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TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 18, 2020:
Nazi Party Youth Leader Artur Axmann; Bachman-Turner Overdrive featuring Robbie Bachman, the Byrds featuring Skip Battin, the Doobie Brothers featuring Keith Knudsen, the Little River Band featuring Derek Pellicci, and Pink Floyd featuring David Gilmour:
- 1129: Emperor Frederik II takes the city of Jerusalem from the Muslim hordes on this date in history.
- 1564: In Rome, the artist Michelangelo died.
- 1685: Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle, established Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay, and thus formed the claim of France to Texas.
- 1688: In Germantown, Pennsylvania, Quakers conduct the first formal protest of slavery in the Colonies.
- 1735: The first opera performed in America took place on this date with the work, “Flora” (or “Hob in the Well”) presented in Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1745: The army of Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Inverness, Scotland, from the British.
- 1787: Austrian Emperor Josef II bans the labor of children under the age of 8.
- 1841: The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began and it lasted until March 11.
- 1861: Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Alabama. Meanwhile, King Victor Emanuel II of Sardinia becomes the first king of a unified Italy.
- 1884: British General Sir Charles Gordon and his troops arrive in Khartoum, Sudan.
- 1885: Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” underwent publication in the United States for the first time.
- 1900: In South Africa, the Battle of Paardeberg takes place in which, the British suffer over 1,270 casualties, killed, or wounded in action.
- 1908: The U.S. Postal Service issues the first rolls of stamps.
- 1913: During a military coup, plotters arrested Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and Vice President Jose Maria Pino Suarez. Both resigned their positions the following day and then the plotters shot the duo to death on February 22. Elsewhere, the famous French painting “Nude descending a Staircase,” by the French artist Marcel Duchamp, underwent display at an “Armory Show” in New York City. Meanwhile, future Nazi Party Youth Leader, 1940-1945, Artur Axmann is born in Germany on this date. He would survive World War II dying in 1996.
- 1915: During World War I, Germany enacts a submarine blockade around Great Britain.
- 1930: At Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Clyde W. Tombaugh discovered photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”). Elsewhere, Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane.
- 1932: The Japanese military declares Manchuria to be an independent nation, which then becomes a protectorate of the Empire of Japan. Elsewhere, Sonja Henie won her 6th world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.
- 1934: Skip Battin, future bassist with both the Byrds[i] and the Flying Burrito Brothers[ii], was born on this date.
- 1943: During World War II on the German home front, the Gestapo apprehends the student group protesting the Nazis, the White Rose, on this date after they defaced a building front in Munich. They would die in two days.
- 1948: Future drummer with the Doobie Brothers[iii]– Keith Knudson- is born on this date.
- 1952: Greece and Turkey became members of NATO on this date.
- 1953: The first 3-D movie in history, “Bwana Devil,” opens in New York City. Elsewhere, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8 million to continue the “I Love Lucy” TV show through 1955. Elsewhere, future drummer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive[iv]—Robbie Bachman—is born in Canada on this date. Meanwhile, in London, England, future member of the Australian rock band, the Little River Band[v]– Derek Pellicci (drums 1975-84 / 1987-98)- is born on this date.
- 1960: The owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Walter O’Malley, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000. Meanwhile in Squaw Valley, Vice President Richard M. Nixon formally opened the 8th Winter Olympic Games.
- 1962: France and Algeria begin negotiating for an end to the seven-year war the two had been fighting; the Algerians would finally get their independence.
- 1965: The African nation of Gambia receives its independence from the United Kingdom. Elsewhere, Frank Gifford, a Bakersfield High School graduate announces his retirement from football to go into the broadcasting booth.
- 1968: David Gilmour, ace guitarist, joins the British rock group, Pink Floyd[vi], to back up and eventually to replace Sid Barrett.
- 1970: The jury finds the Chicago Seven innocent of inciting riot in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention.
- 1972: The California Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
- 1977: The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut “flight” above the Mojave Desert.
- 1983: In what the people of the Pacific Northwest came to know as the Wah Mee Massacre, two assassins murdered 13 people at a gambling club in Seattle’s Chinatown District. Later, the authorities convicted the pair of the killings and gave each a life sentence. A court uncovered, tried and convicted a third person of robbery and assault and sent him to prison, too.
- 1984: Italy and the Vatican signed an accord under which, Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.
- 1987: The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniforms from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
- 1988: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy takes the oath of office and takes his seat on the Supreme Court on this date.
- 1991: After a season-long suspension for substance abuse, great goalie, Grant Fuhr, returns to the Edmonton Oilers and shuts out the New Jersey Devils, 4-0.
- 1997: Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery completed their tune-up of the Hubble Space Telescope after 33 hours of spacewalking; the Hubble was then released using the shuttle’s crane.
- 1998: In post-Soviet Union Russia, monetary problems force the closure of three plants engaged in the producing of nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, in Nevada, two white separatists underwent arrest by the authorities who accused them of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.
- 2000: The Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calendar-year trade deficit in U.S. history.
- 2001: Auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49 years of age. FBI agent Robert Hanssen suffers arrest for spying for the Soviet Union. Eventually, he receives a life sentence and is currently in a federal prison.
- 2003: In South Korea, at least 120 people lost their lives when a man lit a fire on a subway train.
- 2006: American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speed skating in Turin. He was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
- 2010: Yvo de Boer, top climate change official at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework for Climate Change resigns the post.
- 2011: The voters of Uganda participate in a general election; however, there is fear that the government has rigged them to extend the 30-year rule of rebel leader, Yoweri Museveni. Meanwhile, in Libya, Human Rights Watch reports that 24 people lost their lives in that nation’s so-called “Day of Rage” against the government.
- 2012: Pope Benedict XVI announces seven new saints—including American saint, Katerina Tekakwitha, and appoints 22 new cardinals.
- 2013: At Brussels International Airport in Belgium, armed robbers steal untraceable raw diamonds worth $50 million from a plane within minutes and without alarming any of the passengers.
- 2014: Coca Cola Company announces that it plans to reduce its costs by $1 billion over the next few years to counteract slowing demand.
- 2015: According to Brainy History, the Greek Parliament elects Prokopis Pavlopoulos as the nation’s next president; the SYRIZA Party preferred Pavlopoulos and chose him over opposition party nominee Nicos Alivizatos.
- 2016: Pope Francis[vii], an unpopular pontiff with millions of people worldwide shows his true colors when he criticizes presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s Christianity over the billionaire’s promises to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. WTF, pope? We cannot enforce our laws? You have walls surrounding the Vatican City, tear them down or STFU.
- 2017: Former American abortion activist Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in Roe v. Wade, dies at age 69. She later became pro-life, much to the horror of the pro-Death movement.
- 2018: An Iranian airlines flight crashes in the Zagros Mountains, killing all 66 people on board.
- 2019: Former Seattle Seahawks’ player T.J. Cunningham dies at age 46; he played safety.
- 2020: President Donald J. Trump executes four pardons/commutations of sentence on this date: “Junk Bond King” Michael Milken, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and former NYPD Commissioner Bernard “Bernie” Kerik. Once again, President Trump has demonstrated his commitment to doing what is right in a U.S. Justice system gone mad. Meanwhile, tomorrow night is the big debate, the first DNC one to feature multibillionaire Michael Bloomberg and Democrats are going berserk around the country fearful that this POS bigoted scumbag is trying to BUY the nomination and then the White House.
BEVERLY CARRICK PAINTING OF THE DAY:
This artwork is #0013 a 20” x 24” original oil painting by Beverly Carrick, which, she entitled, “Summer Home.” It is among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, found at beverlycarrick.com, or at the blog’s Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, “Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick.” Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and known around the world for both the beauty and timelessness of her artworks. Hanging in private and public galleries and followed by many fans encircling the globe—her works instill awe because of her artistic brilliance and personal beauty. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It is possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day!
Beverly Carrick: The World’s Greatest Artist (1927-2012)
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Phil Manzanera released his second solo effort in 1977, the critically acclaimed “Listen Now.” Once again, the minimalist guitarist who says so much with so few chords/notes delivers some musical magic. The album features a smorgasbord of musical talent such as Brian Eno from Roxy Music, horn man, Mel Collins, drummer Simon Philips, Eddie Jobson—also from Roxy Music—on a variety of instruments and then some. We hope you will look for this superb album out wherever you shop for the finest in rock music. We know you will enjoy it.
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[i] We offered the music of the Byrds beginning on Monday, 16-January-2012 and concluded the presentation on Friday, 17-February-2012.
[ii] We began offering the music of the famed Flying Burrito Brothers on Sunday, 23-February-2014 through Thursday, 06-March-2014. Please seek them out. We thank you.
[iii] We hope to promote the music of the Doobie Brothers sometime before 2030. We hope you will remain vigilant.
[iv] On Wednesday, 14-June-2017, we began presenting the music of the Guess Who and of its individual members- including Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, and Bravebelt.. The entire discography ran from the above date through Sunday, 01-October-2017. We hope you will check them out.
[v] We are not sure when we will begin offering albums by the Little River Band as that could be another 5-10 years from now but one day, we most surely will because they are one of the world’s greatest bands. Seeing them live in the 1970s was a mind-altering
[vi] We look forward to sharing the music of Pink Floyd- as well as the band’s members- sometime within the next 5-6 years.
[vii] Millions of Catholics wish that Pope Francis would go home to Argentina and remain there.