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Old 02-19-2011, 06:04 AM   #11
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saint0917, your history threads contain some interesting factoids, but to avoid having 300+ separate threads cluttering up the locker room by next year im gonna consolidate them into 1 thread for you.
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Today is Saturday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2011. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 19, 1945, during World War II, some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.

On this date:

In 1473, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.

In 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio's borders and constitution.

In 1846, the Texas state government was formally installed in Austin, with J. Pinckney Henderson taking the oath of office as governor.

In 1881, Kansas prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.

In 1911, actress Merle Oberon was born in Bombay, India.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to relocate and intern U.S. residents, including native-born Americans, of Japanese ancestry. Japanese warplanes raided the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people were killed.

In 1959, an agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence.

In 1983, 13 people were found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle's Chinatown in what became known as the "Wah Mee Massacre." (Two Chinese immigrants were convicted of the killings and sentenced to life in prison.)

In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died at age 92.

In 2008, an ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush opened a museum dedicated to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Movie producer-director Stanley Kramer died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 87.

Five years ago: A gas explosion in northern Mexico killed 65 miners. Israel halted the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money to the Palestinians after Hamas took control of the Palestinian parliament. Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500. The East rallied from 21 points down for a 122-120 victory over the West in the NBA All-Star Game.

One year ago: In a televised statement, golfer Tiger Woods admitted infidelity and acknowledged receiving therapy. The FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins (EYE'-vinz) acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, and formally closed the case. Pope Benedict XVI approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop, who became Australia's first saint.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 71. Singer Bobby Rogers (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) is 71. Actress Carlin Glynn is 71. Sony Chairman, CEO and President Howard Stringer is 69. Singer Lou Christie is 68. Actor Michael Nader is 66. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 63. Author Amy Tan is 59. Actor Jeff Daniels is 56. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 55. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 54. Actor Ray Winstone is 54. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: "The Office") is 53. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 52. Britain's Prince Andrew is 51. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 49. Singer Seal is 48. Actress Jessica Tuck is 48. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 47. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 46. Actress Justine Bateman is 45. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 44. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 36. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 26.

Thought for Today: "Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory." Betty Smith, American author (1896-1972).
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"In 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio's borders and constitution."

Thus beginning a long journey in which a small river town (Cincinnati) would one day grow big and develop a professional football team of their own which they would lovingly call the Bengals.

This team would forever suck.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:44 AM   #14
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2011. There are 311 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 23, 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, following word of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore.

On this date:

In 1685, composer George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.

In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died in Washington, D.C., at age 80.

In 1870, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.

In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.

In 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, Calif., causing little damage.

In 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi.

In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.

In 1970, Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

In 1981, an attempted coup began in Spain as 200 members of the Civil Guard invaded the Parliament, taking lawmakers hostage. (However, the attempt collapsed 18 hours later.)

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush opened a two-day summit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Camp David. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered an indefinite moratorium on civilian visitors operating military equipment, a possible factor in the collision of a U.S. submarine collision with a Japanese fishing boat.

Five years ago: The snow-covered roof of a Moscow market collapsed, killing 66 people. A United Arab Emirates company volunteered to postpone its takeover of significant operations at six major U.S. seaports, giving the White House more time to convince skeptical lawmakers the deal posed no increased risks from terrorism. Japan's Shizuka Arakawa (shih-ZOO'-kuh ah-rah-KAH'-wah) stunned favorites Sasha Cohen of the United States and Irina ****skaya (sloot-SKY'-yah) of Russia to claim the women's figure skating gold medal at the Turin Winter Olympics.

One year ago: The House Energy and Commerce Committee, looking into cases of sudden, unintended acceleration of Toyota automobiles, heard tearful testimony from Rhonda Smith, of Sevierville, Tenn., who said her Lexus raced out of control to speeds up to 100 miles an hour. Dutch skater Sven Kramer lost the Olympic gold medal to Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea when coach Gerard Kemkers sent him the wrong way on a changeover during the 10,000-meter speedskating race at Vancouver.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Fonda is 71. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is 68. Author John Sandford is 67. Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 67. Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 65. Actress Patricia Richardson is 60. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 59. Singer Howard Jones is 56. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 49. Country singer Dusty Drake is 47. Actress Kristin Davis is 46. Tennis player Helena Sukova is 46. Actor Marc Price is 43. Actress Niecy Nash is 41. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 40. Country singer Steve Holy is 39. Rock musician Lasse (loss) Johansson (The Cardigans) is 38. Actress Emily Blunt is 28. Actor Aziz Ansari is 28. Actress Dakota Fanning is 17.

Thought for Today: "The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion." Nadia Boulanger (boo-lahn-ZHAY'), French composer and teacher (1887-1979).
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In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.
little known fact- jonas also tried to create a vaccine for the bengals suck, and after many failed trials later admitted that it was incurable.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:22 AM   #16
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Today is Friday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2011. There are 309 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 25, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

On this date:

In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

In 1901, United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.

In 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline, at one cent per gallon.

In 1940, a hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS, as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden.

In 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.

In 1950, "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV.

In 1964, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.

In 1990, Nicaraguans went to the polls in an election that resulted in an upset victory for the alliance opposed to the ruling Sandinistas.

In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Ten years ago: The commander of the U.S. submarine that struck and sank a Japanese trawler off Hawaii expressed his "most sincere regret" but Cmdr. Scott Waddle stopped short of an apology.

Five years ago: In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner in the central African country's first multiparty election in 25 years. Apolo Anton Ohno upset favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo to win the gold in the 500-meter short track speedskating event at the Winter Games in Turin. Actor Darren McGavin died in Los Angeles at age 83.

One year ago: President Barack Obama convened a health care summit with Democrats and Republicans; after a day of debate and disagreement, the president concluded the talkfest with a bleak assessment that an accord might not be possible. In Vancouver, the Canadian women beat the United States 2-0 for their third straight Olympic hockey title. Americans Billy Demong and Johnny Spillane finished 1-2 in a Nordic combined race. Kim Yu-na of South Korea won ladies' figure skating.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Ralph Stanley is 84. Actor Tom Courtenay is 74. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 74. Actress Diane Baker is 73. Actress Karen Grassle is 67. Humorist Jack Handey is 62. Movie director Neil Jordan is 61. Rock musician Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) is 54. Rock singer-musician Mike Peters (The Alarm) is 52. Actress Veronica Webb is 46. Actor Alexis Denisof is 45. Actress Tea (TAY'-ah) Leoni is 45. Comedian Carrot Top is 44. Actress Lesley Boone is 43. Actor Sean Astin is 40. Singer Daniel Powter is 40. Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Justin Jeffre is 38. Rock musician Richard Liles is 38. Actor Anson Mount is 38. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 36. Actress Rashida Jones is 35. Actor Justin Berfield is 25. Actors James and Oliver Phelps ("Harry Potter" movies) are 25. Rock musician Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 24.

Thought for Today: "He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices." Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright (born this date in 1707, died 1793).
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Today is Saturday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2011. There are 308 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 26, 1861, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., received its initial funding from its namesake, businessman Matthew Vassar, who presented the newly formed Board of Trustees with more than $400,000 in securities. (Although created exclusively for women, Vassar went co-educational in 1969.)

On this date:

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba.

In 1870, an experimental air-driven subway, the Beach Pneumatic Transit, opened in New York City for public demonstrations.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

In 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

In 1940, the United States Air Defense Command was created.

In 1945, a midnight curfew on night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the nation.

In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

In 1970, National Public Radio was incorporated.

In 1987, the Tower Commission, which probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.

In 1993, a bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

Ten years ago: A U.N. tribunal convicted a Bosnian Croat political leader (Dario Kordic) and a military commander (Mario Cerkez) of war crimes for ordering the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.

Five years ago: On the final day of the Turin Winter Olympics, Sweden beat Finland 3-2 to win the men's hockey gold. Germany finished first in overall medals with 29 and golds with eleven, while the Americans won 25 medals overall, nine of them gold. Drew Lachey leaped to victory with professional partner Cheryl Burke on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

One year ago: New York Gov. David Paterson announced he wouldn't seek re-election amid a criminal investigation over his handling of a domestic violence complaint against a top aide. (Investigators found no evidence of witness tampering.) At the Vancouver Olympics, the Americans reached 34 medals with a silver and a bronze in short-track speedskating and two more were clinched with the men's hockey team and men's team pursuit in speedskating advancing to medal events.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 83. Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 68. Actor-director Bill Duke is 68. Singer Mitch Ryder is 66. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 61. Singer Michael Bolton is 58. Actor Greg Germann is 53. Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine is 53. Bandleader John McDaniel is 50. Actress Jennifer Grant is 45. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 43. Singer Erykah (EHR'-ih-kah) Badu is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 39. Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 36. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 32. Country singer Rodney Hayden is 31. Actress Taylor Dooley is 18.

Thought for Today: "Only the mediocrities of life hide behind the alibi 'in conference.' The great of this earth are not only simple but accessible." Isaac Frederick Marcosson, American journalist (1876-1961).
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Today is Tuesday, March 1, the 60th day of 2011. There are 305 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.

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In 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census.

In 1809, the Illinois Territory came into existence.

In 1811, in what became known as the Massacre of the Citadel, hundreds of warriors known as Mamluks were slain in Cairo by forces loyal to Ottoman governor Muhammad Ali.

In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.

In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed an act creating Yellowstone National Park.

In 1931, Memphis, Tenn., held its first Cotton Carnival.

In 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)

In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.

In 1971, a bomb went off inside a men's room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn blast.

In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.

Ten years ago: Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, defying international protests, began destroying all statues in the country. Seven foreign oil workers (a Chilean, an Argentine, a New Zealander and four Americans) who'd been kidnapped the previous October in Ecuador's jungle were freed after a ransom was reportedly paid.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush, en route to India and Pakistan, made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to show U.S. support for the country's fledgling democracy. Actor Jack Wild, who'd played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 movie musical "Oliver!," died in Bedfordshire, England, at age 53.

One year ago: Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (RA'-doh-van KA'-ra-jich), defending himself against charges of Europe's worst genocide since the Holocaust, told judges in his slow-moving trial that he was not the barbarian depicted by U.N. prosecutors, but was protecting his people against a fundamentalist Muslim plot. Jay Leno returned as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show."

Today's Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary is 85. Singer Harry Belafonte is 84. Former U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork is 84. Actor Robert Conrad is 76. Rock singer Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann) is 67. Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 67. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 67. Actor Dirk Benedict is 66. Actor Alan Thicke is 64. Actor-director Ron Howard is 57. Actress Catherine Bach is 57. Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 57. Actor Tim Daly is 55. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 54. Rock musician Bill Leen is 49. Actor Maurice Bernard is 48. Actor Russell Wong is 48. Actor John David Cullum is 45. Actor George Eads is 44. Actor Javier Bardem (HAH'-vee-ayr bahr-DEHM') is 42. Actor Jack Davenport is 38. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 38. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 37. Actor Jensen Ackles is 33. TV host Donovan Patton is 33. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulme is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 24. Pop singer Justin Bieber is 17.

Thought for Today: "An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin H. Land, American investor (born 1909, died this date in 1991).
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