February 21

Kristi Yamaguchi won an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in women’s figure skating, 1992.

Singer Anita Bryant, embroiled in a controversy over homosexual rights ordinances in Miami, 1978, said that she realized "we cannot legislate morality," but believed that people needed to get the "guts" to say to officials "stop legislating immorality."

Oklahoma City grocery stores opened on Sunday in defiance of custom, 1953. The Sunday transactions were denounced by pastors and the state's governor. Apparently a new grocery chain was coming to town that advertised that it would be open seven days a week and the other merchants decided they needed to open on Sundays before the newcomer arrived.

Pres. Harry Truman asked Congress for $350 million to provide food aid and other assistance to the destitute populations in Europe and Asia, 1947.

British troops fired on rioting crowds in Cairo, Egypt, 1946. The protests, which included Egyptian police fighting against British troops, were the result of agitation for Egyptian independence.

At Hampton Roads, VA, the blimp Roma struck high voltage lines and exploded, killing 34 passengers, 1922.

A prospector, C. E. Bell, lost his footing while standing on the rim of an ancient volcano in Nevada's Jarbidge Wilderness, 1910, and plunged 1500 feet to his death inside the volcano's crater. A squad of prospectors tried to reach him but gave up after lowering a man 200 feet into the crater on a rope and realizing that they were unequipped to deal with the depth of the crater.

Oregon passed the first law in the nation making Labor Day a legal holiday, 1887. The first Labor Day was in 1882, when the Knights of Labor marched in New York City.

The Washington Monument was dedicated in 1885, in Washington, D.C. It had taken 26 years for the monument to be built.

Confederate soldiers prevailed in a battle at Valverde, New Mexico, 1861, which allowed C.S.A. General Henry Sibley to take over Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The Cherokee Phoenix, a newspaper written in the Cherokee language, began publication in Georgia, 1828.

One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it. -- A Persian Proverb

I hate women because they always know where things are. -- James Thurber

Proverbs 8:17 (American Standard Version)

[Spoken by "Wisdom"]  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Quotes About the Importance of Prayer: Let your hearts be much set on revivals of religion. Never forget that the churches have hitherto existed and prospered by revivals; and that if they are to exist and prosper in time to come, it must be by the same cause which has from the first been their glory and defense. -- Joel Hawks

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