Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

The 1st Of The Historic Lincoln-Douglas Took Place This Day 159-Years Ago; August 21, 1858.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln–Douglas_debates


If you are a Abraham Lincoln devotee (as I am) you will know the pivotal significance of these debates which revolved around the crucial issue of slavery. Wow. What would Lincoln think of what is happening in the U.S. today?

The first debate was in Ottawa, Illinois — NOT Canada. I marked it on the ‘map’ above.

Think. Reflect. Give thanks. Now THAT was A PRESIDENT.


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President Abraham Lincoln Signed The U.S. ‘Homestead Act’ This Day 155 Years Ago; May 20, 1862.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Acts#The_act_in_practice


I had always thought that this was a real neat and ‘romantic’ notion. I like to think that if I was of that time I might have considered this. Sure was quite the deal. Wow. All those open spaces. I do NOT think I know of anyone who has told me that their family owned ‘Homestead’ land. Of course there must be millions.

I guess it was inevitable that it would come to an end, and it did, in two parts — the first in 1976 bar Alaska and ten-years later in Alaska.


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There Has NEVER EVER Been A Google Doodle For Abraham Lincoln!

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I did a thorough search, yet again, of Google’s Doodle Archive to make sure. Nothing!

Yes, I know that Google has some policy about avoiding politics and (U.S.) political figures.

But, there have been Google Doodle’s for Martin Luther King DAY (and the key here is that the Doodle is ostensibly to mark the ‘Day’ as opposed to MLK per se), Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

Way I see it is IF you can have a Google Doodle for Mandela YOU can have one for Lincoln. They were BOTH presidents — so as such were on the same rung politically to speak of. Only difference is that Nelson wasn’t American. Seems wrong.

I can’t see anybody (even from the Confederate States) objecting to a Google Doodle for Abe.

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Ananda College, Sri Lanka Pays Homage To American Colonel Henry Olcott, Its Founder.

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Colonel Henry Steel Olcott [2 August 1832 – 17 February 1907], born in New Jersey, an officer during the Civil War, and a member of the committee that investigated Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, is NOT a well known figure in the U.S.

Not so in Sri Lanka (once Ceylon).

Henry Steel Olcott is a well known and well respected legend. His greatest and justified claim to fame is that he founded a number of Buddhist schools in Ceylon, my old alma mater, Ananda College, in Colombo, with 6,000 students in my time [i.e., 1958 to 1967] and now [per Wikipedia, 5,000], the largest. We were ‘taught’ about Olcott and his picture hung in the school (and I must admit that he comes across as being a bit scary, when you are a 6-year old boy in shorts, not used to men with such luxuriant beards).

Olcott other claim to fame was that he, with his ‘good friend’, Russian-born Helena Petrovna Blavatsky [1831 – 1891], converted to Buddhism in Ceylon — at that time the highest profile Westerns to do so. They were also the founders of the (to me the always very strange and confusing) Theosophical Society.

Anywho, I just thought I would share this with you. Checkout the Theosophical Society. It might appeal to YOU.

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Blavatsky and Olcott in 1888 (from Wikipedia). Ananda College was founded 2 years prior to this picture being taken.


150th Anniversary Of President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train In New York City & Albany, New York.

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51762_ng_lincoln_coverAs I have oft mentioned I (still) religiously read each issue of “National Geographic“, cover-to-cover, each month. The only magazine that I now read on a regular basis. Even the “Reader’s Digest” doesn’t make that list anymore, though I do read it, plus any and all photographic magazine I come across, more often that not.

I have been reading, with some interest, this month’s cover story on Lincoln’s funeral train. I knew some about the train and the voyage, but, of course, not to the level of detail in this article. It had an interesting ‘sidebar’ about race-relations in Buffalo, N.Y., over the century, including school segregation, and that was fascinating since I did attend High School, in Buffalo, during 1967 – 1968 — in what was a mixed school at the time. Kensington High School (which is now closed).

This morning I came across this photograph, on pages 44-45, and noticed the date on it. TODAY. April 25, 1865. 150 years ago. To me, an avid fan of the President, this seemed something worth commemorating. I had a very quick look. Didn’t see anything obvious. I can’t, to my horror, find a SINGLE Google Doodle for President Lincoln! How can that be? Yes, I know that they try to avoid political figures BUT President Lincoln, easily and incontrovertibly, transcends politics.

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From the April 2015 issue of “National Geographic”. I am sure they will indulge me, in this instance, for trampling on their copyright — since this is for a good cause.


Click here to access original … which has lots of pictures and other information.


Happy Emancipation Day. It Is A Holiday In D.C. Always On April 16. That Is Why Some Years Tax Day Gets Pushed Back To April 17 …

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Click if you have no clue as to what this holiday is about. Has to do with Abraham Lincoln. One of his many brilliant master strokes.