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In 1974, 44 years ago…..

In his State of the Union Address, President Nixon declares, “One year of Watergate is enough.”

Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is kidnapped from her Berkeley, California apartment by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth‘s home run record, by hitting his 715th career home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium.

The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time, to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office, an action taken to avoid being removed by impeachment and conviction in response to his role in the Watergate scandal.

Stuntman Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to rocket across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

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AND, ON JUNE 7, 1974 (44 years ago yesterday…  in Florence, Alabama on a rainy Friday evening, there was a gathering at First Baptist Church at 8 PM for a very serious matter to be addressed.  History records that the pastor of that church had a son that had been found guilty of courting a country girl for a period of about 18 months. They had been seen together frequently and many witnesses gathered ready to testify to that fact.  Although the two young people had flagrantly and publicly held hands publicly, gone to movies on Saturday nights, and had often dined at various eating establishments, they were shamelessly oblivious to the fact that others were talking that it appeared their relationship was getting pretty serious.

So, on that night, with an auditorium full to see what would be done by the church to address the serious nature of these matters, the couple stood in the altar, apparently unrepentant before the preacher, Dr. W.C. Garland, and openly stated that they did love each other and had no intention of parting.  Seeing it was useless to seek to separate the two from being together, Dr. Garland had no choice but to proceed with doing the honorable thing and marry the starry-eyed romantics.  And, 44 years later, they are still “happily ever after”.  Perhaps you have heard of this couple. They are not national figures or in any celebrity magazines or films.

However, these two have moved from the days of bell-bottom jeans and tee-shirts to business casual and church attire.  That Dr. Garland at Florence church surely did more than just declare them “man and wife”.  He had them promise God that they were love each other for life and be active in serving the LORD or he would have no part in their ceremony. So, those two who go by the names of  ‘Nick and Jenine’ have now kept that promise to God for 44 years.  And, they don’t seem to mind it one bit!!!!