This Month in History
- 1776 – During the American Revolution, the U.S. declared Independence.
- 1790 – Washington, D.C. became the official capital of the United States.
- 1865 – Salvation Army was started by Rev. William and Catherine Booth.
- 1874 – The first American zoo opened in Philadelphia.
- 1881 – Tuskegee University was founded. Lewis Adams established his vision for the institution with the help of George Campbell. Booker T. Washington was the principal (and first teacher).
- 1893 – A trip to the mountains inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write a poem that later evolved to the song … America the Beautiful.
- 1943 – George Washington Carver was honored with a National Monument. He created over 100 products from the peanut. And served as a teacher at Tuskegee University.
- 1945 – Abbott and Costello performed their long rendition of “Who’s on First?”.. One of their most famous comedy routines… [Watch]
- 1948 – During the Berlin Crisis, Lieutenant Gail S. Halvorsen (after meeting a group of children) prepared and dropped gum and candy from his aircraft… “Day by day the crowd of kids waiting for the drop got bigger”…
- 1964 – The Civil Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
- 1969 – Marked the first men on the moon.
- 2002 – Steve Fossett was the first to complete a solo flight around the world in a balloon.
Reasons to Celebrate
Seasons change and so can we.
As I reflect on my own progress, this has been a year of extreme growth. Things that used to bother me didn’t matter. The mean-talk… The schemes people played didn’t distract me. I’ve become more compassionate. Less selfish.
Now, it’s your turn… Think of ways you’ve overcome. Struggles that don’t hurt as much. How have you changed?
That’s reason enough to celebrate.