Happy Birthday to A Public Witness

This July will mark 126 years since two Baptist ministers and writers, Sanford M. Brown and Robert K. Maiden, printed the first issue of Word&Way. It was a time of change and promise. That year — 1896 — motion pictures premiered, Henry Ford drove his first car in Detroit, Tootsie Rolls went on sale, and the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. Also that year, Utah joined the nation as the 45th state, H.L. Smith took the first X-ray photograph, and the first women’s basketball game between two colleges was played (when Stanford beat the University of California, Berkeley).

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