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Today in American History…

Today in American History… Davy Crockett “King of the Wild Frontier” was born on August 17, 1786 in Greene County, Tennessee.

Today in American History…

Today in American history…Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

It’s one of those moments on one’s life that you remember where or what you were doing when you heard the news. For me specifically, I was only seven years old and my mother was a huge fan of his. She picked me up from the babysitter that afternoon and she was crying. I asked her what was wrong and she explained to me, through her tears, that Elvis had died that morning.

Thank you for the music, Elvis.

Today is International Left Handers Day

Today is International Left Handers Day. The following (that we know of) Presidents were left handed:

James Garfield
Herbert Hoover
Harry Truman
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton

There may have been more but prior to the 20th century is difficult to discover because back in the day left-handedness was considered a disability and children were forced out of the habit to use their right hands.

Voting Rights Act of 1965

Today in American history…President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. This would guarantee African Americans the right to vote. The bill made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were made to deny the vote to African Americans.

Today in American history…

Today in American history…former First Lady Edith Roosevelt was born on August 6, 1861 in Norwich, Connecticut. She was married to our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt.

“I think imagination is one of the greatest blessings in life.” – Edith Roosevelt

Today in American history…Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941 in Webb, Mississippi. He died at the tender age of fourteen on August 28, 1955 in Money, MS. He was brutally beaten and lynched.

One of the most defining and important books that I’ve read in my lifetime was written by his beloved mother, Death of Innocence. If you ever have a chance to read it I highly recommend it.

His life should always be remembered and cherished. His name should never be forgotten.

Today in American history…

Today in American history…Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on July 22, 1890 in Boston, Massachussettes.

“I’ve always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, He wants us to be happy, not sad. Bird sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t we?” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy