Love to be unknown, and to be valued as nothing. This will be more beneficial and useful than to be praised by other people.
-Thomas à Kempis.
The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered control of the city to Union Brigadier General Alexander Schimmelfennig at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 1865. With commanding General William T. Sherman’s arrival imminent, evacuation of the city began on February 17 and continued through the early morning hours of February 18. The city had been … Continue reading “Today in History – February 18”
On February 17, 1801, the House of Representatives, breaking a tie in the Electoral College, elected Thomas Jefferson president of the United States. Jefferson’s triumph brought an end to one of the most acrimonious presidential campaigns in U.S. history and resolved a serious Constitutional crisis. U.S. Capitol paintings. Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, close-up, painting … Continue reading “Today in History – February 17”
Congregationalist missionary the Reverend Cushing Eells was born in Massachusetts on February 16, 1810. Eells founded Whitman College External in Walla Walla, the oldest educational institution in Washington State, when the Washington Territorial Legislature granted a charter to the Whitman Seminary on December 20,1859. He named the school in honor of fellow missionaries Marcus and … Continue reading “Today in History – February 16”
On February 15, 1898, an explosion of unknown origin sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. The sinking of the Maine incited United States’ passions against Spain, eventually leading to a naval blockade of Cuba and a declaration of war. U.S.S. Maine. c1897. Detroit Publishing … Continue reading “Today in History – February 15”
The Cream of Love. New York: Published by Currier & Ives, c1879. Popular Graphic Arts. Prints & Photographs Division On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and candy. Although the origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the fifteenth of … Continue reading “Today in History – February 14”
Geraldine Felcetto, Tampa Police Evidence Control Supervisor, left, and Detective Kristie Pierpont display weapons seized from individuals that were under Florida’s red flag law at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. —Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Wire February 14, 2020 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A 23-year-old man who posted … Continue reading “Florida ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law Used 3,500 Times Since Parkland”
February 14, 2020 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don’t know why I don’t go on a killing spree.” A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man who pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a motorcyclist. All four … Continue reading “In 2 years, Florida ‘red flag’ law removes hundreds of guns”
February 14, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate passed their respective spending plans Thursday, with about a month left in this year’s legislative session to reconcile a $1.4 billion gap in policy and funding priorities over state employee pay raises, the environment, teacher salaries and other programs. The House … Continue reading “With budgets drafted, it’s crunch time for Florida lawmakers”
February 13, 2020 The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official economic development partnership, is collaborating for the fourth year with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) on an industry-focused career fair, the Claim Your Future Showcase. Geared toward high school juniors in BCPS Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education (CTACE) programs, the event takes a … Continue reading “The Alliance and BCPS Partner for the 4th Annual Claim Your Future Showcase”
On February 13, 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in New York City. The purpose of this organization was–and remains–to protect the copyright and performance rights of the works of its members: composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers. ASCAP’s first director was composer and musician Victor Herbert, an eloquent … Continue reading “Today in History – February 13”