April 12

Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first Senator in space, 1985. He rode aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Senator John Glenn of Ohio had been an astronaut, but he had retired from the space program before taking up politics.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, 1945.

A fire destroyed much of Chelsea, Massachusetts, 1908. 10,000 people lost their homes.

The U.S. paid $25,000 to the families of three Italian citizens slain in New Orleans, 1892.

Governor Lewis Wolfley of Arizona Territory vetoed a bill creating Coconino County, 1889. People in Flagstaff, the proposed county seat, burned the governor in effigy. The late 19th century was the time of county formation in the western states, and competition to create counties -- and gain political power -- was intense. Despite their setback, people in Flagstaff later won the status they coveted as Coconino County became a reality.

William "Boss" Tweed, former master of New York's Tammany Hall, died in prison, 1878.

The Civil War began, 1861, as Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumpter in Charleston harbor.

30,000 Mormons left Salt Lake City for Provo, 1858, after President Buchanan's appointed governor, Alfred Cumming, arrived in town and announced that federal troops were on the move toward Utah.

Massachusetts became the first state to enforce school attendance by law, 1853.

More Truthful Words Were Never Spoken: Opposite evils, far from balancing, aggravate each other. -- C.S. Lewis

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? -- Abraham Lincoln

Though you may have known clever men who were indolent [or lazy], you never knew a great man who was so; and when I hear a young man spoken of having promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him always is, Does he work? -- John Ruskin

Matthew 26:36-39 (American Standard Version)

 Then came Jesus with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then said he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

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