The 209 day of the year
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THIS WEEK IS
- AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Week
- Satchmo Days
- Buffalo Soldiers Day
- National Milk Chocolate Day
- World Hepatitis Day
ON THIS DATE...
1750: German composer Johann Sebastian Bach died. The "Brandenburg Concertos" are among his most respected compositions.
1866: the metric system was authorized for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.
1868: the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," which included people of African heritage who had just been freed from slavery after the Civil War.
1858:Fingerprints were first used as a means of identification by William Herschel, who later established a fingerprint register (Read more).
1875: the first nine-inning Major League Baseball no hitter was pitched by Joe Borden.
1896: the community of Miami, Florida, was incorporated.
1933: the first singing telegram was delivered. It was a birthday greeting sent by a fan to Hollywood singing star Rudy Vallee.
1939: Judy Garland recorded the song "Over the Rainbow" (Listen)
1951: Disney's film "Alice in Wonderland" was released by R-K-O Pictures.
1954: The Crew Cuts reached the top of the music charts with their hit "Sh-Boom." The song is considered by many to be the first rock and roll record.
1973: "Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors married Farrah Fawcett of TV's "Charlie's Angels."
1978: "National Lampoon's Animal House" opened in movie theaters around the country. The movie went on to become the highest grossing comedy of its time and launched "Saturday Night Live" cast member John Belushi into superstardom.
1982: in an incident that ignited controversy as to whether it was real or staged, comedian Andy Kaufman and professional wrestler Jerry Lawler brawled during a live taping of NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman." The shouting match, which began with Kaufman's taunts of the wrestler, escalated into violence as Lawler knocked Kaufman to the floor with a blow to the head. Kaufman retaliated by throwing a cup of coffee on the wrestler. The brawl was later confirmed as a setup.
1982: "An Officer And A Gentleman" starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr. opened in theaters around the country.
1984: the 23rd Summer Olympic games opened in Los Angeles, California.
1998: former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was granted blanket immunity in exchange for providing full testimony to a grand jury investigating President Bill Clinton.
2006: Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was caught speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.
14th Amendment is Adopted (Taken from Link)
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.
The Senate passed the 14th Amendment on June 8, 1866, by a vote of 33 to 11, while the House of Representatives passed the 14th Amendment on June 13, 1866, by a vote of 120 to 32. On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the 14th Amendment by the states.
Johann Sebastian Bach (Taken from Link)
Bach had a beautiful soprano singing voice, which helped him land a place at a school in Lüneburg. Sometime after his arrival, his voice changed and Bach switched to playing the violin and the harpsichord. Bach was greatly influenced by a local organist named George Böhm. In 1703, he landed his first job as a musician at the court of Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar. There he was a jack-of-all-trades, serving as a violinist at times and filling in for the official organist in other moments.
WORD OF THE DAY
1. a metal tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.
2. (in the 16th and 17th centuries) an ornament at the end of a point or other ribbon used to secure a garment.
"Because both aglets were missing, Melinda was having a difficult time trying to lace up her shoe."
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
God used the pillar of cloud to separate the people of Israel from the armies of Egypt. This cloud provided night and light.
"Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long" (Exodus 14:19-20).
WORD FROM THE WORD
They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way. —Judges 2:19
Read today's "Our Daily Bread"