DUSTING OFF THE DEGREE – Mary
THIS DAY IN HISTORY – April 14* 1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established* 1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary* 1846 – The Donner Party of pioneers departs* 1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre* 1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg* 2005 – The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY* Ribose and related sugars from uv irradiation of interstellar ice pieces created the base for RNA, ribose sugar!* Newton dabbled in alchemy, searching for the recipe for the Philosopher’s Stone. Recently Chemical Heritage Foundation acquired his recipe for sophick mercury, a key ingredient or the Stone.* Yeast infection caused a blockage of blood supply, so only four days after the surgery the uterus was removed.
POLITICS AND RELIGION
* Gov Butch Otter has vetoed the Bible in schools bill* Tennessee has passed a bill to make the Bible the official state book* Mississippi passes “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from the Government” bill* Mississippi Church Protection Act* Bangladeshi secular activist hacked to death* Canada closed its Office of Religious Freedom | Via Friendly Atheist
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