On this day in 1693 the College of William and Mary was founded under a royal charter “make, found and establish a certain Place of Universal Study, a perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good arts and sciences…to be supported and maintained, in all time coming.”
It was named for reigning monarchs King William III and Queen Mary II and is the second oldest college in the United States (after Harvard University, 1636) and the oldest in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
According to Wikipedia: William & Mary educated American Presidents Thomas Jefferson (third), James Monroe (fifth), and John Tyler (tenth) as well as other key figures important to the development of the nation, including the fourth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall of Virginia, Speaker of the House of Representatives Henry Clay of Kentucky, sixteen members of the Continental Congress, and four signers of the Declaration of Independence, earning it the nickname “the Alma Mater of the Nation.”
In other news, American composer, conductor, and pianist, John Williams, was born on this day in 1932. Williams is known and recognized for film scores that include the Star Wars series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born on this day in 1882. He died in office on April 12, 1945, just weeks before World War II ended.
Roosevelt is remembered for many things, including an expansion of government through many of his programs. But he was also known for his fireside chats, a series of 28 evening radio addresses given between 1933 and 1944.
In those addresses he spoke about the Emergency Banking Act in response to the Banking Crisis, the recession, New Deal initiatives, and the progress of World War II.
In times of national despair and uncertainty, Roosevelt was the voice of assurance and comfort.
A list of the addresses with either the transcript or the audio, can be found at this link on Wikipedia.
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
American five-star general and Field Marshall of the Philippine Army, Douglas MacArthur, was born on this day in 1880 (died 1964). MacArthur was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.
For his defense of the Philippines, MacArthur was awarded the Medal of Honor. He officially accepted Japan’s surrender on 2 September 1945, aboard USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay, and oversaw the occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1951. As the effective ruler of Japan, he oversaw sweeping economic, political and social changes. He led the United Nations Command in the Korean War until he was removed from command by President Harry S. Truman on 11 April 1951.
The MacArthur Memorial is located in Norfolk, Virginia and is a memorial, museum, and research center about the life of General MacArthur.
American singer-songwriter, Ray Stevens, was born on this day in 1939.
In March, 1974, Stevens released the corny, but classic The Streak, which capitalized on the popular fad. The Streak was Stevens’ second number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA.
Down South, even our vegetables have some pig hidden somewhere in it.
A vegetable isn’t a vegetable without a little ham hock.
American celebrity chef and cooking show television host, Paula Deen, was born on this day in 1947.
Deen lives in Savannah, Georgia where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant and Paula Deen’s Creek House with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fifteen cookbooks.
Here’s Paula’s recipe for Moist and Easy Cornbread
6 tablespoons melted, plus butter for baking dish unsalted butter
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large lightly beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425º. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk and butter. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
Bake until the top is golden brown and tester inserted into the middle of the corn bread comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, was born on this day in 1706 (died Aril 17, 1790).
Because of his untirable advocacy for colonial unity, Frankling was called “The First American.” He also served as the first United States Ambassador to France. He also served as the first president of the Academy and College of Philadelphia which later became the University of Pennsylvania.
In June 1776, Franklin was appointed a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Although he was temporarily disabled by gout and unable to attend most meetings of the Committee, Franklin made several “small but important” changes to the draft sent to him by Thomas Jefferson.
Join, or Die: This political cartoon by Franklin urged the colonies to join together during the French and Indian War (Seven Years’ War).
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Image: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.
The Reverend Billy Graham was born on this day in 1918.
Preacher, evangelist, counselor to Presidents, at 98 his health is failing, but he’d be the first to tell you he’s ready to go and that he knows where he’s going.
Hundreds of thousands came to a faith in Christ through his ministry through large indoor and outdoor rallies, often broadcast on radio and television. He held the Billy Graham Crusades from 1947 until 2005 when he retired.
Graham has appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women 55 times since 1955, more than any other individual in the world.