Posts tagged: Abraham Lincoln

An old image of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but now with the two men arguing over sharks vs. electrocution

The Lincoln-Douglas-Trump Debates

“Faced with a litany of criminal charges, Donald Trump on Sunday told a campaign rally in Iowa that he would prefer to die by electrocution rather than be eaten by …..

General Grant and the Jews

On 17 December 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant issued Order No. 11, expelling all Jews from his military district —  parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

A Tower of Lincoln Books

 Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. is where Abe Lincoln got shot in the head. Their Center for Education and Leadership is now open to the public and features a tower made of books about Lincoln.

The Day John Wilkes Booth Was Killed

On this day in 1865 the man who murdered President Abraham Lincoln was cornered by the Union Cavalry and shot to death.John Wilkes Booth had eluded the long arm of the law for 12 days, but on April 26th he was found in a barn (shed) on the Garrett Farm in Virginia.

Presidential Candidates 2012: Tim Pawlenty Gets Things Rolling

Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, declared today that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee for 2012. “Declared” isn’t quite right: he announced it via this video on his Facebook page:

Madame Tussauds Has a Presidents Gallery

The Washington, D.C. branch of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum franchise has just come out with an exhibit in honor of all the presidents of the United States.Imagine the thrill of seeing a lifelike politician for the first time.They even gathered them all in one spot for a photo shoot, which you can see here (and there’s rock music, so it won’t be boring).

The History of Black History Month

February of 2011 will be National African American History Month, as proclaimed by the president. President Barack Obama issued the proclamation yesterday, following a tradition started in 1976 by President …..

Abe Lincoln’s Statue

I was in downtown Portland, Oregon today, and I took a couple of photos of this Abraham Lincoln statue that is in what the locals call “the Park blocks.”

Abraham Lincoln is Hollywood’s Next Big Star

According to this story from The Telegraph, we’re about to be bowled over at the cineplex by Abraham Lincoln. Abe Lincoln has been called the most famous of all the Civil War presidents.

President Lincoln was kilt in 1865, shot by John Wilkes Booth.

James Garfield’s Birthday

On this day in 1831 James Garfield was born in Ohio. He was the 20th president of the United States — but not for long. Four months into his term, on 2 July 1881, he was shot twice by Charles Guiteau.

Assassins’ Birthday

Today, May 10th, is the birthday of actor John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.It’s also the birthday of jailbird James Earl Ray, who admitted to killing Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

Jurassic Prez?

Steven Spielberg and Robert Redford are planning duelling biopics of beloved President Abraham Lincoln, according to The Guardian.Spielberg wants Liam Neeson as Abe.

A Pair of Aces

We don’t care who was born first. Happy 200th birthday, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. You studs.

Which Came First: The Darwin or the Abe?

“As Aquarians, they should both be stubborn, visionary, tolerant, free-spirited, rebellious, genial but remote and detached — hmmm, so far, so good.”It’s true: Scientist Charles Darwin and President Abraham Lincoln were born on the exact same day: 12 February 1809.

The Lincoln Canon

There’s a joke in the publishing world. A writer asks his editor for ideas about a commercially promising topic for a book. “Lincoln’s doctor’s dog,” the editor unhesitatingly responds.What to read for Abe Lincoln’s 200th birthday? Fred Kaplan breaks down the bios (and cracks on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “hyperbolic” Team of Rivals).

Greatest Inaugural Story Lede So Far

“Thank God that Doris Kearns Goodwin didn’t write a profile of Montezuma’s cabinet. Otherwise they’d be eating human flesh at Barack Obama’s inauguration!”Political Machine chuckling about the Lincoln-oriented menu for Inauguration Day.

Obama Arrives for Haunted Honeymoon

The Obamas are now staying at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel. Supposedly it’s haunted:”Staff housekeepers have reported someone unseen calling their names and the sensation of invisible arms around them.

Phony Presidential Trivia

Here’s a swell new Onion interview with writer John Hodgman.He’s the dowdy “PC” on Apple TV ads, and a regular on Jon Stewart’s show. He’s also the author of the fake-trivia books The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require.

A gray-haired and balding Salmon Chase sits in black robes and black tie. His eyebrows are, frankly, all over the place.

The ‘Fishy’ Name of Salmon P. Chase

“In addition to the humiliation he felt over his speaking voice, Salmon Chase was tormented by his own name. He fervently wished to change its ‘awkward, fishy’ sound to something more elegant. ‘How wd. this name do (Spencer de Cheyce or Spencer Payne Cheyce),’ he inquired of [his friend Charles] Cleveland. ‘Perhaps you will laugh at this but I assure you I have suffered no little inconvenience.'”The touching words of ambitious young Salmon P.