December 6

St. Nicholas’ Day. In Holland, children put their shoes by the fireplace the night before St. Nicholas’ Day in hope of receiving candies and cookies. The saint’s alter ego, Santa Claus, has begun to intrude on this tradition.

Since mining for silver and gold gave Idaho its start it seems fitting to observe National Miner's Day today.

Everglades National Park was dedicated, 1947.

Pres. Franklin Roosevelt appealed to Japanese Emperor Hirohito for the Emperor to use his influence to avoid war between the two countries, 1941.

Encouraging words were spoken on this date in 1939 by New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey: "The one ultimate unforgivable crime is to despair of the republic. . . In every era for a century and a half it has been doomed to death by gloomy young theorists and by tired and hopeless elders."

Leon Trotsky was granted political asylum in Mexico, 1936, in a bid to escape persecution by his political rival, Joseph Stalin.

An explosion leveled part of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1917, after an American munitions ship carrying three thousand tons of TNT was struck by a Red Cross vessel in Halifax harbor. The collision started a fire aboard the munitions ship and its captain attempted to scuttle it, but the ammunition blew up before the ship sank. 1600 people were killed; shrapnel from the explosion was thrown three miles.

President Theodore Roosevelt's annual message to Congress promoted his concept of the U.S. providing an "international police power" in the western hemisphere, 1904, to act in cases of "chronic wrong doing."

Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, died, 1889, at New Orleans.

Medical Professor -- "What would you do in the case of a person eating poisonous mushrooms?"
Student -- "Recommend a change of diet."

Every invalid is a physician. -- An Irish Proverb

Malachi 3:1-3 (American Standard Version) 

   Behold, I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom ye desire, behold, he comes, says the Lord of hosts. 
   But who can abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap: and he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they shall offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.

Curdled Quotes from Caustic Writers: There are two forces that can carry light to all corners of the globe -- the sun in the heavens and the Associated Press down here. -- Mark Twain

39 Average High Temperature in Boise

26 Average Low Temperature in Boise

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