TO REMEMBER IN OCTOBER
is the point of learning who did what in October? First, "in
B.C." we learn of Alexanderís conquering "all of the known
world." What great changes that made for Asia, Egypt and those
countries that preceded the settling of the "west." "In
A.D." Europe would take its place in world history. In the meantime
the Gospel is moving ever westward and, soon after Columbus opened the way for
the immigration of the Europeans to this new world, a battle for the truth
began: those Europeans then learn from Luther that individuals have the right
and responsibility for their spiritual choices. (October 31 & Lutherís 95
Theses). However, those choices are God-moved: the just shall live by
faith. Think what an enormous difference that can make in a personís and
a nationís life. Self-government grew out of that. Included in the
list is an example of self-government in this nation; an example that shows how
good character is necessary if self-government is to honor God. (What do
you know about treaties and the Constitution? Do you think the Senate
acted wisely and rightly?)
B.C. Defeat of Darius III, King of Persia, at the Battle of Arbela by Alexander
the Great, the prelude to the conquering of Babylon and all of the known world
by that warrior.
1977 Fifty-one House members argued before a federal judge that a provision of
the Constitution says both houses must vote to give up U.S. property. (The
House members lost their case and the Senate approved the Panama Canal treaty in
April, 1978.) (Ibid)
1728 Birth of Caesar Rodney, Christian, President of Delaware 1778-1781.
As Comdr. of the Militia he fought the Battle of Kings Mt. the only battle
fought against the Tories in the Revolutionary War.
1727 Birth of William Samuel Johnson of Connecticut, a signer of the
Constitution. As President of Columbia University, he gave these profound
remarks in a speech to the first graduating class after the Revolutionary War:
first great duties,.. are those you owe to Heaven, to your Creator and Redeemer,
Let these be ever present to your minds, and exemplified in your lives and
conduct, Imprint deep upon your minds the principles of piety towards God, and a
reverence and fear of His holy name. The fear of God is the beginning of
wisdom and its consummation is everlasting felicity." (Federer)
1851 Opening of New York railroad.
1871 Great Chicago fire.
1966 The first Satellite Sideswipe: two unmanned satellites collided 500 miles
above earth and survived. (On This Day, p. 141)
1492 Columbus lands on South American soil: San Salvador.
1066 Battle of Hastings: William the Conqueror defeats Harold.
1734 Birth of Francis "Lightfoot" Lee; delegate to the Constitutional
1931 Japanese troops invade Manchuria.
1781 Surrender of Cornwallace at Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War.
1967 A Soviet Capsule reported that Venus is not inhabitable! Too hot
1931 Great Britain ends the gold standard.
1963 The U.S. helps China by developing an electronic Chinese typesetting
machine that made printing in Chinese easier! (On This Day, p. 147-LaHaye
1707 Opening of First Parliament of Great Britain.
1749 Birth of Jered Ingersoll of Pennsylvania, a signer of the Constitution.
1735 Birth of John Adams, second president but first one to occupy the White
House. Not the pleasantest thing to do! There was still lots of
development needed. Adams died at age of 91 on July 4th, 1826, the same
day Thomas Jefferson died.
1517 MARTIN LUTHER nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the of the Wittenburg
Castle, initiating the second round of the Reformation. Luther translated
the Bible into German, wrote innumerable hymns (A Mighty Fortress is our God),
and taught many "seminary" students. He said, "I advise no
one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount."
(Quoted in Federer)
1740 Birth of William Pace, U.S. District Court Judge-1789-1799 & Governor
of Maryland 1797-1801.