Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011
On This Day
1836 - Texas declared its independence from Mexico
and an ad interim government was formed.
1866 - Excelsior Needle Company
began making sewing machine needles.
1877 - In the U.S.,
Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner
of the 1876 presidential election
by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however,
had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
1899 - Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
was established by the U.S. Congress.
1899 - U.S. President McKinley signed a measure
that created the rank of Admiral for the U.S. Navy.
The first admiral was George Dewey.
1901 - The first telegraph company in Hawaii opened.
1903 - The Martha Washington Hotel
opened for business in New York City.
The hotel had 416 room
and was the first hotel exclusively for women.
1908 - In Paris,
Gabriel Lippmann introduced three-dimensional
color photography at the Academy of Sciences.
1917 - The Russian Revolution
began with Czar Nicholas II abdicating.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
1949 - The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II
landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane
had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.
1962 - Wilt 'The Stilt' Chamberlain scored 100 points
against the New York Knicks 169-147.
Chamberlain broke several NBA records in the game.
1969 - In Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde
made its first test flight.
1983 - The U.S.S.R. performed an underground nuclear test.
1985 - The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS
that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly
contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply.
1986 - Corazon Aquino
was sworn into office as president of the Philippines.
Her first public declaration was to restore the civil rights
of the citizens of her country.
1989 - Representatives from the 12 European Community nations
all agreed to ban all production of CFCs
(chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.
1995 - Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev
was killed by a gunman in Moscow.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council endorses
U.N. chief Kofi Annan's deal
to open Iraq's presidential palaces to arms inspectors.
1998 - Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated
that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean
and a source of interior heat.
2000 - In Great Britain, Chile's former President
Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was freed from house arrest
and allowed to return to Chile.
Britain's Home Secretary Jack Straw had concluded that
Pinochet was mentally and physically unable to stand trial.
Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland had sought
the former Chilean leader on human-rights violations.
2004 - NASA announced that
the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence
that water had existed on Mars in the past.
Mikhail Gorbachev 1931 - Former Soviet President
Karen Carpenter 1950 - Singer (The Carpenters)
Jay Osmond 1955 - Singer (The Osmond Brothers)
Jon Bon Jovi 1962 - Musician (Bon Jovi)
Daniel Craig 1968 - Actor
Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the dumb can understand.