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What 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?)

 

 

331 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.

 

4  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)

 

7  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.

7  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:

"Your 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)

 

8  1851 Opening of New York railroad.

8-11 1871 Great Chicago fire.

 

11 1966 The first Satellite Sideswipe: two unmanned satellites collided 500 miles above earth and survived.  (On This Day, p. 141)

 

12 1492 Columbus lands on South American soil: San Salvador.

 

14 1066 Battle of Hastings: William the Conqueror defeats Harold.

14 1734 Birth of Francis "Lightfoot" Lee; delegate to the Constitutional Congress 1774-1779.

 

18 1931 Japanese troops invade Manchuria.

 

19 1781 Surrender of Cornwallace at Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War.

19 1967 A Soviet Capsule reported that Venus is not inhabitable!  Too hot & arid.

 

21 1931 Great Britain ends the gold standard.

 

22 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 & Farris)

 

23 1707 Opening of First Parliament of Great Britain.

 

24 1749 Birth of Jered Ingersoll of Pennsylvania, a signer of the Constitution.

 

30 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.

 

31 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)

31 1740 Birth of William Pace, U.S. District Court Judge-1789-1799 & Governor of Maryland 1797-1801.


 

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