30 outubro 2014

October 30th 1735: John Adams bornOn this day in 1735, the...

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

John Trumbull's famous painting 'Declaration of Independence' shows Adams at the centre with his hand on his hip

October 30th 1735: John Adams born

On this day in 1735, the American Founding Father John Adams was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. A direct descendant of Puritan settlers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Adams was educated at Harvard University and became a lawyer. Adams long held reservations about British colonial rule, but raised eyebrows when he defended British soldiers accused of killing civilians in the 1770 Boston Massacre. He played an active role in the American Revolution as a representative at the First Continental Congress in 1774 and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Adams was also one of the delegates sent to Paris to negotiate the end of the war with Britain. In 1789 Adams was nominated for the American presidency but came second to George Washington and, per Constitutional provisions at the time, became Vice-President. He served as Washington’s Vice-President for the duration of his two terms and after Washington left office Adams ran for President of his own accord. Adams won the election and became the second President of the United States. As President, Adams successfully kept the United States out of the ongoing European war with France. However the public supported the war and Adams lost his 1880 re-election campaign to Thomas Jefferson. Adams then retired from public life and died on July 4th 1826, the 50th anniversary of American independence, the same day as his friend Jefferson. Adams’s son John Quincy became the sixth President in 1825.

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thedailypothole: On average, every two hours, another New...


On average, every two hours, another New Yorker is killed or seriously injured in a traffic crash - and speeding is a major cause.

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"I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I..."

I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others….

In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution.

For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the Builders of Babel; and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another’s throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best.

- Benjamin Franklin’s final speech to the Constitutional Convention, 1787
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October 30, 2005: Rosa Parks Lies in Honor at U.S. Capitol On...

October 30, 2005: Rosa Parks Lies in Honor at U.S. Capitol

On this day in 2005, civil rights activist Rosa Parks became the first woman to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C after her death at age 92.

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to vacate her seat for a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama during the Jim Crow segregation law era. Parks’ subsequent arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which ended after 381 days when the Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional in November 1956.

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Photo: Photograph of Rosa Parks, ca. 1955 (Wikimedia Commons/National Archives).

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On This Day in the History of Psychology (30th October 1938) A...

On This Day in the History of Psychology (30th October 1938)

A radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds was broadcast across the United States. The dramatization was so realistic it was said to have resulted in mass hysteria. The events following the broadcast became the focus of Hadley Cantril’s book “The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic.”

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