Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today in History - February 19th



2013 NASA loses communication with the International Space Station's for three hours as a result of updating the station's command and control software - They must use Windows
2013 During a U.N. conference on disarmament, North Korea threatens to destroy South Korea - That's what I like about the NKs - go to a disarmament conference and threaten destruction
2012 In Rio de Janeiro, a record 2.2 million people attend the Bola Preta street party during Rio's carnival - Those Brazilians really know how to party
2012 In a retaliatory move against E.U. sanctions, Iran stops all exports to France and the United Kingdom - I wonder if they stopped exporting their opium
2010 The Vatican approves of Australian Mary MacKillop as their first saint for canonization - Only Australian ever canonized
2003 Iranian Revolutionary Guard military flight crashes into the Sirach Mountains, killing 275 - A good start
1998 U.S. hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan - Way to represent the US
1997 FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls and 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls - How many of you knew this?
1987 Minnesota sheriff office arrest FBI most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
1987 Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland
1986 Jordanian King Hussein severs ties with PLO
1986 U.S. Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later - That's us, right at the forefront of condemning evil acts
1986 U.S.S.R. launches Mir space station into Earth orbit
1985 Canned and bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola - Better than New Coke
1985 Mickey Mouse welcomed in China - Was he a Disney character or just the cartoon?
1985 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
1984 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1984 1st brother combo to win Gold and Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil and Steve Mahre-Slalom)
1983 Vladimir Salnikov (U.S.S.R.) sets 400 m free style swimming record
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
1977 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1977 Shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
1971 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleveland Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game
1970 AL Cy Young winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking - I wonder if he was Pete Rose's bookie?
1970 U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik 52 and Molniya 1-13 communications satellite
1969 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
1968 1st U.S. Teachers strike in Florida
1963 U.S.S.R. informs John F. Kennedy it's withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba - Everybody heaved a big sigh of relief
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 Henk van der Grift (Netherlands) becomes world champ all-round skater
1959 Britain, Turkey and Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
1959 USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (4970 kph), New Mexico
1955 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
1953 Georgia approves U.S. 1st literature censorship board - Leave it to the rednecks to lead the way in restriction of what people read
1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet
1952 French offensive at Hanoi - That didn't work out for France in the long run
1945 30,000 U.S. Marines land on Iwo Jima
1944 823 British bombers attack Berlin
1943 German tanks under Brigadier General Buelowius attack Kasserine Pass Tunisia
1942 About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin
1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans - Took all their property, too - why didn't he do the same thing for East Coast German-Americans?
1942 Japanese troops land on Timor
1942 New York Yankees annouce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games
1941 Nazi police attacked but driven away from Koco Amsterdam by young Jews
1934 Bob and Dolores Hope marry
1934 U.S. contract air mail service canceled, replaced by U.S. Army pilots and aircraft for 6 months
1933 Prussian minister Goering bans all Catholic newspapers
1928 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St. Moritz, Switzerland
1928 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
1923 Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony, premieres
1922 Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
1920 Netherlands joins League of Nations
1912 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box - Who found it? and what was it?
1910 English premiere of Richard Strauss' "Elektra"
1906 Will Keith Kellogg found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. - First product was Kellog's Toasted Corn Flakes
1884 Tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
1881 Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
1878 Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
1869 U.S. Assay Office in Boise, Idaho authorized
1864 Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Washington D.C. (12 members)
1859 Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used
1856 Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
1846 Texas state government formally installed in Austin
1831 1st practical U.S. coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run, Pennsylvania
1807 Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
1803 Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953 - See, it's not just the current Congress that's innefective
1736 Georg F Handel's "Alexander's Feast," premieres
1674 Netherlands and England sign Peace of Westminster (New York City becomes English)


1974 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Sochi Russia, tennis star, 1995 doubles-Hamburg
1971 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, born in San Jose, California, synchro swimmer, Gold Medal 1996 Olympics
1967 Benicio Del Toro, born in Puerto Rico, actor, Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects
1966 Justine Bateman, Rye, New York, actress, Mallory-Family Ties, Satisfaction
1963 Seal, English vocalist/songwriter, Killer, Crazy, Kiss by a Rose
1960 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
1955 Jeff Daniels, born in Georgia, actor, Something Wild, Dumb and Dumber, Speed
1955 Margaux Hemingway, born in Portland, Oregon, actress, Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce
1952 Amy Tan, born in Oakland, California, author, wrote, 'The Bonesetter's Daughter', 'Saving Fish From Drowning', novel, 'The Joy Luck Club', became successful film
1947 Peter Bird, born in Britain, ocean rower, first person to cross the Pacific ocean solo, trip from San Francisco to Great Barrier Reef, lasted 294 days - Bet he had a lot of time to think and I'm sure the ocean was not as polluted as it is today
1943 "Mama" Cass Elliot, actress, Mamas and Papas-Monday Monday
1940 William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist, & Miracles-Being With You
1932 Joseph P. Kerwin, born in Oak Park, Illinois, Captain Med Corps USN/astronaut, Skylab 2
1930 John Frankenheimer, New York City, director, Birdman of Alcatraz
1927 Rene Firino-Martell, cognac manufacturer - A true friend of mankind
1925 Leslie Laing, Linstead Jamaica, 4X400m relayer 1952 Olympics gold
1924 Lee Marvin, born in New York City, actor, Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou - One of the cooler dudes on screen
1917 Carson McCullers, U.S., novelist, Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
1916 Eddie Arcaro, jockey, 1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns
1912 Stan Kenton, Newcomb, Wichita, Kansas, jazz musician, Music 55
1911 Merle Oberon, Calcutta India, actress, Assignment Foreign Legion
1881 Evert Gorter, founder of Dutch medical child care
1817 Willem III, last male King of Netherlands, 1849-90
1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun, Poland, astronomer, heliocentrism