Today In History

posted on 14 Feb 2011 17:32 by reidiary

 
"The Past Is A Portal To The Future"





                   Mon, Feb 14th, 2011



                                                                    Day 45 Of The Year 
 
 

   



             On This Day:

1349: 2,000 citizens of the Jewish faith
            are burned at the stake in Strasbourg Germany
  
1779: Captain James Cook is killed by natives during his third visit to Hawaii
            (the Hawaiians, angered at the discovery during Cook's 2nd visit
            that the Europeans were mortal, not gods, greeted the explorer
            and crew 10 days ago with rocks and animosity
            that lead to a series of events resulting in the shooting death today
            of a minor chieftain, which, in turn, results in a mob of angry natives
            killing Cook and most of his party)
  
1794: The first U.S. patent is granted for textile machinery to 
            James Davenport of Philadelphia for a carding & spinning machine
  
1803: A patent for the apple parer is granted to
            Moses Coats of Downington Pennsylvania 
 
1859: Oregon becomes the 33rd state of the Union
  
1876: Alexander Graham Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents.
           The U.S. Supreme Court eventually rules Bell to be the rightful inventor 
           (Gray filed 2 hours after Bell) 
 
1888: Thomas A. Edison is granted a patent (No. 278,044)
            for a "Telephone-Transmitter"
  
1894: Venus is both a morning star & evening star today
  
1899: Congress approves, and President McKinley signs into law,
            legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections
  
1912: Arizona becomes America's 48th state
  
1918: The USSR adopts the New Style (Gregorian) calendar
  
1945: Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador join the United Nations
  
1946: Through the newspaper accounts on this date, the world first
            becomes aware of a new post-war technology - ENIAC
            (Electronic Numeric Integrator And Calculator),
            a then-mysterious machine later called a "computer,"
            at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
  
1951: Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes the middleweight title
  
1956: Khrushchev denounces Stalin at the USSR Communist Party Conference
  
1958: The Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan comes into force 
 
1961: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first produced in Berkeley California
  
1962: President John F. Kennedy
           authorizes the U.S. military advisors in Vietnam to return fire if fired upon
  
1962: First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts a televised tour of the White House
  
1963: The U.S. launches the communications satellite Syncom 1
  
1966: Philadelphia 76er Wilt Chamberlain sets an NBA record, 
            with a career high of 20,884 points after 7 seasons playing pro basketball 
 
1971: The motion picture “Ben Hur” is first shown on television
  
1972: The USSR launches Luna 20 (an unmanned probe
            that soft-lands on the Moon and successfully returns to Earth)
  
1979: Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is kidnapped in Kabul
            by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout
            between his abductors and police
  
1984: Six-year old Stormie Jones 
            becomes the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient
            in an operation performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (
            she lives until November 1990) 
 
1985: Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  
1987: Dick Baldwin becomes college's most winning coach by surpassing
            Adolph Rupp’s record for the most college career coaching wins
            (876 wins at Broome County Community College in New York)
  
1987: The largest crowd (57,745 fans) attended an NBA game 
            (Silverdome Stadium in Pontiac Michigan; the Detroit Pistons
            beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 125-107)
  
1988: Bobby Allison, at 50, becomes the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500
  
1989: In a fatwa, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie,
            author of “The Satanic Verses,” a novel condemned as blasphemous
  
1989: Union Carbide is ordered to pay $470 million to the government of India
            in a court-ordered settlement of the gas leak disaster in Bhopal India
  
1992: The European Community,
            and the seven-nation European Free Trade Association,
            reach the final terms necessary for the creation of
            the world's biggest single market 
 
1995: Peru declares a cease-fire at the end of a 19-day-old border war with Ecuador
  
2002: Defending himself against war crimes charges,
            former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic justifies
            his actions as a “struggle against terrorism”
            and states that he is a victim of “terrible fabrication” 




                                  Born On This Day:

1869: Charles Wilson, English physicist (Wilson cloud chamber-Nobel) (142 years ago)

1881: Otto Selz, German psychologist (130 years ago)
  
1917: Herbert A Hauptman, NYC, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985) (94 years ago)
  
1931: Vic Morrow, Bronx NY, actor (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie)
            (80 years ago)
  
1932: Brian Kelly, Detroit Michigan, actor (Porter Rickes-Flipper, Straightaway)
            (79 years ago)
  
1935: David Wilson, British governor (Hong Kong) (76 years ago)
  
1935: Mickey Wright, San Diego CA, golfer (4-time female U.S. Open LPGA champ)
            (76 years ago)
  
1945: Hans Adam, prince of Liechtenstein (66 years ago)
  
1946: Tim Buckley, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears-When I Die) (65 years ago)
  
1947: Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
            (64 years ago)
  
1947: Pham Tuan, first Vietnamese space traveler (on board Soyuz 37)
            (64 years ago)
  
1951: Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United) (60 years ago)
  
1967: Manuela Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis player (1984 U.S. Open Mixed)
            (44 years ago) 




                                                                         Today Is: 

       (World) St Valentine's Day (269)

       (Bulgaria) Viticulturists' Day/Trifon Zarezan, cult of Dionysus

       (Denmark) Gaekkebrev/Fjortende Februar-gift exchanges by school kids

       (Mexico) Day of National Mourning (Vincent Guerrero-1831)







                 There are 320 days left in this year. 





 

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