October 17

San Francisco earthquake, 1989. The quake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. It caused the collapse of double decker freeway sections. Television viewers across the country saw the quake disrupt the start of a game in baseball’s World Series.

Boise, Idaho's Katherine Albertson Park, designed to allow viewing of wildlife in its native habitat, was dedicated, 1989.

The Arab oil embargo against the U.S. began, 1973. The embargo was a response to the support the U.S. had given Israel.

Argentine unions led a revolt that placed Juan Peron in power, 1945, against the wishes of a temporary military government.

Pres. Franklin Roosevelt ordered fines and jail terms for violators of the NRA, 1933. The National Recovery Administration was a partnership between government, businesses, and unions to promote production and economic growth. It was later held to be unconstitutional, and the program in some ways resembled fascism without a dictatorship.

Scientist Albert Einstein arrived in the U.S. as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933.

Gangster Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to prison for eleven years along with a $50,000 fine, 1931.

President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House, 1901. Some Southerners were quite upset that the President would treat a black man with all the respect he would show a white man.

Evidence of recession: wheat prices bottomed out at a historic low of 54.5 cents per bushel, 1894.

Would-be nation builder William Walker sailed from San Francisco, 1853, with 75 men. Walker planned to found a proslavery country in Baja California.

A Boston audience walked out on Edgar Allen Poe’s reading of his poem, "The Raven," 1845.

No one ever listened himself out of a job. -- Calvin Coolidge

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. -- Charles M. Schwab

Job 38:1-7 (American Standard Version)

   Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 
   Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou to me. 
   Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou have understanding. 
   Who determined the measures thereof, if thou know? Or who stretched the line upon it? 
   Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

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