Category: Education

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








” 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


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


1336 - Tamerlane (Timur), Central AsianTurkic conqueror (d. 1405)


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)


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)


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)


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


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



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








” 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




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






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)








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




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: 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 .

Students Defend Teacher Accused In Wild Fistfight Caught On Cell Phone Video







” A video showing a teacher and wrestling coach at Santa Monica High School fighting with a student that was captured on cell phone video has gone viral.

  While the teacher and coach has been placed on leave, scores of students took to social media on Saturday to support him.

  In a letter to parents, Sandra Lyon, the superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, said the altercation happened in a classroom Friday morning.

“ A deeply disturbing incident involving a teacher and student occurred in a classroom at Santa Monica High School, resulting in the Santa Monica Police Department being called to the campus. A number of videos capturing at least a portion of the incident are circulating, and I can tell you that what I witnessed on one of those videos is utterly alarming,” Lyon wrote.

  Lyon added, “Based on what I have viewed, the kind of physical restraint used by the teacher is unacceptable. I have placed the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an independent investigation.” “


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Baltimore SWAT Team Locks School Down For Four Hours Over Student With Tripod


Tripod Weapon



” Baltimore police stormed a school in SWAT gear, locking it down for four hours before evacuating the students to another school after a journalism student was spotted with a tripod.

  The University of Maryland student should count his blessings he wasn’t shot to death considering his tripod was reported as being a gun.

Baltimore City Public Schools released the following statement, according to CBS.

“ This morning, KIPP Ujima Village Academy and KIPP Harmony were placed in heightened security status, based on a report of a possible intruder. Police responded and secured the building, while police and school staff together ensured the safety of all children and staff. After a thorough investigation, police determined that there was no intruder in the building or on school grounds.”


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Common Core Debate Leads To Mom’s Suspension From Son’s School



Common Core Suspension

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” As California prepares to adopt the new state educational standards known as Common Core this fall, more parents are speaking out against them. Now one local mom says she was suspended from her son’s school for doing so.

” I was outraged,” 12-year-old Christopher Duran said.

  The boy couldn’t believe it when he found out his mom had been suspended from Mark Twain Elementary School.

” Why would the principal sign a withdrawal of consent to my mom, and furthermore, why would she send the police to the house?” Christopher asked.

  That withdrawal of consent, delivered by a police officer, banned Christopher’s mom from school for 14 days. Last week when we asked the school district why, they told us Katherine Duran was disrupting the school.

” It appears went a little too far with regards to how she distributed information at school sites, distributing information to children directly,” Sacramento City Unified School District spokesperson Gabe Ross said last Thursday.

” To blame me and say that I had personally handed a child that information on school property during school hours and disrupting the school. No, none of that is true,” Christopher’s mom Katherine O’Neal Duran said.”


Story continues here and at the Blaze







Today In The Past




30 - Scholars’ estimate Jesus crucified by Roman troops in Jerusalem




451 - Attila’s Hun’s plunder Metz






529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.

1118 - Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor

1348 - Prague U, 1st university in central Europe, formed by Charles IV

1456 - Louis van Burbon becomes prince-bishop of Luik

1498 - Crowd storms Savonarola’s convent San Marco Florence, Italy

1509 - France declares war on Venice

1521 - Inquisitor-general Adrian Boeyens bans Lutheran books

1521 - Magelhaes’ fleet reaches Cebu

1541 - Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies.

1584 - Ieper surrenders to duke Van Parma

1625 - Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed German supreme commander

1712 - Slave revolt (NYC)




1776 - Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the HMS Edward.










1788 - 1st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta

1795 - France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length.

1798 - Mississippi Territory organized

1818 - Gen Andrew Jackson conquers St Marks Fla from Seminole indians

1827 - English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches

1862 - Grant defeats Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn, Island #10 falls




1863 - Battle of Charleston SCfailed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter







1865 - Battle of Farmville VA

1868 - Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician.

1891 - Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day

1902 - Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms

1906 - Act of Algeciras drawn between Moroccan police & banking business

1906 - Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.

1922 - Naval Reserve #3, “Teapot Dome,” leased to Harry F Sinclair

1927 - Using phone lines TV is sent from Wash DC to NYC

1933 - Prohibition ends, Utah becomes 38th state to ratify 21st Amendment

1940 - 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T Washington)

1941 - British generals O’Connor & Neame captured in North Africa

1943 - Lt colonel Claus von Stauffenberg seriously wounded at allied air raid

1944 - General Montgomery speaks to generals about invasion plan

1945 - 1st & last assault of German Rammkommando on US bombers

1945 - US B-17′s bombs range at Luneburg




1945 - US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission battleship Yamato & four destroyers were sunk








1948 - World Health Organization forms by UN

1953 - 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight

1954 - Pres Eisenhower fears “domino-effect” in Indo-China

1959 - Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years

1959 - Radar 1st bounced off Sun, Stanford Calif

1964 - IBM announces the System/360.

1965 - Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan




1966 - US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor 








1967 - Israeli/Syrian border fights




1968 - Jim Clarktwo-time F1 World Champion and winner of the Indianapolis 500dies in a racing accident during a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim, Germany.









1969 - Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

1969 - The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.

1971 - Pres Nixon orders lt Calley (Mi Lai) free

1977 - Consumer Product Safety Comn bans “TRIS” flame-retardant

1977 - German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.

1978 - Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC

1978 - Pres Carter defers production of neutron bomb

1979 - Henri La Mothe dives 28′ into 12 3/8″ of water

1981 - Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 sec

1982 - Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested

1983 - Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt

1985 - NJ General Hershel Walker runs for USFL record 233 yards

1987 - National Museum of Female Physician opens in Wash DC

1987 - Al Campanis, Dodger executive for more than 40 years, resigns, after making racial remarks on “Nightline”

1988 - Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan

1989 - Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths

1989 - NY Supreme Court takes America’s Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules

1990 - Farm Aid IV concert

1990 - John Poindexter (Natl Sec Advisor) found guilty on Iran-Contra scandal

1990 - Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations

1990 - Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma

1991 - Compton Gamma Ray Observatory orbits Earth

1991 - George Washington Bridge raises toll from $3.00 to $4.00

1993 - Dante Bichette hits the 1st Colo Rockie HR (Shea Stadium NY)

1994 - Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazis killing Jews) for 1st time




2003 - U.S. troops capture BaghdadSaddam Hussein’s regime falls two days later.







2012 - Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi

2012 - 130 Pakistani Army soldiers are buried in an avalanche near the Siachen Glacier





1506 - Francis Xavier, saint/Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan

1534 - Jose de Anchieta, Spanish jesuit/missionary (Brazilian Tupi-Indians)

1644 - François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (d. 1730)

1652 - Pope Clement XII (d. 1740)

1718 - Hugh Blair, Scottish preacher and man of letters (d. 1800)

1770 - William Wordsworth, England, poet laureate (Prelude)

1775 - Francis C Lowell, founded 1st raw cotton-to-cloth textile mill

1786 - William Rufus DeVane King, (D) 13th VP (1853)

1801 - Henry Eagle, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1882

1805 - Francis Wilkinson Pickens, (Gov-SC, Confederacy), died in 1869

1822 - Gershom Mott, Major General (Union volunteers)

1859 - Walter Camp, Ct, father of American football (Yale)

1860 - Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (d. 1951)

1869 - David Grandison Fairchild, US, botanist/explorer, brought plants to US

1884 - Charles Dodd, English new testament authority

1884 - Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch politician/resistance fighter

1890 - Marjory Stoneman Douglas, environmentalist (1st Lady of Everglades)

1893 - Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (d. 1969)

1897 - Walter Winchell, Harlem NYC, newscaster/columnist (Untouchables)

1897 - Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)

1908 - Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)




1915 - Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], Baltsinger (Aint Nobodys Business)







1915 - Henry Kuttner, US, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were)

1917 - R G Armstrong, Birmingham Ala, actor (T.H.E. Cat), (d. 2012)

1918 - Peanuts Hucko, Syracuse NY, dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk Show)

1919 - Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer (6x Olympic gold, 1936-1960), (d. 2012)

1920 - Ravi Shankar, Varanasi, British India, musician (the Pandit), (d. 2012)

1920 - Terence Edward Armstrong, polar geographer

1924 - Johannes Mario Simmel, Austrian writer

1926 - Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)

1928 - Alan J Pakula, director (All the President’s Men, Klute)

1928 - James Garner, Norman Oklahoma, actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick)

1928 - James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)




1929 - Bob DenardFrench mercenary (d. 2007)







1930 - Andrew Sachs, actor (Manuel-Fawlty Towers)

1931 - Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower (Pentagon Papers)/patriot

1932 - Louis “Mr Bo” Collins, blues Singer

1933 - Wayne Rogers, Birmingham Ala, actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls, Chiefs)

1935 - Bobby Bare, Irontown Oh, country singer (Detroit City)

1935 - Hodding Carter III, press secretary (Jimmy Carter)

1936 - Jean-Pierre Changeux, French neuroscientist

1937 - Charley Thomas, rocker (Drifters)




1938 - Freddie HubbardIndianapolisjazz trumpeter (Art Blakey)






1939 - David Frost, Tenterdon England, TV host (That Was the Week That Was)

1939 - Donald L Holmquest, Dallas Texas, astronaut

1939 - Francis Ford Coppola, Detroit, director (Godfather, Apocalypse Now)

1943 - Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)

1943 - Spencer Dryden, NYC, rock drummer (Jefferson Airplane-Go Ask Alice)

1945 - Megas, Icelandic singer, songwriter and writer

1945 - Joël Robuchon, French chef

1947 - Florian Schneider, German musician (Kraftwerk)

1947 - Charles ‘skip’ Pitts, Washington D.C., soul and blues guitarist (Shaft), (d. 2012)

1949 - John Oates, NYC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Hall & Oates-Rich Girl)

1951 - Janis Ian, NYC, [Janis Eddy Fink], lesbian/folk rocker (At 17)

1952 - Bruce Gary, Burbank Ca, rock drummer (Knack-My Sharona)

1952 - Jane Frederick, US pentathlete (Olympics-7th-1976)

1953 - Everard Endt, US, yachting (Olympic-gold-1952)

1954 - Jackie Chan, martial art actor (Rumble in the Bronx)

1954 - Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)

1956 - Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor

1964 - Russell Crowe, Wellington, New Zealand, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator)

1968 - Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer

1969 - Peggy Clasen, St Paul Minn, speed skater (Olympics-1994)

1972 - Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete

1973 - Carole Montillet, French skier




1975 - Beverly Peelesuper model (Elle)








1975 - Tiki Barber, running back (NY Giants)

1986 - Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity





30 - Jesus Christ, crucified, according to astronomer Schaefer, dies

924 - Berengarius I, Emperor of Italy, murdered

1307 - Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I of England (b. 1271)

1444 - John Capreolus, French theologist (Libri IV), dies at about 50

1498 - Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), dies at 27

1524 - Philip of Burgundy, bishop of Utrecht, dies




1614 - El GrecoGreek-born artist working in Spain (b. 1541)






1638 - Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese ruler of Satsuma (b. 1576)

1651 - Lennart Torstenson, Swedish soldier and engineer (b. 1603)

1658 - Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, Spanish mystic (b. 1595)

1661 - Sir William Brereton, 1st Baronet, English soldier and politician (b. 1604)

1663 - Francis Cooke, Mayflower pilgrim (b. c. 1583)

1719 - Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest/theory/saint, dies at 67




1739 - Dick TurpinEnglish highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706)







1747 - Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1676)

1782 - Taksin, King of Thailand (b. 1734)

1789 - Peter Camper, anatomist/animal scholar, dies at 66

1803 - [Francois D] Toussaint L’Ouverture/Haitian revolutionary, dies

1836 - William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)

1885 - Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)

1891 - Phineas T Barnum, US circus promoter (B & Bailey), dies at 88

1928 - Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher (b. 1873)

1950 - Walter Huston, dies at 66

1955 - Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62

1968 - Jim Clark, of Scotland, world driving champ, dies at 32 in race car

1972 - “Crazy” Joe Gallo, mobster, killed at his 43rd birthday party

1982 - Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)

1984 - Frank Church, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1957-81), dies at 59

1994 - Lee Brilleaux, British R&B-singer/guitarist (Stupidity), dies at 41

1996 - Ian Spurling, ballet designer, dies at 59

2001 - Beatrice Straight, American actress (b. 1914)

2005 - Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)

2007 - Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (b. 1931)

2007 - Barry Nelson, American actor (b. 1917)

2009 - Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)

2012 - Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93










Today In The Past




46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.

402 - Battle at Pollentia: Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten

610 - Lailat-ul Qadar, night koran descended to Earth

774 - Charles the Great affirms Pippins promise of Quiercy

1106 - Fire in Venice

1320 - The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.

1362 - Robber bastion Tard-Venus strikes at Brignais France

1385 - John, Master of the Order of Aviz, is made king John I of Portugal.

1516 - A Willaert installed as singer of cardinal Ippolito I d’Este

1652 - Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under John of Riebeeck

1672 - France declares war on Netherlands

1712 - Slave revolt in NY

1722 - Peter the Great ends tax on men with beards

1757 - English king George II fires minister William Pitt Sr

1789 - 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC

1808 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.

1815 - English militia shoots prisoners, 100′s killed

1830 - Joseph Smith & 5 others organizes Mormon church in Seneca Co, NY

1859 - US recognizes Liberal government in Mexico’s War of Reform




1862 - Battle of ShilohUnion defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee







1865 - Battle of Sayler’s Creek during US Civil War1/4 of Lee’s army cut off






1865 - Skirmish at High Bridge VA (Appomattox) during US Civil war;

1869 - 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented

1889 - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time

1896 - 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history

1900 - James J Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1903 - The Kishinev pogrom in Kishinev (Bessarabia) begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the Western world.

1906 - 1st animated cartoon copyrighted

1909 - 1st credit union forms in US

1909 - North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson

1912 - Electric starter 1st appeared in cars

1916 - German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare

1917 - US declares war on Germany, enters World War I

1919 - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi orders a General Strike.

1924 - 4 planes leave Seattle on 1st successful around-the-world flight

1925 - 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)

1930 - 1st transcontinental glider tow completed

1930 - Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar

1931 - 1st Scottsboro (Ala) trial begins – 9 blacks accused of rape

1934 - 418 Lutheran ministers arrested in Germany

1936 - Tornado, kills 203 & injuring 1,800 in Gainesville Georgia

1938 - Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett

1939 - Great Britain & Poland sign military pact

1941 - British general Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa

1941 - German bombardment on Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)

1941 - Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British & Ethiopian forces

1943 - British & US army link up in Africa during WW II

1943 - British offensive at Wadi Akarit, South-Tunisia

1943 - Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN) arrested

1945 - Japanese giant battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa

1945 - Massive kamikaze-attack on US battle fleet near Okinawa

1945 - US marines explore Tsugen Shima near Okinawa

1954 - TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons

1957 - NYC ends trolley car service

1965 - Intelsat 1 (“Early Bird”) 1st coml geosynchronous comm satellite

1968 - Gunpowder stocks at a sporting-goods store explode, killing 43 (Va)

1968 - In Richmond, Indiana’s downtown district, a double explosion kills 41 and injures 150.

1973 - Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter & Saturn

1973 - Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #

1973 - Launch of Pioneer 11 spacecraft.

1974 - 200,000 attend rock concert “California Jam” in Ontario

1975 - Bundy victim Denise Oliverson disappears from Grand Junction, Colo

1975 - Fastest hat trick by a Wash Cap 3 mins 26 secs (Stan Gilbertson)

1976 - 1st quadrophonic movie track: “Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones”

1980 - Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

1980 - Post It Notes, introduced

1984 - 1st time 11 people in space

1987 - Sugar Ray Leonard upsets Marvelous Marvin Hagler

1988 - Black pole explorer M Henson buried next to R Peary in Arlington

1989 - Orel Hershiser ends his record 59 consecutive scoreless streak

1991 - Former child actor Adam Rich arrested for breaking into a pharmacy

1992 - Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0

1992 - Serbian troops begin siege of Sarajevo

1992 - US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography

1993 - 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)

1994 - Chuck Jones found guilty of breaking into Marla Maples home

1994 - Liberal Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns

1994 - Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself

1994 - Rockwell B-1B Lancers break 11 world speed records

1996 - Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game

1998 - Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.

2004 - Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.

2009 - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L’Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.

2012 - US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities





1483 - Raphael Sanzio, Italian painter/master builder (Madonna Sistina)

1613 - Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (d. 1683)

1671 - Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French playwright/poet (Sacred Odes & Songs)




1773 - James MillScotlandphilosopher/historian (Hist of British India)









1828 - Charles William Field, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1892

1851 - Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (d. 1932)

1884 - Walter Huston, Tor, actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre)

1886 - Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad state (d. 1967)

1890 - Anton Hermann Fokker, avation pioneer born

1890 - Andre L Danjon, French astronomer

1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, US, aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas)

1894 - Gertrude Baines, American Supercentarian




1903 - Harold Edgertonforemost high-speed photographer











1903 - Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)

1909 - Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)

1910 - Desmond Dreyer, British admiral

1917 - Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)




1917 - Big Walter “Shakey” Horton , Missharmonica player (Everybody’s Fishin’)







1922 - Barry Levinson, director (Rain Man)

1925 - John Knox, British supreme court justice




1927 - Gerry MulliganBritish saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)







1928 - James Dewey Watson, chemist (co-discovered structure of DNA)

1929 - “Crazy” Joe Gallo, mobster

1929 - Andre Previn, Berlin Germany, conductor (London Symphony)/pianist

1931 - Ivan Dixon, NYC, actor (Car Wash, Hogan’s Heroes)

1933 - Dudley Sutton, British actor (Leather Boys, Brimstone & Treacle)

1934 - Antonius Geesink, Holland, judo (Olympic-gold-1964)

1937 - Billy Dee Williams, Harlem NYC, actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back)

1937 - Merle Haggard, Bakersfield California, country singer (Death Valley Days)

1942 - Phil Austin, comedian (Firesign Theater)

1943 - Roger Cook, investigative journalist/broadcaster

1944 - John Stax, rocker (Pretty Things-Don’t Bring Me Down)

1945 - Neal Boortz, American talk radio personality

1947 - John Ratzenberger, Bridgeport Ct, actor (Cliff Clavin-Cheers)

1949 - Mary Maples Dunn, college president (Smith College)

1951 - Ralph Cooper, Australia, drummer (Air Supply-All Out of Love)

1951 - Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born baseball player

1952 - Marilu Henner, Chicago, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade)

1952 - Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)

1953 - Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympics-bronze-1972)

1955 - Keith Hunter Jesperson, Canadian-born serial killer

1957 - Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut

1959 - Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)

1961 - Rory Bremner, impressionist

1964 - Johnny Dee, heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox-Boys in Heat, King Kobra)

1966 - Kymberly Paige, Newport Beach Ca, playmate (May, 1987)

1969 - Ari Meyers, San Juan PR, actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie)

1969 - Paul Rudd, Passaic, New Jersey, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin)

1972 - Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)

1975 - Zach Braff, South Orange, New Jersey, American actor (Dr. John Dorian-Scrubs)

1982 - Ilan Hall, Israeli-American chef

1983 - Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress

1983 - James Wade, English Darts Player

1984 - Max Bemis, American musician/songwriter





885 - Methodius, Greek apostle of the slaves/archbishop of Sirmium, dies

912 - Nottker “the Stamelaar”, benedictine monk/poet, dies at about 71

1147 - Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090)




1199 - Richard Ithe Lion-heartedKing of England (1189-99), dies at 41







1199 - Pierre Basile, French soldier

1252 - Peter of Verona, [Peter Martyr], Italian inquisitor/st, dies at 45

1348 - Petrarch’s Laura, dies of plague

1362 - Jacques de Bourbon, count of Marche, killed in battle

1472 - Pieter Bladelin, Belgium, land owner (Middelburg castle), dies

1489 - Hans Waldmann, Swiss military/mayor (Zurich), beheaded

1520 - Raphael [Sanzio], artist (Sistine Madonna), dies on his 37th birthday

1593 - Henry Barrow, English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged

1593 - John Greenwood, English Congressionalist, hanged

1605 - John Stow, British historian, dies

1755 - Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)

1829 - Niels H Able, Norwegian mathematician (infinite series), dies at 26

1854 - William Strickland, US architect, dies

1862 - Adley Hogan Gladden, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 51




1862 - Albert Sidney JohnstonUS Confederate generaldies in battle at 59









1865 - John Austin Wharton, US Confederate general-major, dies at 36

1865 - Reuben B Boston, US Confederate cavalery colonel, dies in battle

1933 - Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (b. 1842)

1935 - Edward Arlington Robinson, US poet, dies

1945 - Benjamin M Telders, president (Dutch Liberal States Party), dies at 42

1963 - Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)

1968 - Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death

1970 - Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)

1970 - Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)

1974 - Willem Dudok, Dutch architect (Hilversum Town Hall), dies at 89

1974 - Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b.1895)

1975 - Chiang Kai-Shek, Nationalist Chinese leader, dies at 87

1976 - Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)

1983 - Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered

1990 - Ronald E Evans, astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57




1992 - Isaac AsimovSci-Fi author (I Robot), dies from kidney failure at 72







1992 - Molly Picon, Yiddish actress (Milk & Honey), dies of Alzheimers at 94

1993 - Divya Bharati, “Baby Doll” Indian Bollywood actress (Diwana), dies at 19 by mysteriously falling from her husband’s apartment

1994 - Theo Bosch, humanist/architect (Amsterdam), dies at 54

1996 - Greer Garson, actress (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 92

1997 - Jack Kent Cooke, NFL owner (Wash Redskins), dies at 84

1998 - Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

1998 - Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)

1999 - Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (b. 1908)

2003 - David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)

2004 - Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)

2004 - Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)

2005 - Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (b. 1923)

2006 - Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)

2010 - Wilma Mankiller, Native-American activist, chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1945)

2012 - Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76

2012 - Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54










Here Are The Countries Where Young People Are Happiest


Happy Youth


The scale runs from green(happiest) to red(least happy)


” Policies aimed at improving public health and well-being around the world often focus on infants and adults. But what about the people in the middle? 

  For the first time, The Youth Well-Being Index (PDF) — a joint effort by the International Youth Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Hilton Worldwide — tries to assess how teens are doing in 30 countries.”




youth happiness




” Note that these are not the top 30 countries in the world; these are just the countries that the researchers looked at. They include 7o% of the world’s youth. Nigeria, for example, came in last, not 30th in the world.”


Read the rest








This Speech on Abortion By A 12-Year-Old Left Her Pro-Choice Teacher Speechless



Lia Abortion Speech




” At first Lia’s pro-choice teacher told her that she was disqualified from the school’s speech competition because her topic was too controversial. But then she HEARD the speech and was so blown away she changed her mind. Lia went on to WIN the competition! And no wonder. Lia is more articulate than 98% of the people I know.”







These Maps Show That Android Is For People With Less Money


iPhone vs Android

The Northeastern US



” This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.

  If you live in the New York metro area, you don’t need to be told that Manhattan is where the region’s rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan’s median income is $67,000 a year. Newark’s is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.”







” The rich, it seems, use iPhones while the poor tweet from Androids.

  The map was created by Mapbox, which markets beautiful mapping software. You can use it to zero in on your ZIP code and see how your neighborhood breaks down.

  Mobile traffic data to e-commerce sites bears this out. Every quarter, a mobile market research company called Monetate publishes data on mobile shoppers and how much they spend online. On almost every metric, Apple users come out ahead as spenders. Here’s the data for Q4 2013:


Share of visits to e-commerce sites from tablets

  • iPad: 87%
  • Android: 11%

Average order value from tablets

  • iPad: $155
  • Android: $110

Share of visits to e-commerce sites from phones

  • iPhone: 60%
  • Android: 39% “



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Today In The Past




456 - St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop.

823 - Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I, co-emperor of France

1058 - Bishop John “Minchio,” [domkop] elected as Pope Benedictus X




1242 - Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights







1566 - 200 Brussel nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition

1585 - Clemens Crabbeels becomes bishop of Hertogenbosch

1603 - New English king James I departs Edinburgh for London

1609 - Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.

1614 - 2nd parliament of King James I begin session (no enactments)

1621 - Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England

1648 - Spanish troops/feudal barons strike down people’s uprising in Naples

1762 - British take Grenada, West Indies, from French

1768 - 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)

1792 - George Washington casts 1st presidential veto

1804 - High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.

1806 - Isaac Quintard patents apple cider

1812 - Brits storm Badajoz fortress, held by French & Spanish

1814 - Netherlands Bank issues it’s 1st banknotes

1815 - Eruption of Tambora volcano (Sumbawa Java)

1818 - In the Battle of Maipú, Chile’s independence movement – led by Bernardo O’Higgins and José de San Martín – win a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.

1861 - Federals abandon Ft Quitman, Tx

1862 - Siege of Yorktown VA




1865 - Battle at Amelia Springs/Jetersville Va (Appomattox Campaign)






1881 - Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty

1894 - 11 strikers killed in riot at Connellsville, Penn

1895 - Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices

1896 - 1st modern Olympic Games officially opens in Athens

1897 - The Greco-Turkish War, also called “Thirty Days’ War”, is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.

1900 - Attempted assassination of Edward, British Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails

1902 - In Glasgow, Scotland the Ibrox disaster occurs after a section of a grandstand collapses killing 25 and injuring 517

1904 - The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.

1915 - Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title

1919 - Polish Army executes 35 young Jews

1923 - Firestone Co put their inflatable tires into production

1927 - Johnny Weissmuller set records in 100 & 200 m free style

1936 - Tupelo Mississippi virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die

1939 - Membership in Hitler Youth becomes obligatory

1943 - Poon Lim found after being adrift 133 days

1944 - 140 Lancasters bomb airplane manufacturer in Toulouse

1944 - World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.

1949 - 60 year old St Anthony’s Hospital burns, kills 77 (Effingham Ill)

1949 - Fireside Theater debuts on television.

1951 - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

1952 - Henry Wittenberg wins his 8th AAU wrestling title

1954 - Elvis Presley records his debut single, “That’s All Right”

1955 - Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him




1958 - Ripple Rockan underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.













1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m

1962 - St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands

1963 - Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)

1964 - 1st driverless trains run on London Underground

1965 - Lava Lamp Day celebrated

1967 - ’76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds

1967 - ATS II launched but fails to reach orbit

1969 - Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.

1971 - Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole

1971 - Mount Etna erupts in Sicily Italy

1971 - US Lt Wiliam Calley (My Lai Massacre) sentenced to life

1972 - Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub

1973 - NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)

1973 - Pioneer 11 launched to Jupiter

1974 - Then tallest building, World Trade Center opens in NYC (110 stories)

1975 - Soyuz 18A launch aborted short of orbit; cosmonauts return safely

1981 - Phila Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes

1982 - British fleet sails to Falkland Islands

1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

1986 - Record for a throw-and-return boomerang toss is set (121m)




1986 - 2 US soldiers & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing







1987 - Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children & Tracey Ullman

1987 - Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

1989 - Orel Hershiser ends his 59 consecutive scoreless pitched inning streak

1989 - Solidarity grants legal status in Poland

1990 - John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

1990 - Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

1991 - US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq

1992 - Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

1996 - John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days

1997 - Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)

1999 - Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

2009 - North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.

2012 - 77 year old pensioner’s suicide outside Greece’s parliament prompts further protests in Athens

2012 - International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship





1288 - Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan (d. 1336)

1472 - Bianca Maria Sforza, wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1510)

1523 - Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer (d. 1596)




1588 - Thomas HobbesEnglandphilosopher (Leviathan)





1622 - Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (d. 1703)

1649 - Elihu Yale, England, philanthropist founded Yale

1725 - Giacomo Casanova, Italian writer/philanderer/adventurer (uncertain)

1752 - Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker (d. 1831)


1795 - Henry HavelockBritish soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39)






1816 - Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1890)

1818 - Lewis Baldwin Parsons, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1822 - James Nagle, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1866

1825 - David Rumph “Neighbor” Jones, Major General (Confederate Army)

1827 - Joseph Lister, England, physician (founded aseptic surgery)

1837 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, England, poet (Atalanta in Calydon)

1838 - Alpheus Hyatt, US, invertebrate paleontologist

1839 - Robert Smalls, Beaufort SC, black congressman 1875-87 (Rep-SC)

1856 - Booker Taliaferro Washington, pioneer educator (1st black on US stamp)

1869 - Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer (d. 1942)

1871 - Mirko Seljan, Croatian explorer (d. 1913?)

1872 - Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)

1893 - Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)

1900 - Spencer Tracy, Milwaukee, actor (Father’s Little Dividend, Adam’s Rib)

1901 - Chester Bowles, Mass, ambassador/writer (Conscience of a Liberal)

1901 - Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], Macon Ga, actor (Hud, Ghost Story)

1907 - J Zeldenrust, Dutch pathologist/anatomist

1908 - Bette Davis, Lowell Mass, famous eyes (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel)

1909 - Alberto Romero “Cubby” Broccoli, NYC, film producer (James Bond)

1911 - Gordon Jones, Alden Iowa, actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello)

1916 - Gregory Peck, La Jolla California, actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur)

1917 - Robert [Albert] Bloch, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho)

1920 - Arthur Hailey, Luton England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)

1922 - Gale Storm, Bloomington Tx, actr (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show)

1923 - Michael V Gazzo, Hillside NJ, actor (Cookie, Fear City)

1923 - Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnam president (1965-75)

1926 - Milton O Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15)

1926 - Roger Corman, Detroit, producer/director (Little Shop of Horrors)

1928 - Tony Williams, Elizabeth NJ, singer (Platters-Only You, Harbor Lights)

1929 - Nigel Hawthorne, actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II)

1933 - Frank Gorshin, Pittsburgh Pa, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman)


1934 - Stanley Turrentinejazz saxophonist (Wonderland)







1934 - Tina Maria Stone, runner (1 year distance record of 15,472 miles)

1935 - Donald Lynden-Bell, British astronomer

1937 - Colin Powell, Bronx NY, general/asst to president (Nat Sec Affairs)

1937 - Stuart May, senior partner (Theodore Goddard)

1937 - Allan R. Thieme, American inventor

1939 - Andrew Buxton, CEO (Barclays Bank)

1939 - Lonnie White, vocalist (Smokey Robinson & Miracles-Shop Around)

1941 - Dave Swarbrick, rocker (Fairport Convention)

1942 - Allan Clarke, rock vocalist (Hollies-Air That I Breathe)

1942 - Peter Greenaway, Welsh film director

1943 - Jonathan Lynn, Bath England, actor (Danny-Doctor in the House)

1943 - Max Gail, Detroit, (Barney Miller, Whiz Kids, DC Cab, Normal People)

1944 - Ann [Elizabeth] Maxwell, US, sci-fi author (Jaws of Menx)

1944 - Dave Holland, heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin’ the Law)

1944 - James Buckley, CEO (Baltic Exchange)

1946 - Robert E McKee, CEO/managing director (Conoco-UK)

1947 - Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines

1949 - Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Ohio, ast (STS 41D, 51L-Chal disaster)

1950 - Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA)

1951 - Everett Morton, rocker (English Beat)

1951 - Roosevel Ferguson, Arkansas, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

1951 - Dean Kamen, American inventor

1955 - Renate Bruemmer, astronaut/cosmonaut

1955 - Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist

1957 - Vince Gill, Norman Oklahoma, country singer (When I Call Your Name)




1958 - Cammie LuskoLA CaliforniaGuinness’ World Strongest Woman






1961 - Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot

1962 - Lana Clarkson, American actress (d. 2003)

1964 - Christopher “Kid” Reid, American rapper (Kid ‘n Play)

1968 - Paula Cole, American musician

1972 - Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver

1973 - Élodie Bouchez, French actress

1973 - Pharrell, American music producer (The Neptunes)

1974 - Mike DuHaney, New Haven Ct, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)

1976 - Ryan Drese, SF California, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)

1977 - JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics-1996)




1981 - Michael A. Monsoora United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.





Air Force Medal of Honor



” For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as automatic weapons gunner for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 29 September 2006. As a member of a combined SEAL and Iraqi Army Sniper Overwatch Element, tasked with providing early warning and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an insurgent held sector of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by his exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning, insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconnoitering the area around the element�s position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy�s initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to assault the element, engaging them with a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took position with his machine gun between two teammates on an outcropping of the roof. While the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy activity, an insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location, which bounced off Petty Officer Monsoor�s chest and landed in front of him. Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without regard for his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the explosion with his body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”






582 - Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 512)

828 - Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinopel (806-15), dies at about 77

1168 - Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester (b. 1104)

1258 - Julian of Cornillon/Liege, Flemish visionary/saint, dies

1270 - Ramban Nachmanides, Talmudic scholar (Hiddushei Ha-Ramden), dies

1419 - Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1350)

1531 - Richard Roose, boiled to death for trying to poison an archbishop

1673 - Francois Caron, admiral/governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72

1676 - John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)

1697 - Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41

1723 - J Fischer von Erlach, Austrian architect (Hofburg, Vienna), dies at 66

1794 - Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34

1900 - Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle

1918 - Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer, dies at 73

1928 - Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies

1941 - Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)

1952 - Charles Collett, GWR chief mechanical engineer (b. 1871)

1964 - Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

1967 - Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)

1970 - Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)




1976 - Howard Hughesreclusive billionairedies at 72







1981 - Bob “Bear” Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36

1981 - Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80

1982 - Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71

1983 - Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)

1984 - Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies

1986 - Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil’s Planet), dies at 82

1991 - John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65

1991 - Manley Lanier “Sonny” Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43

1992 - Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of cancer at 74

1992 - Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster, dies at 80

1994 - Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

1994 - Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

1997 - Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

1998 - Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

2000 - Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)

2002 - Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)

2004 - Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)

2004 - Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)

2005 - Saul Bellow, Canadian born writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)

2005 - Dale Messick, American comic strip artist (b. 1906)

2006 - Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941)




2008 - Charlton HestonAmerican Actordies at 84









2012 - Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer, dies at 76










Sixth Graders’ Common Core Homework: Remove Two Rights From Bill Of Rights



Bill of Rights Assignment



” An Arkansas mom was disturbed to learn her sixth grade daughter’s homework was to “prioritize, revise, prune two and add two” amendments in the Bill of Rights. The homework, part of the controversial Common Core curriculum, said that the Bill of Rights is “outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”

  Lela Spears was particularly disturbed because her daughter’s Sixth Grade History class “had received no prior training in civics or how to amend the Constitution, which may lead those children to incorrectly believe that it can be changed by a ‘special committee’ as suggested by the assignment,” Digital Journal reported:

” After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught. Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words, as to help them better understand the Amendments, giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting,” Lela Spears said. “


CNS has more








Today In The Past




1081 - Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne

1460 - University of Basle in Swizerland forms

1541 - Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits

1581 - Francis Drake awarded a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

1588 - Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark

1655 - Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbarian pirates

1660 - English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

1686 - English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence

1687 - King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in church

1721 - Sir Robert Walpole enters office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I.

1818 - Congress decided US flag is 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars

1828 - Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)

1850 - City of Los Angeles incorporated

1859 - Bryant’s Minstrels debut “Dixie” in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.

1862 - Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins




1862 - US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War






1864 - Skirmish at Elkin’s Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas




1865 - Lee’s army arrives at Amelia Courthouse







1896 - Announcement of Gold in Yukon

1900 - Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war

1900 - British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet

1902 - Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million

1905 - Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000

1911 - Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP

1912 - Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia

1913 - The Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.

1916 - US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I

1918 - Battle of Somme, ends

1920 - Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem

1929 - 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held

1932 - Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh




1933 - US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of NJ73 die







1937 - 4th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

1938 - 5th Golf Masters Championship: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285

1941 - German troops conquer Banghazi

1944 - British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia

1944 - Allied Bucharest bombings targeting railroads kills 5,000

1945 - Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)

1945 - US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany

1945 - US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld

1947 - Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect

1947 - Largest group of sunspots on record

1948 - 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

1949 - Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement

1958 - 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston England)

1958 - The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.

1960 - 32nd Academy Awards – “Ben-Hur,” Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

1964 - Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

1965 - The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.

1967 - Amsterdam Marines chase out “nozems” of Central Station

1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee (see Deaths below)

1969 - Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart

1972 - 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating

1974 - Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th

1975 - 130, killed as USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes

1975 - Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend’s clothes

1975 - Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

1979 - President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.

1985 - Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

1986 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

1987 - Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts

1988 - Eddie Hill becomes the world’s first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds

1988 - Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs

1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s last NBA game in Seattle

1989 - NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

1990 - Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody

1991 - Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

1994 - Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications

1994 - Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery

2002 - The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.

2007 - 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.

2008 - The raid on the FLDS owned ranch called the YFZ Ranch in Texas, 401 children were taken into custody. 133 woman were taken into state custody also, the total number of woman and children is 534.

2012 - Somalia’s National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation





188 - Caracalla, [Marcus Aureiius Antoniius], Roman emperor (211-17)

1492 - Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer (d. 1564)

1527 - Abraham Ortelius, [Ortels/Hortels], South Neth geographer

1572 - William Strachey, English writer (d. 1621)

1646 - Antoine Galland, French archaeologist (d. 1715)

1688 - Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer (d. 1768)

1786 - John Franklin, British explorer (Arctic)

1792 - Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R)

1809 - Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer

1814 - John Blair Smith Todd, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1872

1817 - John Wilson Sprague, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1893

1820 - Charles Devens Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), died in 1891




1821 - Linus YaleUS, portrait painter/inventor (Yale cylinder lock)








1823 - Karl Wilhelm Siemens, inventor (laid undersea cables)

1823 - Robert Byington Mitchell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)

1831 - Edward Cary Walthall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1898

1842 - Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (d. 1891)

1866 - George P Baker, US playwright (47 Workshop)

1884 - Isoroku Yamamoto, admiral/supreme commander of Japanese fleet

1896 - Robert Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot’s Delight)

1906 - Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction)

1906 - John Cameron Swayze, Wichita Ks, newscaster (Timex, Hindenberg) [NS]


1913 - Muddy Waters, [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man)




1916 - David White, actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched)

1916 - Herbert Eugene Caen, columnist

1917 - Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist (barricade uprising)

1922 - Elmer Bernstein, NYC, movie music composer (Robot Monster)

1924 - Gil Hodges, baseball player/manager (Bkln Dodgers, NY Mets)

1926 - Cloris Leachman, Des Moines Iowa, actress (Phyllis, High Anxiety)

1928 - Maya Angelou, [Marguerite Johnson], St Louis, poet/actress (Nyo-Roots)

1931 - Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director

1932 - Anthony Perkins, NYC, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison)

1932 - Clive Davis, American record producer

1933 - Fritz Bolkestein, Dutch CEO (Shell)/Minister of Defense (VVD)

1933 - Robin Phillips, English multi-millionaire manufacturer (hand-dryer)

1933 - Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer (d. 2007)

1938 - A Bartlett Giamatti, Boston, pres of Yale/baseball commish (1989)

1938 - Michael Parks, Corona California, actor (Then Came Bronson)

1939 - Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)

1939 - Major Lance, American singer (d. 1994)

1940 - Richard Attwood, British racing driver

1942 - Kitty Kelley, author (Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra)

1943 - Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)

1944 - Lawrence A Hough, US, rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver)

1944 - Craig T. Nelson, Spokane, Wash, actor (Poltergeist, Hayden Fox-Coach)

1945 - Caroline McWilliams, Seattle Wash, actress (Sally-Soap, Marcy-Benson)

1946 - Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist

1948 - Berry Oakley, Chicago Ill, rocker (Allman Brothers-Ramblin’ Man)

1948 - Pick Withers, rocker (Dire Straits)

1949 - Shing-Tung Yau, Chinese mathematician

1950 - Christine Lahti, Detroit, actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift)

1951 - Steve Gatlin, Olney Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)

1952 - Dave Hill, England, rock guitarist (Slade-Coz I Love You)




1952 - Gary MooreIrish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman)








1952 - Peter Haycockrock guitarist (All Along the Watchtower)








1952 - Rosemarie Ackermann, German DR, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

1952 - Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and car racer (d. 1995)

1956 - Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina (Royal Winnipeg Ballet)

1956 - Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)

1956 - David E. Kelley, American writer and TV producer

1957 - Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue-Real Gone Kid)

1957 - Kelso, American racehorse (d. 1983)

1958 - John Wesley Jones, Lawton Ok, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1976)

1962 - Ava Fabian, Brewster NY, playmate (Aug, 1986)/actress (Cafe Nostra)

1965 - Black Francis, [Charles Thompson], US singer/songwriter (Pixies)

1965 - Robert Downey Jr, NYC, comedian (SNL, Less than Zero, Back to School)

1965 - Zwart Francis, [Charles Thompson], US singer/songwriter (Pixies)

1966 - Mike Starr [Michael], Honolulu Hawaii, musician (Alice in Chains bassist), (d. 2011)

1966 - Nancy McKeon, Westbury NY, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life)

1967 - Juliana “Juli” Furtado, NYC, cyclist (Olympics-10th-96)

1968 - Andre Bowden, WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)

1970 - Michael Schwartz, American turntablist, known as Mix Master Mike, DJ for the Beastie Boys

1973 - Loris Capirossi, Italian motorcycle racer




1973 - David BlaineAmerican illusionist









1973 - Chris McCormack, Australian triathlete

1978 - Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer

1979 - Charles Butler, Salt Lake City Utah, dance skater (& Joseph-1997 Natl)

1979 - Heath Ledger, Australian/American Actor. (d.2008)

1979 - Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender

1980 - Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver

1994 - Risako Sugaya, Japanese singer





397 - Ambrosius, gov of Liguria/bishop of Milan (374-97)/saint, dies

636 - Saint Isidore of Seville, Church Father and the proposed patron of Internet (b. cira 560)

896 - Formosus, Pope (891-96), dies

1229 - Hugo van Pierrepont, bishop of Liege, dies

1284 - Alfonso X, “El Sabio” King of Castile/Leon (1252-84), dies at 62

1292 - Nicholas IV, [Girolamo Masci], Pope (1288-92), dies

1305 - Jeanne of Navarre, wife of Philip IV of France (b. circa 1217)

1393 - Floris van Wevelinkhoven, bishop of Utrecht, dies

1406 - Robert III, King of Scots (1390-1406), dies

1417 - John van Touraine, 1st husband of Jacoba of Bavaria, dies

1588 - Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53

1604 - Thomas Churchyard, poet/pamphleteer, dies

1661 - Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Scottish soldier (b. circa 1580)

1774 - Oliver Goldsmith, Irish poet (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 17

1841 - William Henry Harrison, becomes 1st pres to die in office, at 68

1861 - John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1785)

1864 - Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (b. 1808)

1870 - Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist (b. 1802)

1874 - Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)




1878 - Richard BrewerAmerican gunslinger/cowboy (b. 1850)








1879 - Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (b. 1803)

1883 - Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist (b. 1791)

1890 - Edmond Hébert, French geologist (b. 1812)

1893 - Alphonse LPP de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 86

1900 - Edward VII, King, assassinated

1919 - William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86

1923 - L Martov, [Joulij O Tsederbaum], Russ revolutionary, dies at 49

1923 - John Venn, British mathematician (b. 1834)

1929 - Karl Friedrich Benz, automobile engineer (Mercedes), dies at 84

1932 - Wilhelm Ostwald, physical chemist (Nobel 1909), dies

1941 - Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

1958 - Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)

1962 - James Hanratty, executed at Bedford Prison, England, for the murder of Michael Gregsten (b. 1936)

1963 - Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18

1963 - Jason Robards Sr, actor (Acapulco), dies at 70

1967 - Al Lewis, American songwriter (b. 1901)




1968 - Martin Luther King Jrassassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39








1972 - Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63

1976 - Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)

1979 - Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77

1979 - Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51

1980 - Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)

1983 - Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

1991 - John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52

1991 - Forrest Towns, American hurdler (b. 1914)

1993 - Alfred Mosher Butts, US architect/game maker (Scrabble), dies at 93

1996 - Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist, dies at 97




2001 - Ed “Big Daddy” RothAmerican custom car designer (b. 1932)










2004 - Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)

2004 - Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)

2008 - Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)










Instead Of Welcoming Free Debate, Collectivists Engage In Character Assassination



Charles Koch



” I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

  Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

  A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

  More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. “The natural progress of things,” Jefferson wrote, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” He knew that no government could possibly run citizens’ lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle. Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means.

  Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.”


Read Mr Koch’s answer to his character assassins at the Wall Street Journal








Today In The Past




419 - [Etalius] ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1043 - Edward the Confessor crowned king of England

1077 - The first Parliament of Friuli is created.

1312 - 2nd council of Vienna

1376 - Battle of Navarrete (Najera), English beat France

1559 - Spain & France signs 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis

1657 - English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown

1679 - Edmund Halley meets Johannes Hevelius in Danzig

1721 - Robert Walpole becomes England’s 1st Lord of the Treasury

1776 - Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College

1783 - Sweden & US sign a treaty of Amity & Commerce




1790 - Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard), created (3rd or 4th)









1856 - Gunpowder in church explodes killing 4,000 in Rhodos

1860 - Pony Express began between St Joseph Mo & Sacramento Calif

1864 - Skirmish at Okolona, Arkansas

1865 - Battle at Namozine Church, Virginia (Appomattox Campaign)

1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond Va & Petersberg

1868 - An Hawaiian surfs on highest wave ever, he rides a 50′ tidal wave

1882 - Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks

1882 - American Old West: Outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.

1908 - Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs

1910 - Highest mountain in North America, Alaska’s Mt McKinley climbed

1913 - British suffragette Emily Pankhurst sentenced to 3 years in jail

1918 - House of Reps accepts American Creed written by William Tyler

1925 - Great Britain goes back to gold standard

1927 - Interstate Commerce Comm transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone

1929 - RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line.

1933 - 1st airplane flight over Mt Everest

1933 - Then longest North American hockey game requires a 1:44:46 overtime as Maple Leaf Ken Doraty scores to beat Canadiens 1-0

1935 - Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon (2:26:44)

1936 - Al Carr KOs Lew Massey on 1 punch, :07 of 1st round

1936 - Shortest boxing bout with gloves lasts only 10 seconds

1941 - Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion

1944 - British dive bombers attack battle cruiser Tirpitz

1944 - Supreme Court (Smith v Allwright) “white primaries” unconstitutional

1945 - Hengelo freed from nazi control by Canadian army

1945 - Nazi’s begin evacuation of camp Buchenwald

1945 - US 1st army conquers Hofgeismar

1948 - 1st US figure skating championships held

1948 - Harry Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)

1948 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill

1948 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

1954 - Don Perry climbs a 20′ rope in under 2.8 seconds (AAU record)

1956 - Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.

1958 - Fidel Castro’s rebels attacked Havana

1962 - Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

1962 - Lt General Marshall S Carter, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA

1965 - 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched

1966 - Tom Seaver, signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus

1967 - 113 East Europeans attending World Amateur hockey championships in Vienna, ask for political asylum

1968 - N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks

1969 - Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort.

1970 - Miriam Hargrave of England passes her drivers test on 40th try

1973 - The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.

1974 - 148 tornadoes are reported over an area covering a dozen states

1974 - Gold hits record $197 an ounce in Paris




1974 - The Super Outbreak occursthe biggest tornado outbreak in recorded historyThe death toll is 315, with nearly 5,500 injured.







1975 - Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend

1977 - Egyptian Pres Anwar Sadat 1st meeting with President Jimmy Carter

1981 - Arnie Boldt of Saskatchewan jumped 6′ 8.25,” with 1 leg

1981 - Race riots in London’s Brixton area

1984 - Soyuz T-11 carries 3 cosmonauts (1 Indian-Rakesh Sharma) to Salyut 7

1985 - Vic Elliot pocketed 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London

1986 - US national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000

1987 - Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega

1988 - 7th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tec beat Auburn 56-54

1988 - Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky’s 7 year streak




1991 - Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox







1991 - UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution

1994 - 1st roster of Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) announced

1997 - Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.

2004 - Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.

2007 - Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.

2012 - Spanish unemployment reaches record high, youth unemployment stands at 50%





1151 - Igor Svyatoslavich, Ukrainian prince (d. 1202)

1245 - Philips III, the Stout, King of France (1270-85)

1367 - Henry IV, Bolingbroke Lincolnshire, King of England (1399-1413)

1438 - John III van Egmont, [Manke John], viceroy of Holland

1529 - Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1581)

1683 - Mark Catesby, English naturalist (d. 1749)

1693 - George Edwards, English naturalist (d. 1773)

1715 - William Watson, English physician and scientist (d. 1787)

1783 - Washington Irving, US writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

1798 - Charles D Wilkes, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1877

1822 - Edward Everett Hale, US, clergyman/author (Man without a Country)

1823 - William Macy “Boss” Tweed, corrupt political boss (NYC)

1842 - Ulric Dahlgren, Col (Union volunteers), died in 1864

1866 - James B Hertzog, South African general/premier (1914-39)

1885 - Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer

1885 - Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1954)

1893 - Leslie Howard, [Stainer], London, actor (Gone With the Wind)

1894 - Dooley Wilson, Tyler Tx, actor (Bill-Beulah, Casablanca)




1898 - George Jesseltoastmaster general/entertainer (Diary of Young Comic)






1898 - Henry R Luce, Tengchow China, publisher (Time, Fortune, Life)

1904 - Russel Wright, American industrial designer (d. 1976)

1905 - Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (d. 1965)

1915 - Paul Touvier, war criminal

1916 - Herb Caen, Sacramento California, columnist (SF Chronicle)

1920 - John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi and convicted war criminal (under appeal at death), (d. 2012)

1924 - Doris Day, Cincinnati Oh, “girl next door” actress (Pillow Talk)

1924 - Marlon Brando, Omaha Neb, actor (Superman, Godfather)

1926 - Virgil Grissom, Mitchell Ind, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Merc 4, Gemini 3)

1927 - Wesley Brown, Baltimore, Maryland, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, (d. 2012)

1928 - Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003)

1930 - Helmut Kohl, chancellor (Germany, 1982- )

1930 - Max Frankel, journalist (Tables of Id of Organic Compounds)

1934 - Jane Goodall, London England, ethologist (studied African chimps)

1934 - John Lelliott, English contractor/multi-millionaire

1936 - Jimmy McGriff, American jazz organist

1936 - Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels)

1941 - Eric Braeden, Aust, actor (Victor Newman-Young & Restless, Colossus)

1941 - Jan Berry, LA California, rock vocalist (Jan & Dean-Deadman’s Curve)

1941 - Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (d. 1984)

1942 - Billy Joe Royal, Valdosta Ga, country singer (Down in the Boondocks)

1942 - Marsha Mason, St Louis Mo, actress (Blume in Love, Cinderella Liberty)

1942 - Michael Elliott, US, skier (Olympics-1968)

1942 - Rick Sylvester, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300′)

1942 - Wayne Newton, American singer

1943 - Doreen Tracey, English-born Mouseketeer

1944 - Barry Pritchard, rock guitarist (Fortunes)

1944 - Tony Orlando, NYC, singer (& Dawn-Tie a Yellow Ribbon)

1945 - Richard Manuel, rock pianist/vocalist (Band-Up on Cripple Creek)

1946 - John Virgo, British snooker player

1948 - Mary Gordon-Watson, England, equestrian 3 day event (Oly-gold-1972)

1949 - Lyle Alzado, NFLer (LA Raiders)/actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire)

1949 - Richard Thompson, vocalist/guitarist (Shoot Out the Lights)

1951 - Mel Schacher, MI, bassist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful)

1955 - Aleksandr Nikolayevich Yablontsev, Russian lt-colonel/cosmonaut

1955 - Mick Mars, guitarst (Motley Crue)

1959 - David Hyde Pierce, NY, actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser)

1961 - Eddie Murphy, Bkln NY, actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw)

1962 - John Gruffith, rocker (Red Rockers)

1962 - Mike Ness, rocker (Social Distortion)

1962 - Nancy Filteau, Swift Current Saskatchawan, 72k judoka (Olympics-96)

1964 - Ajay Sharma, cricketer (Indian spin all-rounder played one Test 1988)

1966 - John de Vries, Australian racing driver

1968 - Sebastian Philip Clerk Bach, Bahamas, rock (Skid Row-Psycho Love)

1968 - Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator

1971 - Peter Schwab, Boston, Mass, rower (Olympics-1996)




1971 - Picabo Streetskier (Olympic-gold-94,98,02)









1972 - Jennie Garth, Champagn Ill, actr (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210)

1981 - Heath Ramsay, Australian Olympic swimmer

1986 - Amanda Bynes, American actress





33 - Christ, crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)

628 - Chosroes II, emperor of Persia (579..628), murdered by his son

963 - William III, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 915)

1287 - Honorius IV, [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87), dies

1350 - Eudes IV, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1295)

1512 - Richard Pafraet, Dutch printer, dies

1525 - Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api), dies at 49

1680 - Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire, India (b. 1630)

1682 - Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish painter, dies

1717 - Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)

1792 - George Pocock, British admiral (b. 1706)

1827 - Ernst Chladni, German physicist (b. 1756)

1862 - James Clark Ross, Arctic explorer, dies

1882 - Jesse James, outlaw, shot dead at 34, in St Joseph Mo by Robert Ford

1897 - Johannes Brahms, German composer/conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63

1936 - Bruno Hauptmann, convicted Lindbergh baby killer, executed

1943 - Conrad Veidt, German/US actor (Cabinet of Dr Calgary), dies at 50

1946 - Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed

1950 - Kurt Julian Weill, German composer (Dreigroschenoper), dies at 50

1962 - Benny “Kid” Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24

1971 - Joseph Valachi, US gangster, dies at 66

1971 - Manfred Bonnington Lee, [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65

1981 - Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur and pioneer, Pan Am founder (b. 1899)

1982 - Warren Oates, actor (East of Eden, Stoney Burke), dies at 53

1988 - Milton A Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81




1990 - Sarah Vaughn, jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66 (See Our Birthday Tribute)







1991 - Graham Greene, Brit writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

1993 - Dieter Plage, German wildlife filmmaker, dies at 57

1993 - Pinky Lee, kiddie host (Pinky Lee Show), dies of heart attack at 85

1994 - Frank G Wells, US director (Walt Disney), dies at 62

1994 - Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67

1996 - Ron Brown, sec of Comerce, dies in an accident

1996 - Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes, bluesman, dies at 59

1997 - Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56

1998 - Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)

2003 - Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)

2007 - Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)

2007 - Nina Wang, Asia’s richest woman (b. 1937)










FBI Seizes Native American, Other Artifacts At Rural Indiana Home




Cultural Artifacts Donald Miller Indiana




” A team of FBI agents, archaeologists and other experts are confiscating Native American and other artifacts and relics from a collection described as having immeasurable cultural significance from a home in rural central Indiana, authorities said.

  An FBI investigation determined that the homeowner, Donald C. Miller, may have knowingly and unknowingly collected objects in violation of several treaties and federal and state statutes, Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones said Wednesday.

” We know that some of the items were acquired improperly,” Jones said.

  The items, stored in several buildings on the property about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis, are to be collected, identified and repatriated, he said. Those that properly belong to Miller are being safeguarded, he said. A number of statutes and law may not have been in effect when Miller collected some of the items, he said. 

” The exact number of artifacts in the collection is unknown at this time but it’s believed to be in the thousands,” Jones said. “The monetary value of the entire collection and of its individual pieces is yet to be determined however the cultural value of these artifacts is immeasurable.”

  Jones said that the extensive collection, which Miller amassed over eight decades, includes Native American artifacts and relics as well as items from the United States, China, Haiti, Australia, Russia, New Guinea, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Greece, Peru and possibly several other countries.”


Read more








Ammo On School Bus Triggers Probe, Lockdowns







” A live round of ammunition found on a school bus triggered lockdowns at two schools in northeastern Connecticut Wednesday while administrators and police tried to determine its origin, school officials said.

  An adolescent who attends Pomfret Community School, 20 Pomfret St., was escorted from the school after a knife was discovered in the student’s locker, said Matt Bisceglia, superintendent of schools. The student was not arrested but may face disciplinary action from the school, he said.”





Update: This report claims it was just a shell casing that was found .








Video Shows Floresville School Bus Driver Mocking Crying Child




Bus Driver Taunts Crying Little Girl




” A Floresville Elementary School bus driver was caught on camera mocking a crying girl one day during the weeks leading up to spring break.

  Video obtained by the Defenders from inside bus No. 67 shows the driver, known to students as “Ms. Pat,” calling the young girl, “crybaby.”

  Then, a few seconds later, she invites the students to join in, chanting, “Ready? Cry, cry, cry!”

  Even though the majority of the bus is chiming in, the little girl can still be heard crying in the background.

” ‘I want my mama,’” Ms. Pat hollers, taunting the sobbing child.

  Monna Perez, whose children ride the same bus, was brought to tears watching the video.

” If you can’t bully at school, why are they allowing it on the bus?” Perez said.”



   More disgraceful behavior from the authorities who allowed this woman to keep her job . That’s Statism for you , no accountability . Just make excuses , circle the wagons and cover each other’s backsides .

   When asked for her comments the best the school superintendent could muster was “I think she’s acting very childish and immature.”


Read the rest 









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