The 42 day of the year
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THIS WEEK IS
- Celebration of Love Week
- Children of Alcoholics Week
- Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
- Have A Heart for A Chained Dog Week
- Risk Awareness Week
- Jell-O Week
- Freelance Writers Appreciation Week
- National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
- Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week
- American Camp Week
- Be Electrific Day
- Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
- Get Out Your Guitar Day
- Make A Friend's Day
- Pro Sports Wives Day
- National Shut-in Visitation Day
- Satisfied Staying Single Day
- White Shirt Day or White T-shirt Day
- World Day of The Sick
- National Make a Friend Day
- National Peppermint Patty Day
- National Inventors’ Day
ON THIS DATE...
1254: The British Parliament first convened.
1531: King Henry VIII was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
1752: the first American hospital opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1777: Vermont abolished slavery.
1790: the Religious Society of Friends presented a petition to Congress calling for the abolition of slavery.
1808: Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm on this winter day in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel. As a result, that area of northeast Pennsylvania became an important coal mining area for generations. Those who settled in the area to work the coal mines were referred to as ‘coal crackers’ (Read more)
1809: Robert Fulton patented the steamboat.
1858: a French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes, France for the first time.
1892: Colorado's famous Pike's Peak was set aside as a forest reserve (learn more).
1916: Emma Goldman was arrested for lecturing on birth control.
1958: Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black female stewardess, working her first flight on on Mohawk Airlines from Ithaca, New York to New York City on this date.
1960: in one of television's most infamous moments, Jack Paar walked off the air at 11:41 pm on NBC's "Tonight Show." Paar was apparently upset because one of his jokes, and about four minutes of airtime, had been cut by the network censors. After predicting to the press that the show would crumble without him, a contrite Paar was back one month later (Read more)
1968: the new 20-thousand seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York City. It was the fourth arena to be named Madison Square Garden. The showplace for sports and entertainment opened with a gala show hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
1974: America's motorists suffered through the worst day of the energy crisis. Many gas stations were closed and the others often limited purchases to $3.00 per car. Some reported customer lines up to six miles long.
1975: Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party.
1982: ABC-TV's presentation of "The Winds of War" concluded. The 18-hour mini-series cost $40 million to produce. An estimated 40-Million people tuned in to watch one or more nights of the program.
1995: the space shuttle Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida ending a historic rendezvous mission with Russia's Mir space station (Highlights).
2006: adventurer Steve Fossett broke the world record for the longest continuous flight. Fossett spent almost 77 straight hours flying in the specially-designed Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer before making an emergency landing at Bournemouth Airport in England. The 61-year-old Fossett traveled 26-thousand-389 miles. He was hoping to land in Kent, England, but was forced to land the plane after it developed electrical trouble.
2006: Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a 78-year-old man while hunting for quail on a ranch in Texas. Cheney's hunting companion, Harry Whittington, owned the ranch where the weekend hunt took place. (bio)
2012: internationally beloved music superstar Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathroom of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on this date. (Official website)
2013: Pope Benedict the 16th announced his plans to resign his papacy at the end of the month citing health concerns. In doing so the 85-year-old Pontiff became the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years. Vatican officials later confirmed that the Pope Benedict had had a heart procedure in late 2012. The then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope in April 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul the Second.
Nelson Mendela released from prison (Source)
Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years on this day in 1990.
In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organization in South Africa, where he became a leader of Johannesburg's youth wing of the ANC. In 1952, he became deputy national president of the ANC, advocating nonviolent resistance to apartheid--South Africa's institutionalized system of white supremacy and racial segregation. However, after the massacre of peaceful black demonstrators at Sharpeville in 1960, Nelson helped organize a paramilitary branch of the ANC to engage in guerrilla warfare against the white minority government.
In 1961, he was arrested for treason, and although acquitted he was arrested again in 1962 for illegally leaving the country. Convicted and sentenced to five years at Robben Island Prison, he was put on trial again in 1964 on charges of sabotage. In June 1964, he was convicted along with several other ANC leaders and sentenced to life in prison.
Peppermint Patty (Source)
This candy was invented by Henry C. Kessler in 1940 at his York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania. It soon became so popular that the company quit making ice cream cones to concentrate on peppermint patties. So popular, indeed, that it later was bought by Hershey, who now make it.
There are a couple of unusual things about this candy. First, the sugar content is distributed differently than in most chocolate candies. Much of the sugar is in the peppermint center, leaving the outer chocolate coating quite bittersweet - emphasis on bitter.
And YPP has another distinction - what first set it apart from previous chocolate covered peppermint candies. The peppermint center is firm rather than gooey. Specifically, firm enough that it will break rather than bend. That makes it less of a messy-eating experience.
WORD OF THE DAY
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowlege
"Marsha, who considered herself to be a lifelong learner, was excited to take a course on epistemology"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
While in Athens, Paul debated with some philosophers.
"While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean” (Acts 17:16-20).
WORD FROM THE WORD
Forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you--Ephesians 4:32
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