July 15

74,000 U.S. Marines were sent to Lebanon, 1958, at the request of the Lebanese president. The troops helped stabilize the country against a rebellion by pro-Nasser Muslims. The troops left in October after Middle Eastern countries agreed in the United Nations not to support insurrection or otherwise interfere with neighboring countries.

A fire destroyed the 1862-era John Wanamaker department store in New York City, 1956. Workmen were preparing to tear down the building when the blaze broke out. A new version of the store across the street from the fire escaped undamaged.

Forest fires threatened to destroy “the world’s largest logging camp,” Ryderwood, Washington, 1938.

The Chicago World's Fair was honored by the arrival of Italian Air Minister Italo Balbo and his fleet of seaplanes, 1933. Balbo had organized the largest trans-Atlantic crossing by airplanes that had ever been seen.

An Australian visitor was the talk of New York City in 1922: a duck-billed platypus arrived at the zoo.

Georgia was readmitted to the United States, 1870. The former Confederate states were required to promise that men of all races would be allowed to vote.

An expedition led by Stephen H. Long became the first to climb Pike's Peak, 1820. Long had been sent by the U.S. Army to discover the source of the Red River, which forms part of the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas.

A story from the days of the Oregon Trail: Joseph L. Reed, a pioneer sawmill owner in Emmett, Idaho, told about his trip west and how the party stopped at a watering hole west of the Lander cutoff. At least they thought it was a watering hole, but the first man who took a sip got a mouthful of scalding water. "Drive on!", he roared at the assembled crowd, "hell is not a mile away."

Vacation is time off to remind employees that the business can get along without them. -- Earl Wilson

No man ought to take his politics so seriously that he is unable to laugh occasionally at his own party.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Acts 23:1-5 (American Standard Version)

  And Paul, looking steadfastly on the council, said, Brethren, I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day. 
  And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Then said Paul to him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall [a hypocrite]: and sit thou to judge me according to the law, and command me to be smitten contrary to the law? 
  And they who stood by said, Do you revile God's high priest? 
  And Paul said, I knew not, brethren, that he was high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of a ruler of thy people.

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