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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

“Change is the law of life.  And those woh look only to the past or the present are retain to miss the future.”  He was the first president to have been born in the 20th Century.  He loved lobster stew and New England clam chowder.   He was the first president to have been a boy scout, to have served in the Navy, to have won a purple heart, and to win a Pulitzer Prize.  His right leg was 3/4 inch longer than his left, causing him back pain which would occasionally require him to use crutches, although he never used them in public.  He is John Fitzgerald "Jack " Kennedy, better known as JFK, 35th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 1961, to November 22, 1963.  Jack was born on May 29, 1917, as the second of ten children, in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He was first raised in Brookline, but moved to the Bronx, New York, during his middle school years, before being sent to a private school in Connecticut.  Following graduation of high school, he went on to attend Princeton University for six weeks, before enrolling at Harvard College, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team.  During college, Jack traveled throughout Europe, the Soviet Union, the Balkans, and the Middle East.


Following the outbreak of World War II, Jack joined the Navy.  He earned the Purple Heart when his ship was struck.  He helped save the lives of many of the men onboard, which also earned him the Navy and Marine Corp Medal of Honor.  Jack was honorably discharged shortly before the Japanese surrender in 1945.  Jack’s brother, Joe, Jr., was killed during the war.  It had been expected that Joe would become involved in politics and eventually make a run for President.  With his death, that responsibility fell to Jack.  


Jack began his political career at the age of 29, one year after leaving the military, with an election to the House of Representatives, where he served for six years.  In 1952, Jack ran and won a US Senate seat.  In 1953, he married his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier.  During his first two years as a Senator, Jack was frequently absent, due to severe illness and needing several spinal operations.  At one point, Jack, a Roman Catholic, was so ill, he received Catholic last rites.  In 1958, Jack again ran for Senator and won.


In 1960, JFK narrowly defeated his opponent, Richard Nixon, for the presidency in the popular vote by approximately 120,000 votes, however, JFK won 303 electoral votes, compared to Nixon's 219 electoral votes.  Kennedy was a well-known, published author by this time.  He also suffered from Addison's disease, along with back pain from his time in the Navy.  His son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was born after he was elected.  JFK was sworn into office on January 20, 1961, and his inaugural address included the now-famous quote "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”


Kennedy suffered an early set back in his presidency, when, in April of 1961, the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba failed to overthrow Dictator Fidel Castro.  This disaster caused him to state, “How could I have been so stupid.”  The following year, in October of 1962, he ordered a blockade of Soviet ships going into Cuba, leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Kennedy also faced problems in Germany, which included the construction of the Berlin Wall.  During his first months in office, Kennedy introduced the creation of the Peace Corps, which was approved by Congress.  


Domestically, Kennedy sought to advance the space race and in May of 1961, he announced that the United States would have a man on the moon by 1970.  His prediction came true, although he was not around to see it.  Neil Armstrong walked on the moon on July 20, 1969.  Kennedy also increased the minimum wage, cut taxes, and increased Social Security benefits.  Kennedy believed in racial integration and signed a bill of affirmative action for government contractors.  As president, he intervened at least twice to allow black students to attend college.  In June of 1963, Kennedy gave a radio address on civil rights.  Many of his ideas were later incorporated into the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  


On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy, and his wife, Jacqueline, were visiting Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie.  During a parade through town, President Kennedy was shot twice.  He was pronounced dead less than a half hour later.  Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of JFK.  Oswald was shot two days later by Jack Rudy.  Kennedy was the fourth President of the United States to be assassinated and the eighth president to die while in office.  Kennedy was 46 years old when he died, the youngest of any president.  


Happy Birthday, Mr. President!


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