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Joke of the Day
At the Dog Track

A woman came up behind her husband while he was enjoying his morning coffee and slapped him on the back of the head. 
"I found a piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name 'Marylou' written on it," she said, furious. "You had better have an explanation." 
"Calm down, honey," the man replied. "Remember last week when I was at the dog track? That was the name of the dog I bet on."' 
The next morning, his wife snuck up on him and smacked him again. 
"What was that for?" he complained.
"Your dog called last night."

Today in History
1980 U.S. hockey team makes miracle on ice

In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.

The so-called Miracle on Ice was more than just an Olympic upset; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing. The upset came at an auspicious time: President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the United States was going to boycott the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and Americans, faced with a major recession and the Iran hostage crisis, were in dire need of something to celebrate. After the game, President Carter called the players to congratulate them, and millions of Americans spent that Friday night in revelry over the triumph of “our boys” over the Russian pros.

Verse of the Week
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. —1 John 4:11-12

Can you imagine what an honor it is to have the Creator of the universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you! And when we love each other, that is exactly what happens. When our hearts are full of love, there is room for God. When they are not full of love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his character in us. Let God complete his love in you. Make a commitment to do loving things for others today!

Born on this Day
February 22nd

1975 

  • Drew Barrymore, born in Los Angeles, California, actress, ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy

1973 

  • Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete 1994 Olympics

1971 

  • Lisa Fernandez, Lakewood California, softball pitcher, 1996 Olympics gold

1964 

  • Gigi Fernandez, Beatriz, San Juan PR, U.S. tennis star, Gold Medal 1996 Olympics

1963 

  • Dave Besteman, Madison Wis, speed skater 1994 Olympics

1962 

  • Steve Irwin, born in Essedon, Australia, wildlife expert, television personality, 'The Crocodile Hunter'

1952 

  • James Philip Bagian, Philadelphia, MDPE/astronaut, STS-29, STS-40

1901 

  • Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, U.S. Supreme Court justice, 1957-62

1857 

  • Robert Baden-Powell, founder, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides

1828 

  • Robert Alexander Cameron, Major General Union volunteers

1827 

  • James Barnet Fry, Major General Union Army

1798 

  • Charles Mynn Thruston, Brigadier General Union volunteers