Thursday, November 10, 2005

Some great (and not so great) Nov. 10 moments

1483: Martin Luther, whose 95 theses led the way to the formation of Protestantism, was born. In an era when Roman Catholicism was law, and speaking against it was considered a heresy punishable by death, Martin's bravery in standing up for the true Christ, the Christ of grace and mercy, not of indulgences and works, has inspired many for generations. I strongly recommend the 2003 movie, Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes.

1775: Let's give a rousing round of applause for the United States Marine Corps, who celebrate their 230th anniversary today. These brave and patriotic people have defended us against the worst of enemies, and I know they will continue to do so. God bless you all!

1871: Henry Stanley locates medical missionary Dr. David Livingstone in Tanzania with the famous words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Thank God for Dr. Livingstone, who helped bring light into the "dark continent" of Africa, a man of whom Florence Nightingale said, "God has taken away the greatest man of his generation." But the humble Livingstone would not have spoken so highly of himself: "I am a missionary, heart and soul. God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician. A poor, poor imitation of Him I am, or wish to be. In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die."

1926: Michinomiya Hirohito is crowned emporer of Japan. This man would achieve god-like status in the minds of his countrymen, but his loss in World War II led him to declaring to his nation that he was not immortal (of course, his death in 1989 confirmed that!).

1938: Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" for the first time. This would become her signature song, and for decades after the patriotic among us would belt it out at memorable events.

1975: The freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior during a storm. 29 men died. The tragedy was immortalized in a 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened in Washington, DC, providing some solace to the tens of thousands of heroic soldiers and their families who had borne the shameful treatment during and after that war. In 1984, also on this date, the US Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of this memorial. Sadly, many soldiers in our current war against terrorism have also received poor treatment not only from certain citizens but also from many in the media. Men and women of our military, we salute and honor you, and we will not allow the indiscretions of a small minority in your midst to belittle all the good you have done. You fight so we may have the right to continue our freedom of speech, a freedom we might no longer have if Communism or extreme Islam were to overtake us. One day, we'll also build a memorial to the many who fought and died against terrorism.

1997: Au pair Louise Woodward was convicted of 2nd-degree murder in the shaking death of Matthew Eappen. Originally sentenced to life in prison, she ended up being sentenced to time served (279 days), upon appeal, and was freed.

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At 18:40, Blogger Jeff Wright said...

Cool blog! I'm a Jeff from NJ too and we're going against each other in the Battle of the Blogs right now. ( Don't worry about your record at BotB. Sites like ours don't get a lot of votes. See ya.

At 20:19, Blogger Jeff Wright said...

Congrats. You just got your first win by destroying me in BotB. Unfortunately I've been responsible for several people's first wins.

At 09:15, Blogger Yong said...

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment at my site. Great site here...I feel very comfy.

At 11:33, Blogger Jeff said...

Jeff (great name, by the way!), I'm shocked I beat your site. It looks very well done. It would have been an honor to lose to you, but I'm happy to get at least one win.

Stephen, I like your site too. Very positive, and a great picture.

At 14:38, Blogger eph2810 said...

Great collection of days in history. I particually love the one about Luther, but then again I am biased to that one :lol:
Also greatly agree about the poor treatment of service men & women by the media...I guess not much has changed since Vietnam...

At 16:41, Blogger Jeff said...

As long as we keep honoring our military, they'll get the respect they deserve one day. I think most of them aren't swayed by what some misguided people say. After all, they have to put up with very trying circumstances each day. But we should always keep them in our prayers.

At 16:13, Blogger Kimchihead said...

Semper Fi to all Marines out there.


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