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TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 11, 2020:
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Melville Fuller; Confederate States of America Vice President Alexander H. Stephens; the Band featuring Stan Szelest, and Whitney Houston:
- BC. 660: Today is the traditional date for the foundation of Japan by the Emperor Jimmu.
- 55: Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become emperor.
- 824: St. Paschal I completed his reign as Catholic Pope.
- 1531: His majesty’s government recognizes King Henry VIII as the supreme leader of the Anglican faith in England.
- 1573: Sir Francis Drake, the first European to see the Pacific Ocean, does so on this date from Panama.
- 1752: The very first hospital in America—the Pennsylvania Hospital—opened for business on this date.
- 1766: The Virginia legislature declares the Stamp Act to be unconstitutional.
- 1790: The Society of Friends petitions the U.S. Congress for an end to slavery.
- 1794: The first session of the Senate open to the public occurs on this date.
- 1808: Judge Jesse Fell conducted an experiment on this date by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. In so doing, he successfully demonstrated how one could burn clean coal and how one could utilize it as a cheap source of heating fuel.
- 1809: Robert Fulton patents his steamboat.
- 1811: President James Madison prohibits trade with Great Britain for the third time within the span of four years.
- 1812: Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a re-districting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party—giving rise to the term “gerrymandering.” Elsewhere, future vice president of the Confederate States of America—Alexander H. Stephens—is born in Crawford, Georgia, on this date.
- 1833: In Augusta, Maine, future 8thS. Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Fuller is born. The overall 50th justice to sit on the nation’s court, President Grover Cleveland nominated him to fill the seat of Justice Morrison Waite. He served from 07-20-1888 to 07-04-1910.
- 1858: Near the city of Lourdes, a French girl named Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary.
- 1861: The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passes a bill guaranteeing non-interference with slavery in any state. Meanwhile, President-Elect Abraham Lincoln boards the train for the journey from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C.
- 1878: The first United States bicycle club, the Boston Bicycle Club, underwent formation on this date.
- 1916: Emma Goldman, a feminist, lecturing on the use of birth control suffers arrest.
- 1929: With the signing of the Lateran Treaty, Italy recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
- 1936: Pumping began the process of creating San Francisco’s Treasure Island.
- 1937: A six-week sit-down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
- 1941: Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel, soon to be known as the “Desert Fox,” arrives in Tripoli, Libya, to head the Afrika Korps composed of both German and Italian troops with the goal of driving the British out of North Africa and capturing the Suez Canal.
- 1942: Future keyboardist with the Band[i]– Stan Szelest- is born in Buffalo, N.Y., on this date. He would play on the final two studio albums released by the reformed group.
- 1943: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the chosen leader to head the allied armies fighting in Europe against the Axis.
- 1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II, which in effect ceded all Eastern Europe to the Soviet sphere of hegemony and influence.
- 1953: The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel. Meanwhile, President Dwight D. Eisenhower does not grant clemency to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
- 1958: With the commencement of her maiden flight, Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black flight attendant to do so.
- 1960: In response to censors cutting out a joke from the “Tonight Show” the night before, host Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on this, the following night’s show.
- 1961: The trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann, the designer of the ‘Final Solution,’ gets underway in Jerusalem.
- 1963: The authorities found American author and poet Sylvia Plath dead in her London flat, a suicide; she was 30 years old.
- 1968: The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York, making it the fourth ‘Garden.’ The event opened with a “Salute to the USO” hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Later that evening, the New York Rangers played their final game at the third Garden, tying the Detroit Red Wings 3-3.
- 1975: When the Conservative Party of Great Britain elected Margaret Thatcher as its leader, she became the first woman to head a major party in that country.
- 1979: Nine days following his return home after 15 years in exile, the followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, which lead to the mess we see in the world now.
- 1982: ABC-TV’s presentation of “The Winds of War,” concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and in so doing, became the most-watched television program in history at the time.
- 1984: The 10th space shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.
- 1986: The Iranian military launches a major offensive against the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War, Fajr-8. Meanwhile, Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was released by the Soviet Union after nine years of captivity as part of an East-West prisoner exchange.
- 1988: President George H.W. Bush appoints Judge Anthony M. Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- 1989: Reverend Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to undergo consecration as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
- 1990: After 27 years in captivity, the government of South Africa freed anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison. Elsewhere, in Tokyo, Japan, James “Buster” Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the 10th round to win the heavyweight championship of the world.
- 1993: Janet Reno wins appointment to the position of attorney general by President Bill Clinton, which made her the first woman to hold this cabinet post.
- 2002: The six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.
- 2006: Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots a friend in a hunting accident.
- 2011: Through its embassies worldwide, North Korea calls for food aid to keep its population from starving to death. Meanwhile, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak cedes power to the head of the Higher Military Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Mohammad Hussein Tantawi.
- 2012: Drugged-out singer Whitney Houston[ii] dies suddenly at the Beverly Hills Hilton in California at age 48.
- 2013: Citing frail health, Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement effective February 28, 2013, the first pope to do so since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
- 2014: After restricting its ties with Cuba since 1996, the European Union agrees to launch negotiations; the talks aim to increase the dialogue on human rights and increase trade and investment between Cuba and the European Union.
- 2015: Tiger Woods announces that he will be taking a hiatus from golf to recover from a recent injury and work on improving his game back to peak levels; Woods did not specify an expected return date to the game.
- 2016: In Monterey, Mexico, a riot breaks out between inmates of two drug cartels which leaves at least 52 dead and countless more injured. Meanwhile, six Democratic candidates seeking the nomination of their party appear on the party’s sixth debate stage. This would be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley.
- 2018: A Russian airliner crashes southwest of Moscow, killing all 71 on board. Many suspect terrorism.
- 2019: Two Indian states see 100 people die and numerous more injured from the consumption of poisonous bootleg liquor.
- 2020: The New Hampshire primary occurs on this date and it appears that the battle is between Princess Pete and Commie Bernie with the Schnoz, Amy Klobuchar hanging in third place although no one knows for sure at this time. Joe Biden, however, has already bolted for South Carolina, demonstrating he knows he is going to lose here, too. Meanwhile, an audio tape of Mike Bloomberg speaking from six years ago about busting minorities and sending them to jail for pot possession hits the scene. My, my, my! Update: with 78% of the vote in, Fox News Channel calls it thus: Sen. Bernie Sanders: 25.7%; Pete Buttigieg: 24.4%; Amy Klobuchar: 19.9%; Elizabeth Warren: 9.4%; Joe Biden: 8.4%; Tom Steyer: 3.6%; Tulsi Gabbard: 3.2%; Andrew Yang: 2.9%; Michael Bennett and Deval Patrick: 0. Andrew Yang was the first to toss in the towel within moments followed by Michael Bennett within the first 30 minutes; Tom Steyer tossed in the towel then pulled it back, why? No one knows…
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[i] Not sure when we will present the music of this famed Canadian American rock band but when we do, you will be the first to know. The Band ranks among the all-time greatest rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. You won’t want to miss them.
[ii] Not sure if we will ever get to the music of Whitney Houston but one day, we sure as heck hope that we do.