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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.

“Great lives never go out; they go on.”  He is the first president to have his voice preserved by means of recording.  He was also the first president to have electricity in White House, however, he and his wife were so fearful of being electrocuted, they refused to touch the light switches, often sleeping with the lights on!  He was also the only president to lose a presidential re-election to a former president.  He is Benjamin Harrison VI, 23rd President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1889, until March 4, 1893.  Benjamin, the grandson of William Harrison, 9th President of the United States and great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio.  Benjamin’s family was one of the First Families of Virginia, with roots going all the way back to Jamestown.  Benjamin attended Farmer’s College, where he met his first wife, Caroline Scott.  In 1850, he transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and went on to study and practice law.

 

In 1853, Benjamin married Caroline, in a ceremony, that her father, a Presbyterian minister, presided over.  Benjamin and Caroline were both also Presbyterian.  In 1856, Benjamin joined the Republican party and was elected Indianapolis City Attorney.  Two years later, Benjamin opened his own law practice with William Wallace.  Benjamin remained active in politics, becoming Reporter of Decisions for the Indiana Supreme Court in 1860.  That same year, Benjamin opened a new law firm with William Fishback.

 

The Civil War interrupted Benjamin’s political ambitions, as he joined the Union Army as a captain and company commander in 1862.  Benjamin went on to participate in Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign.  By the conclusion of the war, he had reached the rank of brigadier general.  Throughout the war, he maintained his position as Reporter of Decisions, which provided his family with a steady income, as well as kept him politically active.

 

Upon returning from the war, Benjamin ignored urgings to run for Congress, instead choosing to speak on behalf of other politicians, a task for which he was highly praised.  In 1872, Benjamin unsuccessfully campaigned to receive the nomination for governor of Indiana.  This defeat led Benjamin to return to his law practice, in which he was successful.  Benjamin continued to serve in small capacity as needed.

 

In 1880, Benjamin was elected as a United States Senator for Indiana.  Benjamin also campaigned for James Garfield, who was running for president.  Upon his election, the president offered Benjamin a cabinet position.  Benjamin respectfully declined the offer, instead choosing to remain in the Senate, where he served until 1887.  During his time in the Senate, Benjamin campaigned for generous pensions for veterans and their widows and greater educational opportunities for Southerns, including African Americans.  Benjamin lost his re-election bid in 1886, due to a re-drawing of the districts by the Democrats.

 

Following his defeated, Benjamin returned to his law practice, but stayed politically active.  In 1888, the Republican Party favorite, James G. Blaine, withdrew his name from contention of the Presidential nomination.  Ultimately, Benjamin was selected to run in his place.  Although he lost the popular vote by 90,000, he carried the electoral college, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland, leading to many to claim the election was corrupt.  Benjamin was inaugurated 100 years after George Washington was inaugurated as 1st President of the United States.

 

During his presidency, six states - a record! - were admitted into the Union: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Idaho.  A deep rivalry existed between North and South Dakota, which were both signed into the Union on November 2, 1889. Due to the rivalry, Benjamin ordered that the papers be shuffled and he not see the states names when signing.  To this day, no one knows which state was admitted first, although North Dakota has gained the title of the 39th state because it came first alphabetically.

 

Also during his presidency, Benjamin oversaw the last major American Indian battle, the Battle of Wounded Knee, in which over 100 Sioux, including many women and children, were killed.  Another domestic issue facing President Harrison was civil rights for Negros.  Despite Benjamin’s attempts, congress consistently denied approval for such bills.

 

As the re-election approached, Benjamin’s popularity began to decrease, along with his wife’s health.  What had once been a national surplus had turned into a deficit, and Benjamin was accused of wasteful spending.  Some of the surplus had been spent on the Dependent and Disability Pension Act which provided pensions to disabled veterans, regardless of the cause of their disability.  Benjamin also greatly increased the number of naval ships, further depleting government funds.  Additionally, Benjamin chose to not actively campaign, instead he stayed with his wife and cared for her.  Caroline died two weeks before the election, which Grover Cleveland, his opponent, decisively won.

 

After leaving the White House, Benjamin briefly lived in California, giving lectures at Stanford University.  He also traveled around the nation giving speeches in support of William McKinley.  In 1896, Benjamin was married to Mary Scott Lord Dimmick, a women 25 years his junior and of whom his two children disapproved. He also returned to his law practice.  He went on to try a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, one of three former president’s to do so (John Quincy Adams and Grover Cleveland being the other two.)

 

Benjamin died of pneumonia on March 13, 1901, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 67.  He was buried in Indianapolis, along side his two wives.

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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