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The Maundy Monday Newsletter - This Week in History February 6-12.
Happy Honeymoon Monday Part Two! I appreciate your support of Okay History.
I have enjoyed writing both Maundy Monday newsletters before Anonymous and I got up early on Friday, January 27, to head to our secluded island to eat, drink, read, swim, wrestle, tickle, and play some board games where she stomps me because she’s fantastic at them.
I hope you had a lovely weekend. I know I did!
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution turns 90 on February 6. The only amendment the Supreme Court has never issued a decision on because it corrected the timeline of presidential terms. Who else, other than maybe this guy, would argue against it?
Since 1789, when you elected a president and vice president, they took office on March 4. Check out how William Henry Harrison feels about this inauguration day. March Madness, amirite?
The amendment was passed to shorten the lame-duck session of the previous president, who could spend more time trying to get the election overturned. That and transportation improved over the next 100 years. I mean, it still takes me too long to drive to Ohio, but I still can get back home quicker than Warren Harding and his mistress.
Okay, let's highlight what else happened this week. Here's what I got:
Harvey Firestone died on February 7, 1938. The Ohio-born businessman founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, which happens to supply the tires on my Subaru. He died of a heart attack at 69.
William and Mary University was founded on February 8, 1693. It could be another 330 years before I was ever admitted into this Virginia public educational institution. It is the second oldest university in the country, founded by a King and Queen.
The United States won the Battle of Guadalcanal on February 9, 1943. Our first major land offensive against Japan in World War II was fought on Guadalcanal, which is a part of the Solomon Islands that I learned are just northeast of Australia.
Okay! It’s been a while since I wrote a piece for Friday, and I can promise you this, I won’t be doing one this week either. We come back late Monday night, and it’s back to work before the weekend.
We are coming up on the anniversary of this blog, and per tradition, I will be launching a new series, which will probably drop on Fridays. I’m excited to share it with you and am even more excited to start working on it.
I hope you have a great week. I do not look forward to the cold.