Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Happenings on April 2nd

I won't even try to cover April 1st events - most of them will be not true.


2013 James Hansen, a top scientist and professor from NASA, retires in order to concentrate on global warming activism - Of course almost half the conservatives don't believe in either global warming or climate change
2012 Three widows and two daughters of Osama bin Laden were charged with illegally living in Pakistan; they were sentenced with 45 days in jail and fined $114 each - I wonder if they were deported and if so, where?
2011 Pro- and anti-carbon tax rallies are attended by thousands in Sydney, Australia
2007 8.1 earthquake triggers tsunami in the Solomon Islands
1995 New York Police Department and New York Transit Police merge into one organization - And start racial profiling
1995 North and Western Colorado begins using new area code 970 - Maybe that's why they want to secede from the rest of the state
1993 Venezuelan DC-9 crashes at Margarita, killing 11 - It was on a test flight - 3 crew and 8 passengers
1992 Edith Cresson, France's 1st female prime minister, resigns - First and only (so far) female - also shortest time in office
1992 John Gotti found guilty in death of Paul Castallanos - And 4 others - life without parole - died of throat cancer in June, 2002
1987 IBM introduces PS/2 and OS/2 - IBM's attempt to regain PC market - did not work well
1986 4 U.S. passengers killed by bomb set under seat - 3 adults and 8 month old ejected by explosive decompression - 7 wounded by shrapnel - 110 unhurt - successful emergency landing
1986 George Corley Wallace, Governor, Democrat, Alabama, announces retirement plans
1986 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
1985 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 Argentina seizes Malvinas, also known as the Falkland Islands - Won the battle, lost the 74 day war - 649 Argentine, 255 British military personnel killed; 3 Falkland Islanders
1982 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
1980 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season
1978 TV show "Dallas" premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series) - How long will they go on?
1978 Velcro was 1st put on the market
1973 Ed Kemper stuffs mother's vocal cords in disposal - He killed his grandparents when he was 15 - he's still in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville
1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
1968 Senator Mccarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin - Part of the reason Lyndon Johnson withdrew from the election
1966 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
1964 U.S.S.R. launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
1963 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
1960 Cuba buys oil from U.S.S.R.
1958 Antillean Brewery, maker of Amstel beer, opens
1958 National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA
1958 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas (record)
1956 Soap operas "As the World Turns" and "Edge of Night" premieres on TV
1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced
1945 1st U.S. units reach east coast of Okinawa
1944 Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
1941 USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from port of Alameda - Bombed Tokyo on April 18th
1935 Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
1935 Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR
1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son
1930 1st NewYork - Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
1926 Riots between Moslems and Hindus in Calcutta - Why can't religious people get along?
1921 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new theory of relativity
1917 President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1912 Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power - Hit the iceberg 12 days later
1908 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
1902 1st motion picture theater opens in Los Angeles - Tally's Electric Theater built inside a larger building
1884 London prison for debtors closed
1877 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn
1872 George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine
1870 Victoria Woodhull is 1st woman to be nominated for U.S. president - Equal rights party - did not get any electoral votes
1866 President Johnson ends war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
1865 Battle of Petersburg, Virginia (Ft. Gregg, Sutherland's Station)The crater from the Union sappers is still there - the Union troops charged into the crater and suffocated from the gases from the explosives
1865 CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia
1865 Battle of Ft. Blakely AL and Selma AL
1864 Skirmish at Crump's Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
1864 Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas
1845 H L Fizeau and J Leon Foucault take 1st photo of Sun
1827 Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils
1819 1st successful agricultural journal ("American Farmer") begins
1792 Congress establishes Philadelphia mint - authorizes $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle and 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins and silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime and half-dime
1550 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy - No one knows where they went
1513 Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon