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November 13th, 1861 - General Lockwood of the United States union forces during the Civil War sends this proclamation to the citizens of Accomac and Northampton Counties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The proclamation states that the forces of the United States were preparing to enter the Eastern Shore of Virginia through Maryland, and were not looking for a battle. They were simply looking to ensure that the authority of the United States was still being recognized in a location that was most likely to support the Confederacy since their state, Virginia, had just voted to enter the Confederacy.

For any history buffs out there, I highly suggest reading the entire proclamation. It showcases, in my opinion, how the Union forces were laying out a pretty good deal for the residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They weren't going to just enter the peninsula and start waging war against counties of a state that had just voted to enter the Confederacy. They were going to give them an opportunity to recognize the government of the United States and pledge their allegiance to the government. If anything, the Union forces were on the peninsula solely to pacify it from participating with the rest of the state in the Confederacy.

The full text of the proclamation:
PROCLAMATION TO THE PEOPLE OF ACCOMAC AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTIES, VA.

The Military Forces of the United States are about to enter your Counties as a part of the Union. They will go among you as friends, and with the earnest hope that they may not, by your own acts, be forced to become your enemies. They will invade no rights of person or property. On the contrary, your laws, your institutions, your usages will be scrupulously respected. There need be no fear that the quietude of any fireside will be disturbed, unless the disturbance is caused by yourselves.

Special directions have been given not to interfere with the condition of any persons held to domestic service; and, in order that there may be no ground for mistake or pretext for misrepresentation, commanders of regiments and corps have been instructed not to permit any such persons to come within their lines. The command of the expedition is intrusted to Brigadier-Gen. HENRY H. LOCKWOOD, of Delaware, A State identical, in some of the distinctive featuresof its social organization with your own. Portions of his force come from counties in Maryland, bordering on one of yours. From him, and from them, you maybe assured of the sympathy of near neighbors, as well as friends, if you do not repel it by hostile resistance or attack. Their mission is to assert the authority of the United States; to reopen your intercourse with the loyal States, and especially with Maryland, which has just proclaimed her devotion to the Union by the most triumphant vote in her political annals; to restore to commerce its accustomed guides by reestablishing the the lights on your coast; to afford you a free export for the products of your labor, and a free ingress for the necessaries and comforts of life, which you require in exchange; and, in a word, to put an end to the embarrassments and restrictions brought upon you by a causeless and unjustifiable rebellion.

If the calamities of intestine war, which are desolating other districts of Virginia and have already crimsoned her fields with fraternal blood, fall also upon you, it will not be the fault of the Government. It asks only that its authority may be recognized. It sends among you a force too strong to be successfully opposed -- a force, which cannot be resisted in any other spirit than that of wantonness and malignity. It there are any among you, who, rejecting all overtures of friendship, thus provoke retaliation, and draw down upon themselves consequences, which the Government is most anxious to avert, to their account must be laid the blood, which may be shed, and the desolation which may be brought upon peaceful homes. On all, who are thus reckless of the obligations of humanity and duty, and on all who are found in arms, the severest punishment warranted by the laws of war will be visited:

To those who remain in the quiet pursuit of their domestic occupations, the public authorities assure all they can give -- peace, freedom from annoyance, protection from foreign and internal enemies, a guarantee of all constitutional and legal rights, and the blessings of a just and parental Government.

JOHN A. DIX, Maj.-Gen. Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS, BALTIMORE, Nov. 13, 1861.
This proclamation comes just over month after my fourth great-grandfather pledged his allegiance to the United States to the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Louisiana, despite being a loyal citizen of Virginia living on the Eastern Shore.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1861/11/27/news/ ... fifth.html
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I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you're still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn't break, we didn't burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I've got, and what I'm not
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November 19th, 1863 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Address

The words of the Gettysburg Address can be seen carved into the south wall of the interior of the Lincoln Memorial (pictured).
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December 17th, 497 BCE: The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.
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Festivities and traditions: Slaves were treated to a banquet of the kind usually enjoyed by their masters; Gambling and dice-playing, normally prohibited or at least frowned upon, were permitted for all; December 19 was also a day of gift-giving (Children received toys, verses sometimes accompanied the gifts which might be compared to modern greeting cards).
Saturnalias proximity to the winter solstice (December 25 on the Julian calendar) was endowed with various meanings by both ancient and modern scholars: for instance, the widespread use of wax candles may refer to "the returning power of the sun's light after the solstice".


December 17th, 1989 – The first episode of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", airs in the U.S.
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A§H»BierLKW wrote: December 17th, 1989 – The first episode of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", airs in the U.S.
http://watchsitcoms.tv/simpsons/simpson ... open-fire/
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February 1st, 1994 – Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dookie

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February 2nd, 1922 – The novel Ulysses by James Joyce is published.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_(novel)

"The book chronicles the peripatetic appointments and encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between its characters and events and those of the poem."

Related: Bloomsday (June 16th).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday


February 2nd, 1943 – World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of German Field Marshal Paulus and 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_ ... et_victory

Stalingrad is often identified as the turning point on the Eastern Front, and in the war against Germany overall, and even the greatest turning point in the Second World War. Before Stalingrad, Germany had gone from victory to victory, with only limited setbacks. After Stalingrad, they won no significant battles.

Of the 91,000 German prisoners taken at Stalingrad, half had died on the march to Siberian prison camps, and nearly as many died in captivity; only about 6,000 returned home.


February 2nd, 1989 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_war ... Withdrawal
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March 14th, 1794 – Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_gin
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march 17 day of his death "AD 385–461" years of life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day
st. Patrick day marks the the traditional day of his death

Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.[12] It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted "thousands". Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.

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April 6th, 46 BCE - Julius Caesar defeats Scipio and Cato (Cato the Younger) at the Battle of Thapsus.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Thapsus


April 6th, 1830 - Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement (i.e. Mormons), is organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latter_Day ... nt#History


April 6th, 1974 – The Swedish pop band ABBA wins the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Waterloo", launching their international career.

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May 6th, 1937 - Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster


May 6th, 1975 - During a lull in fighting, 100,000 Armenians gather in Beirut to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/60th_anniv ... _in_Beirut
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