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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.

“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”  He was the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize and the first president to study martial arts, which led to a detached retina after being injured in a boxing match.  He was the first president to own a car, to submerge in a submarine, and to ride in an airplane (after he was out of office).  He has a children’s toy named after him.  He is Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America, serving from September 14, 1901, until March 4, 1909.  Theodore, who grew to despise the nickname “Teddy,” was born October 27, 1858, in New York City, New York, to parents who owned a successful plate-glass import business.  Theodore was a sickly child and, as a result, was homeschooled, which helped develop his love of the outdoors and his love for animals.   Theodore went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1880.  He then enrolled in Columbia Law School, but dropped out as he became more interested in politics and less interested in the law.  Theodore married Alice Hathaway Lee on his 22nd birthday. 

 

After dropping out of law school, Theodore became a representative for New York City in the New York State Assembly.  He was the youngest person to hold that position.  Theodore became devastated when Alice died on February 14, 1884, two days after the birth of their first child, and spent two years in the Dakota Territory, during which time seriously contemplating becoming a rancher.  He left his infant daughter in the care of his sister.  After two years, Theodore returned, regained custody of his daughter and ran for mayor of New York in 1886, however he was defeated.  Later that year, on December 2, Theodore married his second wife, Edith Kermit Carow, with whom he had watched the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln as a child.  

 

Theodore continued his political pursuits and campaigned for Benjamin Harrison in the 1888 presidential elections, after which he was appointed to the United State Civil Service Commission.  He remained in that position until 1895, and during his time he fought against the spoils system, believing political positions should not be granted in return for political support.  In 1895, after refusing to run for mayor of New York and regretting that decision, Theodore became president of the New York City Police Commissioners, radically reforming the corrupt New York Police Department.

 

In 1897, Theodore was appointed by President William McKinley to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  As the actual Secretary of the Navy had ill health, most major decisions were left up to Theodore.  Theodore especially supported the removal of Spain from Cuba in order to foster the nation’s independence and show the United States support of the Monroe Doctrine.

 

Theodore took a special interest in the Spanish-American War, which began in April of 1898, and left politics to organize the Rough Riders, a volunteer calvary unit composed of individuals from varying backgrounds.  Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt helped train his regiment and led them in the famous charge up San Juan Hill in 1898, for which he was nominated for the Medal of Honor.  He posthumously received the award in 2001.  

 

Theodore returned to New York City, where he was narrowly (by 1%!) elected governor.  He once agin came into conflict with the Republican Party.  President McKinley’s first Vice-President Garret Hobart died in 1899, leading to a search for a new vice-president.  Supporters of Theodore encouraged him to go after the position.  Opponents also supported Theodore for vice-president, believing it would keep him in check, as the office was largely powerless.  Like nearly everything Theodore did, he threw himself into campaigning and helped McKinley win a second term.

 

On September 6, 1901, President McKinley was shot in Buffalo, New York.  For days, it was thought that McKinley would survive, however, he succumbed to his wound on September 14.  Theodore was sworn in as President later that day.  Theodore attempted to live up to McKinley’s campaign promises and kept McKinley’s staff and cabinet.  Shortly thereafter, Theodore invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House, the first African American to be invited to dinner, although this caused tension in the South.  Theodore, personally, supported desegregation and woman’s rights, although his administration was not aggressive in its support.

 

In May of 1902, President Roosevelt had to deal with a strike by anthracite coal miners, which threaten a national energy shortage.  Theodore initially threatened an intervention with federal troops, however, he was able to get the workers to agree to have the dispute arbitrated with a commission.  The workers did not unionize as they would have preferred, but they did receive higher pay for fewer hours.

 

Theodore was re-elected president in 1904, with a landslide victory against Alton Brooks Parker.  During his time in office, Theodore maintained a good relationship, mostly, with the press, providing interviews and photo opportunities nearly every day.  During one particularly rainy day in which the press were huddled outside, Theodore invited them into the White House and gave them their own room, beginning the modern-day presidential press briefings.  

 

The Panic of 1907, or the Knickerbocker Crisis, was a financial crisis that occurred for three weeks, starting in mid-October.  Stock prices fell and many business declared bankruptcy, including banks.  New York’s third largest trust, Knickerbocker Trust Company, collapsed, causing panic.  J.P. Morgan convinced other New York bankers to pledge large sums of money to help the banking system, preventing banks from collapsing.  This panic eventually led to the creation of the Federal Reserve System.

 

One of Theodore’s most prominent and longest lasting work was in the conservation of natural resources.  Theodore established the United States Forest Service and signed into law the creation of five National Parks.  Working closely with Gifford Pinchot, who has a park named after him in Pennsylvania, Theodore established 51 Bird Reserves, four Game Preserves, and 150 National Forests, greatly increasing the amount of land under federal protection.

 

Internationally, Theodore worked at increasing the size of the US Navy and seeing to the completion of the Panama Canal, which including military assistance to Panama.  He also assisted in negotiating the end of the Russo-Japanese War, which led to his Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Theodore initially supported his successor, William Howard Taft, however, Theodore began to openly criticize him when William’s policies began to differ from his own.  Theodore formed the Bull Moose Party and ran against William in 1912.  During his campaign, Theodore was shot in the chest, an assassination attempt.  He continued speaking for 90 minutes before seeking medical treatment.  Theodore lost the election.

 

Theodore remained active for most of his life, traveling, and publishing numerous books, including the four volume series The Winning of the West.  He was an outspoken supporter of the Allies during World War I, and demanded harsher policies against Germany.  He also believed “hyphenated Americans” were unpatriotic because they were not wholly loyal to the United States.  Roosevelt had also been given the authority to raise four divisions similar to the Rough Riders.  However, much to Theodore’s furor, President Woodrow Wilson refused to send the troops to France, forcing the divisions to disband.  In retaliation, Theodore published a book against the president, helping his own party gain control of the Congress.

 

Theodore identified with the Dutch Reformed Church, although he frequently attend Episcopalian church services with his wife, as Dutch Reformed Churches were nearly impossible to locate.  Theodore believed that if you did not fear God, you must consider yourself about the laws of man.

 

In 1918, Theodore considered another run for President but persistent health problems from malaria, ultimately convinced him against running.  On January 6, 1919, Theodore died at his Long Island estate in his sleep after a blood clot lodged in his heart.  He was 60 years of age.  After being informed of Theodore’s death, vice-president Thomas Marshall said, “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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