Today in 1870: Julia Ward Howe, suffragist, abolitionist and author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” proposed Mother’s Day as a peace holiday.
She had seen firsthand some of the worst effects of war during the American Civil War—the death and disease which killed and maimed, and the widows and orphans left behind on both sides of the Civil War—and realized that the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle.
Mother’s Day did not become a national holiday until declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
Madison Mayor Soglin and the Common Council are interested in hearing your ideas for making Madison a better place to live, learn, work and play. Your ideas and votes will help develop the themes of this year’s community budget conversations. Four community budget conversations are taking place this month. Tonight at 7pm is “Get Around – Build Opportunity for All.” This is at the Packers Community Center Room , 1927 Northport Drive. More info at cityofmadison.com/budget.
Tomorrow is Planet Bike’s 7th annual Bacon on the Bike Path! From 7 to 10am, the bacon will be sizzling, the coffee will be flowing and Bike to Work Week will be in full swing. Pedal on over and join Planet Bike and the Wisconsin Bike Federation for this free event, located on the bike path, between the Monona Terrace and Broom Street. There will also be bike tech support provided by Willy Street Bikes. More info at wisconsinbikefed.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.