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Today In History, Along With Random Ramblings., ^ | May 02, 2011 | arderkrag

Posted on 05/02/2011 2:12:41 PM PDT by arderkrag

It's been in the back of my mind now that there are certain dates throughout the year that The Almighty uses as lynchpins for his purposes. God does not play dice, as we've been told. This is not to say that human decisions do not cause less-than-earth-shaking events, or that random chance does not exist, or that coincidences on a grand scale don't happen, because they do.

However, it is obvious that God prefers certain days to orchestrate historic events that are, shall I say, "plotline resolutions", where several building threads meet. Let's look at today in history - I'll cherry pick a few notable events to illustrate.

1559 – John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation.

Excerpt from Scottish Reformation article: The Scottish Reformation was Scotland's formal break with the Papacy in 1560, and the events surrounding this. It was part of the wider European Protestant Reformation; and in Scotland's case culminated ecclesiastically in the re-establishment of the church along Reformed lines, and politically in the triumph of English influence over that of the Kingdom of France.

The Reformation Parliament of 1560, which repudiated the pope's authority, forbade the celebration of the Mass and approved a Protestant Confession of Faith, was made possible by a revolution against French hegemony. Prior to that, Scotland was under the regime of the regent Mary of Guise, who had governed in the name of her absent daughter Mary, Queen of Scots (then also Queen of France).

The Scottish Reformation decisively shaped the Church of Scotland[1] and, through it, all other Presbyterian churches worldwide.

1611 – King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.

Excerpt from KJV (The Bible, not the article): But amongst all our Joyes, there was no one that more filled our hearts, then the blessed continuance of the Preaching of GODS sacred word amongst us, which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth, because the fruit thereof extendeth it selfe, not onely to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that Eternall happinesse which is above in Heaven.

1945 – World War II: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.

1945 – World War II: Italian Campaign – General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.

1945 – World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wöbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.

I think those three speak for themselves.

2011 – Osama Bin Laden, the "mastermind behind the September 11 attacks", is killed by an American military mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

And look at the birthdays...(excerpt)

1360 – Yongle, Emperor of China (d. 1424)
1451 – René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1508)
1458 – Leonor of Viseu, queen of Portugal (d. 1525)
1551 – William Camden, English historian (d. 1623)
1601 – Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit scholar (d. 1680)
1660 – Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (d. 1725)
1695 – Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-born architect (d. 1766)
1702 – Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian (d. 1782)
1729 – Catherine II of Russia, Empress of Russia (d. 1796)
1737 – William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
1740 – Elias Boudinot, President of the American Continental Congress (d. 1821)
1750 – John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
1772 – Novalis, German writer (d. 1801)
1773 – Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher (d. 1845)
1802 – Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (d. 1870)
1806 – Catherine Labouré, French visionary and saint (d. 1876)
1808 – Emma Wedgwood, English naturalist, wife of Charles Darwin, (d. 1896)
1810 – Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (d. 1874)
1828 – Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (d. 1915)
1843 – Elijah McCoy, Canadian-born Inventor (d. 1929)
1859 – Jerome Klapka Jerome, English writer (d. 1927)
1860 – Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist/Zionist (d. 1904)
1865 – Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
1867 – Giuseppe Morello, Sicilian-American gangster (d. 1930)
1873 – Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (d. 1944)
1879 – James F. Byrnes, American statesman, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1972)
1881 – Alexander Kerensky, Russian politician (d. 1970)
1885 – Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
1886 – Gottfried Benn, German author (d. 1956)
1887 – Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
1887 – Eddie Collins, American baseball player (d. 1951)
1889 – Ki Hajar Dewantara, Indonesian education pioneer and national hero (d. 1959)
1890 – E. E. Smith, American writer (d. 1965)
1892 – Manfred von Richthofen, German World War I pilot – the Red Baron (d. 1918)

And deaths...(excerpt)

373 – Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 298)
756 – Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan (b. 701)
907 – Boris I of Bulgaria
1219 – Leo I, King of Armenia (b. 1150)
1230 – William de Braose, Norman-English nobleman (b. 1197)
1300 – Blanche of Artois, regent of Navarre (b. 1248)
1450 – William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English military leader (b. 1396)
1519 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor and painter (b. 1452)
1564 – Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (b. 1500)
1627 – Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
1667 – George Wither, English writer (b. 1588)
1683 – Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
1711 – Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
1802 – Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
1810 – Rev. Dr. Henry Jerome de Salis, divine (b. 1740)
1819 – Mary Moser, English painter (b. 1744)
1857 – Alfred de Musset, French writer (b. 1810)
1864 – Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer (b. 1791)
1880 – Eberhard Anheuser, German soap and candle maker and father-in-law of Adolphus Busch, founder of the Anheuser-Busch Company (b. 1805)

Now, like I said, this does not discount chance and luck. If chance and luck didn't exist, dice wouldn't work at all. They'd just sit there.

(My source for the dates is wikipedia, which we can't link to here because BADWRONGFUNliberalliberalliberal. However, it is a useful source for chronology.)

TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: history; philosophy; vanity
Just some random musings about today and its connection to other major events on this date, with some metaphysical stuff thrown in for flavor.
1 posted on 05/02/2011 2:12:48 PM PDT by arderkrag
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To: arderkrag

I don’t want to dampen your enthusiasm, but I think you could pick any random date, look at the things that have occured on it, and draw significance.

2 posted on 05/02/2011 2:20:53 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: arderkrag

On this day in 1863, Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men during the battle of Chancellorsville. He didn’t die until several days later.

3 posted on 05/02/2011 3:14:02 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: arderkrag

While you are musing there is something Else to consider. Just like the “dates” of early history are removed from the actual positions of stars and earth our ways of looking at this is different from that of the adversary.
This isn’t Over any less than when he was already dying. It was only a matter of WHEN. Since we pray to the Same Almighty LORD XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Above, Osama may have Prayed MORE! That doesn’t mean what you think I mean. Osama’s intent was to take Down the U.S.
If his death at this time results in Obama’s reelection
then his last wish is fulfilled.

4 posted on 05/02/2011 4:02:06 PM PDT by noodler (!)
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