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Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln!


A young President Lincoln
Today is our Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday!
If you’re American, you should alreayd know a good bit about President Lincoln, particularly about his leadership through the American Civil War. You can always brush up on the details on one of my favorite general information go-to’s, Wikipedia.
He’s considered by many to be one of our best presdients, and he definitely was, no-contest, top of my 100 historical person list.
If you’re like me, and will take any reason to celebrate, do something to remember our great leader of old. These are some ways I’d endorse:
– Thank God for such a great leader
– Build a lincoln-log house
– Have a philosophical debate about the causes of the Civil War
– Watch the movie “Gettysburg” or “Gone with the Wind”
– Read a great short read, The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln
(As appeared today in Mythopoetic)


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100 historical characters part 2

51. Henry David Thoreau

52. Susan B. Anthony

53. Alexander the Great

54. Nathan Hale

55. Thomas Jefferson

56. William Carey

57. Shackleton

58. Neil Armstrong/Yuri Gagarin

59. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

60. Anne Frank

61. Douglas MacArthur

62. Homer

63. Marco Polo

64. Pocahantas/Sacagawea

65. Sir Isaac Newton

66. Louis Braille/Helen Keller

67. Thomas Edison

68. Antoine Lavoisier

69. Hippocrates

70. Genghis Khan

71. Attila the Hun

72. Hudson Taylor

73. Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville

74. Walt Disney

75. William Wallace

76. Confucius

77. Emperor Nero

78. Spartacus

79. Bach/Mozart/Beethoven

80. Joan of Arc

81. William Tell

82. Peter the Great

83. Charlemagne

84. Queen Victoria

85. Cleopatra

86. John Wesley

87. St. Nicholas

88. King David

89. Mark Twain/Nathaniel Hawthorne

90. Ivan the Terrible

91. Harriet Tubman

92. King Nebuchadnezzar

93. King Arthur

94. Adam and Eve

95. Noah

96. Constantine

97. Queen Esther

98. John Locke

99. Shakespeare

100. Magellan


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100 historical characters

Tutoring people in history today inspired me to consider who I would put on a list of the most important people to know about throughout history.

So this is the beginning of my list, subject to revision. Not in order of importance, except for the first.

1. Jesus Christ

2. Winston Churchill

3. Oliver Cromwell

4. Elizabeth I

5. Martin Luther

6. William Bradford

7. Ronald Reagan

8. George Washington

9. Abraham Lincoln

10. Mahatma Gandhi

11. Mohammed

12. Nelson Mandela

13. Montezuma

14. Adolf Hitler

15. Benito Mussolini

16. King Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon

17. Apostle Paul

18. King David

19. Daniel Boone

20. Richard the Lion Heart

21. Henry VIII

22. Christopher Columbus

23. George Whitefield

24. David Livingstone

25. Moses

26. Vladimir Putin

27. Martin Luther King Jr.

28. Mother Teresa

29. J.J. Pershing

30. C.S. Lewis

31. Leo Tolstoy

32. Cortez

33. Albert Einstein (at least I know one science person)

34. Leonardo di Vinci

35. Napoleon Bonaparte

36. Robert E. Lee

37. Galileo

38. Charles Darwin

39. Frederick Nietzsche

40. Voltaire

41. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

42. Charles Dickens

43. Thomas Edison

44. Magellan

45. John Wycliffe

46. John Wesley

47. Louis Pasteur

48. Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain

49. William the Conqueror

50. St. Patrick


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St. Patrick’s Prayer

A prayer, authorship generally credited to St. Patrick:

I arise today
Through a might strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayer of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightening,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.

Christ to shield me today
Against poison,against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a might strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

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