Monday, October 22, 2018

Today in History - Febrary 26th

How many of you remember these events?

2013 Representatives from the U.S., China, Germany, France, Russia and the U.K., discuss Iran's nuclear program with Iranian officials - And the Iranians have broken off the talks.
2013 Scientists in Illinois announce they've developed stretchable batteries that can power a new generation of flexible electronics
2012 Senegalese voters go to the polls for Senegal's presidential election, which has been marked by controversy and violence
2011 After winning a Liberal Party of British Columbia ballot, Canadian politician Christy Clark becomes the second woman to be Premier of British Columbia
2010 Suicide bombers carry out a number of attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people
2009 Former Serbian President Milan Mulutinovic is acquitted of war crimes during the Kosovo War
1998 Oprah Winfrey beats Texas cattlemen in beef trial - They appealed and this went on until 2002 (she won).
1995 London finance house of Barings collapse after losses in Singapore by trader Nick Leeson
1993 2nd tallest building in world, New York City World Trade Center bombed, 7 die - The first WTC attack.
1991 Kuwaiti resistance leaders declare they have control of their capital
1990 U.S.S.R. agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991
1987 1st release of Beatles compact discs
1987 Tower Commission probes Iran-Contra affair
1987 U.S.S.R. resumes nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1984 Last U.S. Marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
1984 Pak Awang (84) marries 80th spouse - This before Viagra! (Not invented until 1991.)
1984 Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, named 1st U.S. poet laureate
1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 37 weeks
1981 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released - "Detained in Iran" is probably not much fun.
1981 84 penalties (406 minutes) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minnesota and Boston
1981 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run - 236 mph
1980 Egypt and Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
1977 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 1st televised kidney transplant on the Today Show
1974 Gold hits record $188 an ounce in Paris - $ 1344.77 - I just checked at 4:25 PM on february 25th.
1973 Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
1972 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, kills 125 - Some sources say 118, some say 116 - injured over 1000.
1970 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
1967 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1962 U.S. Supreme Court disallows race separation on public transportation
1960 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
1960 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ - Had to include this because this was in Nebraska.
1956 Writers Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge
1955 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith - F-100A at Mach 1.05 (863 mph at sea level) - he did survive multiple trauma.
1954 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Massachusetts
1954 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock and roll) records - Guess her political party registration?
1953 Allen W. Dulles, promoted from deputy to 5th director of CIA
1952 Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
1951 22nd amendment to Constitution is ratified - Term limited the office of President of the United States.
1949 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight - Boeing B50 bomber "Lucky Lady II" with 3 crews; auxiliary fuel tank in bomb bay; refueled 4 times; took 94 hours and 1 minute from take0ff to landing from Carswell AFB, NM. 
1946 2 killed and 10 wounded in race riot in Columbia, Tennessee
1945 Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th U.S. Air Force
1944 1st female U.S. Navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed
1943 German assault moves to Beja North Tunisia
1942 German battle cruiser Gneisenau deactivated by bomb
1942 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
1942 Werner Heisenberger informs nazis about uranium project "Wunderwaffen" - Not much information on this guy - glad we got the weapon before the Germans. Don't confuse him with the Physics Nobel Prize winner Walter Heisenberg (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle)
1941 Vichy-France makes religious education in school mandatory
1940 U.S. Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, New York
1938 1st passenger ship equipped with radar
1938 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
1938 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1936 Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen" - Probably the only good thing Hitler ever did.
1936 Military coup in Japan - This set up the perversion of the samurai code and was instrumental in Japanese invading China, Korea and Manchuria.
1935 Germany begin Luftwaffe operation, under Reichsmarshall H Goering - He was another lovely Nazi
1935 New York Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves
1935 RADAR-Radio Detection and Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
1933 Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
1930 1st red and green traffic lights installed (Manhattan New York City) - Mostly ignored by New Yorkers since that time
1929 President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
1924 Trial against Hitler in Munich begins
1923 Italian nationalist and fascists merge (blue-shirts and black-shirts)
1919 Acadia National Park forms (as Lafayette N P), Maine
1919 Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
1918 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604
1916 Germans sink French transport ship Provence II, killing 930
1916 Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract
1916 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia
1914 New York Museum of Science and Industry incorporated
1907 Royal Oil and Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP) - Should have kept them away from the Gulf of Mexico
1907 U.S. Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500
1895 Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine
1893 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan
1893 Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
1891 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park
1881 SS Ceylon begins 1st round-the-world cruise from Liverpool
1870 1st New York City subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
1869 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states - Now states are trying to restrict the right to vote
1863 Lincoln signs National Currency Act
1862 Battle of Woodburn, Kentucky
1848 Marx and Engels publish "Communist Manifesto"
1834 1st U.S. interstate crime compact (New York - New Jersey) ratified
1815 Napoleon and 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1773 Construction authorized for Walnut St. jail in Philadelphia - And we lead the world in percentage of the population incarcerated
1732 Mass celebrated for 1st time at St. Joseph's Church in Philadelphia
1616 Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo - He used telescopic observation to advance the theory of heliocentrism (earth revolves around the sun) and was told by the Catholic church that he was committing heresy. He was tried in 1632, and spent the rest of his life in house arrest.
1531 Earthquake in Lisbon Spain, kills 20,000-30,000