August 18, 2009
On today’s date in 1227, Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died. He is an ancestor of the young man my wife was considering marrying when I met her June 17, 1962. Boy, am I glad I came into the picture just in time! We will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary this September 30th!
On today’s date in 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina. I wrote a little article about her and the Colony a few years back, which exposed me to some interesting bits of information about that early English presence in America. On Virginia’s 3rd birthday, her grandfather, Governor John White, returned to Roanoke on his second expedition from England, only to find no one there, and no one ever was found from that settlement.
On today’s date in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right of women to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
D. A. Sharpe
805 Derting Road East
Aurora, TX 76078-3712