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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.

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”  For seven summers, he worked as a lifeguard, making a total of 77 rescues.  He had a fear of flying.  He is the only man to have served as President of the United States and president of a union.  He had three and one half tons of jelly beans, his favorite candy, shipped to the White House for his inauguration.  He is Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States, serving from January 20, 1981, to January 20, 1989.  Ronald was born in Tampic, Illinois on February 6, 1911, to a poor family, with an alcoholic and frequently unemployed father.  Ronald did not excel in school, earning average grades at Eureka College in California, where he majored in economics, one of three presidents to do so.  


Ronald, unlike most presidents, did not pursue a career in politics at an early age.  Instead, Ronald set out to become an actor.  He appeared in 53 movies and several television shows, earning his nickname “The Gipper” from one of his more memorable roles.  Just as Ronald appeared to be becoming a star, he was ordered to active duty with the US Army in World War II.  Ronald never served overseas due to his poor eyesight, however, he kept a film roll of the war, specifically depicting the liberation of Auschwitz, because he believed that one day, people would doubt that the Holocaust had ever occurred.  After the war, Ronald never regained his film stardom, although he went on co-star in several other films. 


Ronald married his first wife, Jane Wyman, on January 26, 1940.  They divorced nine years later, although they remained friends until his death.  Ronald is one of two presidents who have ever been divorced.  Ronald met his second wife, Nancy Davis in 1949.  They were married on March 4, 1952, and had two children together.  During his presidency, Ronald and Nancy were known to be very affectionate towards one another and had special names for the other.


Ronald spent much of his early life as a democrat.  His first major political movement was a desire to lead an anti-nuclear rally in Hollywood, although he was told not to by the movie studio for which he worked.  For many years, Ronald supported the democratic party, although he began to have more conservative views as his relationship with Nancy, a republican, continued, and through his work with General Electric.  In 1962, Ronald formally switched to the Republican party stating, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party.  The party left me.”


On October 27, 1964, Ronald gave a memorable speech, in which he revealed his support for a smaller government.  This speech impressed many people, who encouraged him to run for governor of California, launching his political career, in 1966.  He defeated the incumbent by promising “to send the welfare bums back to work,” and to clean up the University of California at Berkeley.  Two years later, in 1968, Ronald, unsuccessfully, first attempted to run for President.


While Governor, Ronald had to contend with several protests, including one that became known as “Bloody Thursday.”  Also while governor, Ronald signed the “Therapeutic Abortion Act,” allowing abortions for the well-being of the mother.  Ronald later stated that he regretted signing the bill and, had he been more experienced, he would not have, as it resulted in two million abortions.  Ronald later stated that he was pro-life.


Ronald was re-elected in 1970, but choose not to seek a third term.  One of Ronald’s greatest frustrations while governor was his lack of ability to enforce capital punishment, which he strongly supported.  Only one execution was carried out during his time as governor.  Ronald’s inability to carry out executions was largely due to the California Supreme Court ruling that invalidated all death sentences issued prior to 1972.  That ruling was later overturned by a constitutional amendment.


In 1976, Ronald ran for the Republican presidential nomination against incumbent Gerald Ford.  Although a close race, Ford eventually won, although he would ultimately lose the election to Jimmy Carter.  Over the next four years, Ronald remained in the public eye through various means and won the Republican nomination in 1980.  Ronald appointed George HW Bush as his running mate.  The two emphasized lower taxes, states’ rights, smaller government, a strong national defense, and restoring the US Dollar to a gold standard.


President Reagan was 69 years of age at the time he was elected, making him the oldest elected president at the time.  Current President, Donald Trump, has since surpassed him, as President Trump was 70 years of age when elected.  Reagan pursued issues that reflected his personal belief in individual freedoms.  During his time in office, Ronald reinvigorated the American economy, decreased reliance upon the government, and continually advocated for prayer in school, later calling for a moment of silence, to be reinstated (it had been banned by the Supreme Court in 1962).


Sixty-nine days into his first term, on March 30, 1981, Ronald was outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel, when he was shot at by John Hinckly, Jr., who thought doing so would impress actress Jodie Foster.  John fired six times.  He hit White House Press Secretary James Brady in the head, leaving him paralyzed.  James ultimately died in 2014, from causes directly linked to the shooting.  Police Officer Thomas Delahanty was struck in the back of the neck as he protected Ronald.  Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy was struck in the abdomen as he covered Ronald.  One bullet hit the window of the building across the street and another bullet hit the bullet-resistant glass of the presidential limousine.  The final bullet ricocheted off the side of the limousine and hit the underarm of Ronald’s left arm, grazed a rib, and lodged in his lung, approximately one inch from his heart.


It was not immediately realized that Ronald had been struck by bullet, as it was initially thought that he was injured from being roughly shoved into the vehicle.  After he began coughing up blood, the Special Agent in Charge ordered that Ronald be taken directly to the George Washington University Hospital, an act which likely saved his life.  Ronald survived the shooting, making him the first president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt.


Ronald easily won a second term, winning 49 out of 50 states, losing only Minnesota, the state of his opponent, by less than 4,000 votes.  He also achieved 525 electoral votes, the most of any President.


In addition to domestic economic problems and the War on Drugs, Ronald also faced international problems, such as the Cold War, attacks on American troops in Beirut as part of the Lebanese Civil War, a Marxist-Leninist takeover in Grenada, a bombing in Libya, the Iran-Contra affair, and an attempt to end communism by challenging Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” referencing the Berlin Wall.


During his second term, Ronald began having health problems.  He began wearing hearing aids in both ears, the first president to do so.  He also underwent numerous surgeries to remove potentially cancerous cells from his nose.  On July 13, 1985, Ronald surrendered presidential power to his vice-president, Georgia HW Bush, and underwent a surgery to remove cancerous polyps from his colon.  The surgery was successful and Ronald resumed his presidential power later that day.  Ronald was the first president to appoint a female justice, Sandra Day O’Conner, to the Supreme Court.


After Ronald left office, Ronald continued to speak on behalf of the republican party.  At the dedication to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, five presidents and six first ladies were in attendance, the first time five president were gathered in a single location.  In 1994, Ronald was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Some have questioned whether Ronald was beginning to show signs while president.  His doctors have denied such allegations, saying he only began to show signs two years earlier.  Ronald died of pneumonia at his home in Bel Air, California on June 5, 2004, at the age of 93.  At the time of his death, he was the longest living President, surpassing James Adams, although Ronald has since also been surpassed.  At his burial site is inscribed the words he stated at the opening of his library: “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and that there is a purpose and worth to each and every life.”


Happy Birthday Mr. President!


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