Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in balance - Brian Tracy .
Being busy doesn’t necessarily amount to being productive. Being aligned with who you are and your purpose is everything. Do you feel good about your agenda today? Does it align with your goals? Are you being effective? Less hustle- more alignment 👊🏼
#OnThisDay 14 Nov 1908, Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light. Picture: Albert Einstein (1879-1955) c.1922 (b/w photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / Private Collection / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images
“Around the World in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.” Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, #aka Nellie Bly, embarked upon her record setting 40,070 kilometer journey #otd 1889. She handily beats Jules Verne’s 1872 fictional trip... 😎
On this day 517 years ago, Arthur, Prince of Wales and Infanta Catalina of Aragon were married at St Paul’s Cathedral. Both were 15-years-old and had been promised to each other since they were toddlers, their union creating an alliance between the new Tudor dynasty and the more prestigious ruling house of Spain. The event was an elaborate affair, a wooden stage of 12 by 350 feet being erected in the cathedral, stood on 4 foot struts, it’s railings decorated with a fine cloth. The stone walls were decorated with tapestries and there stood a red carpeted raised circular daïs. Princess Katherine, having adopted her English title, was escorted from the Bishop’s Palace to the cathedral door by her soon-to-be brother-in-law, the 10-year-old Prince Henry, and her groom’s aunt, Princess Cecily, carried her train. Both the bride and the groom wore white satin, Princess Katherine’s dress in the Spanish style with a farthingale, a veil of white silk decorated by a border of gold, pearls, and gemstones covering her face. The beginning of the ceremony was about “politics and money”, the marriage agreements being read out and the Princess’ dowry being announced. After that, the religious parts of the ceremony were performed, and the two teenagers were wed. After it was all over, Princess Katherine was escorted out of the cathedral again by her younger brother-in-law, whilst Prince Arthur got ready to greet her once she reached her chamber. After the feasting, a public bedding ceremony was held, though whether the two consummated their union is unknown, the Princess would insist until her dying day that it was not. No bloodied sheets were ever produced and Princess Katherine’s ladies were reportedly disappointed that “nothing had passed between the two”. Prince Arthur, on the other hand, got up early, saying that he was thirsty, for he had been “in the midst of Spain” the previous night. They resided in Ludlow Castle for most of the duration of their short marriage, tragedy striking when they both contracted a viral illness in March. Prince Arthur succumbed, leaving his wife a widow at only 16. 7 years later, she would remarry to Prince Arthur’s younger brother, Prince Henry.
#OTD 1957: Then Senator John F. Kennedy participated in the @harthouseuoft debates tackling the question, "Has the United Sates failed in its responsibilities as a world leader?". Outside, a group of women protested their exclusion from Hart House. Read more @the.varsity, link in profile #uoft
On This Day in 1945, Charles Clifford Tews was honorably discharged after serving for 7 months as a light truck driver and mechanic with the U.S. Army during the European Theater of World War II. Following discharge he was employed as a mechanic for Swanson Motors in Hutchinson. In 1950, he opened his own business, Charlie's One Stop Service, which he operated until 1966. His last 15 years of employment were as a mechanic at the 3M Hutchinson Plant.
Claude Monet was born #OTD in 1840, becoming one of the most famous artists of the 19th century. Painted on the Normandy coast at Étretat, The Rock Needle and the Porte d’Aval, depicts one of Monet's favorite subjects from a unique vantage point by water's edge during high tide.
Happy birthday, Fanny Mendelssohn! Fanny fought against the disapproval of her family (and society at large) and composed over 500 pieces of music. She even had to write her own wedding music -- the NIGHT BEFORE her wedding -- because her brother Felix dropped the ball. As if that wasn't enough, she also nursed her family through cholera, and wrote a Cholera Cantata afterwards. Today we remember Fanny for her enterprising spirit, her love of music, and her boundless talent. Three cheers! #musichistory#herstory#femalecomposer#onthisday#otd
This day, November 14, 1532, is when, some historians believe, that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were secretly married upon returning home from their trip to Calais. According to the chronicler Edward Hall, it was on this day that they got married, St Erkenwald’s Day 1532. He wrote: “The kyng, after his returne [from Calais] maried priuily[privily] the lady Anne Bulleyn on sainet Erkenwaldes daie, whiche mariage was kept so secrete, that very fewe knewe it, til she was greate with child, at Easter after.” He is saying that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were secretly married on St Erkenwald’s Day on their return from their trip to Calais. St Erkenwald’s Day is the 14th November so Hall believed that the couple married on 14th November 1532, two months before their official, but still quite secret, marriage on 25th January 1533.
As Hall says, the couple had just landed at Dover after a successful trip to Calais to meet Francis I, the French King, a trip on which Anne had played the part of Queen Consort to Henry. Hall is not the only person to give this date as their wedding date, Nicholas Sander, a Catholic recusant writing in Elizabeth I’s reign, also gave it as their wedding date in his book “The Rise of the English Schism”: “The king, now impatient of further delay, though everything had not yet been duly prepared, determined to marry Anne Boleyn secretly on the 14th of the following November. He must marry her, for in no other way could he accomplish his will; and the marriage must be secret, because he and Catherine had not been separated by any judicial decision.” It is interesting though, as historian Eric Ives points out, that Sander chooses the November date for the wedding when that would make Elizabeth I conceived in wedlock and “he had every reason to slander Elizabeth’s legitimacy.” Ives believes that the 14th November could well have been the date that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn “made some sort of formal commitment” because it “does coincide with the approximate start of cohabitation.” I personally believe this is the day they were secretly married.
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Otd, November 14, 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral.
A huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were decorated with “say”, a fine wool or silk twill cloth. The stone walls of the cathedral were covered with tapestries and there was a red carpeted raised circular dais.
Catherine, dressed in a white satin wedding dress was escorted from the Bishop’s Palace to the cathedral door by the ten year old Prince Henry, future King Henry VIII, who would later become her second husband, and Lady Cecily of York carried her train. Catherine’s dress was Spanish in style with a farthingale and “many pleats” and her face was covered with a white silk veil decorated with a border of gold, pearls and gemstones. Prince Arthur, was also dressed in white satin.
The beginning of the wedding ceremony was about politics and money, with the marriage agreements being read out and Catherine’s dowry being announced. The bride was also given letters patent detailing her endowment and surety. After that, it was time for the religious part of the ceremony: the vows and mass. Catherine was then escorted out of the cathedral, to the sound of trumpets, by the young Henry while Arthur got himself ready to welcome her at the door of her chamber.
While the people of London enjoyed a pageant with a fountain running with wine, Catherine and Arthur enjoyed a sumptuous wedding banquet. This was only the start of the celebrations and that the partying went on for a fortnight, consisting of jousts, masques and banquets.
After the feasting, it was, of course, time for the wedding night, the consummation of their marriage. The question of whether this marriage was ever actually consummated is still debated today. When Henry VIII was trying to annul his marriage to Catherine in the late 1520s and early 1530s, Catherine vowed that she had never slept with Arthur and this is backed up by evidence heard in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1531.
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