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TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 05, 2020:
CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT TRUMP ON YOUR ACQUITTAL!
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mahlon Pitney; he Atlanta Rhythm Section featuring James B. Cobb, Jr., Guns ‘n’ Roses featuring Duff Kagan, and Three Dog Night featuring Cory Wells:
- 1428: King Alfonso V of Sicily orders Jews to attend conversion therapy so that they can become good Christians.
- 1631: The future founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, arrives in Boston from England.
- 1679: German Emperor Leopold I signs peace treaty with France.
- 1778: The first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation—South Carolina —does so on this date.
- 1783: Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
- 1811: George, the Prince of Wales, became Prince Regent on this date due to the mental illness of his father, Britain’s King George III.
- 1846: The first newspaper published on west coast of the United States—The Oregon Spectator—commenced publication on this date in Oregon City.
- 1858: In Morristown, N.J., the 65thS. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mahlon Pitney is born. President William Howard Taft would nominate his fellow Republican to fill the seat of another Republican Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan. Pitney would serve from 03-13-1912 to 12-31-1922.
- 1861: Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine on this date.
- 1870: A theater audience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has the privilege of seeing the first motion picture shown to a public audience on this date.
- 1881: City founders incorporated the city of Phoenix on this date.
- 1885: Leopold II of Belgium established the Congo State as a personal possession.
- 1917: The U.S. Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians. Mexico’s constitution underwent adoption on this date. Some consider the precedent that permitted President Donald J. Trump to implement an Obama-created executive order temporarily banning Muslims from seven jihadi countries.
- 1918: During World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, which was transporting about 2,000 U.S. troops to Europe, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in the Irish Sea with the loss of more than 200 people.
- 1919: Actors/producers Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, W. Griffith, and Charles Chaplin incorporated the movie studio, United Artists, on this date.
- 1924: People heard the BBC time signals or ‘pips,’ which emanate from Greenwich Observatory every hour for the first time.
- 1931: Maxine Dunlap became the first licensed female glider pilot on this date.
- 1937: President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, had critics accusing the President of attempting to “pack” the nation’s highest court.
- 1940: Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded “Tuxedo Junction” for RCA Victor’s Bluebird Label.
- 1941: Future vocalist with the rock group, Three Dog Night[i]— Cory Wells, 1967-76 / 1981-2015—is born on this date.
- 1944: James B. Cobb, Jr.—future rhythm guitarist/vocalist with the Atlanta Rhythm Section[ii]—is born on this date.
- 1952: In New York City, municipal workers installed four signs at 44th and Broadway, which told pedestrians, ‘don’t walk.’
- 1953: Walt Disney’s animated feature “Peter Pan” hit the movie theaters on this date.
- 1958: Gamal Abdel Nasser wins nomination to be the first president of the United Arab Republic. Meanwhile, Clifton R. Wharton undergoes confirmation by Congress to be ambassador to Romania; Wharton is black.
- 1962: French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria’s independence after fighting a losing war akin to the one they fought in Vietnam.
- 1964: In Seattle, Washington, Duff Kagan–bass, backing vocals 1985-1996 / 2016-present with Guns ‘n’ Roses[iii]—is born.
- 1967: “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premiered on CBS-TV on this date.
- 1971: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepherd and Edgar Mitchell stepped out onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar expeditions lasting four hours.
- 1972: Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- 1973: A funeral for the last official U.S. soldier killed in the Vietnam War before the Vietnam cease-fire took effect, Lance Colonel William B. Nolde, takes place at Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1980: The Egyptian government votes to end boycott of Israel.
- 1982: In protest of martial law imposed by Russia and Poland in Poland, Great Britain imposes economic sanctions upon the USSR and upon the communist government in Warsaw.
- 1983: Former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, arrives in Lyon, France, to stand trial. He was convicted of war crimes, sentenced to life in prison, and died there in 1991).
- 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 2,200 points for the first time.
- 1988: In Florida, federal prosecutors unsealed two indictments, which accused Panama’s military dictator, Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
- 1989: Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes the first NBA player to score 38,000 points. Elsewhere, the Soviet Union announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops had left Afghanistan.
- 1991: Radio shock jock Howard Stern kisses New York Giants’ star, Leonard Marshall’s ass, over a bet Stern made that the Giants would lose the Super Bowl—they did not. Meanwhile, a Michigan court bars Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides.
- 1992: Jury selection begins in the Rodney King beating case in Los Angeles, California.
- 1993: James Woolsey becomes the 16th director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Meanwhile, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies.
- 1994: Thirty years after the fact, the killer of Medgar Evers, Byron de la Beckwith, is sentenced to life in prison for killing the civil rights leader.
- 1995: The NFL Pro Bowl: the AFC beats the NFC by a score of 41-13.
- 1997: Switzerland’s “Big Three” banks announced that they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families. Elsewhere, Morgan Stanley—the great investment bank—announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.
- 1999: Due to his assault on two people following an auto accident on August 31, 1998, a judge sentences former boxer Mike Tyson to two-years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and 200 hours of community service upon his release from jail.
- 2003: Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the United Nations concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.
- 2006: The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 to win Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
- 2010: Danish special military forces storm a ship captured by Somali pirates freeing 25 crewmembers in the process.
- 2011: In Cairo’s Tahir Square, protesters continue their twelfth day of demanding Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down from office and to leave the country.
- 2012: The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots by a score of 21-17 to win Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was the second time the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl putting an end to the once vaunted New England Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, beat Pats’ quarterback Tom Brady to put a period to the dominance of one of the NFL’s greatest teams, the Patriots.
- 2013: Founder Michael Dell leads a consortium that announced plans to take Dell private with a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout deal – the largest buyout seen since the recession.
- 2014: New York Governor Mario Cuomo plans to announce executive action to loosen marijuana laws, allowing use of the drug for medical purposes. Meanwhile, Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, considers the territorial claims China has made in the South China Sea comparable to the Nazi Germany invasion of Czechoslovakia.
- 2015: RadioShack, the U.S. electronics retailer founded in 1921, files for bankruptcy; the company plans to sell up to half of its stores to Sprint and close the remainder.
- 2017: In Super Bowl LI—perhaps the best super bowl in more than a decade—the New England Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime by a score of 34-28. Tom Brady—the Patriots’ quarterback—won his fifth super bowl ring and overcame a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2016-17 Season for his part in ‘Deflate-Gate.’ Say what you will, the Patriots now have become the all-time GREATEST NFL team in the history of the sport and the record will remain unbroken for decades—our prediction.
- 2020: The U.S. Senate took their votes on the articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump today. On Article I- Abuse of Power- the Senate voted 52-48 with only RINO Utah Senator Mitt Romney joining the Democrats. This was not enough to convict the president. On Article II- Obstruction of Congress- the senators voted 53-47 not to convict. Acquitted on both charges, the president has been cleared and can continue making America ‘great again.’ Meanwhile, back in Utah, lawmakers there drafted a bill that would allow Utahans to recall a senator from the state for dereliction of duty. Meanwhile, the family of actor Kirk Douglas reports his death at the age of 103.
In 1972, Roxy Music, a great British art-rock band, released its first album, “Roxy Music.” The band featured Bryan Ferry (vocals, keyboards), Brian Eno (vocals, electronics), Phil Manzanera (guitars), Andy Mackay (oboes, saxophones), Paul Thompson (drums), and Graham Simpson (bass). Roxy Music set in motion the pathway upon which, other art-rock bands would follow but no one else could touch the group for the quality of its music and the ethereal lyrics they wove into the songs. This album is a great debut album, one we wholeheartedly know you will love so please
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James B. Cobb, Jr., the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Duff Kagan, h Guns ‘n’ Roses, Three Dog Night, Cory Wells, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Mahlon Pitney,
[i] Not sure when we will get around to doing the music of Three Dog Night but if we ever return to promoting the music of famed rock bands from the 1960s and the 1970s, we sure as heck will include this stellar band, one that is still performing to this day. We saw them in 2019 and all we can say is “Wow.”
[ii] The Atlanta Rhythm Section is another awesome American band, one we sure as heck hope to promote when and if we return to doing music again.
[iii] Not sure when Guns ‘n’ Roses is coming but we hope we will still be alive and will get around to sharing them with the world.