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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

“Posterity: You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it.”  He was the first President with a middle name.  He was the first son of a former president to become president.  He was also the first president elected who did not receive the majority of the popular or electoral votes.  He is John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States of America, serving from March 4, 1825, until March 4, 1829.  John was born on July 11, 1767, in Braintree, Massachusetts, since renamed Quincy, while the United States was still consider colonies of England.  At the age of 10, his family moved to Europe for a political position, allowing John to study in Paris and Amsterdam.  By the age of 14, he served as secretary to the Minister of Russia.  He returned to America at the age of 17 and studied law at Harvard University.  He was admitted into the bar in 1791.  John became the first president that had previously been a lawyer.  In 1797, John married Louisa Catherine Johnson, who was British, making her the first of two foreign-born First Ladies.

 

John was involved with politics from an early age, beginning by accompanying his father on various international, diplomatic assignments growing up.  He then earned national recognition for his series of articles supporting first president George Washington and his decision to keep the new nation out of European conflicts.  Soon after, at the age of 26, John was appointed by President Washington to be minister to the Netherlands.  At the time John did not want the assignment, however he accepted and went on to meet his wife.  He worked overseas for many years before returning to the United States.

 

Upon his eventual return to the United States, John attempted to be an attorney, but quickly resumed a role in politics, securing a seat in the Massachusetts State Senate, before being appointed to the United States Senate.  While serving in congress, John voted in support of the Louisiana Purchase and President Jefferson’s Embargo Act, which angered his fellow Federalists.  In June of 1808, John resigned from the Senate and became a Democratic-Republican.

 

In 1809, John was appointed as the first officially recognized United States Minister to Russia under President Madison.  He returned in 1814, to help negotiate the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812.  He then went on to serve as minister to England, a position his father had held 30 years earlier.  In 1817, John returned to the United States and served as Secretary of State under President James Monroe.  During this time, John helped acquire Florida, negotiate various Treaties, and helped write the Monroe Doctrine.  Some histories believe this time in John’s life was the highlight of his career.

 

The presidential election of 1824 was a controversial one, earning the nickname the "Corrupt Bargain."  The party system had fallen apart and while Andrew Jackson won the majority of the popular and electoral votes, he failed to achieved the necessary majority of electoral votes.  Thus, it was up to the House of Representatives to decide the president.  Some believe that Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House, struck a deal with John Quincy Adams: Henry would have John elected president if John would appoint Henry Secretary of State, which John did.  John's victory came as a great surprise to Andrew Jackson and his supporters.  

 

John refused to use a Bible during his inauguration, insisting that he did not want to involve the Bible in politics.  This is not to say that John did not believe in Jesus Christ.  He often attended three church services on Sundays and had stated that he was Christian.  As president, he founded All Souls Church, which later became a Unitarian church.

 

Although John was a well-known and successful diplomat, he was not considered a successful President.  He failed to develop the necessary political relationships with members of Congress, leading to many of his proposals being rejected.  His proposals included several far-sighted programs intended to modernize America such as developing roads, canals, a national university, and an astronomical observatory, among other initiatives.  President Adams also supported high tariffs in order to fund the numerous projects.  His Tariff of 1828, was extremely unpopular in areas of the South, which had especially high support for John’s rival, Andrew Jackson.  John also held a generous police toward Native Americans, much to the dismay of western settlers.

 

While president, John did not give much thought to foreign affairs or long-term consequences.  Despite these shortcomings, John managed to arrange several treaties with various nations, including Denmark, Mexico, the Hanseatic League, Prussia, and Austria.  During his time as president, he granted the first interview to a female reporter...after she stole his clothes while he was swimming nude and refused to return them until she was granted the interview she had previously been denied! 

 

John became a one-term president after losing the 1828 election to Andrew Jackson, who had been his primary opponent four years earlier and remained his opponent throughout his presidency.

 

After leaving the White House, John was elected to the House of Representatives in 1830, the first president to serve in Congress after his presidency.  He remained in Congress for 14 years, opposing slavery, warning of the possibility of a coming Civil War, and having far more success than he ever had as president.  On February 21, 1848, John had a heart attack at his desk in the House chamber.  He died two days later, on February 23, 1848, in the Speaker's office.  He is the only president to die in a Capitol building.  Future president Abraham Lincoln served as one of his pallbearers.  

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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