Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic. – William Gladstone who was born on this day in 1809.
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.
Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. – William E. Gladstone
On December 29:
1170 Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
13th-century manuscript illumination, an early depiction of Becket’s assassination.
Madame de Pompadour, portrait by François Boucher.
1800 Charles Goodyear, American inventor, was born.
1809 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born.
|Wood engraving published in Harper’s Weekly, 20 January 1877|
1880 Tuhiata, or Tuhi, was hanged in Wellington for the murder of the artist Mary Dobie at Te Namu Bay, Opunake. Tuhi wrote to the Governor days before his execution asking that ‘my bad companions, your children, beer, rum and other spirits die with me’.
1911 Sun Yat-sen became the provisional President of the Republic of China.
1911 Mongolia gained independence from the Qing dynasty.
1936 Birth of Mary Tyler Moore, American actress.
1939 First flight of the Consolidated B-24.
1975 A bomb exploded at La Guardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 74.
Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia.