18 May

20 years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted. I was getting ready for church when it happened. We didn’t hear the noise where we were in Seattle, but we heard the news reports pretty quickly.

The day after that the sky was cloudy, and summer never really came that year. Meteorologists insisted that the ash had nothing to do with it, but I still believe that St. Helens gave us a Year Without A Summer.

18 May

Arrests have been made in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four girls. I’ve heard about this bombing for my whole life, but never realized that no one had ever been arrested. Wow. If these guys did it, they must have really thought they were getting away with it after nearly 40 years. 40 years of life that those little girls who died in the bombing didn’t get to have. The LA Times story about this says,

“‘The fact is, this case could have been brought to trial, and very probably successfully tried, 35 or 36 years ago,’ Potok said. ‘But it was not, and the reason it was not was J. Edgar Hoover’ (…) who despised King, (and) speculated that blacks in Birmingham had bombed their own church to draw sympathy to their cause.”

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