After The Revolution Was A Heck of a Ride Around the Sun

After The Revolution Was A Heck of a Ride Around the Sun April 29, 2024

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 Angelika Kauffmann October 30, 1741 – November 5, 1807)
Pliny the Younger and His Mother at Miseno

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The cornerstone for the oldest Catholic parish in New York State, St. Peter’s Church, is laid.  The first Mass celebrated a year later in 1786. Some notable parishioners over the year s include former slave venerable Pierre Toussaint, the first born American saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the notorious out law Billy The Kid.

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1786 – The Mysterious Nephilim  Johann Friedrich Blumenbach  (May 11, 1752 – January 22, 1840) considered to be a main founder of zoology declares that a series of large bones discovered near Lucerne, a city in central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of the country, were in fact remains that belonged to a mammoth. They were first discovered in 1577 and thought to be those of a nephilim from the antediluvian or pre-flood) period is the time period chronicled in the Bible between the fall of man and the Genesis flood narrative in biblical cosmology. The term was coined by Thomas Browne. Alleged discoveries of Nephilim remains have been a common source of hoaxing and misidentification. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon (1908) gives the meaning of Nephilim as “giants“, and holds that proposed etymologies of the word are “all very precarious”.

 Statehood Begins

State # 1 Delaware December 7, 1787
State # 2 Pennsylvania December 12, 1787
State # 3 New Jersey December 18, 1787

The Death of Socrates (1787)
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State # 4 Georgia January 2, 1788
State # 5 Connecticut January 9, 1788
State # 6 Massachusetts February 6, 1788
State # 7 Maryland April 28, 1788
State # 8 South Carolina May 23, 1788
State # 9 New Hampshire June 21, 1788
State # 10 Virginia June 25, 1788
State # 11 New York July 26, 1788

  • March 17, 1788 –  George Washington had dinner at the home of Colonel John Fitzgerald  at which the proposed construction of The Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria, VA.


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State # 12 North Carolina November 21, 1789

State # 13 Rhode Island May 29, 1790

October 15, 1790 –  Ghost Dogs!   -The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of Port Tobacco is founded. Port Tobacco is site of the first Catholic monastery in the first 13 States and also site of the first chapel in the United States dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Also, in this historic Catholic town, holds the legend of the Blue Dog Ghost. The Blue Dog watches over the treasure of his slain master Charles Thomas Sims who was killed on February 8 in the 18th century on Rose Hill Road while returning from a Port Tobacco tavern.

Cat Royal (also known as Cat Royal Adventures) is a series of 6 historical fiction adventure books by Julia Golding, a British novelist. The first book, The Diamond of Drury Lane, takes place in January 1790, and the seventh book, Cat’s Cradle, takes place in October 1792. Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in 2006. 

State # 14 Vermont March 4, 1791

  • June 1791 Fr. John Dubois escapes the French Revolution and flees to America. He was the first Bishop of New York who was not Irish-born and remains the only Bishop or Archbishop of New York who was not either of Irish birth or of Irish ancestry.

State # 15 Kentucky June 1, 1792

Fever 1793 (2000) by Laurie Halse Anderson

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.- Amazon Description

 May 12, 1795 –  Urim and Thummim  Congregationalist minister Ezra Stiles ( December 10, 1727 – May 12, 1795) dies. He was one of the founders of Brown University and is noted as the seventh president of Yale College (1778–1795). Yale College is the undergraduate college of Yale University. The Yale University coat of arms is the primary emblem of Yale University. It has a field of the color Yale Blue with an open book and the Hebrew words Urim & and Thummim inscribed upon it in Hebrew letters. Below the shield on a scroll appears Yale’s official motto, Lux et Veritas (Latin for “Light and Truth”). Lux et Veritas has been used for several university mottoes including Indiana University and the University of Montana.

Gilbert Stuart – Lansdowne portrait of George Washington

16 Tennessee June 1, 1796

The Washington Family by Edward Savage (1789–1796).

Alexander at the Tomb of Cyrus the Great, by Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes (1796)

J. M. W. Turner – Fishermen at Sea (his first oil painting to be exhibited at the Royal Academy)

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July 1, 1798 – Egyptian Campaign: Napoleon disembarks his French army in Marabout Bay.

THE invasion of Egypt by Napoleon in the summer of 1798 was the first great seaborne invasion of the modern era. At the time, it may well have been the largest ever launched in the Western world—at least on a par with Xerxes’ vast Persian fleet which attacked Athens at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC, and certainly double the size of the sixteenth-century Spanish Armada which attempted to invade Elizabethan England.

Yet this was not to be an entirely one-sided undertaking. Napoleon felt that there was also much for the expedition to learn from Egypt itself. The Sphinx and the pyramids were already known to Europe, but travelers had returned with tales of huge statues and amazing temples standing in the desert on the edges of the Nile valley in Upper Egypt. These appeared to be the remains of a mysterious civilization that had preceded the ancient Greeks, and in exploring these ruins the expedition would be seeking to discover the lost origins of Western civilization.
Paul Strathern,  Napoleon in Egypt (2008) Random House Publishing Group

Egypt, and its extinct ancient culture, just across the Mediterranean Sea, had tantalized Europeans for centuries. They knew colossal relics of the oldest-known human civilization were concentrated along the Nile in crumbling piles between two vast, usurping deserts, amidst a modern population that professed faith in Islam. Europeans attached all sorts of inferences to this place, viewing it variously as the primal seat of natural law, the remains of a golden age of civilization, and a repository of lost magical knowledge. Few ever got close enough to really know.

The French did not invade Egypt in 1798, however, to solve historical mysteries. They sought colonial power and commerce, at the dawn of the modern global economy. When Napoleon led 34,000 soldiers and 16,000 sailors across the Mediterranean to the distant desert country, the young general undertook a bold (many said crazy) thrust in the ongoing competition among European countries for influence in distant parts of the globe.
Nina Burleigh, Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt (2009) HarperCollins

  • August 17,  1798 – Our Lady of La Vang refers to a reported Marian apparition at a time when Catholics were persecuted and killed in Vietnam. Though there is no official Vatican recognition of this event as a Marian apparition, on June 19, 1998, Pope John Paul II publicly recognized the importance of Our Lady of La Vang and expressed desire to rebuild the La Vang Basilica in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the first vision. In 2012, the New Basilica was officially built with the endorsement from the Vietnamese government.
  • October 2, 1798 – The Cherokee nation signs a treaty with the United States allowing free passage through Cherokee lands in Tennessee through the Cumberland Gap through the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia into Kentucky.

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John Adams (1735–1826) was in office as the 2nd president March 4, 1797March 4, 1801)

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  • August 29 – Pope Pius VI, at the time the longest reigning Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, dies as a prisoner of war in the citadel of the French city of Valence, after 24½ years of rule. Thus began a six-month period without a valid pope elected. This was due to the very unique logistical problems of  Pope Pius VI being a prisoner and the conclave was being held in Venice and their being a deadlock among the cardinals voting.

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