Good Morning & God Bless To Every One !
Today is February 18, the 49th day of 2014 and there are 316 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 !!!
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So, What Happened Today In 2001 ?
Dale Earnhardt Sr., considered one of the greatest drivers in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) history, dies at the age of 49 in a last-lap crash at the 43rd Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Earnhardt was driving his famous black No. 3 Chevrolet and vying for third place when he collided with another car, then crashed into a wall. After being cut from his car, Earnhardt, whose tough, aggressive driving style earned him the nickname “The Intimidator,” was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead of head injuries.
Earnhardt had been involved in another crash at the Daytona 500 in 1997, when his car flipped upside down on the back-stretch. He managed to escape serious injury and went on to win Daytona in 1998, his first and only victory in that race after 20 years of trying. The 200-lap, 500-mile Daytona 500, which was first run in 1959 at the newly opened Daytona International Speedway, is one of NASCAR’s premiere events as well as its season opener.
Earnhardt, whose father was a race car driver, was born on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, and dropped out of high school to pursue his own racing career. He went on to become one of NASCAR’s most successful and respected competitors, winning 76 Winston Cup (now known as the Sprint Cup) races in his career and taking home a record seven Cup championships, a feat achieved by just one other driver in his sport, Richard Petty. In addition to his legendary accomplishments as a driver, Earnhardt was also a successful businessman and NASCAR team owner. The 2001 Daytona race which cost Earnhardt his life was won by Michael Waltrip, who drove for Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI). Earnhardt’s son, Dale Jr., also a DEI driver (until 2008, when he began driving for the Hendrick Motorsports team), took second place in the race.
Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death in 2001 made him the fourth NASCAR driver to die within a nine-month period and eventually prompted NASCAR officials to implement a series of more stringent safety regulations, including the use of head-and-neck restraints.
(As a side note – The year following Dale’s death, a rookie driver took over his position on his team under a different car number and went on to win the Daytona 500 the following year. Dale’s famous car number “3” has not been used since the accident. In this years qualifying for the Daytona 500 this past week, the number 3 was brought back out on the field for the same team with another rookie driver who qualified for the pole position, (1st starting position), for this years 500! The Daytona 500 is considered the SuperBowl of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing)
Other Memorable Or Interesting Events Occurring On February 18 In History:
1688 – The Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the fist formal antislavery resolution in America;
1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Inverness, Scotland;
1776 – In the Revolutionary War, from Norfolk, Virginia, Royal Governor John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, dispatches a note to William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, expressing his “inexpressible mortification” that British Major General Sir Henry Clinton had been ordered to the “insignificant province of North Carolina to the neglect of this the richest and powerfully important province in America.” Dunmore was facing expulsion from Virginia at the hands of the Patriots and was deeply insulted that the army chose to defend its claims to the less significant colony of North Carolina instead of the economically and politically vital colony of Virginia;
1787 – Austrian Emperor Jozef II bans children under 8-years-old from performing labor;
1817 – Future Confederate General Lewis Armistead is born in New Bern, North Carolina. Armistead is best known for leading Pickett’s Charge at the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was mortally wounded;
1861 – During the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis, a veteran of the Black Hawk and Mexican-American Wars, begins his term as provisional president of the Confederate States of America. As it turned out, Davis was both the first and last president of the ill-fated Confederacy, as both his term and the Confederacy ended with the Union’s 1865 victory in the War;
1878 – Long simmering tensions in Lincoln County, New Mexico, explode into a bloody shooting war when gunmen murder the English rancher John Tunstall. Tunstall had established a large ranching operation in Lincoln County two years earlier in 1876, stepping into the middle of a dangerous political and economic rivalry for control of the region. Two Irish-Americans, J.J. Dolan and L.G. Murphy, operated a general store called The House, which controlled access to lucrative beef contracts with the government. The big ranchers, led by John Chisum and Alexander McSween, didn’t believe merchants should dominate the beef markets and began to challenge The House. Billy the Kid deeply resented this cold-blooded murder, and he immediately began a vendetta of violence against The House and its allies. Lincoln County became a war zone, and both sides began a spree of vicious killings. By July, The House was prevailing, having added McSween to its lists of victims. However, fighting would continue to erupt sporadically until 1884, when Chisum died of natural causes, and The House finally regained full control of Lincoln County. By that time, Billy the Kid had already been dead for three years, gunned down by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett;
1885 – Mark Twain publishes his famous novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck’s story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South. No less a judge than Ernest Hemingway famously declared that the book marked the beginning of American literature: “There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”;
1927 – The United States and Canada officially begin diplomatic relations;
1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California;
1965 – Twenty-six people are killed in a glacial slide and avalanche on this day in 1965 at Granduc Mountain, in British Columbia, Canada. The victims were miners who were removing copper ore from underneath a glacier;
1965 – During the Vietnam War, the State Department sends secret cables to U.S. ambassadors in nine friendly nations advising of forthcoming bombing operations, Operation Rolling Thunder, over North Vietnam, and instructs them to inform their host governments “in strictest confidence” and to report reactions. President Lyndon Johnson wanted these governments to be aware of what he was planning to do in the upcoming bombing campaign;
1967 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” dies in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 62;
1972 – The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty;
1979 – Snow falls in Sahara Desert – (one has to wonder if this is the true beginning of Al Gore’s Global Warming; or was he too busy inventing the internet?);
2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison;
2003 – A man ignites a gasoline-filled container inside a subway train in Daegu, South Korea. The blaze engulfed the six-car train, before spreading to another train that pulled into station a few minutes later. In all, 198 people were killed and nearly 150 others were injured. The arsonist was later found to be a 56-year-old unemployed former taxi driver named Kim Dae-han who subsequently died in prison in August 2004;
2009 – Pope Benedict XVI received House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican, telling her that Catholic politicians had a duty to protect life “at all stages of its development.”;
2009 – Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said in a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month that the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race;
2011 – In a Kent, Washington, courtroom, Gary Leon Ridgway pleads guilty to the 1982 aggravated, first-degree murder of his 49th victim, 20-year-old Rebecca Marrero. Marrero’s remains were found in December 2010, decades after her murder, in a ravine near Auburn, Washington. After entering his guilty plea, the 62-year-old Ridgway received his 49th life sentence without the possibility of parole and returned to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, where he was already serving 48 consecutive life sentences, one for each of the other women he killed. At the time of his 49th conviction, Ridgway had been linked to more murders than any other convicted serial killer in U.S. history;
2012 – Kateri Tekakwitha, informally known as ‘Lily of the Mohawks,’ who was an Algonquin-Mohawk laywoman is canonized as the first native American saint;
2013 – Nestle removes its beef pasta meals from supermarkets in France, Spain and Italy after tests confirm the food giant has products contaminated with horse meat;
2013 – It was one year ago TODAY!
Now, Off To The Fun Stuff!
Today’s Patriotic Quote:
“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power, each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”
President Herbert Hoover
Today’s Thought For The Day:
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
– Emily Dickinson
The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
Today’s ‘A Word From Phyllis’:
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”
– Phyllis Diller
Today’s Word Of The Day:
Epicene adj. Having characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex; of indeterminate sex. “Clothing fashions are becoming increasingly epicene.”
Today’s Clever Word For Clever People:
BERNADETTE – The act of torching a mortgage!
Today’s Internet Proverb:
Don’t byte off more than you can view.
Today’s ‘Really?’ Product Warning Label:
On a string of Christmas lights – For indoor or outdoor use only.
Today’s Joke Of The Day:
A young farm boy accidentally overturned his wagon load of corn.
The farmer who lived nearby heard the noise.
“Hey Willis” the farmer yelled.
“Forget your troubles. Come in with us. Then I’ll help you get the wagon up.”
“That’s mighty nice of you,” Willis answered, “but I don’t thing Pa would like me to.”
“Awe, come on,” the farmer insisted.
“Well okay.” the boy finally agreed, and added, “But Pa won’t like it.”
After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. “I feel a lot better now, but I know Pa is going to be real upset.”
“Don’t be foolish!” the neighbor said with a smile.
“By the way, where is he?”
– * – * – READY?
“He’s under the wagon.”
Today’s Funny Animal Video:
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.”
– Swedish Proverb
Today’s Inspirational Music Video:
Hope Of The Broken World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0KQG2BcNOX0
Today’s Verse & Prayer:
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 8:38-39
Father of all mankind, thank you for loving me. Thank you for giving me the promise that nothing can separate me from your love. Make me more aware of your accompanying presence in my life. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen
Until Tomorrow – America, Bless God !!!