August 17

The worst earthquake in the history of Turkey killed over 1,000 people, 1999.

President Bill Clinton admitted thst he had been in an inappropriate relationship with a White House female intern, 1998.

A powerful earthquake hit Yellowstone Park, 1959.

The US government allowed Yugoslavia to buy American-made steel manufacturing equipment, 1949. Yugoslavia was under economic restrictions imposed by the Soviet Union. Marshal Broz Tito had been a "bad comrade": he was insufficiently deferential to the USSR.

A breakout from an Eastham, Texas prison farm was put down, 1938. Of eight escapees, two were captured, two drowned and four were shot dead by officers. One guard was charged with murder; accused of using excessive force.

$37 million in federal funds was advanced to construct New York's Triborough Bridge, 1933.

20,000 people were at a Hawaiian airport to greet the winners of the Dole flying contest, 1927, which offered a $25,000 prize to the plane with the fastest time flying from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii. Only two planes finished the trip, the Woolaroc and the Aloha. Three planes were lost and no trace was found of them or their crews.

Apparently a letter to the editor was inadequate to express Raymond Lee's outrage at something in the Soperton, Georgia newspaper, 1927. He was convicted on this date of having flogged the paper's editor with the intention of killing him.

Sioux Indians left their reservation in Minnesota and went on the warpath, 1862. Supplies the government had promised the Indians had not shown up. The Indians raided villages and fought troops for weeks; over 1300 settlers and soldiers died. The Indian rebellion was defeated on September 26 and many Indians were imprisoned. President Lincoln pardoned most of the prisoners in December.

“Fulton’s folly,” the steamboat Clermont, made its first voyage up the Hudson River, 1807. It chugged from New York City to Albany in 32 hours. Robert Fulton had so many ideas people were suspicious of him. He tried to interest Napoleon in  submarine boats. An experimental model was built and tested with mixed results. “The man is a charlatan,” said Napoleon.

Davy Crockett was born, 1786.

Old age is not for sissies.

A good scare is more effective than good advice.

Genesis 3:2-5 (American Standard Version)

  And the woman said to the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 
  And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God knows that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

Quotes About the Importance of Prayer: I do not mean that every prayer we offer is answered exactly as we desire it to be. Were this the case, it would mean that we would be dictating to God, and prayer would degenerate into a mere system of begging. Just as an earthly father knows what is best for his children's welfare, so does God take into consideration the particular needs of His human family, and meets them out of his wonderful storehouse. If our petitions are in accordance with His will, and if we seek His glory in the asking, the answers will come in ways that will astonish us and fill our hearts with songs of thanksgiving. God is a rich and bountiful Father, and He does not forget His children, nor withhold from them anything that it would be to their advantage to receive. -- J. Kennedy Maclean

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