This Date in History: July 17

Pastor Gary

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This Date in History: July 17

When we think back several years or even several hundred years, we sometimes think about what happened on a particular date in history.

Today, July 17, has had a fascinating series of events that makes this date stand out a bit, in the month of July.

1901 - Dr. Willis Carrier installed a commerical air conditioning system at a Brooklyn, NY printing plant. The system was the first to provide man-made control over temperature, humidity, ventilation and air quality. At first, Carrier’s invention was used primarily to cool machines, not people, but in the 1920s, his invention led to comfort cooling for movie theaters (remember the marquees with “It’s cool inside”?) and, before long, air conditioning came to department stores, office buildings, railroad cars and eventually, homes. The Carrier Corporation still exists to this day and is really ...'cool'...:cool:

1955 - Disneyland opened the gates to “The Happiest Place on Earth” in Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park’s first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland.

1981 - Two skywalks suspended from the ceiling over the atrium lobby at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, MO collapsed, killing 114 people. Five years later, two design engineers were convicted for their gross negligence.

1996 - TWA (Trans World Airlines) flight 800, carrying 230 people, including four cockpit crew members and 14 flight attendants, exploded, falling into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island, New York. The Boeing 747 had lifted off from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport at 8:19 p.m. bound for Paris, France. The explosion happened about 26 minutes later, some 40 miles east of New York, as the plane was climbing through 13,800 feet. The victims included celebrities in sports, entertainment and the arts, business people, and vacationers. Possibly the most unfortunate were the deaths of sixteen teen-agers, all students from the Montoursville, PA high school French club, and their five chaperones.

Events shape history and this date in history had some nice beginnings and some tragic endings. Life is filled with good and bad and we are all subjected to the same things in our lives that others experience. Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) -

"13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure."

In this verse, the word 'temptations' comes from the Greek language root word that also means 'burdens'. It is how we deal with those burdens that makes us the person that we are. With God's help, those burdens each day are managable, and not only gives us life-lessons and experience, but shapes our character as Christians.

May God Bless.