Joseph B. Foraker (1846–1917) was the 37th Governor of Ohio
(1886–1890) and a Republican U.S. Senator (1897–1909). Born in rural
Ohio, Foraker enlisted in the Union Army at age 16 and fought in the
Civil War. After the war, he was a member of Cornell's first graduating
class, and became a lawyer; he was elected a judge in 1879. Although
defeated in his first run for governor in 1883, he was elected in 1885.
Foraker lost re-election in 1889, but was elected senator by the
legislature in 1896. In the Senate, he supported the Spanish-American
War and the annexation of the Philippines and Puerto Rico. He differed
with President Theodore Roosevelt over the Brownsville Affair, in which
black soldiers had been accused of terrorizing a Texas town; Roosevelt
had dismissed the entire battalion. Foraker fought unsuccessfully for
their reinstatement, and Roosevelt helped defeat Foraker's re-election
bid. In 1972, the Army reversed the dismissals and cleared the
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Das Rheingold, the first of four operas in Der Ring des
Nibelungen by German composer Richard Wagner, was first performed in
First World War: The German submarine U-9 sank three Royal Navy
cruisers, resulting in approximately 1,450 deaths.
An American Vela satellite detected an unidentified flash of
light near the Prince Edward Islands in the Indian Ocean, thought to be
a nuclear weapons test.
Two suicide bombers attacked a church in Peshawar, Pakistan,
killing 127 and injuring over 250 others in the deadliest attack on the
Christian minority in the country's history.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (comparable) Of, relating to, or suggestive of war; warlike.
2. (comparable) Connected with or relating to armed forces or the
profession of arms or military life.
3. (comparable) Characteristic of or befitting a warrior; having a
military bearing; soldierly.
4. (not comparable, astrology, obsolete) Pertaining to the astrological
influence of the planet Mars.
5. (not comparable, astronomy, obsolete) Of or relating to the planet
6. (not comparable, chemistry, medicine, obsolete) Containing, or
relating to, iron (which was symbolically associated with the planet
Mars by alchemists); chalybeate, ferric, ferrous.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We must not draw general conclusions from certain particular
principles, though, in the main, true ones. We must not suppose that,
because a man is a rational animal, he will therefore always act
rationally; or, because he has such or such a predominant passion, that
he will act invariably and consequentially in the pursuit of it. No. We
are complicated machines: and though we have one main-spring, that gives
motion to the whole, we have an infinity of little wheels, which, in
their turns, retard, precipitate, and sometimes stop that motion.
--Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield