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TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 08, 2020:
Vice President Charles Curtis; Canned Heat featuring Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, the Doobie Brothers featuring Keith Knudsen, and the Grass Roots featuring Creed Bratton:
- 421: Flavius Constantine becomes Emperor Constantine of the Western Roman Empire.
- 1587: Mary, Queen of Scots suffered beheading at Fotheringhay Castle in England after court officials implicated her in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
- 1600: A court in the Vatican City sentences scholar Giordano Bruno to death.
- 1622: King James I disbands the English Parliament.
- 1690: French and Indian troops set the Schenectady settlement in New York
- 1693: The second college to receive its royal charter in North America is the William & Mary College in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia.
- 1744: A combined French and Spanish fleet sets sail from Toulon, France.
- 1802: Simon Willard patented the banjo clock.
- 1807: Napoleon Bonaparte’s army defeats the Russians at the Battle of Eylau.
- 1809: Emperor Franz I of the Austro-Hungarian Empire declares war on France.
- 1837: The U.S. Senate chooses the first vice president, Richard Johnson, to serve under President Martin van Buren.
- 1861: The Confederate States of America form in Montgomery, Alabama. Elsewhere, a Cheyenne delegation and some Arapaho leaders accepted a new settlement through the Treaty of Fort Wise with the federal government. The deal the Indians struck with the feds ceded most of their land but secured a 600-square-mile reservation and annuity payments.
- 1862: The Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, ended in a victory for Union forces led by General Ambrose E. Burnside. Result: The Federals gain control of Pamlico Sound.
- 1865: The first black major in the U.S. Army, Martin Robinson Delaney, receives his rank.
- 1883: Louis Waterman begins an experiment to invent the fountain pen.
- 1887: The Dawes Act authorizes the U.S. president to survey the Native American tribal lands and to divide them into individual allotments.
- 1896: Representatives from Midwestern universities formed the Western Conference that would eventually become the Big 10 Conference.
- 1904: The Russo-Japanese War, a conflict over control of Manchuria and Korea, began as Japanese forces attacked Port Arthur.
- 1910: In Chicago, William D. Boyce chartered the Boy Scouts of America on this date.
- 1916: During World War I, a submarine operated by the Central Powers torpedoed the French cruiser, Admiral Charnier, off the coast of Syria resulting in the loss of 374 lives.
- 1918: “Stars & Stripes,” a weekly U.S. armed forces newspaper undergoes its first publication.
- 1920: Bolshevik troops capture Odessa from foreign troops defending it. This leads to the evacuation of all Allied troops fighting for the White government in Russia.
- 1922: President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.
- 1924: Then first execution by gas in the U.S. took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City as Gee Jon, a Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was put to death.
- 1925: Black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey reports to a federal prison in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1926: Germany’s Reichstag decides to apply for membership in the League of Nation
- 1927: The original version of “Getting Gertie’s Garter,” opened at the Hippodrome Theater in New York City.
- 1936: The first National Football League draft took place on this date. Jay Berwanger was the first player selected and he went to the Eagles. Meanwhile, the 31st vice president of the United States, 1929-1933—Republican Charles Curtis—died on this date.
- 1940: The Nazis establish the first large ghetto for Jews in Eastern European at Lodz in Poland.
- 1941: Japanese armored barges begin crossing the Strait of Johor for the final assault on the British bastion of Singapore.
- 1942: During World War II, Japanese forces began invading Singapore, which fell a week later. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress advises President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that Americans of Japanese descent should undergo incarceration en masse until the end of hostilities so they do not oppose the U.S. war effort.
- 1943: The Red Army recaptures Kursk from the Axis troops defending it. Elsewhere in the German Reich, Adolf Hitler appoints Albert Speer minister of armaments following the death of previous minister Fritz Todt in a plane crash. Meanwhile, future guitarist/vocalist with the rock band, the Grass Roots[i]— Creed Bratton (lead guitar/lead vocals 1967-69)—is born on this date.
- 1944: Harry McAlpin becomes the first black reporter credited to cover the White House.
- 1946: Future Canned Heat[ii] drummer, Adolf “Fito” de la Parra, is born in Mexico.
- 1950: Center Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics becomes the first NBA player with 50 or more (51) rebounds in a single season. Meanwhile, East Germany creates its infamous secret police force, the STASI, on this date.
- 1952: Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King George VI.
- 1963: Members of the Baath Socialist Party overthrew Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel-Karim Kassem, whom an executioner dispatched the next day. Meanwhile, the AFL’s Dallas Texans become the Kansas City Chiefs. Elsewhere, the Kennedy administration prohibited travel to Cuba and made financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens.
- 1968: Three college students died in a confrontation with highway patrol officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina, during civil rights protest a whites-only bowling alley. Meanwhile, the science-fiction film, “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York. The following April, it went into general release.
- 1969: A meteorite weighing more than one-ton crashes into Chihuahua, Mexico.
- 1971: South Vietnamese troops invade the neighboring country of Laos to STOP infiltration down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam. Elsewhere, the NASDAQ stock market index debuts.
- 1973: Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate Scandal, including its chair, Senator Sam J. Ervin, D-NC.
- 1974: The last three-man crew of the Skylab space station, consisting of Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue, and Edward Gibson, returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. Skylab remained in orbit another five years before plunging to its fiery destruction in 1979. Meanwhile, the soap opera, “The Secret Storm,” ends its 20-year run.
- 1978: For the first time on radio, proceedings in the U.S. Senate undergo broadcast.
- 1980: President Jimmy Carter announced a plan to re-introduce draft registration.
- 1983: Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of four goals in ONE period. Meanwhile, Ariel Sharon resigns from the Israeli government after an inquiry shows that he was indirectly responsible for the killings of hundreds of people in 1982.
- 1986: Spud Webb of the NBA Atlanta Hawks, at 5-feet, 7-inches wins the NBA’s Slam Dunk Competition.
- 1989: 144 people die when an American-chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores.
- 1990: “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney receives a suspension from CBS for racial remarks a Gay magazine attributed to him.
- 1991: Major League Baseball’s Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox sets MLB salary record of $5,380,250 per year.
- 1993: General Motors sue NBC, alleging that the “Dateline NBC” program had rigged 2 truck crashes to show that 1973-87 GM pickups were prone to fire.
- 1994: Drummer for the band, Motley Crue- Tommy Lee- undergoes charging by the authorities for carrying around a loaded firearm.
- 1996: The NFL and the city of Cleveland agree to allow Browns’ owner Art Modell to move his team to Baltimore, but he must leave the Browns’ name behind.
- 2004: President George W. Bush denied marching America into war against Iraq under false pretenses and said in an interview broadcast on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the U.S.-led invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, the NFC beats the AFC in the Pro Bowl by a final score of 55-51 with quarterback Mark Bulger of the St. Louis Rams.
- 2005: Keith Knudsen—longtime drummer of the Doobie Brothers[iii]—lost his battle with pneumonia on this date and died.
- 2009: After boyfriend, Chris Brown, opened up a can of whoop-ass on girlfriend, Rihanna, she cancels an appearance at the Grammys. Meanwhile, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, the NFC beats the AFC in the Pro Bowl by a final score of 30-21 with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. We wish the pro bowls still took place in Hawaii.
- 2012: Western Europe’s cold wave continues with over 400 dead and with the Danube River frozen for 170 kilometers.
- 2013: The so-called ‘religion of peace’ strikes again: a bombing at a marketplace in Kalaya, Pakistan, kills 16 people and wounds 27 others. Thank you, Islamic extremists. Meanwhile, an ongoing investigation into a hacker who hacked into the email accounts of former President George W. Bush and many others commenced on this date and continues to move ahead.
- 2014: The U.S. Congress will as for $4.5 billion for additional missile defense spending over the next five years; the funds would partially pay for new radar in Alaska, indicating safety concerns regarding missiles from Iran and North Korea. Meanwhile, the sputtering ‘Obama economy’ announces the creation of 113,000 jobs, far short of the predicted (and hoped for) number of 180,000. Interestingly enough, in 2020 in the booming Trump economy, the Democrats would credit Barack Obama for the massive upswing. Give us a break.
- 2015: Beck wins Album of the Year and Sam Smith wins both Song and Record of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, while “The Grand Budapest Hotel” wins five awards and “Boyhood” wins best film at the 68th BAFTA Awards.
- 2017: After an engineered controversy in which, Democrats slandered Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, by calling him a racist, he wins confirmation to be the next attorney-general of the United States.
- 2018: Twitter reports its first quarterly profit numbers as a public company. Congratulations to Jack Dorsey, CEO and head censor of the company. Our advice to you: STOP censoring free speech, schmuck.
- 2019: Following heavy snowfall in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee, Democrat, declared a public emergency. Not sure if he blamed the snow on global warming, his favorite topic. Meanwhile, Amazon.com bigwig and founder, Jeff Bezos, attacks The National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc. of trying to blackmail him over private messages discovered and published by the celebrated publication that shown that Bezos was schlepping someone other than his wife. This would lead to the costliest divorce in the history of the planet.
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[i] We offered the music of this famed West Coast band- the Grass Roots- beginning on Thursday, 06-February-2014 through Saturday, 22-February-2014. We hope you will seek their music out by visiting whatever site you choose for the absolute best in rock music. You will be glad you did.
[ii] We began promoting the music of Canned Heat on Sunday, 05-June-2011 through Sunday, 17-July-2011. We hope you will seek them out and add them to your collection.
[iii] We hope to promote the music of the Doobie Brothers sometime before 2030. We hope you will remain vigilant.