement is thought to have either … Continue reading Martin Luther and The Protestant Reformation
On October 20, 1947, hatred for that which is different, fear of 'the other', and a willful ignorance of that which we refused to understand commanded the nation. It was on this day in history the Red Scare escalated to a new level. A Congressional Committee began investigating a 'Communist influence' that was believed to … Continue reading The Red Scare, Sen. McCarthy, and the Un-American Activities Committee.
In the election of 1948, the Chicago Tribune published an early edition of their paper. The banner read, "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." There was only one problem. Dewey didn't defeat Truman. In what is hailed as the greatest political upset in presidential history, Democratic incumbent Harry S. Truman defeated his challenger Governor Thomas E. Dewey of … Continue reading The Greatest Political Upset Of All Time
On October 5, 1947, President Harry Truman made the first-ever televised address from the White House. Of course, this by itself was an historical feat. But, more so, it was the content of that speech that we should remember. Truman used the speech to urge Americans to cut back on their use of grain as … Continue reading Truman’s First Televised Speech, The Marshall Plan, and A Moral Battle.