When America Came Together…for a Time

Today in History, November 13, 2001:

U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order that would allow for military tribunals to try any foreigners captured with connections to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

It was the first time since World War II that a president had taken such action. The home territory of the United States had been attacked with a tremendous loss of innocent lives. For a time, the nation came together in common cause.

Jenny Lind…Superstar¬†

Today in History, September 11, 1850 – “The Swedish Nightingale”, Jenny Lind, debuted at the Castle Garden Theater in New York City, after having swept Europe with her soprano talent. Think of your favorite pop star, and Ms. Lind was much better in the mid nineteenth century. This appearance initiated a 93 stop tour of the United States arranged by P.T. Barnum.