Thursday, May 03, 2007

Grrr!, Arf!, -and- Grave Error

Grrr! - tiny terrier sacrifices its life to save 5 children from pitbulls
Arf! - MA lawmaker wants seat belt law for dogs
Grave Error - body mix-up leads to wrong woman being buried

On this day in history: May 3, 1987 - The Miami Herald runs a story that Senator Gary Hart had spent the preceding weekend alone with a woman other than his wife. The Presidential candidate withdraws from the race just five days later, and the homewrecker, one Donna Rice, goes on to launch a career crusading against pornography.

Born on this day in history: May 3, 1920 - Sugar Ray Robinson (1920 - 1989) boxer. He was noted for his boxing brains and brawn; welterweight champ, 1946-51 and five times middleweight champ, 1951-60.

Today's Video: Einstein the Bird - submitted by Laura

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Today is the National Day of Prayer! On this, the National Day of Prayer, I pray for the Body of Christ, for our President and all elected officials—federal, state, and local—all military and law enforcement personnel, all foreign leaders, and people of all nations.

There have been several national days of prayer in the U.S. before the day was made official in 1952. The Continental Congress issued a day of prayer in 1775 to designate "a time for prayer in forming a new nation." Thomas Jefferson argued, however, that although individual religious organizations had the right to designate a day of prayer, the U.S. government should not have that right.

On April 17, 1952, President Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law. It was in 1972 that the National Prayer Committee was formed. It went on to create the National Day of Prayer Task Force, with the intended purpose of coordinating events for the National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Reagan signed a bill into law decreeing that the National Day of Prayer should be held on the first Thursday of May.

The intention of the National Day of Prayer was always that it would be a day when members of all faiths could pray together in their own way. It would involve Christians, Jews, Muslims, as well as Buddhists, Hindus, Aboriginals, Zoroastrians, and all others, of any faith or of no organized religion, who wished to participate.