Category: Education


Suspected Islamist Rebels Abduct Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

 

 

” Suspected Islamist insurgents have abducted more than 100 female students in a night raid on a government secondary school in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state, a teacher said on Tuesday.

  He said gunmen, believed to be members of the Boko Haram Islamist group which has attacked schools in the northeast before as part of their anti-government rebellion, carried off the students from the school in Chibok late on Monday.

” Over 100 female students in our government secondary school at Chibok have been abducted,” said Audu Musa, who teaches in another public school in the area, around 90 miles south of the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

  Musa said he saw eight bodies in the area on Tuesday morning, but did not give the identity of the victims. “Things are very bad here and everybody is sad,” he said.”

 

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23 Global Warming & Climate Change Stories All Americans Should Read Before Earth Day

 

 

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” The following are 23 news stories from a variety of sources that everyone should consider before the avalanche of “go green” stories that will be unveiled on Earth Day – in the media and in our kids’ schools.

  Whether or not one wants to promote the perfectly fine goal of fostering a better environment and leaving a cleaner planet for one’s children, that should not be carried out on the basis of disinformation, hysteria, or hidden political agendas.

1. Humans are NOT to Blame for Global Warming, Says Greenpeace Co-founder… (Daily Mail)

“ There is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and a hotter earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species’, according to a founding member of environmental campaign group Greenpeace. The assertion was made by Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, to U.S senators on Tuesday.”

2. James Hansen Admits Global Temperature Standstill Is Real(The GWPF)

“ According to Hansen et al. the Nasa Giss database has 2012 as the ninth warmest year on record, although statistically indistinguishable from the last 12 years, at least. Noaa says it’s the tenth warmest year. The difference is irrelevant.”

 

Read the other twenty one admissions at IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Are 18 Beauty Ads From The Past That Would Result In Mass Protests Today.

 

 

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” Throughout history, a lot have things have changed in our society. Groups of people have gained rights and, in general, we are more open minded and progressive.

  There was a time, however, when advertisements were a little more aggressive than they are today. Modern advertisements still pressure men and women to look a certain way, but at least they try not to use the word “chubby.” Some of these may be … slightly offensive.”

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Do You Know Where Your 2014 Taxes Will Go? Well, Here’s An Amazing Infographic Which Breaks It Out Beautifully

 

 

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Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

69 - Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy

1205 - Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople

1250 - Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue

1450 - French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years’ War

1493 - -20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella

1581 - Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal

1594 - Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)

1632 - Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat Count Tilly of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years’ War.

1715 - Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

1738 - Bottle opener invented

1793 - Bank of England hands out 1st £5 note

1817 - 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford Conn)

1850 - City of San Francisco incorporated

1858 - Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists

1861 - Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Lincoln

1864 - General Steeles’ Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas

1865 - Otto von Bismarck elevated to rank of Count of Bismarck-Schönhausen

1870 - Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada

1874 - NY legislature passes compulsory education law

1877 - 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Mass

1878 - Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap

1892 - General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY

1895 - Josephine Blatt (US) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)

1896 - 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece

1900 - An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs

1900 - International Exposition opens in Paris

1901 - 1st British motorized burial

1912 - Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on

1922 - Banting, MacLeod & Best discover insulin

1923 - Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics

1924 - Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.

1927 - Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A’s Howard Ehmke)

1931 - 1st walk across American backwards begins

1940 - British troops land at Narvik, Norway

1941 - 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Ct

1943 - Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase

1945 - British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen

1945 - US troops occupy concentration camp Colditz

1947 - Jackie Robinson goes hitless in his major league debut

1948 - 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated

1952 - 1st B-52 prototype test flight

1952 - Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card

1952 - The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress

1955 - Ray Kroc starts McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)

1957 - Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million

1959 - Fidel Castro begins US goodwill tour

1959 - US Sect of States John Foster Dulles resigns

1962 - US national debt above $300,000,000,000

1964 - Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world’s longest)

1964 - Ian Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia

1969 - North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea

1970 - Libyan leader Gadaffi launches “Green Revolution”

1971 - 43rd Academy Awards – “Patton,” George C Scott & Glenda Jackson win

1972 - Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

1973 - Walt Disney Story opens

1974 - Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed

1975 - 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken

1978 - 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy

1981 - Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie, Wash Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story

1982 - Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display

1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens

1984 - Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India

1986 - US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing

1986 - The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.

1988 - Meteorite explode above Indonesia

1989 - 95 crushed to death at Sheffield Soccer Stadium in England

1989 - Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois

1990 - “In Living Color” premieres on FOX-TV

1991 - Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary

1991 - Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898

1991 - Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week

1992 - Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion

1992 - Jay Leno’s final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight

1992 - Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation

1992 - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

1997 - America On Line, begins service in Japan

1997 - Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

1997 - Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.

2010 - Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.

2012 - 400 Islamist Militants escape from a Pakistan prison after an insurgent attack

2012 - US Secret Service inappropriate conduct scandal begins with at least 11 people implicated

 

 

 

Births

1452 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italy, painter/sculptor/scientist/visionary

1469 - Nanak, 1st guru of Sikhs

1489 - Sinan, Ottoman architect (d. 1588)

1552 - Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1626)

1588 - Claudius Salmasius, [Claude Saumaise], French linguist

1641 - Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician (d. 1722)

1646 - King Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)

1646 - Pierre Poiret, French mystic (d. 1719)

1684 - Catherine I, empress of Russia (1725-27)

1707 - Leonhard Euler, Bassle Sweden, mathematician (Euler’s Constant)

1710 - William Cullen, Scottish physician (d. 1790)

1741 - Charles Willson Peale, US, port painter/inventor (George Washington)

1772 - Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist (d. 1844)

1793 - Friedrich Struve, Germany, founded dynasty of astronomers

1794 - Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist (d. 1867)

1800 - James Clark Ross, explorer (British Antarctic)

1809 - Hermann Gunther Grassmann, mathematician

1820 - Evander McNair, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1902

1821 - Emerson Brown Joseph, (Confederacy), died in 1894

1822 - Napolean Jackson Tecumseh Dana, Major General (Union volunteers)

1829 - Mary Harris Thompson, 1st American woman surgeon

1837 - Horace Porter, Bvt Brigadier General (Union Army), died in 1921

1841 - Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (d. 1919)

1843 - Henry James, American/British author (Turn of the Screw, Bostonians), (d. 1916)

1874 - Johannes Stark, Germany, physicist (Stark effect) (Nobel 1919)

1874 - George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist (d. 1954)

1875 - James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer (d. 1953)

1885 - Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)

1889 - Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri, painter/muralist (Lonesome Road)

1891 - Alvin Carter, Virginia, vocalist (Carter Family)

1892 - Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor (d. 1983)

1892 - Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot (d. 1975)

1894 - Elizabeth Mae “Bessie” Smith, Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)

1894 - Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, Kalinovka, Dmitriyevsky Uyezd, Kursk Governorate, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64)

1895 - Harry F V Edward, British Guiana, 100m/200m runner (Oly-bronze-1920)

1895 - Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)

1896 - Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)

1901 - Joe Davis, English snooker/billiards-world champ (1927-46)

1907 - Nicholas Tinbergen, Neth/British biologist/zoologist (Nobel 1973)

1912 - Kim II Sung, pres of North Korea (1945-94)

1912 - Peter Menzies, CEO (British Electricity Council)

1916 - Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)

1917 - Hans Conried, Balt Md, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy)

1920 - Thomas Szasz, Budapest, Hungary, psychiatrist (The Myth of Mental Illness, The Manufacture of Madness), (d. 2012)

1922 - Michael Ansara, Lowell Mass, actor (Cochise-Broken Arrow, Centennial)

1927 - Robert Mills, American physicist (d. 1999)

1928 - Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st black woman architect in NY & Calif

1929 - Adrian Cadbury, candy manufacturer (Cadbury, Schweppes)

1933 - Boris Strugatski, USSR, sci-fi author (Tale of Troika)

1933 - Elizabeth Montgomery, LA California, actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched)

1933 - Roy Clark, Meherrin Va, country singer (Hee Haw)

1938 - Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress (The Pink Panther)

1939 - Marti Wilder, father of rocker Kim Wilde

1940 - Edy Hubacher, Switzerland, 4-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1972)

1940 - Jeffrey Archer, England, (Tory-Commons)/author (Matter of Honor)

1940 - Robert Walker Jr, NYC, actor (Ceremony, Ms Don Juan, Ensign Pulver)

1940 - Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics

1942 - Walter Raphael Hazzard, Wilmington Del, basketball (Olympic-gold-1964)

1942 - Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)

1944 - Dave Edmunds, Wales, singer/guitarist (Rockpile-Baby I Love You)

1947 - Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, TV producer (Designing Women, Murphy Brown)

1947 - Michael DeBello, singer (Maniac)

1951 - Heloise II, columnist (Heloise’s Helpful Hints)

1951 - John L Phillips, Ft Belvoir Va, PhD/astronaut

1951 - Marsha S Ivins, Baltimore Maryland, astronaut (STS 32, 46, 62, 81)

1954 - Seka, American  actress

1955 - Barbara Barrow, LPGA golfer

1955 - Enith Salle Brigitha, Neth, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic-bronze-1976)

1955 - Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (d. 1997)

1956 - Gregory J Harbaugh, Cleveland Ohio, astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82)

1957 - Evelyn Ashford, Shreveport LA, 100m runner (Oly-4 gold-1976, 84)

1958 - Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)

1959 - Emma Thompson, England, actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar-1992)

1960 - Marvin Clyde Goodwin, New Orleans La, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

1961 - Tiina Lillak, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-silver-1984)

1963 - Teresa Wentzel DeWitt, Ft Bragg NC, double trap (Olympics-1996)

1963 - Bobby Pepper, American journalist

1966 - Samantha Karen Fox, East End London England, singer (Touch Me)

1967 - Dara Torres, Beverly Hills CA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic-gold-84)

1968 - Stacey Williams, Phila Penn, model (SI Swimsuit 1996)

1971 - Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)

1971 - Sarah Jane Hamilton, British  actress

1972 - Peter Billingsley, NYC, actor (Real People)

1972 - Lou Romano, American voice actor

1974 - Josh Todd, American musician (Buckcherry)

1975 - Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)

1976 - Susan Ward, American actress

1977 - Lisa Bell, Rockford Ill, figure skater (1997 Midwestern Sr champ)

1980 - Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist

1982 - Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer

1984 - Ben Kasica, Guitarist of rock band Skillet

1990 - Emma Watson, Paris, France, English actress (Hermione Granger-Harry Potter Series)

 

 

Deaths

1053 - Godwin, Earl of Wessex

1220 - Adolf I, archbishop of Cologne, dies

1415 - Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek humanist and grammarian

1472 - Leon B Alberti, Italian humanist/architect (Philodoxis), dies at 68

1502 - Jan IV Chalon, prince of Orange, dies

1605 - Boris Godunov, tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies

1621 - John Carver, first governor of Plymouth Colony

1632 - George Calvert, Proprietor of the Avalon (Maryland) Colony (b. 1580)

1761 - Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682)

1761 - William Oldys, English antiquarian and bibliographer (b. 1696)

1764 - Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1721) of tuberculosis aged 42

1793 - Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary and geographer (b. 1718)

1804 - Charles Pichegru, French general (strangled in prison) (b. 1761)

1824 - Theodorus F van Capellen, vice-admiral (Algiers), dies at 61

1854 - Arthur Aikin, English chemist, mineralogist, and writer (b. 1773)

1865 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th American president, dies from gunshot wound at 56

1898 - Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader

1911 - Georg Knorr, German engineer, dies

1912 - Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic (b. 1850)

1912 - John Jacob Astor IV, billionaire (b. 1864)

1920 - Jacob van Stolk Azn, art collector, dies at 74

1925 - John Singer Sargent, US portrait painter, dies at 69

1948 - Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (d. 1892)

1949 - Wallace Beery, US actor (The Champ), dies at 64

1967 - Antonio de Curtis Toto, comedian, dies of heart attack at 69

1971 - Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)

1975 - John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies

1980 - Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

1980 - Raymond Bailey, actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75

1982 - 5 murderers, of Egyptian pres Sadat, executed

1983 - Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor (b. 1892)

1984 - Tommy Cooper, comedian, dies at 61

1986 - Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75

1986 - Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76

1989 - Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)

1990 - Greta Garbo, actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84

1993 - Leslie Charteris, British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85

1993 - John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (b. 1908)

1994 - John Curry, English figure skater (Oly-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44

1995 - Denis Harding, soldier, dies at 79

1998 - Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)

1999 - Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)

2000 - Edward Gorey, American illustrator (b. 1925)

2001 - Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)

2002 - Byron “Whizzer” White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)

2007 - Brant Parker, American cartoonist (b. 1920)

2010 - Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

43 BC - Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar’s assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is killed.

193 - Lucius Septimus Severus crowned emperor of Rome

754 - Pact of Quierzy: between Pope Stephen II, [III] & Pippin the Korte

966 - Christianisation of Poland

972 - Notger becomes bishop of Liege

979 - Challenge to throne of King Aethelred II of England

1028 - German emperor Conrad II the Sailor crowns his son Henry III, king

1191 - 85-year old Giacinto Bobo becomes Pope Coelestinus III

1341 - Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.

1434 - The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid.

1471 - Battle of Barnet – King Edward IV vs Earl of Warwick

1544 - Battle at Carignano: French troops under Earl d’Enghien beat Swiss

1574 - Battle of Mookerhei – D’Avila beats Louis of Nassau

1611 - Word “telescope” is 1st used (Prince Federico Cesi)

1671 - Cosaks capture Russian boer leader Stenka Razin

1699 - Khalsa: Birth of Khalsa, the brotherhood of the Sikh religion, in Northern India in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.

1775 - 1st abolitionist society in US organizes in Phila

1777 - NY adopts new constitution as an independent state

1792 - France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars

1809 - Napoleon defeated Austria in the Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria

1814 - Napoleon abdicated & was banished to Elba

1818 - US Medical Corp forms

1828 - 18-gun sloop “Acorn” sinks off Halifax with 115 men aboard

1828 - 1st edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary published

1831 - Soldiers marching on a bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.

1836 - Congress forms Territory of Wisconsin

1841 - Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” published

1853 - Harriet Tubman began her Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape

1860 - 1st Pony Express rider arrives in SF from St Joseph, Mo

1861 - Formal Union surrender of Ft Sumter

1861 - Robert E Lee resigns from Union army

1862 - Battle of Ft Pillow TN

1863 - William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press

1865 - Mobile, Alabama is captured

1865 - US Secret Service created to fight counterfeiting

1865 - U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.

1865 - President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater

1868 - SC voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228

1871 - Canada sets denominations of currency as dollars, cents, & mills

1872 - Dominion Lands Act passed-Canada’s Homestead Act

1872 - San Francisco organizes Bar Association

1881 - The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight erupts in El Paso, Texas.

1902 - JC Penney opens his 1st store, in Kemmerer, Wyo

1903 - Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)

1906 - Pres Theodore Roosevelt denounces “muckrakers” in US press

1909 - Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London

1914 - Stacy G Carkhuff patents non-skid tire pattern

1915 - Dutch merchant navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo

1915 - The Turks invade Armenia.

1918 - Douglas Campbell is 1st US ace pilot (shooting down 5th German plane)

1920 - Tornadoes killed 219 people in Alabama & Mississippi

1927 - The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1928 - Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between SF & LA

1935 - Sandstorm ravages US midwest (Dust Bowl)

1939 - John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” published

1940 - Allied troops land in Norway

1940 - RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia

1941 - 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up

1942 - Destroyer Roper sinks German U-85 of US east coast

1944 - 1st Jews transported from Athens arrive at Auschwitz

1944 - Freighter “Fort Stikene” explodes in Bombay India, killing 1,376

1944 - Gen Eisenhower becomes head commander of allied air fleet

1945 - American planes bombed Tokyo & damaged the Imperial Palace

1945 - Arnhem/Zwolle freed from nazis

1945 - US 7th Army & allies forces captured Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany

1945 - US forces conquered Motobu peninsula on Okinawa

1945 - US marines attack Yae Take on Okinawa

1948 - A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon

1948 - NYC subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents

1953 - Viet-Minh offensive in Laos

1955 - Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform

1956 - Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder

1958 - Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere

1960 - 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile

1961 - Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua

1961 - US element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered

1964 - Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk

1967 - In the Vietnam War, US planes bombed Haiphong for 1st time

1968 - Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card

1969 - Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College

1971 - President Nixon ends blockade against People’s Republic of China

1973 - Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal

1978 - Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia

1980 - 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

1983 - Pres Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue

1985 - Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive “Jarvik 7″ permanent artificial heart

1986 - Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200

1986 - US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya

1987 - Turkey asks to join European market

1989 - 1,100,000,000th Chinese born

1992 - Court throws out Apple’s lawsuit against Microsoft

1992 - UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc

1992 - UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect

1994 - US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die

1994 - Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript

1999 - NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.

2000 - Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.

2002 - Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to win The Masters in two consecutive years

2002 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country’s military.

2003 - The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.

2003 - U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985.

2007 - At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

2010 - Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting from the top crater in the centre of the glacier

 

 

 

Births 

1336 - Emperor Go-Kōgon of Japan (d. 1374)

1572 - Adam Tanner, Austrian mathematician (d. 1632)

1578 - Philip III, King of Spain & Portugal (1598-1621)

1592 - Abraham Elsevier, book publisher/publisher

1629 - Christian Huygens, Holland, astronomer (discovered Saturn’s rings)

1668 - Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish General (d. 1741)

1676 - Ernst Chreistian Hesse, composer

1710 - Marie A C de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer

1721 - William August duke of Cumberland, English army leader

1741 - Emperor Momozono of Japan (d. 1762)

1762 - Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect/archaeologist

1788 - David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas (d. 1870)

1813 - Junius S Morgan, US, merchant/philanthropist (Metro Museum of Art)

1820 - Harry Thompson Hays, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1876

1827 - Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist (d. 1900)

1832 - James Hewett Ledlie, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1882

1861 - Bion Joseph Arnold, electrical engineer/inventor

1866 - Anne Mansfield Sullivan, US, educated Helen Keller

1868 - Peter Behrens, German architect (d. 1940)

1882 - Moritz Schlick, Austrian philosopher, (d. 1936)

1889 - Arnold Toynbee, England, historian (Study of History)

1892 - Giorgio Cesana, Italy, coxswain, (Olympic-gold-1906)

1892 - Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian

1901 - Alfred West, champion cyclist/record hair splitter (17 splits)

1901 - Martin Kessel, writer

1904 - John Gielgud, London England, actor (Arthur, Ages of Man)

1906 - Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz, King Saudi-Arabia (1964-75)

1907 - Francois “Doc” Duvalier, dictator of Haiti

1912 - Robert Doisneau, photographer

1913 - John Howard, Cleve Ohio, actor (Dave-My Three Sons)

1920 - John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice

1921 - Thomas Schelling, American economist, Nobel laureate

1925 - Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin’)

1925 - Rod Steiger, West Hampton NY, actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker)

1933 - Buddy Knox, Happy Tx, rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey)

1935 - Loretta Lynn, Butcher’s Hollow Ky, singer (Coal Miner’s Daughter)

1936 - Kenneth Mars, American actor

1936 - Frank Serpico, American policeman

1941 - Julie Christie, Assam India, actress (Dr Zhivago)

1941 - Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds, Charlie hustle (most hits in majors)

1941 - Ryan O’Neal, actor (Love Story, Paper Moon)

1945 - Ritchie Blackmore, Engld, guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple)

1945 - Steve Martin, Waco TX, writer/actor (Jerk, Housesitter)

1948 - Ty Grimes, rocker (Capt Beefheart Band Drums

1949 - John Shea, North Conway NH, actor (Honeymoon, New Life, Lois & Clark)

1952 - Kenny Aaronson, rocker

1953 - Irina Rudolfovna Pronina, Russian cosmonaut

1954 - Bruce Sterling, US, sci-fi author (Involution Ocean, Schismatrix)

1957 - Richard Jeni, American comedian (d. 2007)

1961 - Robert Carlyle, Glasgow, Scotland, British actor (Trainspotting, The Full Monty)

1962 - James Carpenter, Canton Conn, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1966 - David Justice, baseball player (Atlanta Braves)/husband of Halle Barry

1966 - Greg Maddux, San Angelo TX, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)

1967 - Barret Martin, rocker (Screaming Trees)

1968 - Anthony Michael Hall, Boston Mass, comedian (SNL, Breakfast Club)

1973 - Adrien Brody, American actor

1975 - Amy Dumas, American professional wrestler

1975 - Veronika Zemanová, Czech model

1977 - Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress (Kendall-All My Children, Buffy)

1979 - Randal McCloy, Survivor of the Sago Mine Disaster

1986 - Anne Watanabe, Japanese model

1996 - Abigail Breslin, American child actress

 

 

 

Deaths

711 - Childebert III, king of French, dies at about 27

911 - Sergius III, Italian Pope (904-11), dies

1099 - Conrad, bishop of Utrecht, stabbed to death

1132 - Mstislav of Kiev (b. 1076)

1240 - Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Prince of Wales, dies

1279 - Boleslaus of Greater Poland

1322 - Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Lord Badlesmere, English soldier (b. 1275)

1433 - Liduina van Schiedam, Dutch mystic (Christ’s Bride)/saint, dies at 53

1574 - Christoffel Palts, German general strategist, dies in battle

1574 - Hendrik, count of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle

1574 - Louis, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle at 35

1578 - James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, consort of Mary I of Scotland

1599 - Henry Wallop, English statesman

1662 - William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman (b. 1582)

1716 - Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral

1759 - Georg Friedrich Handel, organist/composer (Watermusic), dies at 74

1764 - Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer, dies at 84

1785 - William Whitehead, English writer (b. 1715)

1792 - Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (b. 1720)

1874 - Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch author/engineer on Curacao, dies at 86

1911 - Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)

1924 - Louis H Sullivan, architect (Wainwright building St Louis), dies at 67

1935 - Amalie Emmy Noether, German mathematician (b. 1882)

1941 - Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies

1948 - Walter P Reuther, Pres (United Auto Workers), shot at his home

1949 - Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68

1964 - Rachel L Carson, US biologist/author (Silent spring), dies at 56

1964 - Tatyana Alexeyevna Afanasyeva, Russian/Dutch mathematician (b. 1876)

1965 - Perry E Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged

1965 - Robert E Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged

1971 - Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies

1975 - Fredric March, actor (Inherit the Wind), dies at 77

1983 - Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952), dies at 64

1983 - Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

1985 - Reginald Beane, pianist (Starlit Time, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63

1992 - Sammy Price, US boogie-woogie pianist, dies

1995 - Burl Ives, folk singer/actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 85

1995 - Donald Keech, entrepreneur, dies at 74

1995 - James Daniel “Danny” Turner, saxophonist, dies at 75

1996 - Gaylord Birch, drummer (Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock), dies at 50

1999 - Anthony Newley, British actor and singer (b. 1931)

2000 - Phil Katz, American computer programmer (b. 1962)

2001 - Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)

2007 - Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)

2008 - Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney’s Nine Old Men. (b. 1912)

2010 - Peter Steele, American musician. (b. 1968)

2011 - Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irrefutable Proof That Michelle Obama Is A Man 

 

 

 

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Chicago Preacher James Meeks Dumps Dems, Backs GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

 

 

 

” The choir sang hallelujah as the congregation of 15,000 clapped and sang along. Reverend James Meeks ratcheted up the intensity of his speech. “Man looks at the outside,” he shouted rearing his head back. “But God looks at your heart! Are you with me here?”

  Judging by the response, Meeks had the faithful at Salem Baptist Church hanging on his every word.“One hundred percent with Reverend Meeks,” said parishioner Eugene Harris outside the mega-church on Chicago’s fiercely Democratic South Side.

  Meeks is careful not to preach politics from the pulpit. That doesn’t mean he does not have a political side. This former state senator is active as a leader in Chicago’s African-American community and also has considerable political clout.

  This gubernatorial election he is not throwing that clout behind the Democrat, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. Instead, Meeks is lining up behind Bruce Rauner, the wealthy Republican businessman from Chicago’s predominantly-white North Shore.

“ The Democratic party just assume always that 97 percent of the African-American vote will go to the Democratic party. If that assumption is true, they never have to work for our vote,” Meeks said.”

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Today In The Past

Events

837 - Best view of Halley’s Comet in 2000 years

989 - Battle at Abydos: Byzantine emperor Basilius II beats Bardas Phocas

1055 - Bishop Gebhard van Eichstattt named Pope Victor II

1111 - Pope Paschalis II crowns Roman catholics-German king Hendrik II

1180 - Republic day of Gelnhausen

1204 - Crusaders occupy Constantinople

1241 - Battle at Theiss: Mongols beat Hungarian King Béla IV

1250 - The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France is captured.

1256 - The Grand Union of the Augustinian order formed when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.

1346 - Pope Clemens VI declares German emperor Louis of Bavaria, envoy

1367 - Battle at Nájera Spain: Castile & England beat Aragon & France

1556 - Portuguese Marranos who revert back to Judaism burned by order of Pope

1598 - Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots

1640 - English Short Parliament forms (- May 5)

1668 - John Dryden (36) becomes 1st English poet laureate

1741 - Dutch people protest bad quality of bread

1741 - Royal Military Academy forms at Woolwich

1759 - French beat European Allies in Battle of Bergen

1796 - 1st elephant arrives in US from India

1796 - Battle at Millesimo Italy: Napoleon beats Austrians

1808 - William Henry Lane (“Juda”) perfects tap dance

1829 - English Emancipation Act grants freedom of religion to Catholics

1860 - 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento Calif

1861 - After 34 hours of bombardment, Ft Sumter surrenders to Confederates

1863 - Battle of Irish Bend, LA (Ft Bisland)

1863 - Hospital for Ruptured & Crippled in NY is 1st orthopedic hospital

1865 - Battle of Raleigh, NC

1865 - Sherman’s march through Georgia begins

1868 - Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Magdala and Ethiopian Emperor commits suicide

1869 - Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)

1870 - Metropolitan Museum of Art forms in NYC

1873 - Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish Louisiana (60 blacks killed)

1883 - US prospecter Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism

1902 - J C Penney opens his 1st store in Kemmerer, Wyo

1904 - Battle at Oviumbo Africa: Herero’s chase away German army

1904 - Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin

1906 - Mutiny on Portuguese battleships Dom Carlos & Vasco da Gama

1918 - Electrical fire kills 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital

1919 - Amritsar Massacre-British Army fires on nationalist rioters in India

1919 - British forces kill 100s of Indian Nationalists (Amritsar Massacre)

1920 - 1st woman US Civil Service Commissioner, Helen Hamilton appointed

1926 - Bicyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam

1933 - 1st flight over Mount Everest (Lord Clydesdale)

1934 - US Congress passes Johnson Debt Default Act

1939 - In India, the Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) is formed and vows to engage in armed struggle against the British.

1940 - 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed

1940 - Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft

1941 - Heavy German assault on Tobruk

1943 - FDR dedicates Jefferson Memorial

1943 - Nazi’s discover mass grave of Polish officers near Katyn

1944 - The diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Soviet Union are established.

1945 - Canadian army liberates Teuge & Assen Neth from Nazis

1945 - Red Army occupy Wien (Vienna)

1945 - US marines conquer Minna Shima off Okinawa

1948 - 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus

1954 - Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist

1955 - 20.33″ (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)

1957 - Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in US is temp halted

1958 - Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.

1959 - USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit

1960 - France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara

1960 - Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit

1962 - US steel industry forced to give up price increases

1963 - Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit

1964 - Ian D Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia

1966 - Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s

1969 - 33rd Golf Masters Championship: George Archer wins, shooting a 281

1970 - 34th Golf Masters Championship: Billy Casper wins, shooting a 279

1975 - 39th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 276

1975 - Chad military coup by General Odingar

1975 - Christian Falange kills 27 Palestinians, begins Lebanese civil war

1976 - $2 bill re-introduced as US currency

1976 - Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes

1979 - Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours

1980 - “Grease” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances

1980 - US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow

1981 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for “Crimes of the Heart”

1981 - Wash Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax)

1983 - Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault

1984 - Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get get 4,000 hits in a career

1985 - “TASS” denounced US boycott of Moscow Olympics

1986 - Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record

1986 - Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second

1987 - Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China (in 1999)

1992 - American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%

1992 - Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver & Dallas

1992 - Great Chicago Flood – Chicago’s underground tunnels flood

1994 - President guard at Kigali Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death

1997 - Hartford Whalers last NHL game

2012 - North Korean long range rocket testing ends in failure after the rocket broke up after launch

 

 

 

Births

1506 - Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (d. 1546)

1519 - Catherine de’ Medici, Italian born Queen consort to Henry II of France and later regent to her sons

1547 - Elisabeth of Valois, daughter of King Henry II of France and 3rd wife of Philip II of Spain (d. 1568)

1570 - Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator (d. 1606)

1573 - Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, queen consort of Sweden (d. 1625)

1618 - Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer (d. 1693)

1626 - Aert Jansz van Nes, Lt-admiral, baptised

1721 - John Hanson, Maryland, 1st US Pres under Articles of Confederation (d. 1783)

1743 - Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, (D-R) 3rd President of the United States (1801-09) (d. 1826)

1771 - Richard Trevithick, Cornwall, inventor (steam locomotive)

1780 - Alexander Mitchell, Irish engineer (d. 1868)

1784 - Cornelis Smit, Dutch ship builder

1784 - Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal (d. 1877)

1791 - Félix PBOG earl de Merode, Belgian minister of War/Finance

1802 - Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (d. 1884)

1808 - Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (d. 1896)

1822 - Leroy Augustus Stafford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1822 - William Stephen Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1832 - James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (electricstatic generator)

1850 - Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British astronomer (d. 1917)

1852 - F.W. Woolworth, American businessman (d. 1919)

1854 - Richard T Ely, US economist (Hard Times)

1866 - Butch Cassidy, [Robert LeRoy Parker], American desperado (Wild Bunch Passage)

1887 - Gordon S. Fahrni, Canadian physician and President of the Canadian Medical Association (d. 1995)

1889 - Herbert Osborne Yardley, American cryptographer (d. 1958)

1891 - Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian winner of the Victoria Cross (d. 1921)

1892 - Arthur Harris, Cheltenham, Marshal of the RAF

1892 - Robert A Watson-Watt, England, physicist (radar)

1897 - Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)

1899 - Alfred Moser Butts, game inventor (Scrabble)

1900 - Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer (d. 1976)

1902 - Philippe de Rothschild, Paris, manager (Bordeaux Vineyard)

1904 - Sir David Robinson, British philanthropist and entrepreneur (d. 1987)

1906 - Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel)

1906 - Samuel Beckett, French playwright (Waiting for Godot, Nobel 1969)

1907 - Harold Stassen, W St Paul Minn, (Gov-R-Minn) perennial pres candidate

1909 - Eudora Welty, Jackson Ms, novelist (Optimist’s Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)

1909 - Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)

1913 - Bernard Chacksfield, Air Vice-Marshal

1913 - David Donald Albritton, Danville Al, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1936)

1916 - Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner, American actress, journalist, and publisher (d. 2006)

1917 - Howard Keel, Ill, actor/singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate)

1919 - Madalyn Murray O’Hair, American atheist (opppsed prayer in school)

1920 - Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (d. 1982)

1921 - Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist

1921 - James Wilson, British Lt-General

1922 - Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician (d. 1999)

1923 - Don Adams, American actor and comedian (d. 2005)

1924 - Stanley Donen, SC, film director/producer (Bedazzled, Damn Yankees)

1925 - Frank Neville Hosband Robinson, physicist

1926 - 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner

1926 - Don Adams, NYC, comedian (Maxwell Smart-Get Smart, Check it Out)

1927 - Rosa Joyce Plesters Brommelie, conservation scientist

1931 - Jon Stone, co-creator of Sesame Street (d. 1997)

1933 - Ben Nighthorse Campbell, (Sen-D Colorado)

1933 - Shani Wallis, Ireland, singer/actress (Oliver)

1935 - Kenneth Hayr, air marshal

1935 - Lyle Waggoner, KC Kansas, actor (Carol Burnette Show, Wonder Woman)

1937 - Edward Fox, London England, actor (M-Never Say Never Again)

1937 - Lanford Wilson, US playwright (Hot L Baltimore)

1939 - Paul Sorvino, actor (Chiefs, Dick Tracy)

1940 - Lester Chambers, Ms, vocalist (Chamber Brothers-Time Has Come Today)

1940 - Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (d. 1988)

1941 - Michael Stuart Brown, American geneticist, Nobel laureate

1942 - Bill Conti, Providence RI, composer (For Your Eyes Only, Rocky IV)

1943 - Bill Koch, US skier

1943 - Billy Kidd, American skier

1944 - Brian Pendleton, rocker (Pretty Things)

1944 - Jack Casady, Wash DC, rock bassist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)

1945 - Edward J Caruthers Jr, Troy Ala, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1968)

1945 - Lowell George, rock vocalist/guitarist (Little Feat-Time is a Hero)

1945 - Tony Dow, Hollywood California, actor (Wally-Leave it to Beaver)

1946 - Al Green, Forest City Arkansas, singer (Lets Stay Together)

1946 - Roy Loney, rocker (Flaming Groovies)

1948 - Nam Hae-il, Chief of Naval Operations of Republic of Korea Navy

1949 - Jean-Jacques Favier, Kehl Germany, astronaut (STS 78)

1949 - Philippe Petit, Nemours France, juggler/aerialist

1949 - Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver

1950 - Riff West, rock bassist (Molly Hatchet)

1950 - Ron Perlman, Bronx NY, actor (Quest for Fire, Beauty & the Beast)

1951 - Beatrix “Trixie” Schuba, Austria, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972)

1951 - Max Weinberg, rock drummer (E Street Band, Conan O’Brien Show)

1951 - Peabo Bryson, Greenville SC, R&B vocalist (I’m So into You)

1951 - Peter Davison, actor (Dr Who, Sink or Swim, Fiddlers Three)

1952 - Jonjo O’Neill, racehorse trainer

1952 - Ron Dittemore, American space administrator

1954 - Jimmy Destri, rock keyboardist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Rapture)

1956 - Peter ‘Possum’ Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)

1957 - Saundra Santiago, Bronx NY, actress (Gina-Miami Vice)

1958 - Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)

1959 - Vicki Witt Lansing MI, playmate (Aug, 1978)

1960 - Olaf Ludwig, German cyclist

1962 - Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born guitarist (d. 1988)

1963 - Gary Kimovich Kasparov, USSR, world chess champion (1985- )

1964 - Davis Milton Love III, Charlotte NC, PGA golfer (1987 MCI Heritage)

1964 - Caroline Rhea, Canadian actress

1969 - Harold Pruett, rocker (Outsiders-Time Won’t Let Me)

1970 - Rick Schroder, SI NY, actor (Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling)

1971 - Charles Outlaw, NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic)

1974 - Darren Turner , British Race Driver

1975 - Lou Bega, German-born musician and artist

1978 - Chris Sligh, American Idol finalist

 

 

 

Deaths

799 - Paul the Deacon / Paulus Diaconus Warnefred, Italian Benedictine monk and chronicler (born c. 720)

814 - Krum of Bulgaria

1093 - Prince Vsevolod I of Kiev (b. 1030)

1279 - Boleslaw the Pious, Polish duke

1517 - Tuman Bey, last Mamelukken sultan of Egypt, hanged

1612 - Sasaki Kojirō, Japanese samurai

1635 - Fakhr-al-Din II, Druze Prince of Lebanon (b. 1572)

1722 - Charles Leslie, Irish controversialist, dies

1793 - Pierre Gaspard Chaumette, French revolutionary (b. 1763)

1806 - Jean-Jacques Bachelier, French painter, dies at about 82

1853 - Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (b. 1788)

1855 - Henry De la Beche, English geologist (b. 1796)

1880 - Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist (b. 1813)

1904 - Vasili Vereshtshagin, Russian painter (War & Peace), dies

1918 - Lavr Georgevich Kornilov, Russian general (b. 1870)

1936 - Milton Brown, American swing bandleader (b. 1903)

1941 - Annie Jump Cannon, US astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

1942 - Henk Sneevliet, leader of Dutch RSAP/Spartacus, executed at 58

1945 - Ernst Cassirer, German philosopher (b. 1874)

1967 - Luis Somoza Debayle, president of Nicaragua (1956-63), dies at 44

1980 - Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)

1984 - Christopher Wilder, FBI’s “most wanted man,” accidentally kills self

1992 - Wallace Stegner, novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84

1994 - Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist, dies at 92

1996 - James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, criminal, dies at 64

1997 - George Wald, scientist (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina), dies at 80

1997 - Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)

1998 - Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)

2002 - Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)

2003 - Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956

2005 - Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)

2007 - Don Selwyn, Māori actor and film director (b. circa 1936)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

Events

467 - Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

1065 - Pilgrims under bishop Gunther of Bamberg reach Jerusalem

 

1204 - 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople

 

 

 

 

 

 

1229 - Queen Blanche of Castile & earl Raymond VII van Toulouse sign peace

1545 - French king Francois I orders protestants of Vaudois to be killed

1557 - Cuenca is founded in Ecuador.

1606 - England adopts Union Jack as its flag

1654 - Ordinance of Union between England and Scotland passed by the Council of State

1770 - Townsend Acts repealed

1776 - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina

1782 - Battle at Les Saintes West-Indies: British fleet beats French

1787 - Philadelphia’s Free African Society forms

1811 - 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA

1820 - Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.

 

1844 - Texan envoys sign Treaty of Annexation with the United States

 

 

 

 

1858 - 1st US billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit)

1861 - Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War

1862 - James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, GA

1862 - Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski Georgia

1863 - -14] Gunboat battle at Bayou Teche Louisiana

1864 - Battle of Blair’s Landing LA

1864 - Confederate Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tn

1869 - North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law

1872 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)

1877 - British annex Transvaal, in South Africa

1877 - Catcher’s mask 1st used in a baseball game

1883 - French troops under lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal

1893 - Battle at Hoornkrans Southwest-Africa: German Schutztruppen chases away Hottentotten under Hendrik Witbooi

1894 - British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa

1898 - Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in SF Bay to Navy

1905 - French Dufaux brothers test helicopter

1905 - Hippodrome arena opens (NYC)

1908 - Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts

1911 - 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)

1919 - British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages

1927 - Gen Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai

1928 - Assassination attempt on king Victor Emmanuel II of Italy

 

1934 - Highest velocity wind ever recorded on Mt WashingtonNH, 231 mph

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934 - The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
1935 - First flight of the Bristol Blenheim.

1938 - US began requiring medical tests for marriage licenses

1940 - Italy annexes Albania

1941 - Vichy-France’s head of government Admiral Dalarn consults with Hitler

1942 - Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan

1945 - Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Neth

1945 - Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd pres

1953 - Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston

1954 - Bill Haley & Comets records “Rock Around Clock”

1954 - Joe Turner releases “Shake, Rattle & Roll”

1955 - Salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched

1959 - France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria

1961 - Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

1963 - Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

1966 - 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam

1966 - Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck

 

 

 

1968 - Nerve gas accident at Skull ValleyUtah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 - Simon & Garfunkel releases “Boxer”

1970 - Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

1980 - BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms

1980 - Samuel Doe takes control of Liberia in a coup d’etat, ending over 130 years of national democratic presidential succession.

1981 - Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched

1982 - 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot

1983 - Harold Washington elected Chicago’s 1st black mayor

1985 - US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of Moscow games

1987 - Texaco files for bankruptcy

1988 - Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
1988 - Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs Calif

1990 - Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers

1990 - James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months

1990 - 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgivenesss

1991 - 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs

1991 - US announces closing of 31 major US military bases

1992 - Euro Disney opens in Marne-la-Vallee France

1992 - Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of UN

1992 - Trump Shuttle becomes US Air Shuttle

1994 - Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam.

1999 - US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionally false statements” in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

2002 - Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.

2002 - Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.

2009 - U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth.

2012 - A ceasefire in the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising comes into effect

2012 - Bodleian, Oxford University and Vatican libraries announce over 1.5 million pages of ancient texts will be made available across the internet

 

 

 

Births

599 BC - Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism (d. 527 BC)

812 - Muhammad at-Taqi, Muslim Shia Imam (d. 835)

1484 - Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Italian architect (d. 1546)

1500 - Joachim Camerarius, [Liebhard Kammerer], German humanist

1526 - Muretus, French humanist (d. 1585)

1550 - Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, English politician (d. 1604)

1579 - Francois de Bassompierre, marshal of France

1695 - Caspar Burman, historian/mayor (Utrecht Neth)

1705 - William Cookworthy, English chemist (d. 1780)

 

1724 - Lyman HallUS physician (signed Declaration of Independence)

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1748 - Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (d. 1836)

1777 - Henry Clay, [the Great Compromiser], US politician

1794 - Germinal P Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry)

1801 - Henry de Cock, Dutch reformed vicar/secession leader

1831 - George Burgwyn Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1831 - Grenville Mellen Dodge, Major General (Union volunteers)

1838 - John Shaw Billings, US, librarian/army physician

1852 - [Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician

1856 - William M Conway, English historian/explorer (Spitzbergen)

1868 - Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander (d. 1918)

1878 - Richard B Goldschmidt, German/US zoologist

1883 - Imogen Cunningham, photographer (1965 ASMP award)

1884 - Otto Meyerhof, Germany, psychologist/biochemist (Nobel-1922)

1898 - Lily Pons, American soprano (d. 1976)

1904 - Harald James Penrose, pilot

1908 - Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American Air Force pilot (d. 2006)

1911 - Darrell A Amyx, US archaeologist (Greek Ceramics)

1912 - Harold Maguire, British air marshal

1912 - Herbert Mills, singer, (Mills Brothers)

1913 - Keiko Fukuda, Tokyo, Japan, martial artist, (d. 2013)

1914 - Armen Alchian, American economist

1915 - Emil [Theodore] Petaja, US, sci-fi author (Star Mill, Tramontane)

1916 - Benjamin Libet, American scientist (d. 2007)

1917 - Helen Forrest, American singer (d. 1999)

1919 - Wilson Charles Geoffery Baldwin, hero

1923 - Ann Miller, [Lucille Ann Collier], Cherino, Tex, dancer (On the Town)

1924 - Julius Moormann, student/resistance fighter (WW II)

1928 - Brooklyn Supreme, Belgium, stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)

 

1928 - Hardy KrügerGerman actor

 

 

 

 

1932 - Tiny Tim [ Herbert Khaury], New York, musician, (d. 1996)

1936 - Charles Napier, actor (Night Stalker, Rambo)

1937 - Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player

1939 - Alan Ayckbourn, London, playwright

 

1940 - Herbie HancockChicagopianist (I Thought it Was You)

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VIDEOS

 

 

1942 - Frank Bank, Hollywood California, actor (Lumpy-Leave it to Beaver)

1942 - Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver and politician

 

1944 - John Kay, [Joachim F Krauledat], Germanyrock vocalist (Steppenwolf)

VIDEOS

 

 

 

1946 - Ed O’Neill, actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children)

1947 - Dan Lauria, actor (Jack Arnold-Wonder Years) (1947 approx)

1947 - David Letterman, Indianapolis Ind, comedian (Late Night)

1947 - Tom Clancy, American author

1947 - Antonin Kratochvil photographer

1949 - Scott Turow, American writer

1950 - David Cassidy, NYC, singer/actor (Keith-Partridge Family)

1950 - Kari Palaste, Finnish architect

1950 - Flavio Briatore, Italian businessman and F1 team principal (Renault F1)

1951 - Jackson Spires, rock drummer (Blackfoot)

1954 - Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)

 

 

 

1954 - Pat Traversrock guitarist (Puttin’ it Straight)

 

VIDEOS

 

 

1956 - Alexander Briley, vocalist (YMCA-Village People)

1956 - Andy Garcia, Cuba, actor (Stand & Deliver, 8 Million Ways to Die)

1958 - Tony James, rock bassist (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)

1958 - Will Sergeant, rock guitarist (Echo & Bunnymen-Killing Moon)

1961 - D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)

1961 - Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1988)

1962 - Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler

1965 - Elaine Zayak, NJ, figure skater (Olympics-6th-1984)

1971 - Shannen Doherty, Memphis Tn, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210)

1979 - Claire Danes, NYC, actress (Angela-My So Called Life, Romeo & Juliet)

1985 - Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer

1985 - Jeisa Chiminazzo, Brazilian supermodel

 

 

 

Deaths 

45 BC - Gnaeus Pompeius, the Younger, Roman general

 

 

 

65 - Seneca the YoungerRoman philosopherstatesman and dramatist

 

 

 

 

 

 

238 - Gordian II, Roman co-Emperor with his father Gordian I, killed in battle at Carthage

238 - Gordian I, Roman Emperor, suicide, after losing battle at Carthage and death of son Gordian I

352 - Julius I, pope (337-52), dies

434 - Archbishop Maximianus of Constantinople

1125 - Vladislaus I of Bohemia

1443 - Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury

1550 - Claude of Lorraine, duke of Guise, dies at 53

1555 - Joanna of Castile (Joanna the mad), wife of Philip I of Castile dies at 75

1605 - Boris Godunov, Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies

1687 - Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer

1817 - Charles Messier, “comet ferret” & catalogs famous “M objects,”, dies

1864 - Thomas Green, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 50

1878 - William M “Boss” Tweed, NY politician, dies

1902 - Marie Alfred Cornu, French physicist (b. 1842)

1912 - Clara Barton, organizer (American Red Cross), dies at 90

1945 - Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President (D) (1933-1945), dies at 63

1946 - August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67

1962 - Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)

1965 - Linda Darnell, US actress (Dakota Incident), dies at 43

1968 - Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)

1975 - Josephine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies at 68

 

 

 

1976 - Paul Fordactor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 - Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82

1980 - Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)

1981 - Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies at 66

1988 - Alan Stewart Paton, writer, dies

1989 - Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60′s, dies at 52

1989 - Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

1994 - Harry la Fontaine, Danish/US resistance fighter/producer, dies at 81

1995 - Chris Pyne, trombonist, dies at 56

1996 - William Wilkinson, businessman/conservationist, dies at 63

1997 - George Wald, scientist, dies at 90

1999 - Boxcar Willie, American singer (b. 1931)

2001 - Harvey Ball, American inventor (b. 1921)

2003 - Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)

2008 - Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)

2009 - Marilyn Chambers, American pornographic actress (b. 1952)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death Toll In Fiery Bus Crash Rises To 10; 5 Are High School Students

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The death toll in a head-on collision between a FedEx truck and a bus full of Los Angeles-area high school students rose to 10 early Friday, officials said.

  The victims included five students, three adult chaperons, the driver of the truck and the driver of the bus, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher told The Times.

  Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the FedEx truck crossed the grassy median that separates Interstate 5 here and slammed into the bus packed with students en route to visit Humboldt State University, about 200 miles north of the crash site.

  The impact, which witnesses said sounded like a series of explosions, caused both vehicles to burst into flames. The fireball and towering black smoke were captured by the cellphone cameras of others in nearby cars.”

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Events 

491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I.

672 - Deusdedit III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1079 - Bishop Stanislaus of Krakow is executed by order of Bolesław II of Poland.

1471 - King Edward IV of England conquers London from Henry VI

 

 

 

1512 - Battle at RavennaFrance under Gaston de Foix beat Spanish Army

 

 

 

 

 

1551 - English premier John Dudley appointed duke of Northumberland

1564 - England & France sign Peace of Troyes

1564 - Liege prince-bishop Robert van Bergen resigns

1677 - Battle at Montcassel, French troops beat Prince William III

1689 - William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain

1713 - Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain – English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty

1775 - The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place.

 

 

 

1856 - Battle of RivasCosta Rica beats Wm Walker’s invading Nicaraguans

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Rebels surrender Ft Pulaski, Georgia-Rebels surrender

1863 - Battle of Suffolk, VA (Norfleet House)

1865 - Battle of Mobile, AL – evacuated by Confederates

1868 - The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.

1876 - Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks organizes

1876 - Sir Charles Gordon ends religious tolerance in Sudan

1881 - Spelman College founded

1898 - President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration

1899 - Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US

1900 - US Navy’s 1st submarine made its debut

1906 - Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity

1907 - NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards

1921 - Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax

1921 - First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.

1921 - The Emirate of Transjordan is created.

1941 - Germany blitzes Conventry, England

1942 - Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized

1943 - Frank Piasecki, Vertol founder, flies his 1st (single-rotor) craft

1945 - SS burns & shoots 1,100 at Gardelegen

1945 - US captures Tsugen Shima

1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball

1950 - Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco

1950 - US B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia

1951 - Pres Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur

1952 - The Battle of Nanri island takes place.

1955 - The Air India Kashmir Princess is bombed and crashes in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang.

1956 - Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites

1957 - Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

 

 

 

1957 - Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off & land vertically

 

 

 

 

 

1961 - Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel

1962 - New York Mets make a losing debut

1963 - Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)

1965 - 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000

1966 - 30th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

1967 - Harlem (NYC) voters defy Congress & reelect Adam Clayton Powell Jr

1970 - Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days

1970 - Beatles’ “Let It Be,” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

1972 - Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC

1976 - The Apple I is created.

1979 - Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala

1981 - Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1981 - Race riot in London area of Brixton

1981 - Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him

1983 - NASA launches RCA-F

1986 - Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days

1986 - Halley’s Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km

1990 - Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

1992 - Euro-Disney opens near Paris

1992 - Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3

1993 - 450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs. It was Easter Sunday.

2001 - The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People’s Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.

2006 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

2007 - 2007 Algiers bombings: Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers, kills 33 people and wounds a further 222 others.

2011 - Minsk Metro bombing

2012 - 8.6 magnitude earth quack and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia

2012 - 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer

 

 

 

Births

146 - Septimius Severus (d. 211)

1370 - Frederick I the Warlike, elector of Saxony

1374 - Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March (d. 1398)

1492 - Marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (d. 1549)

1586 - Pietro Della Valle, composer

1661 - Antoine Coypel, French painter/poet

1755 - James Parkinson, English physician (d. 1824)

1770 - George Canning, (C) British PM (1827)

1798 - Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (d. 1854)

1810 - Henry Rawlinson, English scholar (d. 1895)

1837 - Ephraim Elmer Ellsworth, Col (Union Army), died in 1861

1852 - Cap Anson, American baseball player (d. 1922)

1854 - Hugh Massie, cricketer (Australian batsman of the 1880′s)

1862 - Charles Evans Hughs, 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41)

1862 - William W Campbell, US astronomer/director Lick Observatory

1869 - Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mohandas Gandhi (d. 1944)

1873 - Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1955)

1893 - Dean G Acheson, statesman/US Secretary of State (1949-53)

1901 - Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer (typewriter)

1906 - Dale Messick, American cartoonist (d. 2005)

1908 - Leo Rosten, writer/humourist

1908 - Masura Ibuka, industrialist

1910 - Anna Magnani, Ital’s actress (Awakening, Roma)

1913 - Oleg Cassini, Paris France, fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy)

1916 - Howard Koch, producer/director (Frankenstein, Airplane II)

1917 - Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)

1919 - Hugh Carey, (Gov-D-NY)

1925 - Ethel Kennedy, wife of Bobby

1930 - Joseph Burnett-Stuart, CEO (Robert Fleming Holdings)

1930 - Nicholas F Brady, US Secretary of Treasury (1988-93)

1932 - F Gregory Neubeck, USAF pilot

1932 - Joel Grey, [Joe Katz], actor (Cabaret, Remo Williams, 7% Solution)

1935 - Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hitman (d. 2006)

1939 - Louise Lasser, NYC, actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!)

1941 - Frederick “Rick” Hauck, Long Beach Ca, astr (STS-7, STS 51-A, STS-26)

1941 - Ellen Goodman, American political columnist

 

 

 

1944 - John Miliuswriterdirector (Red Dawn1941Big Wednesday)

 

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1947 - Peter Riegert, NYC, actor (Animal House, Crossing Delancey)

1947 - Meshach Taylor, American actor

1947 - Lev Bulat, Russian physicist

1951 - Robbie House, rocker (Snuff)

1951 - Doris McGowen Beck Angleton, American socialite (d. 1997)

1951 - Paul Fox, English guitarist (The Ruts) (d. 2007)

1952 - Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter

1955 - Piers J Sellers, Sussex England, PhD/astronaut

1958 - Sally Clark, Feilding NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-silver-96)

1958 - William Stuart Adamson, Manchester, rock guitarist (Big Country)

1958 - Brynn Hartman, American murderer (d. 1998)

1961 - Lucky Vanous, Lincoln Nebraska, model (GQ, Diet Coke)

1962 - Vincent Gallo, American actor

1964 - Steve Azar, American singer-songwriter

1964 - Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player

1966 - Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)

1966 - Mason Reese, American actor

1967 - Wendel Suckow, Marquette Mich, luger (Olympics-1994)

1969 - J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser yachter (Olymp-21st-1996)

1970 - Johnny Messner, American actor

1971 - Oliver Riedel, German musician (Rammstein)

1972 - Balls Mahoney, American professional wrestler

1973 - Jennifer Esposito, American television actor

1974 - Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actor

1980 - Mark Teixeira, American baseball player

 

 

 

1981 - Alessandra AmbrosioBrazilian model

 

 

 

 

 

1983 - Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver

1987 - Joss Stone, English singer

1994 - Dakota Blue Richards, English actress

 

 

 

Deaths

678 - Donus, Italian Pope (676-78), dies

1034 - Romanus III Argyrus, Byzantine emperor (1028-34), assasinated by wife

1240 - Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies

1500 - Michael T Marullus, Greeks poet, drowns

1512 - Gaston de Foix, French pretender to Navarra throne, dies in battle

 

 

 

1554 - Thomas Wyatt the youngerEnglish rebel (b. 1521)

 

 

 

 

 

1626 - Marin Getaldić, Croatian mathematician (b. 1568)

1712 - Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (b. 1638)

1723 - John Robinson, English diplomat (b. 1650)

1839 - John Galt, Scottish writer (Last of the Lairds), dies at 59

1842 - John England, bishop of Charleston Carolina, dies

1856 - Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)

1873 - Edward Canby, U.S. general (b. 1817)

1906 - James A Bailey, circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58

1926 - Luther Burbank, American botanist (b. 1849)

1945 - Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish resistance fighter (in Dachau), dies at 29

1947 - Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880)

1983 - Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78

1985 - Enver Hoxha, party leader/premier of Albania, dies at 76

1985 - Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)

1987 - Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83

1987 - Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67

1994 - Johan Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia), dies at 64

1996 - Jessica Dubroff, hoped to be youngest to fly across US, crashed at 7

2003 - Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)

 

 

 

2006 - June PointerAmerican singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)

 

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2006 - Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)

2007 - Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (b. 1925)

2007 - Kurt Vonnegut, American author (b. 1922)

2007 - Ronald Speirs, American Army officer(CO of Easy Company) (b. 1920)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100-Year-Old Message In A Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

” On a nature hike along Germany’s Baltic Coast in 1913, 20-year-old Richard Platz scrawled a note on a postcard, shoved it into a brown beer bottle, corked it and tossed it into the sea.

  Where it traveled, no one knows for sure, but it was pulled out of the Baltic Sea by a fisherman last month not far from where Platz first pitched it.”

Message In A Bottle

”  It’s thought to be the world’s oldest message in a bottle.

  The French news agency Agence France-Presse writes:

” A fisherman pulled the beer bottle with the scribbled message out of the Baltic off the northern city of Kiel last month, said Holger von Neuhoff of the International Maritime Museum in the northern port city of Hamburg.

” ‘This is certainly the first time such an old message in a bottle was found, particularly with the bottle intact,’ he said.”

  Platz was identified as the author of the note, and a Berlin-based genealogical researcher then located 62-year-old Angela Erdmann, his granddaughter. Erdmann says she never met Platz, who was her mother’s father. He died in 1946 at age 54.”

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Events

837 - Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth

847 - St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope

879 - Louis III becomes King of West Francia.

1407 - the lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded with the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma.

1500 - France captures duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan

1516 - 1st ghetto, Jews are compelled to live in specific area of Venice

1589 - Spanish troops conquer Geertruidenberg

1694 - Duke Victor Amadeus of Savoye attacks Casale

1710 - The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.

1739 - Dick Turpin executed in England for horse stealing

 

 

 

1790 - Robert Gray is 1st American to circumnavigate the Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

1790 - US Patent system forms

1816 - 2nd Bank of US chartered

1825 - 1st hotel in Hawaii opens

1841 - NY “Tribune” begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley

1845 - More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh Pa

1849 - Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

1856 - The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University.

1858 - The original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Tower of London is cast in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner’s of Cripplegate. This however cracked during testing and was recasted into the 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is still in use to date.

1863 - Rebel Gen Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tenn

1864 - Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes emperor of Mexico

1865 - At Appomattox, Gen Lee issues Gen Order #9, his last

1866 - American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) forms

1868 - British defeat King of Abyssinia at Magdala

1869 - Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9

1869 - José Martí founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.

1872 - 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans

1872 - 1st Arbor Day celebrated in Nebraska, later changed to Apr 22

1877 - 1st human cannonball act performed in London

1877 - Federal troops withdrawn from Columbia SC

1882 - Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco & Hawaii)

1887 - President Abraham Lincoln’s re-buried with his wife in Springfield Il

1912 - RMS Titanic sets sail for its 1st & last voyage

1916 - 1st professional golf tournament held

1916 - The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.

1917 - Munition factory explosion at Eddystone PA, kills 133 workers

1919 - Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.

1925 - Scribners publishes “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald

1930 - Synthetic rubber 1st produced

1932 - Paul von Hindenburg elected 1st German president (Hitler is 2nd)

1936 - 200″ mirror blank arrives in Pasadena

1938 - NY makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license

1940 - Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian “national government”

1942 - Cigarettes & candy rationed in Holland

1944 - Soviet forces liberate Odessa from Nazis

 

 

 

1945 - Allies liberate 1st Nazi concentration campBuchenwald (Czech)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945 - Canadian troops conquer Deventer

1945 - US troops land on Tsugen Shima Okinawa

1945 - US troops liberate Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany

1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in major league baseball (Dodgers)

1948 - Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek

1953 - “House of Wax,” 1st 3-D movie, released (NYC)

1955 - Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine

1955 - Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely

1956 - Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs

1957 - Suez canal reopens for all traffic

1958 - Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco

1960 - Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill

1961 - Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel

1962 - NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR

 

 

 

1963 - USS ThresherUS atomic-powered submarinesinks 220 miles east of Boston

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 - Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project

1964 - Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)

1968 - Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)

1972 - 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars

1972 - US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons

1972 - 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.

1974 - Magicians Penn & Teller 1st meet

1974 - Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli PM Golda Meir

1979 - J R Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome

1979 - Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.

1981 - Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to Brit Parliament

1983 - Baltimore’s Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

1983 - Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO

1984 - Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle

1984 - US Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors

1986 - Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

1988 - Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet

1989 - Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip

1989 - H J Heinz, Van Camp Seafood & Bumble Bee Seafood say they would not buy tuna caught in nets that also trap dolphins

1991 - Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138

1991 - LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

1991 - Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)

1991 - Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)

1991 - A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.

1992 - 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka

1992 - Floriade (Flower Show) opens at Hague Neth

1995 - NYC bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more

2012 - United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues

2012 - Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world

2012 - Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97

 

 

 

Births

401 - Theodosius II, the Younger, Eastern Roman emperor

1512 - James V, King of Scots (1513-42)

1569 - Emilia van Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange & Anna of Saxon

1583 - Hugo Grotius, Holland, jurist, father of international law

1651 - Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (d. 1708)

1713 - John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (d. 1788)

1755 - Samuel Hahnemann, German physician/originator of homeopathy

1762 - Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (d. 1834)

1778 - William Hazlitt, Maidstone Kent England, essayist/critic

 

 

 

1794 - Matthew Calbraith PerryCommodoreopened Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

1796 - James BowieAmerican pioneer and soldier (d. 1836)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1797 - Claude Ambroise Seurat, Troyes France, (World’s skinniest man)

1806 - Leonidas Polk, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1864

1823 - Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1827 - Lewis Wallace, Major General (Union volunteers)/author (Ben Hur)

1829 - William Booth, founder (Salvation Army)

1833 - David McMurtrie Gregg, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1833 - James Edward Rains, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1862

1857 - Henry Ernest Dudeney, mathematician/puzzle maker

1867 - George William Russell, Irish nationalist (d. 1935)

1880 - Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor), (d. 1965)

1880 - Mohammed Nadir Shah, Afghan king (d. 1933)

1887 - Bernardo A Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947)

1892 - Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (Rassenkunde)

1903 - Clare Boothe Luce, US ambassador (to Vatican)

1907 - Pete Desjardins, US, platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1928)

1910 - Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (d. 2004)

1912 - Roy Hofheinz, engineer (Houston Astrodome)

1915 - Harry Morgan, Detroit Mich, actor (December Bride, M*A*S*H, Dragnet)

1917 - Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)

1918 - Lee Bergere, American actor (d. 2007)

1921 - Chuck Connors, Bkln NY, actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa)

1921 - Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)

1923 - Floyd M Simmons, actor/decathlete (Olympic-bronze-1948, 52)

 

 

 

1926 - “Alvin” Junior SamplesCummings Gacountry singer (Hee Haw)

 

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1927 - Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American scientist, Nobel laureate

1929 - Max Von Sydow, Lund Sweden, actor (Hawaii, Exorcist, Dune, Dreamscape)

1932 - Mae Heriwentha Faggs Starr, NJ, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)

1932 - Omar Sharif, [Michael Shalhoub], Egypt, actor (Dr Zhivago, Top Secret)

1933 - Robert Rhodes James, historian (Gallipoli)

1934 - David Halberstam, intl correspondent (NY Times/Pulitzer 1964)

1936 - John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders)/sports commentator (CBS, FOX)

1936 - Robert “Bobby” Smith, US singer (Spinners)

1937 - Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer/jockey

1938 - Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football

1939 - Daniel Oliver, NYC, CEO (Federal Trade Commission)

1941 - Paul Theroux, American travel book writer (Mosquito Coast)

1944 - Danny Woods, US musician (CEO of the Board)

1945 - Vera Misevich, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1980)

1947 - Bunny Wailer, vocalist/percussionist (Bob Marley & Wailers)

 

 

 

1950 - “Lonesome” Dave Peverettrocker (Foghat)

 

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VIDEOS

 

 

 

1950 - Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Uncle Jam Wants You)

1950 - Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player

1951 - Steven Seagal, Detroit MI, actor (Above the Law, Hard to Kill)

1953 - Terrie Roche, rocker (Roches)

1954 - Peter MacNicol, Dallas TX, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie’s Choice)

1958 - Ken Griffy, baseball player (Cin Reds, NY Yanks)

1958 - Bob Bell, British engineer

 

 

 

1959 - Brian SetzerMassapequa Park NYrock guitarist/vocalist (Stray Cats)

 

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1961 - Jeb Adams, Hollywood California, actor (Lt Jeb Pruitt-Baa Baa Black Sheep)

1962 - Cathy Turner, Rochester NY, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994

1963 - Claire Smith, Ottawa Ontario, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)

1963 - Warren DeMartini, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again, Ratt)

1964 - Alan “Reni” Wren, English pop drummer (Stone Roses-Fools Gold)

1965 - Karen Booker, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)

1965 - Tim “Herb” Alexander, US funk metal drummer (Primus-Prok soda)

1970 - Wesley Barnett, St Joseph Mo, Oly weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987)

1970 - Q-Tip, American musician

1974 - Eric Greitens, American former military officer

1976 - Sara Renner, Canadian cross country skier

1978 - Jessica Davis, Greenbrae California, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-27th-96)

 

 

 

1979 - Shemekia CopelandAmerican blues singer

 

 

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1980 - Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver

1981 - Laura Bell Bundy, American actor

1984 - Zoe, Melbourne Australia, 1st frozen-embryo child

1984 - Mandy Moore, American singer/actor

1989 - Haley Joel Osment, LA California, actor (Matt-Jeff Foxworthy Show)

 

 

 

Deaths 

879 - Louis II the Stammerer, King of the West Franks (877-79)

947 - Hugo van Arles, count of Arles/king of Italy, dies

1008 - Notger, bishop of Luik (972-1008), dies

1362 - Machteld, countess of Holland, dies

1533 - Frederik I, King of Denmark/Norway (1523-33), dies at 61

1601 - Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (b. 1562)

1646 - Santino Solari, Swiss architect and sculptor (b. 1576)

1706 - Arthur Chichester, 3rd Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1666)

1712 - Yusuf Nabi, Turkish poet (Hayriye), dies at about 77

1760 - Gerard George Clifford, head of East-Indian Company, dies at 75

1784 - Simon Fokke, book illustrator, dies at 71

1786 - John Byron, British naval officer (b. 1723)

1813 - Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian-born mathematician and astronomer (b. 1736)

1823 - Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (b. 1757)

1862 - William Harvey Lamb Wallace, US lawyer/brig-general, dies at 40

1863 - Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist, dies at 77

 

 

 

1919 - Emiliano ZapataMexican leadermurdered at 39

 

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1920 - Moritz B Cantor, German mathematician, dies at 90

1929 - Edmond Thieffry, Belgium, WW I pilot, dies at 36

1938 - Joe “King” Oliver, American musician (b. 1885)

1945 - Hendrik N Werkman, resistance/painter (Blue Boat), executed at 63

1954 - Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81

1954 - Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79

1958 - Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30

1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist (Beatles), dies of brain hemorrhage at 21

 

 

 

1962 - Michael CurtizHungarian-born director (b. 1886)

 

 

 

 

 

1965 - Linda Darnell, dies from burns received in a fire at 41

1965 - Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (b. 1928)

1966 - Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62

1969 - Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)

1975 - Marjorie Main, actress (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 85

1975 - Walker Evans, US photographer (Fortune Magazine), dies at 71

1983 - Ulf S von Euler-Chelpin, Swedish physiologist, dies at 78

1991 - Natalie Schafer, actress (Gilligan’s Island), dies at 90 from cancer

1992 - Sam Kinison, loud mouth comedian, dies in a car crash at 38

1996 - Jessica Dubroff, attempting to be youngest pilot, dies in crash at 7

2000 - Larry Linville, American actor (b. 1939)

2003 - Little Eva, American singer (b. 1943)

2007 - Dakota Staton, American singer (b. 1930)

2010 - Dixie Carter, an American actress (b.1939)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Assault Weapon Gambit Backfires

 

 

Black Rain

 

 

 

 

” As the Daily News recently reported, gun manufacturer Black Rain Ordnance has produced, with great fanfare and borderline glee, a modified AR-15 assault rifle that complies with the strict gun law pushed through by Gov. Cuomo in 2013, the SAFE Act.

  Proudly labeling the firearms “New York Compliant” rifles, the company’s website boasts 17 different models that hold the state legal maximum of 10 bullets.

  While billed by Black Rain Ordnance as an in-your-face response to what the company says is New York’s “continual trampling of the Second Amendment,” that’s just marketing hype aimed at those unhappy with the law.

“Make a political statement, buy our gun!” would be one translation.”

Here is a sample of the Statist Daily News’s thinking …

” Think a little harder, and this gunmaker’s logic backfires badly. The production of Black Rain, in fact, proves that the SAFE Act is not only no actual threat to gun rights, but is a perfectly reasonable law.

 

   Wrong oh pompous Government Shill , the fact that Black Rain can engineer , manufacture and market a rifle of similar performance to the traditional AR-15 within the confines of the SAFE Act demonstrates beyond dispute the capricious , arbitrary and idiotic nature of the legislation itself .

 

 

 

” Even for two guys sitting at a table, the technology was simple. And putting it together made clear that Cuomo’s goal is reasonable: to make prolific firing more difficult by having a permanently attached magazine, and limiting the number of bullets it can hold without reloading.”

 

 

    In another glaring error , Professor Spitzer is incorrect in thinking that the Black Rain “NY Compliant” rifle has a fixed magazine . Not true Prof … while the gun is sold with a NY legal 10 round mag it will accept ANY AR-15 magazine on the market of which there are millions , if not hundreds of millions in domestic circulation . 

   Let us not dwell on the magazine error , surely the learned professor got the rest of the facts right , he is after all , part of our noble “elite” . He continues thus …

 

 

” Two-thirds of the nation’s 300 million guns are long guns, representing hundreds of makes — and while assault weapons have been big sellers in recent years, estimates from 2012 peg the total number in circulation nationwide at about 4 million.”

 

 

   Who’s estimates would they be Mr Spitzer ? Here is some data on NICS checks run by the FBI from Nov 1998 to Jan 2012 . Now we’ll admit that not every check results in a sale but conversely not every approval results in the sale of only one firearm .

    Here is the FBI’s monthly breakdown of all NICS background checks by state from 1998 through March of this year , and here is the data on NICS denials from the same period …

     A quick reading of the charts and a little math , not Common Core , real math , reveals a rejection rate of less than 1% or to be precise 0.7023669976087205 % . That leads us to the conclusion that at least 155 million guns have been sold between late 1998 and the present .

    If two thirds of those were long guns to use the professor’s own number , that means 103,333,333 million long guns were sold domestically during the period in question and if we take a low ball figure of even 1% of long gun sales being comprised of AR type weapons that still gives us a total more than two and one half times his 4 million figure . 

    We have deliberately used a low number in our estimation yet some data from ATF suggests that AR sales as of 2008 anyway made up 22% of all rifle sales . Ponder the total number of AR’s in circulation if you use the 22% figure Professor .

    

 

 

 

” The BATFE recently released U.S. firearm manufacturer production data showing that during 2008, AR-15s 
accounted for eight percent of all firearms and 22 percent of all rifles made in the U.S. and not exported. 
The number of AR-15s in 2008 — over 337,000 — is staggering, but may have been topped in 2009. And, 
at the current rate of production, the total number of AR-15s in the U.S. will exceed 2.5 million some time
this year, and that doesn’t even count production before 1986, the figures for which are not available.

 … the numbers of AR-15 manufacturers and the AR-15s they produce are at all-time highs. AR-15s have been popular for decades and that popularity is growing in leaps and bounds for a variety of reasons. Innovations relating to defensive rifle use now center on AR-15 carbines. Bar none, the AR-15 in its various configurations is the leading marksmanship training and competition rifle in the country, and there are more kinds of training and competition opportunities built around the AR-15 than ever before. And the advent of new cartridges that 
fit the AR-15 platform, and which are legal for hunting deer-sized game in most states, are rapidly making 
the AR-15 one of the most popular hunting rifles in the country.”

 

    Last but not least one needs to consider the fact that there are other millions of semi-auto “military style” rifles of non-AR type that are currently held by private citizens as well . Ruger alone has sold nearly a million mini-14′s and that doesn’t take into account other manufacturers like HK , Springfield Arms , FN , Kalashnikov , Galil and many others . 

    Of course all of these are impacted by the ban and do nothing to skirt Cuomo’s draconian “middle of the night” knee-jerk legislation , we merely point out the facts to show the futility of the State notion of mandating safety and the wisened old Ivory Tower denizen’s efforts to help .

    If we were betting individuals we would put our money on the 10 million total over Spitzer’s 4 million number all day long .

 

 

 

NICS applications by state

Click heading to sort table. Download this data

STATE
TOTAL APPLICATIONS, NOV 1998 TO NOV 2012
TOTAL, Jan to Nov 2012
2012 Rate per 1,000 population
UNITED STATES 156,577,260 16,808,538 53.94
Alabama 3,749,099 350,780 73.30
Alaska 714,007 72,904 102.09
Arizona 2,675,937 290,868 45.35
Arkansas 2,514,731 207,363 70.98
California 10,714,573 981,798 26.29
Colorado 3,736,952 361,385 71.59
Connecticut 1,810,014 208,250 58.24
Delaware 256,059 25,098 27.89
District of Columbia 2,170 398 0.66
Florida 5,957,840 699,974 37.16
Georgia 4,559,627 386,562 39.80
Guam 5,934 819  
Hawaii 121,737 15,414 11.31
Idaho 1,243,607 115,927 73.79
Illinois 8,399,271 923,920 71.95
Indiana 3,300,627 404,259 62.28
Iowa 1,530,528 128,293 42.06
Kansas 1,673,605 175,427 61.36
Kentucky 15,118,518 2,329,151 535.78
Louisiana 2,987,951 266,593 58.65
Maine 790,550 79,418 59.83
Mariana Islands 296 5  
Maryland 1,239,350 117,432 20.30
Massachusetts 1,567,707 185,202 28.25
Michigan 4,817,185 370,960 37.56
Minnesota 3,516,313 385,075 72.51
Mississippi 2,390,007 180,121 60.65
Missouri 3,804,462 432,060 72.06
Montana 1,253,675 115,893 116.95
Nebraska 742,160 70,454 38.50
Nevada 1,076,544 123,943 45.83
New Hampshire 894,061 108,531 82.42
New Jersey 634,408 75,804 8.61
New Mexico 1,338,322 121,882 59.00
New York 2,849,970 290,299 14.97
North Carolina 4,427,820 415,284 43.44
North Dakota 590,720 73,878 109.51
Ohio 4,918,014 526,684 45.65
Oklahoma 2,841,850 307,245 81.71
Oregon 2,347,894 222,795 58.04
Pennsylvania 8,156,636 835,293 65.68
Puerto Rico 115,421 13,772 3.70
Rhode Island 169,915 20,180 19.17
South Carolina 2,320,334 265,276 57.21
South Dakota 744,106 73,658 90.20
Tennessee 4,166,503 432,200 67.98
Texas 11,724,997 1,196,176 47.37
Utah 2,967,949 198,091 71.37
Vermont 310,812 29,662 47.39
Virgin Islands 9,320 370  
Virginia 3,524,638 371,267 46.27
Washington 3,631,035 444,762 65.96
West Virginia 2,059,912 191,550 103.30
Wisconsin 2,974,560 413,842 72.71
Wyoming 587,027 53,480 94.73

 

 

 

Curious viewers can read the rest of the Professor’s tripe here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several Hurt In ‘Multiple Stabbings’ At Franklin Regional High School

 

 

Frankklin HS Stabbings

 

 

 

” Emergency crews have been sent to Franklin Regional High School Wednesday morning after reports of multiple stabbings.Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said one person is in custody.

  Officials said eight victims were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital and one victim was taken to Allegheny General Hospital via medical helicopter.

  According to the school district’s website, “A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic.” “

 

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Gosnell Abortion Film Too Much For Kickstarter’s ‘Diverse’ Censors

 

 

 

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” I was really, really happy when Kickstarter came on the scene. The crowd-funding Web site offered the opportunity for struggling artists and filmmakers to bypass corporate, union or not-for-profit funders and their agendas and interests.

  Kickstarter was set up to allow us to put up a pitch — go directly to the public; if people liked it, they could fund it with small donations.

  And it worked like a dream. For my last film, the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” 3,305 people gave $212,000 to make it happen.

  But now it seems that Kickstarter is turning into a bad dream for those who want to wander from the orthodox.

  Now, Kickstarter has always been dominated by projects with liberal, environmental and even ultra-left-wing leanings. That’s no surprise — the arts are dominated by people with such views.

  But Kickstarter promised to be different. Its founder and CEO, Yancey Strickler, was quite clear on this, for example telling viewers of CBS’ “This Morning” that the site is a center for “very diverse ideas.”

  So when I had the idea of making a film about the life and crimes of Kermit Gosnell, the now-notorious Philadelphia abortion doctor, my first idea was to go to Kickstarter — since there was no point going to Hollywood or any establishment media outlet.

  Gosnell was a Philadelphia abortionist who for decades took babies who’d already been born and stabbed them in the neck and cut their spinal cords. He probably killed thousands of infants during his 40-year killing spree.

  In the words of ABC correspondent Terry Moran, Kermit Gosnell was “America’s most successful serial killer.” “

NY Post has more

Foundry’s Genevieve Wood Demolishes White House’s Wage Gap Argument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a CNN appearance today, Genevieve Wood, senior contributor to The Foundry, blasted the White House for promoting the myth that women are paid significantly less than men because of their sex, rather than their career or life choices.

“ Instead of celebrating” that men and women with similar jobs and levels of education make around the same, “the White House wants to portray this ‘war on women,’” Wood said on The Lead.

“ Young women today in metropolitan areas, for example, who are childless, single, young women are actually outperforming males in that same category all over the country,” Wood said in her appearance with former White House communications director Anita Dunn. “But the problem with that is, they hear this kind of rhetoric that discourages young women.” “

Thanks to the Heritage Foundation

Today In The Past

Events

193 - Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).

475 - Byzantine Emperor Basiliscus issues a circular letter (Enkyklikon) to the bishops of his empire, supporting the Monophysite christological position.

715 - Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1241 - Battle of Liegnitz - Mongol armies defeat Poles & Germans

1388 - Battle of Näfels; Glarius Swiss defeat Habsburg (Austrian) army

1413 - Henry V is crowned King of England.

1440 - Christopher of Bavaria is appointed King of Denmark.

1483 - Edward V (12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England (never crowned). Disappears, presumed murdered same year.

1682 - Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1783 - Tippu Sahib drives out English from Bednore India

1816 - African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Phila)

1829 - Danzig (Gdansk) dike break flood kills 1,200

1831 - Robert Jenkins loses an ear, starts war between Britain & Spain

1833 - 1st tax-supported public library (Peterborough, NH)

1864 - Battle of Pleasant Hill LA, 2870 casualities

1865 - General Robert E Lee and 26,765 troopssurrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant

1866 - Civil Rights Bill passes over Pres Andrew Johnson’s veto

1869 - Hudson Bay Company cedes it’s territory to Canada

1870 - American Anti-Slavery Society dissolves

1909 - The U.S. Congress passes the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act.

1912 - 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)

1912 - Titanic leaves Queenstown Ireland for NY

1913 - Brooklyn Dodger’s Ebbets Field opens, Phillies win 1-0

1914 - “World, the Flesh & the Devil,” 1st color film, shown in London

1914 - Tampico incident – US ship crew arrested in Mexico

1917 - Battle of Arras begins

1917 - Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops

1925 - Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

1927 - Italy & US anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti given death sentences

1928 - Turkey passes separation of church & state

1939 - Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial

1940 - German cruiser Blucher torpedoed/capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die

1940 - Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)

1941 - PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame

1942 - Battle of Bataan-US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japs at Bataan

1945 - Battleship Admiral Scheer sunk by RAF bombing in Kiel

1945 - Liberty ship at Bari Italy carrying aerial bombs explodes, kills 360

1945 - World War II: The Battle of Königsberg, in East Prussia, ends.

1947 - Atomic Energy Commission confirmed

1947 - Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300

1950 - Bob Hope’s 1st TV appearance

1953 - “TV Guide” publishes 1st issue

1953 - Jomo Kenyatta sentenced to 7 years in Kenya

1953 - Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.

1957 - Suez Canal cleared for all shipping

1959 - NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury

1960 - South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle

1962 - JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington’s new DC Stadium

1963 - Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

1967 - 1st Boeing 737 rolls out

1967 - The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta

1969 - 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)

1974 - Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans “Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life”

1976 - US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use

1978 - David Thompson scores ties 3rd highest total in the NBA – 73

1979 - Longest doubles ping-pong match of 101 hrs, begins

1981 - US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru

1986 - “Dallas” announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character

1987 - For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 goals in a Stanley Cup game Wayne Gretzky passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ

1988 - US imposes economic sanctions on Panama

1989 - Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

1989 - Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY’s 4-3 loss to Clev

1989 - Scott Hoch chokes on 18 inch putt & loses Masters golf tournament

1992 - John Majors, (C) elected PM of England

1992 - Noriega convicted on 8 of 10 drug & racketeering charges

1992 - Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)

1992 - US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drugs

1993 - Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos

2003 - Baghdad falls to U.S. forces resulting in widespread looting

2011 - A gunman murdered five people, injured eleven, and committed suicide in a mall in the Netherlands.

2012 - The Lion King becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking The Phantom of the Opera

Births

1336 - Tamerlane (Timur), Central AsianTurkic conqueror (d. 1405)

Tamerlane

1498 - John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman (d. 1550)

1597 - John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (d. 1670)

1648 - Henri de Massue, Marquis de Ruvigny, 1st Viscount Galway, French soldier and diplomat (d. 1720)

1770 - Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist (d. 1831)

1794 - Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute (d. 1881)

1806 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, designer of 1st transatlantic steamer

1812 - Randolph Barnes Marcy, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1887

1865 - Erich Ludendorff, general (Germany)

1888 - Sol Hurok, theatrical impresario

1889 - Efrem Zimbalist, Rostov on Don Russia, composer/violinist

1895 - Mance LipscombTexasblues musician (Texas Sharecropper)

VIDEOS

1898 - Earl “Curly” Lambeau, NFL coach (GB Packers)

1898 - Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, singer (Old Man River)/actor/footballer

1903 - Gregory Pincus, inventor (birth control pill) [or Nov 9]

1903 - Ward BondDenver Coloactor (Seth-Wagon Trains)

VIDEOS

1905 - J William Fulbright, (Sen-D-Ark)

1911 - Lord Deramore, architect

1918 - Jorn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House)

1919 - John Presper Eckert, co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC)

1920 - Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)

1921 - Jean-Marie Balestre, French motorsports official (FIA) (d. 2008)

1922 - Michael Palliser, head of British diplomatic service

1925 - Michael Richardson, vice CEO (N M Rotschild)

1926 - Hugh Hefner, [Marston], Chicagp, magazine publisher (Playboy)

1930 - F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (d. 2007)

1930 - Nathaniel Branden, Canadian psychotherapist

1932 - Carl Perkins, Jackson Tn, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes)

1932 - Jim Fowler, Albany Ga, naturalist (Wild Kingdom)

1932 - Paul Krassner, comic strip cartoonist (MAD Magazine)/founder (Yippies)

1932 - Cheeta, chimpanzee actor

1933 - Jean-Paul Belmondo, Paris France, actor (Casino Royale, Magnifique)

1935 - Avery Schreiber, Chicago Ill, comedian (My Mother the Car)

1937 - Barrington J[ohn] Bayley, UK, sci-fi author (Collision Course)

1939 - Michael Learned, Wash DC, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse)

1942 - Galina A Kulakova, USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972)

1949 - Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)

1949 - Steve Gaddjazz drummer (Triplet HopComplex Jazz)

VIDEOS

1953 - Hal Ketchum, Greenwich NY, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night)

1954 - Dennis Quaid, Houston TX, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff)

1954 - Iain Duncan Smith, British politician

1957 - Severiano Ballesteros, Spain, golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88)

1963 - Joe Scarborough, American television personality

1965 - Paolo Cane, Itaty, tennis star

1965 - Paulina PorizkovaProstejov Czechmodel , actress

1965 - Jeff Zucker, American television executive

1965 - Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)

1966 - Cynthia Nixon, NYC, actress (Addams Family Values, Pelican Brief)

1969 - Amy Feng, Tianjin China, US table tennis player (Olympics-96)

1971 - Wang Yang, youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Oly-1988)

1972 - Karen Clark, Calgary Alberta, synchro swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)

1974 - Sharon Pelletier, Madawaska Maine, Miss America-Maine (1996)

1974 - Alexander Pichushkin, Russian serial killer

1977 - Gerard Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance)

1979 - Keshia Knight Pulliam, Newark NJ, actress (Rudy-Crosby)

1979 - Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)

1980 - Kristin Lee, Bethesda Md, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)

1981 - Eric Harris, Columbine High School shooter (d. 1999)

1986 - Leighton Meester, American actress

1990 - Kristen Stewart, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Bella Swan-The Twilight Saga)

1998 - Elle Fanning, American Actress

Deaths

93 - Yuan An, Minister over the Masses of the Han dynasty

491 - Zeno, Byzantine Emperor

715 - Constantine I, Greek/Syrian Pope (708-15), dies

1024 - Benedict VIII, [Theophylactus van Tusculum], Pope (1012-24), dies

1137 - William X, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1099)

1484 - Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (b. 1473), son of Richard III King of England

1553 - Francois Rabelais, French author (Gargantua/Pantagruel), dies at 49

1626 - Francis BaconEnglish statesman and philosopherdies from pneumonia at 65

1747 - Simon Fraser, 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, last man beheaded in England

1754 - Christian von Wolff, German philosopher, dies at 75

1806 - William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic dies at 58

1807 - John Opie, Engl painter/illustrator: Shakespeare gallery, dies at 45

1850 - William Prout, physician/chemist, dies

1852 - John Howard Payneactor/playwright (Fair Warning), dies

1862 - George W Johnson, US planter/Confederate (gov-Ky), dies at about 50

1865 - Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish/US Union general-major, dies at 32

1872 - Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (b. 1794)

1882 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter, dies at 53

1889 - Michel Eugène Chevreul, French chemist (b. 1786)

1917 - Edward Thomas, poet, killed in WW I

1944 - Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (b. 1920)

1945 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist/antifascist, hanged

1945 - Hans Oster, German major-general/spy, “July 20th plot”, hanged

1945 - Hans von Dohnanyi, “July 20th plotter”, hanged

1945 - Wilhelm Canaris, Admiral/headed Germany Abwehr, hanged

1945 - Georg Elser, failed assassin of Hitler (b. 1903)

1951 - Vilhelm F K Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology, dies at 89

1959 - Frank Lloyd Wright, US architect (Guggenheim Museum NY), dies at 89

1962 - Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70

1970 - Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish illustrator (b. 1896)

1982 - Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies

1988 - Brook Bentonsinger (Just a Matter of Time), dies at 56 of meningitis

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VIDEOS

1988 - Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50

1991 - Maurice Binder, title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73

1994 - Keith Watson, British comic strip artist (Dan Dare), dies at 59

1996 - James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls), dies at 81

1996 - Richard Thomas Condon, author, dies at 81

2002 - Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)

2010 - Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian modern pentathlon olimpic champion (1952, Helsinki) (b. 1932)

2011 - Sidney Lumet, American film director (b. 1924)

2012 - Mark Lenzi, American Olympic Diver, dies from hypertension at 43

Students Prank Teacher With Epic April Fools Joke

 

 

 

STUDENTS PRANK TEACHER

 

 

 

” This teacher has a policy that if your phone rings during class, you must answer it and put it on speaker. I don’t think he expected this phone call… “

 

 

From the Chive

 

 

 

Joe Biden’s Incredibly Awkward Sex Joke Has So Much TMI It Just Melted the Internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill is a community college teacher who intro’d her husband the American Association of Community Colleges like this: [Joe] “knows the value of a community college education––and not just because he’s married to a community college teacher.”

  Biden, being the smooth operator that he is, followed, “I think I’d have the same attitude, did I not sleep with a community college professor every night. The same one… the same one.” “

 

Courtesy of IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

217 - Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.

1093 - The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.

1139 - Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.

1149 - Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.

1195 - Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaak II as Byzantine emperor

1271 - In Syria, sultan Baybars conquers the Krak of Chevaliers.

1341 - Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome

1455 - Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain

1766 - 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain

1789 - House of Representives 1st meeting

1801 - Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews

 

 

1820 - The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

 

 

 

 

 

1848 - 1st battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians

1862 - John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser

1864 - Battle of Mansfield, La Federals routed by Gen Richard Taylor

1869 - American Museum of Natural History opens (NYC)

1879 - Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time

1886 - William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

1893 - The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink

 

 

 

1898 - Battle of Atbara RiverAnglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese

 

 

 

 

 

1904 - British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of the Book of the Law.

1908 - Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier

1912 - Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200

1914 - US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone

1935 - Works Progress Administration approved by Congress

1940 - Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious

1941 - Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1943 - Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau

1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.

1945 - Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi general Christiansen flees Netherlands

1946 - League of Nations assembles for last time

1947 - Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed

1952 - Pres Harry Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike

1956 - 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC

1961 - British liner “Dara” explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236

1966 - OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched

1971 - 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)

1973 - Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus take place.

1974 - Discovery Island opens

 

 

 

1974 - Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hits 715th HRbreaks Babe Ruth’s record

 

 

 

 

 

1979 - 204th & final episode of “All in the Family”

1982 - Penguins 2-Isles 4-Preliminary-Isles hold 2-0 lead

1982 - Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title

1985 - Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix

1985 - India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster

1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California, Make his day

1990 - “Twin Peaks” with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV

1991 - Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident

1991 - Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of pancreas

1992 - After 151 years Britain’s “Punch Magazine” final issue

1994 - Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases

1995 - Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1996 - Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title

1997 - Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0

2000 - Nineteen Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.

2004 - U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission.

 

 

 

2006 - Shedden massacreThe bodies of eight men, all shot to deathare found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 - The construction of the world’s first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.

2012 - Gunter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai

 

 

 

 

Births

1320 - King Peter I of Portugal (d. 1367)

1460 - Ponce de Leon, Spain, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida

1533 - Claudio Merulo, organist/composer

1541 - Michele Mercati, Italian physician (d. 1593)

1605 - Louis de Vadder, Flemish painter

1605 - Philip IV, King of Spain & Portugal (1621-65)

1642 - Gerard Callenbach, Dutch admiral

 

 

1726 - Lewis MorrisUS farmer (signed Decl of Independence)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1731 - William WilliamsUS merchant (signed Decl of Independence)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1732 - David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (d. 1796)

1741 - Jose B da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai)

1826 - Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (d. 1890)

1828 - George Baird Hodge, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

1832 - Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian fieldmarshal

1842 - Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1933)

1850 - William Henry Welch, US, pathologist (founded John Hopkins)

1859 - Edmund Husserl, Germany, philosopher (founded Phenomenology)

1865 - Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist (d. 1940)

1869 - Harvey Cushing, US, neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)

1871 - Clarence Hudson White American photographer (d. 1925)

1874 - Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)

1892 - Mary Pickford, [Gladys Smith], actress (Poor Little Rich Girl)

1892 - Richard Neutra, American architect (d. 1970)

1903 - Ilka Chase, NYC, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O’Brien)

1911 - Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)

1912 - Sonja Henie, Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36)

1912 - Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi

1919 - [Douglas] Ian Smith, premier of Rhodesia (1964-..)

1920 - Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)

1920 - Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)

1921 - Alfie Bass, London England, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served)

 

 

1923 - Edward MulhareCork Irelandactor (Daniel Gregg-Ghost & Mrs Muir)

 

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1924 - Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English soldier and historian (d. 2006)

1925 - Shecky Greene, Chicago Ill, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat)

1926 - Henry N. Cobb, American architect

1928 - Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)

1929 - Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)

1930 - John Bartholomew Tucker, Pa, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island)

1934 - Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)

1935 - Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, epidemiologist (Living legacy award-1984)

1937 - Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (NY Times)

1940 - John Havlicek, Martin’s Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)

1941 - Peggy Lennon, LA California, singer (Lennon Sisters)

1943 - Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)

1944 - Santiago Jimenez Jr, US accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin)

1945 - Derrick Walker, British racing team owner

1946 - Jim “Catfish” Hunter, major-league pitcher (A’s, Yankees)

1946 - Tim Thomerson, American actor

1947 - Steve Howe, London, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout)

1948 - Gerald McRaney, Collins Miss, actor (Rick-Simon & Simon, Major Dad)

1948 - Robert Alan Litchfield, Mass, bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)

1949 - Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)

1952 - Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)

1954 - Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)

1954 - John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)

1955 - John Campbell, harness racer (3-time winner of Hambletonian)

1955 - Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman

1955 - Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist

1961 - Richard Hatch, American reality television personality

1962 - Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)

1964 - Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster

1968 - Patricia Arquette, NYC, actress (Ed Wood, Nightmare on Elm Street 3)

 

 

 

1974 - Chris KyleOdessaTexasNavy SEAL sniper (160 kills), (d. 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1975 - Anouk, Dutch singer

1976 - Jim Farnum, Honolulu Hawaii, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)

1977 - Mark Spencer, American computer programmer

1981 - Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

1981 - Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model

 

 

Deaths

217 - Caracalla, [Marcus Antoniius], Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29

956 - Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy

1143 - John II Comnenus, Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), dies in an accident

1364 - John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44

1461 - Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)

1492 - Lorenzo I de’ Medici”il Magnifico”, ruler of Florence (1469-92), dies

1498 - Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), beheaded at 27

1537 - Willem Aerts, Flemish architect, dies

1697 - Niels Juel, Danish admiral (b. 1629)

1735 - Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg (b. March 27, 1676)

1848 - Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50

1861 - Elisha G Otis, US elevator builder (Otis), dies at 50

1890 - Junius Morgan, philanthropist, dies at 76

1902 - Sipyagain, Russian min of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated

1906 - Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer’s victim (b. 1950)

1919 - Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist (b. 1848)

1936 - Robert Bárány, Austrian physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1876)

1947 - Henry Ford, US industrialist (Ford cars), dies at 83

1969 - Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48

1973 - Pablo (Ruiz y) Picasso, Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies at 91

1976 - Phil Ochs, rock producer (Joe Hill), dies at 35

 

 
1981 - Omar Bradleylast US 5-star general, (Normandydies in NY at 88

 

 

 

 

 

 

1984 - Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1894)

1985 - J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)

1987 - Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90

1990 - Ryan White, hemophiliac aids sufferer, dies at 18

1991 - Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)

1992 - Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)

1993 - Marian Anderson, US contralto (My Lord, What a Morning), dies at 96

1994 - Frank Wells, president (Disney), dies in helicopter crash

 

 

1996 - Ben Johnsoncowboy actor (TexDillinger), dies of heart attack at 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

1997 - Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49

2000 - Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)

2010 - Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Inside the Animal Mind: Episode 2 – BBC Two

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 4, 2014

” Programme website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03tt7jm Dr Alex Taylor sets a difficult problem solving task, will the crow defeat the puzzle?”

    How smart is the crow ? I once spent 20 minutes watching one work at opening , successfully , a backpack strapped to a Harley in Yosemite National Park to get the biker’s lunch , but 007 has that one beat by a mile .

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