Here are some one liners...
The California Gold Rush -- John Sutter establishes a New Switzerland in California but then gold is discovered and they turn California into Swiss cheese.
Save Lives First, Obey Laws Second -- A cholera epidemic forces the congregation to eat on the fast day of Yom Kippur. I talk about how saving a life is more important than reading expiration dates on medicines.
In Other News -- The Washington Monument, the Communist Manifesto and the Associate press.
The California Gold RushShhh! Don't tell anybody about the gold! The folks at Fort Sutter are trying to keep this a secret for a few weeks as the Mexican territory of California transitions to a United States territory. God only knows what might happen if anyone found out that there is gold at Sutter's Mill. In the 1830s Yohan Suter arrived from Switzerland and changed his name to John Sutter. He settled in Mexico's California to establish New Switzerland which encompasses present day Sacramento and Yuba City. He builds Fort Sutter for protection against Indian attack. Settlers make it the first stop as they come over the Sierra Nevada mountains and New Switzerland prospers. Sutter needs lumber for expansion so he hires James Marshall to build a water-powered saw mill and that is where the problem starts. Marshall finds gold nuggets in the stream. So why is that a problem? John Sutter has been promoting the region as a place of agricultural riches.... not "riches" riches. He is wholly unprepared for the 300,000 people that will be arriving in California over the next 7 years looking for a fortune in gold and turning California into Swiss cheese as they dig the place up. In reality he has a year before the real rush begins. It won't be enough.    
Save Lives First, Obey Laws SecondThe cholera epidemic has reached Lithuania on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Normally it is a day of fasting and prayer. No work is done. Even the hired help must rest, but the needs of the sick require that some people violate the rules. Not only must the sick violate the rules, but so should the healthy in order not to become sick from the cholera. It is too dangerous to weaken the body even for the sake of Heaven, so Rabbi Salanter stands before the congregation on the holiest day and eats. His congregation eats. To save a life is the law. 
In Other News
- Associated Press is founded. People are starving for war news so several news agencies form a cooperative to save money. 
- The Communist Manifesto is published. The world shudders. A lot of people are going to die for a principle that can't work without Divine intervention and they sure aren't going to ask for that.