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TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 16, 2020:
Vice President Henry Wilson; the Beatles, the Ohio Players featuring Vincent “Vinny Wu” Thomas, and Sonny & Cher featuring Sonny Bono:
- 374 A.D.: The ninth recorded perihelion passing of Haley’s Comet by the Earth occurs on this date.
- 600: Pope Gregory the Great says that “God bless you” is the correct response to a sneeze.
- 1741: Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine begins publication on today’s date.
- 1804: Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate USS Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of the Barbary Pirates.
- 1812: Future Republican 18th Vice President of the United States (served 1873-1875)—Henry Wilson—is born on this date.
- 1840: American Charles Wilkes discovers the Shackleton Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
- 1857: In Washington, DC, founding members incorporated the National Deaf-Mute College on this date, which made it the world’s first school for advanced education of the deaf. Later, college officials renamed the school the Gallaudet College.
- 1858: William Vandenburg and James Harvey patented the first ironing board on this date.
- 1862: The Civil War Battle of Fort Donnellson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earned him the nickname of “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”
- 1868: The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks organized in New York City on this date.
- 1883: “Ladies Home Journal” commenced publication on this date.
- 1913: President William Howard Taft agrees not to interfere in Mexico’s ongoing problems.
- 1914: The first airplane flight between San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, occurred on this date.
- 1916: Russian troops conquer the Ottoman Turkish city of Erzurum during World War I.
- 1917: For the first time in 400 years, a synagogue opens in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
- 1923: The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen’s recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter.
- 1932: James E. Markham received a patent on this date for the first fruit-bearing tree to receive one. His patent was for a peach tree that ripened later than other similar trees.
- 1934: The Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.
- 1935: Future rock star and California Congressman Sonny Bono[i] is born in Detroit, Michigan, on this date.
- 1937: Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont who had invented nylon, received a patent for the synthetic fiber.
- 1938: The U.S. Congress authorized the U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program on this date.
- 1942: German U-Boats assault the Dutch oil refinery on the island of Aruba in the Caribbean Sea.
- 1943: A German student group opposed to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, the White Rose, leaves the following message on a Munich façade: “Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!” On February 18, its leaders undergo arrest and on the 22nd of the month, meet their end at the hands of the Gestapo and a guillotine. Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, the Red Army recaptures the city of Kharkov.
- 1945: American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. Meanwhile, Venezuela declares war on Germany.
- 1948: NBC TV began airing its first nightly newscast, “The Camel Newsreel Theatre,” which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
- 1951: The city of New York passes a law prohibiting racism in providing low-income housing to those needing it.
- 1958: William Vandenberg and James Harvey received a patent for the first ironing board.
- 1959: Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
- 1960: The U.S.S. Triton commenced the first circumnavigation of the globe under water on this date. The submarine completed the trip on May 10.
- 1961: The United States launched the Explorer 9 satellite.
- 1964: The Beatles[ii] make their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
- 1968: The nation’s first “911 emergency telephone system” underwent inauguration in Haleyville, Alabama, as the speaker of the Alabama House, Rankin Fite, placed a call from the mayor’s office in City Hall to a red telephone at the police station that U.S. Representative Tom Bevell answered.
- 1970: In the fifth round, heavyweight Joe Frazier knocks out Jimmy Ellis to win the heavyweight boxing title.
- 1977: Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident.
- 1987: John Demjanjuk went on trial in Jerusalem accused of being “Ivan the Terrible,” a guard at the Nazi-run Treblinka Concentration Camp (Demjanjuk was convicted but the conviction ended up being overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court).
- 1988: A man obsessed with a co-worker who was wounded in the attack shot seven people to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, California, the shooter, Richard Farley, sits on death row.
- 1989: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and North Yemen form a common market. Meanwhile, investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was the reason that Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in midair the previous December. All 259 people aboard the plane and another 11 on the ground perished in the terrorist attack later traced to Moammar Gaddafi in Libya.
- 1991: Tonya Harding wins the U.S. Female Skating Championship on this date.
- 1992: The Los Angeles Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s #32 jersey.
- 1994: More than 200 people lost their lives when a powerful earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumatra Island.
- 1996: Eleven people were killed in a fiery collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Maryland commuter train in Silver Springs, Maryland.
- 1997: At age 25, Jeff Gordon becomes the youngest person to win a Daytona 500 race.
- 1998: A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground.
- 1999: O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy hits the auction block for which an individual pay $230,000; this and other trophies of the former football player go towards a $33.5 million civil judgment against Simpson for the deaths of his former wife, Nicole Simpson Brown and Ron Goldman. Meanwhile, testimony began in the Jasper, Texas, trial of John William King. The district attorney charged the scumbag with the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., a black male. The jury later convicted the loser and sentenced him to DEATH.
- 2001: The United States and Britain stage air strikes against radar stations and air defense command centers in Iraq. Meanwhile, President George W. Bush met with Mexican President Vicente Fox (a man in bed with narcoterrorists) on the first foreign trip of Bush’s presidency. Elsewhere, Dr. William H. Masters who with his partner and later wife Virginia Johnson, pioneered research in the field of human sexuality, died in Tucson, Arizona, at age 85.
- 2002: The operator of a crematory in Noble, Ga., underwent arrest after investigators discovered dozens of corpses stacked in storage sheds and scattered throughout the surrounding woods.
- 2003: More than 100,000 people demonstrated in the streets of San Francisco- gay capital of the world- to protest a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq.
- 2004: John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President George W. Bush’s economic policies, ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. Elsewhere, the Walt Disney Co. rejected a takeover bid by Comcast Corporation. Finally, soul singer Doris Troy, 67, died in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- 2005: The Kyoto global warming pact went into effect in 140 nations. We now know—thanks to leaked emails from the East Anglia University in the United Kingdom—that the ‘science[iii]’ is little more than phony science aimed at curbing capitalism around the world. Elsewhere, the NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. This event was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season thanks to a labor dispute.
- 2008: Longtime member of the Ohio Players[iv]— Vincent “Venny Wu” Thomas—lost his battle with cancer on this date.
- 2009: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Tokyo to begin her first trip abroad as President Barack Hussein Obama’s chief diplomat. (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer).
- 2011: Under pressure from conservationists such as Green Peace and diplomats from around the world, the Japanese whaling fleet leaves the Antarctic for home.
- 2013: In Moscow, the G20 focuses on the so-called, “Currency Wars” going on in various parts of the world.
- 2015: A federal judge issued an order, which halts an executive order issued by President Barack Obama[v] that allows 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country. Obama, however, has plans to overcome the hurdle later in the year.
- 2016: Former French President Nikolas Sarkozy faces charges for having misused campaign funds.
- 2017: In Baghdad, ISIS claims responsibility for the third attack in three days, a bombing in the Bayaa neighborhood that murders at least 48 people and wounds countless more.
- 2018: In the wake of massive anti-government protests, Ethiopia declares a state of emergency. Light ‘em up.
- 2019: India’s new high-speed train breaks down on its inaugural run, its return trip to New Delhi.
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[i] At some point, we will do the music of the Mamas and the Papas the same time we do the music of Sonny & Cher. We hope you will continue awaiting that glorious day.
[ii] We began promoting the music of both the Beatles and the band’s individual components on Friday, 04-November-2016 through Sunday, 11-June-2018. Besides the Beatles, we also promoted the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison as well as the Traveling Wilburys.
[iii] This is a HOKEY pseudo-science, much like palm-reading and tarot cards to forecast the future. The Sun is the prime driver of climate change across our Solar System, no matter what that crackpot loony tunes, pot-smoking loser, Bill Nye the ‘Science Guy’ claims. Climate on all nine planets (yes, Pluto is a planet) is driven by or the lack of solar flares, sunspots, and solar winds. Do not allow leftist scumbags to terrorize you into believing something that simply that is impossible for humanity to cause. Consider this: in the previous century, s-o-o-o many bombs were dropped, so many artillery shells rained down upon humanity, and so many nuclear weapons tests below ground, at ground level, in the atmosphere, and in the oceans occurred and yet, here we are. Next time some loser attempts to frighten you into surrendering all of your liberties to ‘save the planet,’ tell them to go suck an un-circumcised schlong and to shut the f**k up. You will feel much better.
[iv] We look forward to doing the music of this famed funk-rock band. The Ohio Players are amazing
[v] Many people believe that President Barack Hussein Obama deserves an asterisk after his name in the history books seeing as how he never cleared up the matter of his birthplace. Yes, he did present a birth certificate of sorts but many contend it was a forgery and that he should be removed completely from the history books of the United States.