Sep. 22, 1999
Something Told the Wild Geese
Poem: "Something Told the Wild Geese" by Rachel Field from Branches Green, The Macmillan Company, 1934.
It's the birthday in Worcestershire, England, 1933, of writer FAY WELDON, author of comic novels like The Fat Woman's Joke, Down Among Women, and Female Friends.
It was on this day in 1862 that PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN issued the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, ordering all Confederate slaves freed.
It was on this day in 1827 that JOSEPH SMITH, the 22-year-old son of a poor New England farmer, announced that he had received golden plates from an angel, plates he claimed to then translate into the Book of Mormon.
The FRENCH REPUBLIC was proclaimed on this day in 1792.
Patriot NATHAN HALE was hanged as a spy by the British on this day in 1776. He was 20 years old and had joined the army the summer before after five of his brothers had fought at Lexington and Concord. Hale answered Washington's call for a volunteer to gather information behind British lines. His last words: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
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