Lincoln had been invited on this date in 1863 to give a “few appropriate remarks” to dedicate a cemetery for Union soldiers killed at Gettysburg. Despite its brevity and earning little attention at the time, the Gettysburg Address is one of Lincoln’s greatest speeches which you are invited to celebrate on Crosscurrents, 11/19 at 8 am.
American pilot who set altitude and endurance records, she used her fame to promote the status of women in aviation and to bring more women into the profession, Louise Thaden was born on this date in 1905. Please join us on the airwaves for a Thaden birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/12 at 8 am.
American civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony was later arrested for voting “illegally” in the presidential election on this date in 1872. You are encouraged to vote on Tuesday after you listen to the suffragist song fest on Monday Crosscurrents 11/5 at 8 am.
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.
We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.
“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
Women should have equal pay for equal work and they should be considered equally eligible to the offices of principal and superintendent, professor and president. So you must insist that qualifications, not sex, shall govern appointments and salaries.
“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.”
“No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.”
“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.”
She was fined $100 though she never paid it.
The legal arguement on her behalf was based on the 14th and the 15th Amendment.
The first American in Earth orbit, John Glenn, made history again by serving as the oldest person to fly in space on STS-95 aboard the space shuttle Discovery which launched on this date in 1998. No matter your age, you are invited to join the blast off on Crosscurrents,10/29 at 8 am.
A fabulous and flashing pianist, teacher, and composer, Franz Liszt was born on this day in 1811. You are invited to celebrate Liszt, the “rock star of the romantics era,” on Crosscurrents, 10/22 at 8 am.
English-born novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, best known as a satirist of the Edwardian British upper class, P.G. Wodehouse was born on this date in 1881. You can ask your smart speaker or the butler Jeeves to tune into the Wodehouse birthday on Crosscurrents, 10/15 at 8 am.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy first appeared together as convicts escaping from a penitentiary in the silent short-film “Second Hundred Years” released on this date in 1927. Laurel and Hardy are perfect inspiration to the craziness to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 10/8 at 8 am. STAN AND OLLIE ON KRNN 10/8: live on-air link: http://www.krnn.org
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JIMMY CARTER ON KRNN, 10/1: A Georgia peanut farmer who became the 39th President later known for humanitarian work and the Noble Peace Award, Jimmy Carter was born on this date in 1924. With peanuts on our minds, we invite you to the Jimmy Carter birthday on Crosscurrents, 10/1 at 8am.
An author whose life was a tragic example of the 1920’s – the joys of love and success, and the pain of excess and failure, F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on this date in 1896. Please bring your dancing shoes for an electric swing playlist and a Fitzgerald birthday party on Crosscurrents, 9/24 at 8 am.
The product of four months of secret debate, convention delegates signed the final draft of the Constitution on this date in 1787. You are invited to convene for a unconventional Constitutional celebration on Crosscurrents, 9/17 at 8 am.
I. On September 17, 1787, only 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document.
II. The original Constitution signed on September 17th and ratified June 21, 1788 is only five pages long.
III. Three Latin phrases appear in the Constitution: pro tempore, ex post facto, and habeas corpus.
IV. James Madison is viewed as the “Father of the Constitution” despite his misgivings towards some of its content.
V. The 85 articles of The Federalist were instrumental in getting the Constitution ratified and were written by Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay.
VI. The Constitutional Convention lasted from May 25, 1787 through September 17, 1787. George Washington served as president of the Constitutional Convention, but did not speak during any of the proceedings until the Convention’s final day.
VII. During the Convention, George Washington sat in a chair that had a representation of half a sun on the top, which Benjamin Franklin regularly gazed at during troublesome moments of the proceedings. Asked why, he said he was unable to decide if the sun was rising or setting. Only when the Constitution was signed did Franklin decide the sun was rising.
VIII. Franklin, at age 81, was the oldest delegate, and had to be helped to sign his name.
IX. John Shallus, a clerk for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, physically wrote the Constitution down on parchment paper. The Convention paid him $30 for his services, which is worth about $800 today.
X. Rhode Island was the only state that refused to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention and was the last state to ratify the Constitution (May 29, 1790).
XI. One of the Constitutional Convention’s debates was the title of the nation’s Chief Executive. One possible idea: “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” Eventually everyone settled on “The President of the United States.”
XII. The U.S. Constitution is the shortest governing document of any nation today, and contains only 7 articles and 27 amendments. It is also the oldest; Norway’s comes in second and was codified in 1814.
XIII. Giving comfort to grammar errants everywhere, the official copy of the Constitution contains an incorrect word — Article 1, Section 10 uses “it’s” when it should be “its,” even in 18th-century usage. However, the word “chuse” as used in the Constitution was acceptable at the time. So was the alternative spelling of Pennsylvania, Pensylvania; the Constitution actually uses both spellings.