Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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November 27, 2013

What was the big news 150 years ago?

A word before this week’s column - please note that you are invited to the First Presbyterian Church on the Square Dec. 8.

Alice Goddard was church organist there for 18 years and never missed a Wednesday evening to practice with the choir. Her dedication to the church love of music has led her sons Steve, Phillip and Alan to establish Carillon Bells in her honor. The bells will ring for the first time Sunday, Dec. 8, before the worship service at 10:30 a.m. A reception will take place in the Memorial Room following the church service and the plaque, given by her family, will ring again after the dedication. You will be welcome.

The Military Times loaned by Tom Imel of the American Legion is about the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1 – July 3, 1863). A few short news stories about world current affairs are included. Some were about countries that are still in the news.

Big news 150 years ago was that people could mail letters to the Ottoman Empire’s territories in Iraq. Mail could be sent to Baghdad, Basra, Mosul and Kirkuk (also known as the Turkish Empire.) As usual, there had been “sporadic fighting between the tribes in the area.”

Prince Gojong had been declared the 26th ruler of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty at the age of 10. Korea was an independent territory of China and had been ruled by the Joseons for more than five centuries. U.S. relations with Korea had “cracked open” in 1853 when the gunboat South America made a port call. Washington was interested in expanding trade to Asia and would probably make another port call when the ‘War between the States was over.’

Dost Mohammad Khan, the Emir of Afghanistan, died and his son, Sher Ali Khan assumed the throne. Mohammad had been trying to reunite the war torn country since the British withdrew in the 1840s after their invasion failed to tame the region.

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