TO REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER
The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving Gov. Bradford wrote:
his (God’s) blessing, caused a fruitfull & liberall harvest, to their no
small comforte and rejoycing. For which mercie (in time conveniente) they also
set aparte a day of thanksgiving."
1787 Richard Henry Lee (Christian, signer of the Declaration of Independence
& 10th president of the Continental Congress), warned that the Constitution
would "...sacrifice the liberties of the people to the power and domination
of a few." From the time the Constitution was sent to the colonies
for their scrutiny, through the whole month of November and into December, they
carried on discussion, debates, and arguments in print and vocally as to whether
they believed, as Lee stated, that a central government would result in the loss
of the sovereignty of the states or be beneficial to our country. This was a big
decision and it took nearly three months for them to decide.
1781 Surrender of Cornwallis to Washington at Yorktown. Word was sent to
Philadelphia where Congress was informed. "The Congress assembled at an
early hour, when Charles Thomson read Washington’s despatch, and then they
resolved to go in procession at two o’clock the same day, to a temple of
worship, ‘and return thanks to Almighty God for crowning the allied armies of
the United States and France with success.’" "Oh! on that day
of general thanksgiving and praise, how many an aspiration ascended to the Most
High, imploring blessings on him whom all time will consecrate as the Father of
his Country." (Quoted in "Private Memoirs of Washington" by
his grandson, George Washington Park Custis, pp. 246-note; 247)
1783 The American Army of the Revolution was disbanded.
1775 The United States Marine Corps was founded as part of the army. (Fourteen
years later became a separate organization.)
1620 The Pilgrims on the Mayflower sat down to decide how to prevent anarchy as
a result of having landed in an area not covered by their
"patent." The result was the composition of a compact signed by
all the men creating the first Christian foundation for civil government in this
country. It began "In ye name of God, amen" and included these
words, "For the glorie of God, and advancement of ye Christian faith...doe
by these presents solemnly & mutually in ye presence of God, and one of
another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body
1777 Articles of Confederation adopted by the Continental Congress at which time
Peyton Randolph of Virginia was chosen for the honor of being the first
President of this country.
1800 Our capitol was moved from New York to Washington, D.C. from which, on this
day, Congress along with President John Adams first utilized the new
offices. Washington was a very rugged place at that time: muddy streets,
no landscaping, and none of the amenities now enjoyed by its occupants including
1789 In the evening, President Washington "went to a play-sent tickets to
the following ladies and gentlemen, and invited them to take seats in my box,
viz. Mrs. Adams (lady of vice president), General Schuyler and lady, Mr. King
and lady, Major Butler and lady, Colonel Hamilton and lady, Mrs. Green-all of
whom accepted and came, except Mrs. Butler, who was indisposed." (From
Washington’s diary, in Custis, p. 367, note.)
1783 The British Evacuate New York.
1789 The first Thanksgiving Proclamation of the first Congress of the United
States by President Washington:
it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the proficiency of Almighty God, to
obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His
protection and favor-and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint
Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day
of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful
hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an
opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and
happiness,’ Now therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of
November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that
great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was,
that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in thanks, for his
kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their
becoming a Nation....and in general for all the great and various favors which
he hath been pleased to confer upon us."
1840 Rodin, famous for his fine sculptures, was born in France. His
"The Thinker" owned by the San Francisco Museum of Art, is one of
those beautiful sculptures he executed.
1605 Have you ever heard of "Guy Fawks Day"? An amusing
English custom observing the day his plot to blow up the Parliament House in
London was discovered!
1905 The death of George Williams who founded the YMCA (Young Mens Christian
Association) in 1844. Williams stated that, "The only power...that
can effectively keep one from evil...is that which comes from an intimate
knowledge of the Lord...and...the safe Guide Book by which one may be led to
Christ is the Bible." Both basketball and volleyball were invented by
instructors at the YMCA. (Gathered from Federer, "American Minute," p.
1869 The official opening of the Suez Canal.
1694 Birth of Voltaire he hated and tried to destroy Christianity stating that
the Bible would one day become extinct. His house now is home for the
storage and distribution of Bibles.
1963 The world was staggered with the report of the assassination of Pres. J. F.
Kennedy. We are still saddened by the memory of that day.
1963 Death of C. S. Lewis, author of, "Chronicles of Narnia," "Screwtape
Letters," "Mere Christianity." and many more writings. Some
good advice he gave a lady gives us some idea of his beliefs and Christian
character: "But of course our anxiety about unbelievers is most perfectly
employed when it leads not to speculation but to earnest prayer for them and the
attempt to be in our own lives such good advertisements for Christianity as will
make it attractive," (quoted in Purtill, C.S. Lewis’s Case for the
Christian Faith, p.83).
1950 Motorola advertised T.V. sets stating, "Smart mothers have found that
TV entertainment is the cheapest money can buy & the best baby minder you
can find." Do we still believe that? If not, why not?
Fifty three years of brainwashing should tell us something.