Today, I thought I’d return to the promised Friday feature of listing a few of the historical goings on for this November 18
1978-Mass Suicide at Jonestown
Who can forget the horrors of this day as we learned about Jim Jones and his atrocities? He was the founder of the People’s Temple, a Christian sect, who preached against racism and therefore attracted many African Americans.
He lead hundreds of his followers to Guyana, where he convinced them to drink a poison laced punch while the reluctant ones were forced to do so at gunpoint. The total body count that horrific day was 909, with a third of those being children.
1863-Lincoln Travels to Gettysburg
Further back in history on this day, Lincoln boarded a train for Gettysburg, where he delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history, known as the Gettysburg address.
What you may not know is, this trip almost didn’t happen, due to Abe’s son Tad coming down with a fever. He and his wife had already lost two sons and Mary grew frantic at the thought of his leaving. Still, Abe thought it was too important not to go, since it was his opportunity to defend the war and speak on behalf of all the soldiers who had died there.
Upon arrival, he received a welcome telegram, saying Tad was much improved, so the night went on without a hitch.
1991-Terry Waite Released
After intense negotiations by the United Nations, Shiite Muslim kidnappers freed Angelican Church envoy Terry Waite after four plus years in captivity. He was the special envoy to the archbishop of Canterbury who had secured the freedom of missionaries held hostage in Iran after the Islamic revolution.
He had been among the 96 or so foreign hostages taken during the Lebanon hostage crisis during the years between 1982 and 1992. The had been initially taken as and insurance policy in case there was retaliation against Hezbollah, who may have been responsible for the bombings in Beirut and the over 300 American deaths there.
So there you have it folks, too bad I can’t even remember what happened in my own life on this day in history…but I’m pretty sure that last year around this time, we were moving into what is now our home. 😉
I hope you’ve enjoyed another addition of what may become a regular Friday feature, do let me know in the comments if you’d like me to stick with it! Enjoy your weekend, stay warm, and I’ll see you tomorrow…on the patio! 🙂