Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day-our thought for the day and a wee bit o' lore for the day

Our history lesson courtesy of Wikipedia

180 – Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
624 – Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
1337 – Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
1776 – American RevolutionBritish forces evacuate BostonMassachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
1805 – The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
1842 – The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed;
1861 – The Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
1891 – SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
1941 – In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1942 – Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
1947 – First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
1959 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
1963 – Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.
1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
1992 – A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
2003 – Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Robin Cook, resigns from the British Cabinet in disagreement with government plans for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
2008 – Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Patersonbecomes New York State governor.

here's our St. Patty's Day thought for the day

“I have come to believe
that if two people are prepared
to make a lifetime commitment
to love and care for each other
in good times and in bad,
the government shouldn’t deny them
the opportunity to get married.”
~ Senator Rob Portman

[Rob Portman]Robert Jones ”Rob“ Portman,  born December 19, 1955, is an American lawyer and the junior United States Senator from Ohio. He served as the 14th United States Trade Representative and 35th Director of the Office of Management and Budget. On March 14, 2013, Portman announced that he had changed his stance on same-sex marriage, and now is in support of its legalization. The change came two years after his son Will came out to Portman and his wife as gay in 2011. Portman co-sponsored the 1996 federal ban on same-sex marriage, and in 1999 he also voted for a measure prohibiting same-sex couples in Washington, D.C., from adopting children.

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