Today is Father’s Day and the birthday, also, of my oldest son, David, who was born on Father’s Day, a coinciding event that occurs rarely.
But it is also a major historic day in American history in a number of ways.
1775–Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston, actually at Breed’s Hill location nearby, second battle of developing American Revolution against Great Britain.
1856–Republican Party opens its first National Convention in Philadelphia.
1885–Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, arrives in New York Harbor, will be installed in 1886.
1932–“Bonus Army” veterans of World War I march on the US Capitol, demanding veterans benefits in midst of Great Depression under President Herbert Hoover.
1954–The end of the Army-McCarthy hearings, which leads to the Senate censure of Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin for his misbehavior.
1972–The Watergate Break In occurs, the beginning of the downfall of Richard Nixon, the most corrupt President until Donald Trump.
2015–Nine African American worshipers at Emmanuel AME Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, are murdered by a 21 year old white racist gunman.
All of these events are tied together–the promotion of freedom, liberty, principle, social justice, civil rights, and the rule of law.
All of these principles are under attack in 2018!