February 20.

Astronaut John Glenn orbited Earth in 1962.

A Washington, D.C. attorney told a Senate investigating committee that he was impressed and rather surprised by how willing the U.S. Maritime Commission was to sell three war-surplus oil tankers to him and two other Washington insiders, 1952. The three men put up a total of $1000 and netted $450,000 when the ships were sold a short time later.

Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin gave a speech to fellow senators about suspected Communists in the State Department, 1950.

Former Pres. Herbert Hoover criticized Pres. Franklin Roosevelt's "court packing" plan to add additional justices to the US Supreme Court, 1937. Hoover called Roosevelt's plan, which would obtain a court more favorable to New Deal legislation and regulations, a "road to suicide."

Sensing that trouble was brewing, officials in Switzerland announced that Nazis would not be allowed into the country, 1936.

The US House of Representatives passed a law repealing the constitutional amendment that had authorized Prohibition, 1933, which was to be sent to the states for ratification.

Idaho allowed local option control of liquor sales, 1909.

Boise's Columbian Club raised $100 toward furnishing the Idaho building at the St. Louis world's fair, 1904. The members also heard a report on the unsightly condition of  Boise's sidewalks, held to be partly due to the inability of lawmen to effectively enforce the "expectoration ordinance."

Snow at Silver City, Idaho was reported to be 15 feet deep, 1878.

Houses in the earliest years of Boise, Idaho were mostly log cabins caulked with mud. The Idaho Statesman announced, 1870, that limestone had been discovered nearby that was suitable for making mortar. Houses of brick and stone could be built at a reasonable cost if lime did not have to be shipped in. The editor observed, "This is glorious news for the southern portion of Idaho. Farewell now, chimneys and walls laid in mud, and farewell board shanties and bedbugs. Boise city will 'ere long exult in brick walls and hard finish at a cost that will be within the reach of every man who can afford to build a house or pay rent for one."

The U.S. Senate passed the "Force Bill," 1833, giving the government power to enforce tariffs. Protectionist tariffs were promoted by the northern manufacturing states but opposed by the southern cotton and tobacco growing states. The southerners' products could compete in the world market without protection, and the South believed tariffs just invited retaliation against American products. Congress and the President compromised with the southern states by lowering the tariff rates the U.S. charged.

Who has deceived thee so oft as thyself? -- Benjamin Franklin

Just try to be happy. Unhappiness starts with wanting to be happier. -- Sam Levenson

Psalms 42:1-2 (American Standard Version)

  As the deer pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O God.
  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

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