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Joke of the Day
Crayons

The kindergarten class had settled down to its coloring books. Willie came up to the teacher's desk and said, "Miss Francis, I ain't go no crayons."

"Willie," Miss Francis said, "you mean, "I don't have any crayons.' You don't have any crayons. We don't have any crayons. They don't have any crayons. Do you see what I'm getting at?"

"Not really," Willie said, "What happened to all them crayons?"

Today in History
1919 Molasses floods Boston streets

Fiery hot molasses floods the streets of Boston on this day in 1919, killing 21 people and injuring scores of others. The molasses burst from a huge tank at the United States Industrial Alcohol Company building in the heart of the city.

The United States Industrial Alcohol building was located on Commercial Street near North End Park in Boston. It was close to lunch time on January 15 and Boston was experiencing some unseasonably warm weather as workers were loading freight-train cars within the large building. Next to the workers was a 58-foot-high tank filled with 2.5 million gallons of crude molasses.

Suddenly, the bolts holding the bottom of the tank exploded, shooting out like bullets, and the hot molasses rushed out. An eight-foot-high wave of molasses swept away the freight cars and caved in the building’s doors and windows. The few workers in the building’s cellar had no chance as the liquid poured down and overwhelmed them.

The huge quantity of molasses then flowed into the street outside. It literally knocked over the local firehouse and then pushed over the support beams for the elevated train line. The hot and sticky substance then drowned and burned five workers at the Public Works Department. In all, 21 people and dozens of horses were killed in the flood. It took weeks to clean the molasses from the streets of Boston.

This disaster also produced an epic court battle, as more than 100 lawsuits were filed against the United States Industrial Alcohol Company. After a six-investigation that involved 3,000 witnesses and 45,000 pages of testimony, a special auditor finally determined that the company was at fault because the tank used had not been strong enough to hold the molasses. Nearly $1 million was paid in settlement of the claims.

Verse of the Week
O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. —Psalm 130:7

What do we have here that is unfailing and inexhaustible? Nothing except God's unfailing love. Even when we disappoint, hurt, offend, or rebel against him, he still loves us. While we were sinners he sent Jesus to redeem us from sin and death. Why trust anything or anyone else with our future? Let's lean on God's unfailing love!

Born on this Day
January 15th

1970 

  • Dan Landry, born in San Diego, California, volleyball opposite hitter 1996 Olympics

1970 

  • Michele Granger, born in Anaheim, California, softball pitcher, 1996 Olympics gold

1968 

  • Laurie Fellner, born in Appleton, Wisconsin, team handball goalie, 1992, 1996 Olympics

1963 

  • Yaro Dachniwsky, born in Chicago, Illinois, team handball goalie 1996 Olympics

1961 

  • Iris DeMent, Paragould Ar, country singer, Our Town

1953 

  • Alexander O'Neal, born in Natchez, Mississippi, singer, rhythm and blues genre, successful songs include 'Saturday Love', Never Knew Love Like This' and 'Fake'

1948 

  • Ronnie Van Zant, rocker, Lynyrd Skynyrd

1932 

  • Dean Smith, U.S. actor/relay runner 1952 Olympics gold

1929 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, dreamer, Nobel 1964

1821 

  • Lafayette McLaws, Major General Confederate Army

1817 

  • Lewis Golding Arnold, Brigadier General Union volunteers

1815 

  • Henry Morris Naglee, Brigadier General Union volunteers

1716 

  • Philip Livingston, merchant, signed Declaration of Independence

 

 
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