Folks I might just change up the format from now on, because there’s more than meets the eye to literally every day in terms of important things happening, so here’s to progress!!
Today: June 11, 2017
1. 1509–> Henry VIII Locks Up His First Wife.
Henry the VIII, of his six marriages fame, married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, on this day 508 year ago today. When he decided he had had enough of the Lady Catherine (having to do with her not producing a male successor, he wanted to annul the marriage against the will of the Catholic Church. This disagreement led to the English Reformation, and Henry’s separating the Church of England from the Vatican authority.
2. 1776–> Committee of Five Appointed to Write Initial Draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Ooohhh happy day! 241 years ago on this day, today, this very day, the famed committee to draft the Declaration of Independence was chosen by the Second Continental Congress . John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania,Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut were “the chosen ones”, the five tasked with developing the language necessary to announce to the British and the world that they were regarding themselves as separate from British rule.
When, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.
4. 1979–> John Wayne Dies (RIP)
39 years ago today John Wayne succumbed to his more than decade long battle with cancer. Born Marion Morrison, he got his first starring role in The Big Trail, about a trek across the Oregon Trail. He got his big break in the 1939 film Stagecoach, and in his career he starred in over 140 films, was a top box office draw for over three decades, including his work in the original True Grit, for which he earned an Academy Award. RIP in peace Mr. Wayne.