June 27

End of the road for U.S. Route 66, 1985, as it was removed from the list of federal highways.

A small bear cub was rescued from a forest fire in New Mexico and became famous as Smokey the Bear, 1950. The Smokey cartoon character was created in 1947 and existed only on artists' drawing boards until the cub was discovered.

Allied forces took control of Cherbourg, France, 1944, the first major French port to become available for the use of the Allies.

German troops were crossing the Don River, moving south in Russia in an attempt to seize oil fields but were encountering intense resistance from Soviet forces, 1942.

Louisiana police searched for Louisiana State University President James Monroe Smith, 1939. Smith disappeared along with $500,000 which he had obtained using phony university bonds.

Violent lightning storms in New England, 1930, led to the deaths of 51 people.

The Southwest Idaho Motor Association announced it would begin placing traffic signs and directional signs along Idaho roads from Yellowstone to Weiser, 1915. Improvements to roadways were paid by the state and counties, but private groups paid for and installed traffic signs in the early days of automobile travel.

Congress created the Bureau of Labor, 1884, to deal with workplace issues. The bureau was part of the Interior Department.

African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born, 1872. In his short 33 years of life, he wrote plays, novels and poems that gained the respect of America's literary elite.

The Poet and the Baby

How’s a man to write a sonnet, can you tell,--
How’s he going to weave the dim, poetic spell, --
  When a-toddling on the floor
  Is the muse he must adore,
And this muse he loves, not wisely, but too well?

Now, to write a sonnet, every one allows,
One must always be as quiet as a mouse;
  But to write one seems to me
  Quite superfluous to be,
When you’ve got a little sonnet in the house.

Just a dainty little poem, true and fine,
That is full of love and life in every line,
  Earnest, delicate, and sweet,
  Altogether so complete
That I wonder what’s the use of writing mine. -- Paul Laurence Dunbar

The founder of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois, 1844.

James Smithson of England died, 1829. He left money to start a museum in America which became The Smithsonian.

The chief difference between the movies and real life is that in the movies they are married at the end of all their difficulties.

There's no such thing as a tough child -- if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender. -- W. C. Fields

Acts 1:6-8 (American Standard Version)

  They therefore, when they had gathered together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? 
  And he said to them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father has set within His own authority.
  But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit has settled within you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.

84 Average High Temperature in Boise

57 Average Low Temperature in Boise

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