Today in history...
Today is the 2nd day of the 20th week, the 14th day of the 5th month, the 134th day of 2018, and:
On this day in ...
- Accountant's Day or Accounting Day
- Dance Like a Chicken Day
- International Dylan Thomas Day
- National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
- National Chicken Dance Day
- National Underground America Day
- National Women's Check-Up Day
- The Stars and Stripes Forever Day
1607 – Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
1796 – English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox.
1800 – The process of the U.S. Government moving the United States capital city from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.
1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
1870 – The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
1946 - House of Commons passes the Canadian Citizenship Act; first nationality statute in Canada to define its people as Canadians
1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1951 – Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
1981 - Bank of Canada raises lending rate to further record high of 18.98%. In comparison, the highest US Prime Rate was 20% back on April 2nd, 1980
1998 - The TV series "Seinfeld" aired its final episode.
2008 - The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.
2018 - The US moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – the first country in 70 years to do so
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 34 mins 58 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
~ George Bernard Shaw
Seven Pillars of Wisdom – which became the movie Lawrence of Arabia
The Source and the movie Exodus [based on the book of the same name]
These were the books and the movies about two very different peoples, both filled with the sweep of history and both romanticizing their subject, that formed the basis of my perceptions of the Middle East. I read a great deal about Jews, especially in college, drawn by their insular sense of community and identity, and admittedly enthralled with their insistence that God was One, not Three since the Holy Trinity was a concept that I still struggle .to really understand. In pursuit of history, archeology, and cultural anthropology I studied the movements of Mesopotamia and the developments of civilization in the Fertile Crescent and I read the Koran. And I have to humbly admit I have absolutely no comprehension of the level of hate these two peoples have for one another. I simply do not understand. I totally get why they both distrust, despise and detest the US. I can see why they would treat Christians and Christianity with disdain. But from my perspective, it would seem the Arab and the Jew have a vast amount of history in common, cemented by the land they have both held for centuries, a cultural conglomeration that like the West and the East is viable and powerful.
I do not believe the new state of Israel expelled all Arabs in 1948 – but that the Arabs fled and felt they could not return is indisputable. That the surrounding Arab nations refused to assimilate these fleeing Palestinians is also indisputable, and I feel they deliberately have created the current problem by encouraging those who fled that Israel would not survive. But while about 700K fled their homes in fear, there are now over 5 MILLION demanding land, or reimbursements and reparations -- and I am not sure any country could handle that. I wish I could do more than pray, but I am not wise enough to see a solution….
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