1631 Roger Williams arrived in America.
1897 Indiana House of Representatives declared pi to be 3.2.
1900 Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr. was born.
1986 Corazon Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos both appeared on the national television program, Nightline.
1994 White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murder in Jackson, Mississippi, for the 1963 death of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
More than 300 years ago, on this date, Roger Williams arrived in the American colonies. In 1631, this young British minister had no idea he was to become our first great dissenter. As the founder of American religious tolerance, Williams established religious freedom as the law in Rhode Island.
Today is Adlai Stevenson, Jr.’s birthday. Some people questioned his qualifications as a presidential candidate; others commended his talent as an international diplomat; but all agree on his eloquence. Among the many memorable things he said was this: “Eggheads of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your yolks.”
On this day in 1897, the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a measure redefining the area of a circle. It declared the value of pi to be 3.2. (The bill died in the Indiana Senate.)
Most of the time the media simply report the news. But occasionally, and perhaps more often than we realize, they make the news. It was on this day in 1986, that Corazon Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos both appeared on the national television program, Nightline. The debate between a dictator and the woman who would eventually unseat him halfway around the world, marked the beginning of a shift of international support away from the established regime.
The wheels of justice may creak too slowly for some of us. But most people agree that as long as those wheels do turn the system still works. This was the case on this day in
1994 when white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted for a murder he committed three decades earlier in Jackson, Mississippi. For thirty-one years, police officials failed to arrest or convict the assailant of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. However, justice did prevail over a wrongdoing in the end.