Hellooooo History People!
Well, all good things must eventually come to an end…
Let’s see what kind of history is happening — One last time!
1811: Jane Austen Publishes Sense and Sensibility
One of my personal favorite novelists, Jane Austen, often published her novels anonymously with the general public knowing nothing about the author except for the vague idea that the author was in fact a woman. This was Jane Austen’s first novel, the first of many that highlighted the personalities, customs, and expectations of people set during the same time period that Austen herself lived. The expanding plots, deep characters, and overall compelling storylines tell tales that seem to take the reader into the era that seems so long ago, but yet was not that far away. Some of Jane Austen’s other novels include Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma.
1517: Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther, a lowly monk of the Roman Catholic Church, boldly nailed 95 theses onto the wooden door of a well-known church in Germany on this day. His outrage was directed at the leaders of the Catholic Church’s corruption and manipulation of the lives of innocent churchgoers, and sought to defy their teachings because he believed they were not truly following the teachings of God. His theses were translated and spread throughout the area and eventually sparked the split in Catholicism that led to Protestantism.
1993: The European Union is Created
The great powers of Western Europe devised a treaty known as the Maastricht Treaty to establish a legitimate economic alliance amongst themselves known as the European Union. Leaders were chosen, a currency (the Euro) was created, and certain national and foreign security measures were put into place. Over fifteen countries that had previously been at odds with each other at some point throughout the course of history were now bound together and depended on one another’s economies to support their own.
1948: Harry S. Truman Wins the Presidential Election Over Thomas Dewey
This is probably one of the most interesting presidential elections to consider. Truman fought for another term as President of the United States, but lacked over two million popular votes to Dewey just as the actual election approaches. The final week before the election, Truman toured the nation and spoke to millions of people, reinforcing his integrity, trustworthiness, and overall resilience despite the polls. The Chicago Tribune had believed they could tell the outcome of the election based on the popularity polls, but they were mistaken. The even printed large amount of newspapers that read “Dewey Defeats Truman” that were set to be distributed to the public the next day, thus prompting Truman to snap an ironic – and iconic – photograph holding the newspaper that claimed Dewey’s success.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1964: Washington D.C. Votes in Its First Presidential Election
The Congressional acceptance of the 23rd Amendment in 1961 granted citizens of the Washington D.C. area the right to vote after over a century of being denied that right as a result of its recognition as the U.S. capitol. This land was considered neutral territory under the jurisdiction of Congress after the north and south decided on a compromise placed into effect in 1800 that set the capitol to a more central location in relation to the whole country. This particular event, D.C.’s participation in a presidential election, signifies a large portion of the nation’s citizens who vote that are significantly large in all of the elections of which they have participated, particularly in their first, the 1964 election between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater, where the large turnout of mostly democratic voters supplied the necessary votes that aided in Johnson’s triumph in the election.
Quote of the Day:
“Now, you lose something in your life, or you come into a conflict, and there’s gonna come a time that you’re gonna know: There was a reason for that. And at the end of your life, all the things you thought were periods, they turn out to be commas. There was never a full stop in any of it.”
-Matthew McConaughey (Birthday: November 4, 1969)
Teach me how to say good-bye!