Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

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.
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.
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.

“The more profoundly we stay this wonderful Book, and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”  He was known for his devotion to taking care of his invalid wife.  He was the last president to serve in the Civil War and the first man in his hometown to volunteer when war broke out.  He was an extremely religious man, kissing and reading from the Bible at his inauguration and singing hymns at home.  He is William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1987, until September 14, 1901.  William was born on January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio.  He was raised and remained a devout Methodist all of his life.  William attended Allegheny College, but left after one year, eventually becoming a teacher.  After Civil War broke out, William enlisted as a private in the 23rd Ohio Infantry.  During his time in the military, William looked up to his commander, and future president, Rutherford B. Hayes.  William eventually earned the rank of Brevet Major of Volunteers.  After the war, William met and married Ida Saxton.  Shortly after their marriage, and after the death of their two daughters, Ida’s health began to decline.  William remained devoted to his wife and patiently cared for her, earning public praise.


In 1869, William entered the political arena and was elected to the United States Congress in 1876.  During his time in Congress, William supported economic protectionism by favoring high tariffs on imported goods.  In 1890, a tariff bill, bearing his name, passed, but was not supported by the public.  William lost his re-election, but was elected governor of Ohio the following year, where he served for two terms.


In 1896, after a brief economical panic, William received the Republican nomination for the presidency. He defeated William Jennings Bryan during the election, winning by over 600,000 popular votes (the largest victory in 25 years), and receiving over one-third more electoral votes than Bryan.  William refused to leave his invalid wife for long campaign tours, so his campaign manager arranged for visitors to travel to his home, where he gave brief, well-rehearsed talks keyed to their interests.  William was the first president to utilize campaign buttons and telemarketing.


William McKinley’s presidency was dominated by foreign affairs.  When William entered the White House, there was an ongoing conflict in Cuba, where Spanish forces were attempting to suppress a revolution.  McKinley hoped to avoid intervention, however the American public was outraged at the bloodshed.  In 1898, a US battleship was sunk in a harbor in Havana, Cuba, leading to a formal declaration of war on April 25.  Over the next several months, the United States pushed back Spain, capturing Puerto Rico and Manila in the Philippines.  The Spanish-American War officially ended in February of 1899, with the Treaty of Paris, in which Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines were ceded to the United States.


Additionally, William supported an “Open Door” policy, which protected American commercial interests in China.  In 1900, William sent Americans to help suppress the Boxer Rebellion.  Nineteen hundred was also a re-election year.  William again faced William Jennings Bryan and was again victorious due to the public’s approval of William’s handling of international affairs.


As President, William continued to care for his wife, who had developed epilepsy, and had epileptic seizures.  William defied tradition and had his wife sit to his right so that he could care for her if necessary.  Whenever Ida had seizures in public, William would place a napkin over her face so that the public would not see her contorted expressions.  When the seizure was over, he would remove it.  William became the first president to appear on film, as Thomas Edison made a short film about him.  William was extremely particular about his looks and refused to be photographed unless he looked impeccable.  


In March of 1901, William embarked on a state tour, which was cut short due to his wife’s ailing health.  In September, the President and his wife visited Buffalo, New York during the Pan-American Exposition.  On September 6, 1901, William was shot twice at point blank range by Leon Czolgosz, an unemployed Detroit mill worker who was also an anarchist.  Leon claimed he shot William because the president was an “enemy of the people.”  Leon was tried, convicted, and executed a month later.


William was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, the first automobile ride for a president.  The hospital was inexperienced in dealing with such serious injuries.  Doctors determined that a button deflected one of the bullets, grazing William.  Doctors were unable to locate the second bullet.  At the Exposition, a primitive x-ray machine was on display, but it was not used.  William’s wound was carefully cleaned and closed.  He returned to the house where he was staying and appeared to improve over the next few days.  But on September 13, William was unable to digest food and he became critically ill.  In an attempt to comfort his sobbing wife, William said, “God’s will be done, not ours.”  Those may have been his final words, although he may have sung part of his favorite hymn Nearer, My God, to Thee.  William died at 2:15 am on September 14, 1901.  Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded William as President of the United States.


Happy Birthday Mr. President!


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