Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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November 22nd
The Trumpet Summons Us Again
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald during a visit to Dallas, Texas. This somber anniversary is a good time to remember the stirring words the young president offered the nation in his inaugural address, less than three years before his death:

Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.

Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need – not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation,” a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. . . .

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. . . .

With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.
American History Parade
1718
Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is killed off North Carolina’s Outer Banks in a battle with ships sent from Virginia to hunt down the pirate.

1842
Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts during an active period lasting several years.

1935
Pan American Airways’ China Clipper begins the first transpacific airmail service, from Alameda, California, to Manila, in the Philippines.

1943
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek meet in Cairo to discuss World War II in Asia and the Pacific.

1963
John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the thirty-sixth U.S. president.
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