the King James BibleBefore the English founded Jamestown in the Virginia Colony on May 14, 1607, work had already begun on what has been called “the noblest monument of English prose.” The Authorized Version of the Bible, more commonly known as the King James Version because it was translated under the authority of King James I of England, was begun in 1604. This year marks the quatercentenary, or four-hundredth anniversary, of its publication. But although we know the day and month of the founding of Jamestown, all we know about the publication date of the Authorized Version is the year — 1611.

When he jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944 with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, Easy Company's Lt. Dick Winters landed with one weapon: his jump knife. As happened to many of his fellow paratroopers, the blast of air on exiting the plane blew away his M-1 Garand and the famous leg bag, concocted by the British to carry more gear.

The abortion rate in the United States, which had been falling steadily since its high in the early 1980s, has stalled over the past several years, according the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm for America’s leading abortion provider Planned Parenthood. According to Guttmacher’s latest study, the abortion rate remained largely static between 2005 and 2008 at slightly less than 20 abortions per 1,000 women, down from a high in 1981 of more than 29 abortions per 1,000 women.

In its ongoing study of the religious habits and practices of Americans, Gallup has found that seven in ten Americans think faith is losing its influence on the nation, one of the highest findings in Gallup’s history of measuring the religious pulse of the American people, “and significantly higher than in the first half of the past decade,” the pollster reports.

The U.S. State Department has changed some fundamental terminology on passport applications, reflecting the increasing numbers of same-sex partners who have become parents. Following heavy lobbying on the part of homosexual activist groups, the words “mother” and “father” are being removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with the terms “parent one” and “parent two.”

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