Apology for the late Newsletter
Your editor was tied up with fire and rescue calls most of the day yesterday - more about that later in the fire and rescue sections.
"I was so naive as a kid, I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing." - Johnny Carson
Related to the fire situation - mutual aid fire departments used Alvo water to refill their water tenders (tankers) yesterday afternoon - you may have noticed reduced water pressure while they were filling and later. As the level in the tower decreases, water pressure will decrease slightly.
Ryan Anderson passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician written exam on Monday, January 13th. WTG, Ryan!! When he gets his Nebraska EMT License, Alvo Rescue's roster will be increased 20%. Dennis Robertson, EMT is no longer the "new guy".
Only 64 days until Spring!
We are now averaging 1 more minute of sunlight each day
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is his birthday - he would be 85 if that hate-filled, bigoted redneck hadn't shot him.
On this day in History
946 - Caliph al-Mustaqfi blinded and ousted - No golden parachute in those days!
1346 - Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zealand - What a guy
1535 - Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England - and beheads some of his wives
1759 - British Museum opens in Montague House, London
1762 - Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC
1777 - People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
1780 - Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
1797 - 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London) -I am glad that fashion statement has pretty well died
1831 - 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC
1833 - HMS Beagle anchors at Goeree Tierra del Fuego - That was Charlse Darwin's ship
1844 - University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana
1847 - 1st Swedish magazine in US, Skandinavia, published in NYC
1861 - Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
1863 - 1st US newspaper printed on wood-pulp paper, Boston Morning Journal
1865 - Ft Fisher, NC falls to Union troops
1870 - Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
1877 - US Assay Office in Helena, Montana opens
1882 - 1st US ski club forms (Berlin NH)
1886 - Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
1889 - The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
1892 - Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1895 - Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg (1/27 NS)
1907 - 3-element vacuum tube patented by Dr Lee De Forest - Called a triode amplifier - way before solid state stuff
1907 - Gold dental inlays 1st described by Wm Taggart, who invented them
1915 - Japan claims economic control of China
1919 - 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21 - Was it from the fire department pancake feed?
1919 - Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes 1st premier of Poland
1919 - Semana Tragica (Tragic Week): Bloodbath in Buenos Aires
1919 - Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
1934 - 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 die
1934 - Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)
1935 - 300 Dutch ice cream salesmen protest against Italian competition
1936 - 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio - It was probably made from glass blocks, which let in light but you couldn't see through them
1936 - Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporates
1939 - 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
1940 - German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch trade ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
1942 - Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1942 - FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
1943 - 1st transport of Jews from Amsterdam to concentration camp Vught
1943 - World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed
1943 - 1,000 workers complete air conditioning system for Pentagon
1944 - European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany
1944 - General Eisenhower arrives in England
1944 - Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell, 10 die
1945 - Every Amsterdammer gets 3 kg of sugar beets
1945 - Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp
1947 - The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.
1949 - Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
1950 - 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
1951 - "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
1951 - Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
1953 - 16 car Federal Express train loses brakes & crashes in Wash DC station
1955 - USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
1961 - Supremes signed with Motown Records
1964 - Baseball agrees to hold a free-agent draft in NYC
1964 - Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1965 - Rock group Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain"
1967 - Superbowl I: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10 in LA Superbowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
1968 - KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
1969 - Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1969 - Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
1971 - George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"
1972 - Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
1973 - 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
1973 - Gene Shalit joins Today Show panel
1973 - Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican
1973 - Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam
1974 - "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
1974 - 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
1974 - Expert panel reports 18½ minute gap in Watergate tape, 5 separate erasures
1975 - Space Mountain opens (Disneyland)
1976 - Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford
1976 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 - Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
1978 - Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
1978 - Superbowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Superbowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
1981 - "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV - "Let's be careful out there" - Michael Conrad as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
1983 - Thom Syles keeps a life saver intact in his mouth for over 7 hours
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
1984 - Hana Mandlikova ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak
1986 - Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
1988 - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes
1989 - 10th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 35 awards
1989 - Big John Studd wins WWF's 1st Royal Rumble
1989 - Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
Boxing Champ George Foreman
1990 - 42 year old George Foreman KOs George Cooney in 2 rounds
1990 - AT&T experiences long distance problems due to a computer glitch
1991 - UN's deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don't)
1992 - Cleaning woman finds intimate photos of Sarah Ferguson with US man
1993 - 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, 2 die
1993 - Top mafia leader Salvatore "Toto" Riina arrested in Palermo
1994 - 15th ACE Cable Awards: HBO wins 34 awards, Showtime wins 10
1994 - Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)
1994 - Queen Elizabeth falls off her horse & breaks her left wrist
1995 - Western Washington begins using new area code 360
Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
1997 - Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin - No wander he and the premier of North Korea get along
1997 - Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with Mir Space Station
1998 - NASA announces John Glenn, 76, may fly in space again
1999 - The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
2001 - Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
2005 - ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
2005 - An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
2007 - Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
2009 - US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.
2013 - 83 people are killed and 150 are injured in a rocket attack on Aleppo University, Syria
Born on this day
1481 - Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (b. 1511)
1622 - Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)
1716 - Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independence)
1754 - Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)
1813 - James Marion Sims, SC, surgeon/gynecologist (vesicovaginal operation) - Practiced procedure on female slaves he bought because of their condition
1824 - Marie Duplessis, French courtesan (d. 1847)
1841 - Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup
1845 - Ella Flagg Young, 1st woman president (National Educational Association)
1864 - Frances Benjamin Johnston, Grafton West Virginia, early female photographer
1870 - Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman (d. 1954)
1877 - Lewis M Terman, Ind, psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test)
1888 - Joseph Henabery, Omaha NE, director (Cobra)
1906 - Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
Father of the H-bomb Edward Teller (1908)
1908 - Edward Teller, Budapest Hungary, fathered H-bomb (Manhattan Project), (d. 2003)
1909 - Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman's drummer (Sing Sing Sing)
1909 - Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
1913 - Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro California, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane)
1918 - Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971)
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
1929 - Martin Luther King Jr, Atlanta, American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964)
1932 - Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
1932 - Louis Woodard Jones, New Rochelle NY, 4X400m relayer (Oly-gold-56)
1935 - Robert Silverberg, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan's Planet)
1937 - Margaret O'Brien, San Diego, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis)
1947 - Andrea Martin, Portland ME, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise)
1948 - Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1951 - Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat)
1956 - Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)
1957 - Mario Van Peebles, Mexico, actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
1958 - Julian Sands, actor (One Night Stand)
1962 - Creflo Dollar, American televangelist - Aptly named, since that's what most of these guys believe in.
1968 - Chad Lowe, Dayton Ohio, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder)
1970 - Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
1974 - Aubrey Jo Hiller, Missoula Montana, Miss America-Montana (1997)
1974 - Mike Minter, safety (Carolina Panthers) - Former Husker!!!
1979 - Drew Brees, American football player
1984 - Megan Jendrick, American swimmer
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - Muhammad Ali