[Daily article] February 15: Mark Hanna

Mark Hanna (1837–1904) was a Republican United States Senator from
Ohio and the friend and political manager of President William McKinley.
Born in New Lisbon (today Lisbon), Ohio, in 1837, he moved to Cleveland
with his family in his teenage years and attended high school with John
D. Rockefeller. Hanna made millions as a businessman by his
40th birthday, and turned his attention to politics. Despite Hanna’s
efforts on his behalf, Ohio Senator John Sherman failed to gain the
Republican nomination for president in 1884 and 1888. With Sherman too
old to be considered a contender, Hanna used his money and business
skills to successfully manage McKinley’s presidential campaign in 1896.
Declining a Cabinet position, Hanna secured appointment as senator from
Ohio after Sherman was made Secretary of State; the Ohio General
Assembly re-elected Hanna in 1898 and 1904. He managed McKinley’s
successful re-election campaign in 1900. Savage cartoons by such
illustrators as Homer Davenport lampooned him as McKinley’s political
master. After McKinley’s assassination in 1901, Hanna worked for the
building of a canal in Panama, rather than elsewhere in Central America.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1898:

The United States Navy battleship USS Maine exploded and sank
in Havana, Cuba (wreckage pictured), killing more than 260 people and
precipitating the Spanish–American War.

1954:

The Canadian and American governments agreed to jointly build
the Distant Early Warning Line, a line of radar stations running across
the high Arctic.

1989:

The Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops
had withdrawn from Afghanistan after a nine-year conflict.

1996:

A Long March 3B rocket carrying the communications satellite
Intelsat 708 crashed immediately after launch from the Xichang Satellite
Launch Center, China, destroying a nearby town and killing an unknown
number of inhabitants.

2013:

A previously-undetected meteor exploded in mid-air over
Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, with the resulting shock wave injuring more
than 1,500 people.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

bridge the gap:
(idiomatic) To serve as or create a connection between two disconnected
or disparate things.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is really
worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each
person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you.
And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of
fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as
much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake
up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the
east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under
the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.  
–Miranda July

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