TECUMSEH KILLED 200 YEARS AGO TODAY
Moraviantown, Canada (JFK+50) 200 years ago today, October 5, 1813, Shawnee chief Tecumseh* was killed at the Battle of the Thames.
Tecumseh, whose name means "shooting star," was a great speaker and led intertribal councils as he traveled in the Ohio Valley organizing resistance to white settlement.
Death of Tecumseh
Frieze of the Rotunda
United States Capitol
When the War of 1812 began, Tecumseh joined the British and marched on Fort Detroit with the forces led by General Isaac Broc.
In 1813, Tecumseh participated in the invasion of the Ohio Valley where he was forced to retreat into Canada by US General William Henry Harrison.
Tecumseh's death at the Battle of the Thames marked the end of Native American resistance east of the Mississippi River.
Tecumseh left these words of advice for living...
"Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in life. Seek to make your life long and in the service of your people."
*Tecumseh (1768-1813) was born in Old Chillicothe, Ohio and settled in present day Indiana in 1808. His father was killed by white settlers who crossed into Indian lands in violation of a treaty. Tecumseh's confederacy allied with the British in the War of 1812.
"Death of Tecumseh"
Lithograph by Nathaniel Currier
Library of Congress (1843)
JFK's GRANDDAD LAID TO REST 63 YEARS AGO
West Roxbury, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The former mayor of the city of Boston, John Francis Fitzgerald, and grandfather of the future 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was laid to rest 63 years ago today, October 5, 1950, at St. Joseph's Cemetery here in West Roxbury.
The ever popular "Honey Fitz" loved political life and enjoyed singing "Sweet Adeline" on campaign.
Mr. Fitzgerald, who suffered a lengthy illness, died on October 2 at 11:55 p.m.
A mass was conducted at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. The mass was officiated by Richard J. Cushing.
John F. Fitzgerald
Library of Congress Photo
HARRY TRUMAN GAVE FIRST TELEVISED PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 66 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 66 years ago today, October 5, 1947, Harry S Truman became the 1st President of the United States to deliver a televised address from the White House.
FDR had been the first president to appear on television but that broadcast was to a limited audience at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
President Truman asked the American people to cut back on their consumption of grain in order to help Europeans who were short on food supplies in the aftermath of World War II.
Mr. Truman suggested that Americans refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays, and eggs and poultry on Thursdays.