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  1. #131
    January 17



    1377 - The Papal See was transferred from Avignon in France back to Rome.

    1562 - French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.

    1773 - Captain Cook's Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.

    1795 - The Dudingston Curling Society was organized in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    1806 - James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.

    1852 - The independence of the Transvaal Boers was recognized by Britain.

    1871 - Andrew S. Hallidie received a patent for a cable car system.

    1882 - Thomas Edison's exhibit opened the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London.

    1893 - Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.

    1900 - The U.S. took Wake Island where there was in important cable link between Hawaii and Manila.

    1900 - Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.

    1900 - Mormon Brigham Roberts was denied a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for his practicing of polygamy.

    1905 - Punchboards were patented by a manufacturing firm in Chicago, IL.

    1912 - English explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole. Norwegian Roald Amundsen had beaten him there by one month. Scott and his party died during the return trip.

    1913 - All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.

    1916 - The Professional Golfers Association was formed in New York City.

    1928 - The fully automatic, film-developing machine was patented by A.M. Josepho.

    1934 - Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a people's car, a "Volkswagen," to the new German Reich government.

    1938 - "Stepmother" debuted on CBS radio.

    1945 - Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.

    1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Wallenberg was credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews.

    1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.

    1949 - "The Goldbergs" debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

    1959 - Senegal and the French Sudan joined to form the Federal State of Mali.

    1961 - In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."

    1966 - A B-52 carrying four H-bombs collided with a refuelling tanker. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.

    1977 - Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the U.S. in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.

    1985 - Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    1991 - Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.

    1992 - An IRA bomb, placed next to a remote country road in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, killed seven building workers and injured seven others.

    1994 - The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.

    1995 - More than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.

    1997 - A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.

    1997 - Israel gave over 80% of Hebron to Palestinian rule, but held the remainder where several hundred Jewish settlers lived among 20,000 Palestinians.

    1998 - U.S. President Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against him. He was the first U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit.

    2000 - British pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC agreed to a merger that created the world's largest drugmaker.

    2001 - Congo's President Laurent Kabila was shot and killed during a coup attempt. Congolese officials temporarily placed Kabila's son in charge of the government.

    2001 - The director of Palestinian TV, Hisham Miki, was killed at a restaurant when three masked gunmen walked up to his table and shot him more than 10 times.

    2002 - It was announced that Microsoft had signed a joint venture agreement to produce software with two partners in China. The two partners were Beijin Centergate Technologies (Holding) Co. and the Stone Group.

    Birthdays

    Benjamin Franklin 1706
    Anton Chekhov 1860
    David Lloyd George (Britain) 1863
    Carl Laemmle 1867
    Noah Beery 1883
    Mack Sennet 1884
    Marjorie Gateson 1891
    Al Capone 1899
    Nevil Shute 1899
    Vido Musso 1913
    George Handy 1920
    Betty White 1922
    Moira Shearer 1926
    Eartha Kitt 1927
    Vidal Sassoon 1928
    Jacques Plante 1929
    James Earl Jones 1931
    Sheree North 1933
    Shari Lewis (Hurwitz) 1934
    Troy Donahue 1937
    Maury Povich 1939
    Muhammad Ali 1942
    Chris Montez 1944
    William Hart (Delfonics) 1945
    Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) 1948 - Rolling Stones Apparel and Gear
    Andy Kaufman 1949
    Steve Earle 1955
    Paul Young 1956
    David Caruso 1956
    Steve Harvey 1957
    Susanna Hoffs (Bangles) 1957
    John Crawford (Berlin) 1960
    Jim Carrey 1962
    Michelle Obama 1964
    Shabba Ranks 1966
    Naveen Andrews 1969 - Actor ("Lost") - Lost Merchandise
    Kid Rock 1971
    Ray J 1981
    Amanda Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) 1982
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.
    Faust

  2. #132
    January 23


    Today's: Famous Birthdays - Music history


    1556 - An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was thought to have killed about 830,000 people.

    1571 - The Royal Exchange in London, founded by financier Thomas Gresham, was opened by Queen Elizabeth I.

    1789 - Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the U.S. The school is in Washington, DC.

    1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.

    1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.

    1920 - The Dutch government refused the demands from the Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany.

    1924 - The first Labour government was formed, under Ramsay MacDonald.

    1937 - In Moscow, seventeen people went on trial during Josef Stalin's "Great Purge."

    1941 - The play, "Lady in the Dark" premiered.

    1943 - Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.

    1943 - The British captured Tripoli from the Germans.

    1950 - The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    1960 - The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Pacific Ocean.

    1964 - Ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed. This amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.

    1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.

    1971 - In Prospect Creek Camp, AK, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as minus 80 degrees.

    1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.

    1974 - Mike Oldfield’s "Tubular Bells" opened the credits of the movie, "The Exorcist".

    1975 - "Barney Miller" made his debut on ABC-TV.

    1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.

    1978 - Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment. They were the first country to do so.

    1983 - "The A-Team" debuted on TV.

    1985 - O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football’s Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.

    1985 - The proceedings of the House of Lords were televised for the first time.

    1989 - Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84.

    1997 - A judge in Fairfax, VA, sentenced Mir Aimal Kasi to death for an assault rifle attack outside the CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people.

    1997 - A British woman received a record £186,000 damages for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

    2001 - A van used by the remaining two fugitives of the "Texas 7" was recovered in Colorado Springs, CO. A few hours later police surrounded a hotel where the convicts were hiding. Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody the next morning without incident.

    2002 - John Walker Lindh returned to the U.S. under FBI custody. Lindh was charge with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorists and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban while a member of the al-Quaida terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

    2003 - North Korea announced that it would consider sanctions an act of war for North Korea's reinstatement of its nuclear program.

    Birthdays

    John Hancock 1737
    Edouard Manet 1832
    Joseph Nathan Kane 1899
    Randolph Scott 1903
    Dan Duryea 1907
    David Duncan 1916
    Ernie Kovacs 1919
    Ray Abrams 1920
    Marty Paich 1925
    Jeanne Moreau 1928
    Ken Errair (The Four Freshmen) 1928
    Chita Rivera 1933
    Lou Antonio 1934
    Eugene Church 1938
    Johnny Russel 1940
    Gil Gerard 1943
    Rutger Hauer 1944
    Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) 1944
    Anita Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) 1948
    Richard Dean Anderson 1950
    Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) 1950
    Danny Federici (E Street Band) 1950
    Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) 1953
    Princess Caroline of Monaco 1957
    Earl Falconer (UB40) 1959
    Gail O'Grady 1963
    Mariska Hargitay 1964
    Marc Nelson 1971
    Tiffany-Amber Thiessen 1974
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.
    Faust

  3. #133
    January 24


    1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of '49.

    1899 - Humphrey O’Sullivan patented the rubber heel.

    1908 - In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell.

    1916 - Conscription was introduced in Britain.

    1922 - Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.

    1924 - The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg.

    1930 - Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson in one minute, ten seconds of the opening round.

    1935 - Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.

    1942 - "Abie’s Irish Rose" was first heard on NBC radio.

    1943 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

    1952 - Vincent Massey was the first Canadian to be appointed governor-general of Canada.

    1955 - The rules committee of major league baseball announced a plan to strictly enforce the rule that required a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.

    1964 - CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years.

    1965 - Winston Churchill died at the age of 90.

    1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.

    1978 - A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada's Northwest Territory.

    1980 - The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China.

    1985 - Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff.

    1986 - The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.

    1987 - In Lebanon, gunmen kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. They were all later released.

    1989 - Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.

    1990 - Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.

    1995 - The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

    1996 - Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned due to allegations that he had spied for Moscow.

    2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election.

    2001 - In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the "Texas 7."

    2002 - The U.S. Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron Corp.

    2002 - John Walker Lindh appeared in court for the first time concerning the charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and aided terrorist groups. Lindh had been taken into custody by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

    2003 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.

    Birthdays

    Hadrian (Roman emperor) AD 76
    Frederick the Great (Prussia) 1712
    Edith Wharton (Jones) 1862
    Ann Todd 1909
    John Beasley Brickhouse 1916
    Ernest Borgnine 1917
    Oral Roberts 1918
    Maria Tallchief 1925
    Marvin Kaplan 1927
    Desmond Morris 1928
    Doug Kershaw 1936
    Jack Scott (Scafone) 1936
    Bobby Scott 1937
    Ray Stevens 1939
    Neil Diamond 1941
    Aaron Neville 1941
    Sharon Tate 1943
    Julie Gregg 1944
    Warren Zevon 1947
    John Belushi 1949
    Becky Hobbs 1950
    Michael Ontkean 1950
    Yakov Smirnoff 1951
    Elaine Giftos 1954
    Julian Holland (Squeeze) 1958
    Nastassja Kinski 1961
    Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) 1963
    John Myung (Dream Theater) 1967 - Dream Theater Merchandise
    Mary Lou Retton 1968
    Pat "Sleepy" Brown (Society of Soul) 1970
    Tatyana Ali 1979
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.
    Faust

  4. #134
    February 3

    1488 - The Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Diaz landed at Mossal Bay in the Cape, the first European known to have landed on the southern extremity of Africa.

    1690 - The first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec.

    1783 - Spain recognized the independence of the United States.

    1809 - The territory of Illinois was created.

    1815 - The world's first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.

    1862 - Thomas Edison printed the "Weekly Herald" and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. It was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train.

    1869 - Edwin Booth opened his new theatre in New York City. The first production was "Romeo and Juliet".

    1900 - In Frankfort, KY, gubernatorial candidate William Goebels died from an assasin's bullet wounds. On August 18, 1900, Ex-Sec. of State Caleb Powers was found guilt of conspiracy to murder Gov. Goebels.

    1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax.

    1916 - In Ottawa, Canada's original parliament buildings burned down.

    1917 - The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

    1918 - The Twin Peaks Tunnel began service. It is the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet.

    1927 - The Federal Radio Commission was created when U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill.

    1941 - In Vichy, France, the Nazis used force to restore Pierre Laval to office.

    1945 - Russia agreed to enter World War II against Japan.

    1946 - The first issue of "Holiday" magazine appeared.

    1947 - Percival Prattisbecame the first black news correspondent admitted to the House and Senate press gallery in Washington, DC. He worked for "Our World" in New York City.

    1951 - Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time.

    1951 - The Tennessee Williams play, "The Rose Tattoo", opened on Broadway in New York.

    1966 - The first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made by the Soviet space vehicle Luna IX.

    1969 - At the Palestinian National Congress in Cairo, Yasser Arafat was appointed leader of the PLO.

    1972 - The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan.

    1984 - Challenger 4 was launched as the tenth space shuttle mission.

    1988 - The U.S. House of Representatives handed rejected U.S. President Reagan's request for at least $36.25 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.

    1989 - South African politician P.W. Botha unwillingly resigned both party leadership and the presidency after suffering a stroke.

    1998 - Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker. She was the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1984.

    1998 - In Italy, a U.S. Military plane hit a cable causing the death of 20 skiers on a lift.

    2009 - Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general. He was the first African-American to hold the post.

    2010 - The Alberto Giacometti sculpture L'Homme qui marche sold for $103.7 million.


    Birthdays

    Horace Greeley 1811
    Sidney Lanier 1842
    Gertrude Stein 1874
    Norman Rockwell 1894
    Alvar Aalto 1898
    James A. Michener 1907
    Simon Weil 1909
    Joey Bishop 1918
    Bibi Osterwald 1920
    John Fiedler 1925
    Art Arfons 1926
    Shelley Berman 1926
    Frankie Vaughn 1928
    Peggy Ann Garner 1932
    Jeremy Kemp (Edmund Walker) 1935
    Victor Buono 1938
    Emile Griffith 1938
    Fran Tarkenton 1940
    Angelo D'Aleo (Dion and The Belmonts) 1940
    Blythe Danner 1943
    Dennis Edwards 1943
    Eric Haydock (The Hollies) 1943
    Bridget Handley 1944
    Melanie (Safka) 1947
    Dave Davies (The Kinks) 1947
    Morgan Fairchild 1950
    Nathan Lane 1956
    Lee Renaldo (Sonic Youth) 1956
    Thomas Calabro 1959
    Lol Tolhurst (Cure, Presence) 1959
    Keith Gordon 1961
    Michele Greene 1962
    Matraca Berg 1964
    Maura Tierney 1965
    Nick Hawkins (Big Audio) 1965
    Grant Barry (Reel Big Fish) 1977
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.
    Faust

  5. #135
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  6. #136
    February 6

    1778 - The United States gained official recognition from France as the two nations signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

    1788 - Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

    1815 - The state of New Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.

    1843 - "The Virginia Minstrels" opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City. It was the first minstrel show in America.

    1899 - The U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty between the U.S. and Spain.

    1900 - The Holland Senate ratified the 1899 peace conference decree that created in international arbitration court at The Hague.

    1900 - U.S. President McKinley appointed W.H. Taft as commissioner to report on the Philippines.

    1911 - The first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, AZ.

    1926 - The National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.

    1932 - Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.

    1933 - The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

    1937 - K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer when she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.

    1950 - NBC radio debuted "Dangerous Assignment".

    1952 - Britain's King George VI died. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him.

    1956 - St. Patrick Center opened in Kankakee, IL. It was the first circular school building in the United States.

    1959 - The U.S., for the first time, successfully test-fired a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.

    1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.

    1972 - Over 500,000 pieces of irate mail arrived at the mail room of CBS-TV, when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Demand," would be shown.

    1985 - The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.

    1987 - President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day and became the oldest U.S. President in history.

    1998 - Washington National Airport was renamed for U.S. President Ronald Reagan with the signing of a bill by U.S. President Clinton.

    1999 - King Hussein of Jordan transferred full political power to his oldest son the Crown Prince Abdullah.

    1999 - Excerpts of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton's impeachment trial.

    1999 - Heavy fighting resumed along the common border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    2000 - Russia's acting President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian forces had captured Grozny, Chechnya. The capital city had been under the control of Chechen rebels.

    2000 - In Finland, Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen became the first woman to be elected president.

    2000 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.

    2001 - Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister.

    2002 - A federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh to be held without bail pending trial. Lindh was known as the "American Taliban."

    Birthdays

    Christopher Marlowe 1564

    Aaron Burr 1756

    Babe Ruth 1895

    Ronald Wilson Reagan (U.S.) 1911

    John Lund 1913

    Zsa Zsa Gabor 1919

    Patrick Macnee 1922

    Sixten Jernberg 1929

    Rip Torn 1931

    Mamie Van Doren 1933

    Mike Farrell 1939

    Tom Brokaw 1940

    Gigi Perreau 1941

    Fabian Forte 1943

    Gayle Hunnicutt 1943

    Michael Tucker 1944

    Bob Marley 1945 - Musican (The Wailers, Bob Marley and the Wailers)
    Bob Marley Merchandise

    Alan Jones (Amen Corner) 1947

    Jim Sheridan 1949

    Natalie Cole 1950

    Jon Walmsley 1956

    Kathy Najimy 1957

    Robert Townsend 1957

    Simon Phillips (Toto) 1957

    Barry Miller 1958

    Megan Gallagher 1960

    Axl Rose (Guns & Roses) 1962

    Richie McDonald (Lonestar) 1962

    Rick Astley 1966

    Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) 1969

    Brandon Hammond 1984
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.
    Faust

  7. #137
    February 10




    1763 - The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. In the treaty France ceded Canada to England.

    1840 - Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.

    1846 - Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began their exodus to the west from Illinois.

    1863 - In New York City, two of the world’s most famous midgets, General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren were married.

    1863 - The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane.

    1870 - The city of Anaheim was incorporated for the first time.

    1870 - The YWCA was founded in New York City.

    1879 - The electric arc light was used for the first time.

    1897 - "The New York Times" began printing "All the news that's fit to print" on their front page.

    1920 - Major league baseball representatives outlawed pitches that involve tampering with the ball.

    1923 - Ink paste was manufactured for the first time by the Standard Ink Company.

    1925 - The first waterless gas storage tank was placed in service in Michigan City, IN.

    1933 - The singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegraph Company of New York City.

    1933 - Primo Carnera knocked out Ernie Schaaf in round 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Schaaf died as a result of the knockout punch.

    1934 - The first imperforated, ungummed sheets of postage stamps were issued by the U.S. Postal Service in New York City.

    1935 - The Pennsylvania Railroad began passenger service with its electric locomotive. The engine was 79-1/2 feet long and weighed 230 tons.

    1942 - The Normandie, the former French liner, capsized in New York Harbor. The day before the ship had caught fire while it was being fitted for the U.S. Navy.

    1949 - "Death of a Salesman" opened at the Morocco Theatre in New York City.

    1962 - The Soviet Union exchanged capture American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for the Soviet spy Rudolph Ivanovich Abel being held by the U.S.

    1967 - The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment required the appointment of a vice-president when that office became vacant and instituted new measures in the event of presidential disability.

    1981 - The Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino caught fire. Eight people were killed and 198 were injured.

    1989 - Ron Brown became the first African American to head a major U.S. political party when he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

    1990 - South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that black activist Nelson Mandela would be released the next day after 27 years in captivity.

    1992 - Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, Miss Black American contestant.

    1997 - The U.S. Army suspended its top-ranking enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney following allegations of sexual misconduct. McKinney was convicted of obstruction of justice and acquitted of 18 counts alleging sexual harassment of six military women.

    1998 - A man became the first to be convicted of committing a hate crime in cyberspace. The college dropout had e-mailed threats to Asian students.

    1998 - Voters in Maine repealed a 1997 gay rights law. Maine was the first state to abandone such legislation.

    1999 - Avalanches killed at least 10 people when they roared down the French Alps 30 miles from Geneva.

    2005 - North Korea publicly announced for the first time that it had nuclear arms. The country also rejected attempts to restart disarmament talks in the near future saying that it needed the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States.

    2009 - A Russian and an American satellite collide over Siberia.

    Birthdays

    Charles Lamb 1775

    William Allen White 1868

    Boris Pasternak 1890

    Jimmy Durante 1893

    Maurice Harold Macmillan 1894 - British Prime Minister from 1957-1963

    Bertolt Brecht 1898 - Dramatist, poet

    Dame Judith Anderson 1898

    Lon Chaney, Jr. 1905

    Larry Adler 1914

    Allie Reynolds 1919

    Neva Patterson 1922

    Leontyne Price 1927

    Jerry Goldsmith 1929

    Robert Wagner 1930

    James E. West 1931

    Don Wilson (The Ventures) 1937

    Roberta Flack 1939

    Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers) 1940

    Ral Donner 1943

    Frances Moore Lapp 1944

    Mark Spitz 1950

    Greg Norman 1955

    Kathleen Beller 1955

    Lionel Cartwright 1960

    George Stephanopoulos 1961

    Cliff Burton 1962 - Musician (Metallica)
    Metallica music - Metallica Merchandise

    Laura Dern 1967

    Dude Mowrey 1972

    Elizabeth Banks (Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell) 1974 - Actress
    What I once considered boring, I now consider paradise.
    Faust

  8. #138
    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Today in History
    August 7

    1782 General George Washington authorizes the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat.
    1864 Union troops capture part of Confederate General Jubal Early's army at Moorefield, West Virginia.
    1888 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door.
    1906 In North Carolina, a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which becomes known as "The Lyerly Murders."
    1916 Persia forms an alliance with Britain and Russia.
    1922 The Irish Republican Army cuts the cable link between the United States and Europe at Waterville landing station.
    1934 In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the govenment can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce's novel Ulysses.
    1936 The United States declares non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
    1942 The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war.
    1944 German forces launch a major counter attack against U.S. forces near Mortain, France.
    1964 Congress overwhelmingly passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, allowing the president to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces.
    1966 The United States loses seven planes over North Vietnam, the most in the war up to this point.
    1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth. The mission to the moon had marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
    1973 A U.S. plane accidentally bombs a Cambodian village, killing 400 civilians.
    1976 US Viking 2 spacecraft goes into orbit around Mars.
    1981 The Washington (D.C.) Star ceases publication after 128 years.
    1984 Japan defeats the United States to win the Olympic Gold in baseball.
    1987 Presidents of five Central American nations sign a peace accord in Guatemala.
    1990 Operation Desert Shield begins as US troops deploy to Saudi Arabia to discourage Iraq's Saddam Hussein from invading that country as he had Kuwait.
    2007 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron's record with his 756th home run. Bonds' accomplishments were clouded by allegations of illegal steroid use and lying to a grand jury.

    Born on August 7

    1876 Mata Hari, [Margaretha G. Macleod] who passed secrets to the Germans in World War I.
    1903 Louis Leakey, anthropologist, archeologist and paleontologist, believed Africa was the cradle of mankind.
    1904 Ralph Bunche, U.S. diplomat and the first African-American Nobel Prize winner.
    1927 Edwin Edwards, governor of Louisiana.
    1932 Abebe Bikila, barefoot runner from Ethiopia, winner of the 1960 Olympic marathon.
    1942 Garrison Keillor, American humorist and writer, creator of the long-running PBS program A Prairie Home Companion.
    1950 Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight," "Ain't Living Long Like This") and author (Chinaberry Sidewalks) Rodney Crowell.
    1963 Patrick Kennedy, son of President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy; dies 39 hours later.
    1966 Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia.
    1975 Charlize Theron, model and Academy Award-winning actress (Monster).
    That's a lot of information.

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