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  • This Day in History March 19, 1687

    By Ruth on March 19, 2015
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    On this date in 1687, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (Robert LaSalle) was murdered by his own men while on an exploratory mission in Texas searching for the Mississippi River. He was only 43, and his body was left outside for the animals to eat. Talk about crazy! Ecclesiastes 8:7-8 (NIV) 7 Since no one knows the future, who […]
  • This Day in History February 18, 1678

    By Ruth on February 18, 2015
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    There may some discrepancies in the date, but this seems like the best date for today’s feature. On this date in 1678, John Bunyan’s best-loved work Pilgrim’s Progress, was published. I have had the privilege to read the original and another couple of versions of this book, and I highly recommend it. Once you realize that Bunyan wrote this while […]
  • This Day in History February 9, 1964

    By Ruth on February 9, 2015
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    On this day in 1964 (from what I can tell though there is some debate), the GI Joe toy was first created.  Hasboro started this in response to the Barbie doll market, and the original toy was called “Action Man.”  The word “doll” was never used in relation to this toy (after all, boys didn’t play with “dolls”). 1 Corinthians […]
  • This Day in History February 4, 1959

    By Ruth on February 4, 2015
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    It was on this date in 1959, that the first Barbie doll was invented. Ruth Handler invented the doll and named it after her daughter. A bit later, Ken came along (named after her son). It was not initially received well by the powers that be, but little girls loved it. Proverbs 31:30 ESV Charm is deceitful, and beauty is […]
  • This Day in History February 3, 1947

    By Ruth on February 3, 2015
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    I nearly forgot what month it was, and today’s feature goes right along with this theme. On this date in 1947, Percival Prattis became the first African American reporter allowed into the press galleries of both houses of Congress.  He was a veteran of WWI, and he was an early civil rights leader. Acts 17:26 – And hath made of […]
  • This Day in History February 1, 1920

    By Ruth on February 1, 2015
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    This should be of interest to my friends who love When Calls the Heart. On this date in 1920, the Royal North West Mounted Police merged with the Dominion Police to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This didn’t essentially changed the “Mounties.” It just combined two groups that had been around since the 1860’s. Romans 13:4 ESV For he […]
  • This Day in History January 31, 2013

    By Ruth on January 31, 2015
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    I was really surprised to read about today’s feature. It was on this date in 2013, that Blaer Bjarkardottir won the right to keep her first name even though Blaer is typically considered a boy’s name. Iceland has very strict laws concerning names, but this 15-year-old won her case in spite of the objections of the country’s naming committee. Now, […]
  • This Day in History January 30, 1982

    By Ruth on January 30, 2015
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    It was on this date in 1982, that Richard Skretna wrote the first computer virus called Elk Cloner. He was a teenager at the time, and this first virus was disguised an Apple II boot program. It was 400 lines long, and this was before anti-virus programs were around like they are now.  He only did it as a prank, […]
  • This Day in History January 26, 1784

    By Ruth on January 26, 2015
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    It was on this date in 1784 that one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, wrote a letter to his daughter that explained his preference for the wild turkey instead of the bald eagle as our national bird.  While this may sound absurd to us today, things were a little different back then, and Franklin made some potentially valid points.You […]
  • This Day in History January 25, 1877

    By Ruth on January 25, 2015
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    Because of this election in 1876, on this date in 1877, Congress passed the Electoral Commission Bill. There was no definitive winner between Tiden and Hayes. A few days later, President Grant signed the bill into law. In the end, the commission voted that Hayes was the declared winner. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, […]