Today we gobble until we wobble, but how did Thanksgiving Day come about?
In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November. 412 more words
I recently wrote in another blog that our president shouldn’t have to spell out why it is in the US best interests, not to resort to rhetoric like “radical Islamists,” because these words conflate a large, sophisticated group of cult- like thugs with the billions of peaceful Muslims around the world who practice their Islamic religion with respect for others; or why it is important for us to welcome them onto our shores, if we are to win in the war of ideologies by comparing our US practices of tolerance, generosity and fairness over theirs of hatred, cruelty and intolerance. 953 more words
Most people equate Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and Plymouth Rock (Plimoth Plantation). Although the first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a mild celebration between Native Americans and English settlers, it would not become a national observance for nearly 200 years. 183 more words
During this week in 1944, British Field Marshal Sir John Dill passed away here in D.C. A memorial service was subsequently held for him in Washington National Cathedral, and the route of the cortege was lined by thousands of troops, following which he was interred in… 411 more words
Eight decades ago, a caravan of four vehicles motored from city hall downtown to the Hastings-Benton Street area. Passengers included Mayor Frank Couzens, Common Council members, and one very special guest: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. 1,074 more words
Today marks the eightieth anniversary of the signing by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. To mark the occasion, today’s blog post will consider the origins and history of that federal program that has benefited many millions of Americans over the span of eight decades. 1,156 more words