Friday, February 7, 2014
On Feb 7,1812 - The last of the New Madrid earthquakes, a series of violent quakes that changes the course of the Mississippi River, occurs near New Madrid, Missouri.
On Feb 7, 1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder is born near Pepin, Wisconsin. At the age of 65, she published a novel about her life, Little House in the Big Woods, soon to be followed by Little House on the Prairie and others.
On Feb 7, 1964 - The Beatles arrive in New York for their first U.S. tour and an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, touching off Beatlemania.
On Feb 7,1984 - Space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart take the first untethered spacewalk.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
February 6th is the birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the nation's 40th president.
When he became president, many said the nation's best days were behind us. He spent much of his presidency (1981-1989) reminding Americans, again and again, that this country is still a land of boundless potential, a beacon of freedom and hope for the world.
Reagan served as Governor of California and was a former actor. He is often remembered as "The Great Communicator" for his ability to connect with the American people.
He had a great sense of humor as evidenced in quotes like, "Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
One of my favorite Reagan quotes is, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
Reagan believed that government was NOT the answer to our problems, but was very often, THE problem. And that the American people are the answer to every problem we face as a nation.
I think the Reagan legacy will be that Ronald Reagan helped America believe in itself again. He showed us that we are an exceptional nation, and that brighter days were in our future.
President Reagan died on June 5th, 2004.
Rest in Peace Mr. President, you will be missed and remembered.