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History's Happenings for May 6

Hindenburg Explodes at Lakehurst
1936

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First Postage Stamps Issued
1840

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Birth of Explorer Robert E. Peary
1856

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Birth of Sigmund Freud
1856

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Arkansas Secedes from Union
1861

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WPA Begins Operations
1935

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Corregidor Surrenders
1942

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Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile
1954

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Rural Life Sunday

This interesting holiday was founded in 1929 by a coalition of church groups in order to celebrate God's blessing of the seed, the fertile soil, and the hard working rural families who earn their living from the earth's bounty. It is a non-sectarian observance.

Today it has become a virtual impracticality for a small American farmer to make a living from the soil comparable to the many other vocational opportunities available to industrious folks. Most have to also work off the farm -- or have the family do so -- to make ends meet, and to avail themselves of self-defeating government largess.

Considering the debt we all owe the American farmer every time we pick up our fork, and considering some of the idiotic things for which we have set aside national days, weeks and months, we think this one -- along with Farmers Day in October -- deserves our reverence.

Celebrating it on a Sunday (the fifth after Easter) is indeed apropos.




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