Good Morning & God Bless To Every One !
Today is February 15, the 46th day of 2014 and there are 319 days left this year where it is another Blessed Day in the pleasure of our service for our Lord here at:
For God’s Glory Alone Ministries !!!
So, What Happened Today In 1998 ?
After 20 years of trying, racing great Dale Earnhardt Sr. finally wins his first Daytona 500, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) season opener and an event dubbed the “Super Bowl of stock car racing.” Driving his black No. 3 Chevrolet, Earnhardt recorded an average speed of 172.712 mph and took home a then-record more than $1 million in prize money. Following his victory, crews from competing teams lined the pit road at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, to congratulate Earnhardt, who drove his car onto the grass and did several celebratory doughnuts, or circles.
Earnhardt, whose tough, aggressive driving style earned him the nickname “The Intimidator,” was born on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The son of a racecar driver, the younger Earnhardt dropped out of high school to follow in his father’s footsteps. He went on to become one of NASCAR’s most successful and respected drivers, with 76 career victories, including seven Winston Cup (now known as the Sprint Cup) Series championships, a record he shares with Richard Petty. Despite his success as a driver, victory at the Daytona 500–a 200-lap, 500-mile event first held in 1959–eluded Earnhardt for years. At the 1997 Daytona 500, Earnhardt’s car flipped upside down on the backstretch; however, he managed to escape serious injury. Dale repeatedly suffered such disappointing incidents where on one occasion, while leading the race, had a flat tire on the final turn of the race just prior to crossing the finish line.
His win in February 1998 represented Earnhardt’s sole Daytona 500 victory. Tragically, on February 18, 2001, Earnhardt died at the age of 49 during a crash at that year’s 43rd Daytona 500. After being cut from his car, he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead of head injuries. As it happened, the race which cost Earnhardt his life was won by Michael Waltrip, who was driving for the Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) racing team. Earnhardt’s son, Dale Jr., also a DEI driver at the time, took second place. Three years later, on February 15, 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500, with an average speed of 156.341 mph.
Other Memorable Or Interesting Events Occurring On February 15 In History:
300 – Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death;
1764 – The site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau;
1776 – In the America Revolutionary War, Canadian Governor Francis Legge reports to British headquarters in London that traitorous elements in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, have contacted American General George Washington. Washington received a letter from the Nova Scotians, in which they expressed their sympathy for the American cause, on February 8. They invited General Washington and the Continental Army to invade Nova Scotia at his earliest possible convenience;
1798 – On the Senate floor, Roger Griswold, a Connecticut Federalist, and Matthew Lyon, a Vermont Republican, engage in a fist fight over charges of corruption made by Lyon;
1804 – New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery;
1835 – Future Union General Alexander Stewart Webb is born in New York City. General Webb participated in numerous infamous battles during the Civil War including the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. While commanding troops defending the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge he rallied his men as they received the brunt of Pickett’s Charge, and his actions earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died in Riverdale, New York, in 1911. A statue of Webb adorns the Gettysburg battlefield near the spot where he earned the Medal of Honor;
1898 – A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, killing 260 of the 400 American crew members aboard. One of the first American battleships, the Maine weighed more than 6,000 tons. Ostensibly on a friendly visit, the Maine had been sent to Cuba to protect the interests of Americans there after a rebellion against Spanish rule broke out in Havana in January. Subsequent diplomatic failures to resolve the Maine matter, coupled with United States indignation over Spain’s brutal suppression of the Cuban rebellion and continued losses to American investment, led to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898. In 1976, a team of American naval investigators concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage;
1903 – Toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window, advertising them as Teddy bears. Michtom had earlier petitioned President Theodore Roosevelt for permission to use his nickname, Teddy. The president agreed and, before long, other toy manufacturers began turning out copies of Michtom’s stuffed bears, which soon became a national childhood institution;
1915 – In World War I, Indian soldiers in Singapore launch the first large-scale mutiny of the War. Some 800 soldiers in the Indian army’s 5th Light Infantry Brigade broke out of their barracks on the afternoon of February 15 and killed several British officers before moving on to other areas of the city. By the time the revolt was quashed, several days later, by British, French and Russian troops, the mutineers had killed 39 Europeans—both soldiers and civilians. British soldiers executed 37 of the mutiny’s ringleaders by gunfire;
1933 – President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed just over four weeks later;
1942 – During World War II, in one of the greatest defeats in British military history, Britain’s supposedly impregnable Singapore fortress surrenders to Japanese forces after a week-long siege. More than 60,000 British, Australian, and Indian soldiers were taken prisoner, joining 70,000 other Allied soldiers captured during Britain’s disastrous defense of the Malay Peninsula. Later in the war, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the supreme Allied commander in Southeast Asia, made plans for the liberation of the Malay Peninsula, but Japan surrendered before they could be carried out;
1944 – In World War II, American bombers attack the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy;
1950 – Walt Disney’s animated feature Cinderella opens in theaters across the United States;
1950 – During the Cold War era, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, the two largest communist nations in the world, announce the signing of a mutual defense and assistance treaty;
1952 – In England, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s King George VI, who had died nine days earlier;
1961 – 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium;
1965 – Canada’s new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa;
1966 – During the Vietnam War, in response to a letter from Ho Chi Minh asking that French President Charles De Gaulle use his influence to “prevent perfidious new maneuvers” by the United States in Southeast Asia, De Gaulle states that France is willing to do all that it could to end the war. President Lyndon Johnson saw De Gaulle’s proposal as part of a continuing effort by the French leader to challenge U.S. leadership in Southeast Asia as well as in Europe. Seeing the American commitment in Vietnam as part of a larger global issue of American credibility, Johnson believed that the United States could not afford to abandon its South Vietnamese ally and rejected De Gaulle’s proposal without consideration;
1967 – In the Vietnam War, 13 U.S. helicopters are shot down in one day;
1971 – Britain and Ireland “decimalised” their currencies, making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence;
1989 – The Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention;
1996 – A supertanker, the Sea Empress, runs aground near Wales, spilling 70,000 tons of crude oil. The oil spill did not take any human lives, but severely damaged several bird sanctuaries;
2002 – A private funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s Princess Margaret, who had died six days earlier at age 71;
2005 – YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States;
2013 – With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across Russia’s western Siberian sky and exploded, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows;
2013 – British catering firm Compass Group and Whitbread, one of the country’s largest hotel chains, find horse DNA in products sold as “beef”;
2013 – It was one year ago TODAY !
Now, Off To The Fun Stuff !
Today’s ‘It’s Just An Observation’:
The Labor Department reported only one hundred thousand new jobs were created in January. Despite this, the Obama administration is undaunted. President Obama declared that from now on the percentage of unemployed Americans will be known as the liberation from work rate.
Today’s Founder’s Quote:
“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.”
– Samuel Adams (1780)
Today’s The AWE of GOD Video:
Full moon silhouettes as it is rising over Mount Victoria in New Zealand – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehulHtKfpuM&feature=player_embedded
Today’s Patriotic Quote:
“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.”
– President George Washington
Today’s Thought For The Day:
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
Today’s Funny Animal Video:
Animals vs Mirrors – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG_QhttG6jo&feature=player_embedded
Today’s Internet Proverb:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won’t bother you for weeks.
Today’s Crazy Law:
In Clarendon, Texas – It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.
Today’s Lexophile Word Play:
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
Today’s Product Warning Label:
On Marks and Spencer Bread Pudding – Product will be hot after heating!
Today’s ‘A Thought From Phyllis’:
“Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
– Phyllis Diller
Today’s Word Of The Day:
Mellifluous – adj. Sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. “She had a mellifluous voice.”
Today’s Quote For The Day:
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
– Jimmy Dean
Today’s Verse & Prayer:
This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
– 1 John 4:10
Dear God Almighty, why you should love me and send Jesus to die for me I will never fully understand. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your sacrifice for my sins. Thank you Jesus for coming to save me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Today’s Inspirational Music Video:
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“I imagine our first glimpse of Heaven will cause us to gasp in amazement and delight. That first gasp will likely be followed by many more as we continually encounter new sights in that endlessly wonderful place.”
So, Until Tomorrow, America – Bless God !!!