July 9th 2009—Today in History—the Cross of Gold


Today was a good day for the Declaration of Independence in the Military, but a bad day for Supreme Court Justices Benjamin Cardozo and Earl Warren, but the most interesting anniversary was William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” Speech delivered in 1896.  Few keynote addresses at national political conventions were ever more memorable or more relevant to the history of the populist decline of the United States.  William Jennings Bryan advocated abandoning the Gold Standard as a three-time Presidential Candidate, so it is probably not coincidental that he became Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson and then and there part of the government which implemented the Federal Reserve Bank and under which the Income Tax was established.  “Progressive Populism” under Bryan was clearly the forerunner to “New Deal Socialism” under Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry Agard Wallace—and proves that no matter how eloquent or persuasive an orator may be, it is important to remember that ANY argument to subvert the constitution (e.g. by abandonment of the Gold Standard) is a step away from the most rational and solvent democratic-republic in history, which was the Early United States.

Today in History — Thursday, July 9 (Tom Hanks)

The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, July 9, the 190th day of 2009. There are 175 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.

On this date:

In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.

In 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain.

In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.)

In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.

In 1918, 101 people were killed in a train collision in Nashville, Tenn. The Distinguished Service Cross was established by an Act of Congress.

In 1938, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo died in Port Chester, N.Y., at age 68.

In 1947, the engagement of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.

In 1951, President Harry S. Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany.

In 1974, former U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren died in Washington at age 83.

In 1982, a Pan Am Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner, La., killing all 145 people aboard and eight people on the ground.

Ten years ago: A jury in Los Angeles ordered General Motors Corp. to pay $4.9 billion to six people severely burned when their Chevrolet Malibu exploded in flames in a rear-end collision. (A judge later reduced the punitive damages to $1.09 billion, while letting stand $107 million in compensatory damages; GM settled the lawsuit in July 2003 for an undisclosed amount.)

Five years ago: A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration had relied on to justify going to war. The International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s planned security barrier in the West Bank violated international law. Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine’s Russian edition, was gunned down near his Moscow office. Actress Isabel Sanford died in Los Angeles at age 86.

One year ago: Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colo. Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, battling a brain tumor, walked into the Senate to cast a dramatic vote in favor of long-stalled Medicare legislation. Iran test-fired nine missiles, including ones capable of hitting Israel. Gunmen stormed a guard post at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, touching off a firefight that killed three police officers and three assailants.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-singer Ed Ames is 82. Actor James Hampton is 73. Actor Brian Dennehy is 71.

Actor Richard Roundtree is 67. Author Dean Koontz is 64. NFL Hall of Famer and (finally) connvicted felon O.J. Simpson is 62.

Actor Chris Cooper is 58. TV personality John Tesh is 57. Country singer David Ball is 56. R&B singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 55. Actor Jimmy Smits is 54. Actress Lisa Banes is 54. Actor Tom Hanks is 53. Singer Marc Almond is 52. Actress Kelly McGillis is 52. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 50.

Actress-rock singer Courtney Love is 45. Rock musician Frank Bello (Anthrax) is 44. Actor David O’Hara is 44. Rock musician Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) is 41.

Actor Scott Grimes is 38. Actor Enrique Murciano is 36. Rock musician Dan Estrin (Hoobastank) is 33. Actor-director Fred Savage is 33. Country musician Pat Allingham is 31.

Actress Megan Parlen is 29. R&B singer Kiely Williams (3lw) is 23. Actor Mitchel Musso is 18. Actress Georgie Henley (“The Chronicles of Narnia” films) is 14.

Thought for Today: “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” — Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and reformer (1875-1955).

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