The 1880 Democratic National Convention met June 22–24, 1880, at the
Music Hall (pictured) in Cincinnati, Ohio, nominating Winfield S.
Hancock of Pennsylvania for president and William H. English of Indiana
for vice president. Six men were officially candidates for nomination at
the convention, and several more received votes. The two leading
candidates were Hancock and Thomas F. Bayard, a conservative senator
from Delaware. Many Democrats believed that Samuel J. Tilden of New York
had been unjustly deprived of the presidency in 1876 and hoped to rally
around him in the 1880 campaign, but his intentions were unclear. The
first round of balloting was inconclusive. After learning of Tilden’s
withdrawal before the second round of balloting, the delegates flocked
to Hancock, a career soldier and Civil War hero, who was nominated.
English, a conservative from a swing state, was nominated for vice
president. Hancock and English were narrowly defeated by Republicans
James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur that autumn.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Constantine the Great was proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops
after the death of Constantius Chlorus.
War of 1812: In present-day Niagara Falls, Ontario, the United
States and Great Britain engaged in Battle of Lundy’s Lane, one of the
deadliest ever fought on Canadian soil.
The Corinth Canal, which bisects the narrow Isthmus of Corinth,
was formally opened, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean
Sea’s Saronic Gulf.
Two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists were killed in a
police ambush at Cerro Maravilla in Ponce.
Air France Concorde Flight 4590, en route from Paris to New
York City, crashed in Gonesse, France, killing all 100 passengers and
nine crew members, as well as four people on the ground.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A noisy party or festivities.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as
ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others
when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate
ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to
sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. It is not
love of self but hatred of self which is at the root of the troubles
that afflict our world.
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