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All of Japan's principal harbors were blocked by American mines, 1945.

Italy began enforcing more anti-Jewish laws, forbidding Jews to obtain schooling or marry outside their religion, 1938.

From trimming its fleet for peace in 1931, the US Navy made a rapid turnaround and ordered 37 new ships, 1933.

Seven Chicago White Sox players, accused of conspiring with gamblers to “throw” the 1919 World Series, were acquitted by a jury, 1921. Shortly after the verdict, the so-called “Black Sox” were fired by the club owner and banned from baseball by the commissioner, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis.

Oregon Governor Oswald West made a stand to support the state's "blue laws" by demanding that a circus refrain from performing on a Sunday, 1913. Backed by local ministers, Gov. West went to Oregon City to confront the owner of the Oklahoma Wild West Circus. The parties agreed that the circus would be postponed until Monday.

American troops were progressing well against the Spanish defenders in Cuba, 1898, but a greater threat was yellow fever. 3,164 soldiers were reported to be sick with the fever. American commanders including Colonel Theodore Roosevelt sent an urgent message to the general in charge, General Shafter, asking that troops be evacuated from Cuba immediately. The following day orders were received to move the troops from Cuba to a facility on Long Island, New York.

Five dollars was the asking price for a bar of soap, 1881, at Denver's train station. Soap could be purchased for less, but the seller of this soap had wrapped each bar with a $1, $5, or even $100 bill, then applied a blue paper wrapper to each. For five dollars, a person could take a chance on winning big money. And every time the offer was made, there was at least one big winner. Unknown to the crowd of travelers from out of town, the big winner was always the same man. He was called Soapy Smith, and he ran the racket.

Christopher Columbus and his fleet left Spain, 1492, on his voyage in search of the East Indies.  

Opposite evils, far from balancing, aggravate each other. -- C.S. Lewis

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet. -- Rodney Dangerfield

Luke 11:11-13 (American Standard Version)

   And of which of you that is a father if his son shall ask for bread, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent? 
   Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 
   If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

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