Well, never let it be said that any day is boring. I did some research, and found the following events occurred on May 26 all through history:
1647 Alse Young (probably pronounced Alice) was the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, as she was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut. We always think of Salem as the headquarters for witch executions, but it all started in Hartford, where actually 35 people were put on trial, both men and women, and 11 were executed.
1805 Lewis and Clark see the Rockies for the first time. If they had only take I-70 from Baltimore, they could have seen it far earlier.
On the same day, in 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king – of Italy. His conquered countries count was pretty impressive: Austria, Hungary, Prussia (Germany), Poland, Belgium, Holland, part of Russia, Italy, Spain and Egypt. That’s a big empire – to pay for that conquering is the reason he sold the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which then let Lewis and Clark see the Rockies. It’s all tied together.
1868 Andrew Johnson was acquitted by one vote in his impeachment trial. Actually, Johnson was impeached for supposedly violating the “Tenure of Office Act,” passed by congress over Johnson’s veto. The act/law said that before a cabinet member could be removed from their position, the president had to get approval from the Senate (in the same way approval would be needed by the Senate to appoint a cabinet member). Johnson fired Secretary of War Stanton, who was a strong opponent of Johnson’s, which brought about the impeachment. By the way, the one who was put in charge of that office as interim by Johnson was Ulysses Grant.
1896 The Dow Jones Index was established with 12 stocks. At the end of the first day, the stocks closed at 40.94. Yesterday, the index closed at 34,312, which actually was down from the historic high of 34,393.
1892 Dracula was published in England, making Bram Stoker a famous author.
1907 John Wayne (Marion Morrison) was born in Winterset, Iowa.
1922 Vladimir Lenin has a stroke. He actually died in 1924 from a brain hemorrhage.
1927 The last Model T was produced – of 15 million!
1978 First legal casino opens in Atlantic City.
Best of all – in 1977, the first Star Wars movie was released.
So, who can say, “it’s just one of those days…” We truly have no idea what a day begun will look like when it’s over. To just assume that something is “same old same old,” is to ignore the incredible possibilities that each day of life holds. Our intention should always be to live each day, not just slide through. What will make today for you a notable, even historic day in your own life? Seize it, and live it to its fullest.
Word for the day: celerity. Pronounced sell-AIR-i-tee. Nothing to do with celery, or celebrity, the word comes out of the Latin noun celer, which means simply “swift.” The word, swift, itself is one of those prime words that is what it sounds like. It takes so little time to say the word, but it connotes the speed or rapidity of the motion or action of something. A cheetah, running at 70mph is the fastest land animal, while the peregrine falcon can dive at a speed of 242mph. Talk about celerity!
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.