Saturday, March 1, 2008

DBKP Today in Weird History: March 1, 2008

WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTER, KIDNAPPED, POLITICS, CIVIL RIGHTS, PARKS, WRONG ASSESSMENTS, We SUPPORT THE TROOPS, EXECUTED, SCANDAL, MURDER, CALENDARS, BLOODBATH, CITIES, CUISINE, DEATH PENALTY, MYSTERY SHIP, UPSETS, STAMPS, GERONIMO, PANIC, NAZIS, LEVIATHAN, LABOR, JEWS, SPIES, UNREST, IRONIC, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, BLUELIGHT SPECIAL, MARRIAGE, CULTS, WATERGATE, CREDIT, GRAVE ROBBERS, CLIMATE CHANGE, BORN, BIRTHDAYS, DEATH


KIDNAPPED!

1932 Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)

WAR!

1896 Battle of Adua: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians.

2003 Iraq began complying with orders from U.N. weapons inspectors to destroy its Al Samoud II missiles. The United Arab Emirates called for Saddam Hussein to step down, the first Arab country to do so publicly. Turkey's parliament dealt a stunning blow to U.S. war planning by failing to approve a bill allowing in American combat troops to open a northern front against Iraq.

TERRORISM

1954 Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.

1981 Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.

2003 Suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured by CIA and Pakistani agents.

DISASTER

1910 3 passenger trains buried at Steven's Pass in Cascade Range: 118 die; Worst snowslide in US history.

1962 American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95.

1965 Gas explosion kills 28 in apartment complex (La Salle Québec Canada).

1982 5 die as ski lift malfunctions a Lúz-Ardiden in Pyrenees.

2007 Tornadoes killed 20 people in the Midwest and Southeast, including eight students at Enterprise High School in Alabama.

CUISINE

1784 E Kidner opens 1st cooking school, in Great Britain.

IRONIC

1954 Ted Williams fractures collarbone in 1st game of spring training after flying 39 combat missions without injury in Korean War.

GRAVE ROBBERS

1978 Charlie Chaplin's coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery.

UPSETS

1866 Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads on Rio Parana.

GERONIMO!

1912 Albert Berry makes 1st parachute jump from an airplane.

MYSTERY SHIP

1854 SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbor & is never seen again.

WRONG ASSESSMENTS

1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt returns from the Yalta conference and pronounces to Congress that it's a success.

CLIMATE CHANGE

1980 Snow falls in Florida.

CULTS

1970 Charles Manson's album "Lie" is released.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1957 Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor.

1968 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return.

BLUELIGHT SPECIAL

1962 K-Mart opens.

UNREST

1954 Rebellion during visit of President Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die.

PANIC

1933 Bank holidays declared in 6 states, to prevent run on banks.

LEVIATHAN

1937 1st permanent automobile license plates issued (Connecticut).

1946 British Govt takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years.

1994 Senate rejects a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

1996 Plans approved allowing traffic cameras High Harrington & Shap England.

DEATH PENALTY

1847 Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state).

WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS

2007 An independent commission concluded the National Guard and Reserves weren't getting enough money or equipment.

CREDIT

1977 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for their credit cards.

SPIES

1950 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London).

MARRIAGE

1968 Singers Johnny Cash (36) & June Carter (38) wed.

CALENDARS

1 -BC- Start of revised Julian calendar in Rome.

WATERGATE

1974 Watergate grand jury indicts 7 Presidential aides.

EXECUTED

1947 J Boogaard Nazi collaborator in the Netherlands, executed.

POLITICS

1781 the Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation to be in force, following ratification by Maryland.

1790 President Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census.

1803 Ohio becomes 17th state.

1845 President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.

1867 Nebraska became the 37th state.

1967 U.S. Representative Adam Clayton Powell of New York, accused of misconduct, was denied his seat in the 90th Congress. (The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that Powell had to be seated.)

CITIES

1642 Georgeana (York) ME became the 1st incorporated American city.

LABOR

1937 US Steel raises workers' wages to $5 a day.

MURDER

1995 Vladislav Listyev Russian TV-journalist, murdered at 38.

NAZIS

1941 Himmler inspects Auschwitz concentration camp.

CIVIL RIGHTS

1780 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only).

1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive an American medical degree, from the New England Female Medical College in Boston.

JEWS

1942 Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews.

1943 Jewish old age home for disabled in Amsterdam raided.

1955 Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48.

BLOODBATHS

1562 Blood bath at Vassy; General de Guise allows the murder of 1200 Huguenots.

1811 Egyptian king Muhammad Ali Pasha oversees ceremonial murder of 500.

PARKS

1872 President Grant signed a measure creating Yellowstone National Park.

STAMPS

1869 Postage stamps showing scenes are issued for 1st time.

SCANDAL

2007 The Army general in charge of Walter Reed Army Medical Center was relieved of command after disclosures about dilapidated buildings and inadequate treatment of wounded soldiers.

BORN

1904 Glenn Miller bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood).

1911 Harry Golombek chess grandmaster.

1917 Dinah Shore Winchester TN, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet).

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Robert Clary is 82. Singer Harry Belafonte is 81. Former U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork is 81. Actor Robert Conrad is 73. Rock singer Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann) is 64. Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 64. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 64. Actor Dirk Benedict is 63. Actor Alan Thicke is 61. Actor-director Ron Howard is 54. Actress Catherine Bach is 54. Country singer Janis Gill (AKA Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 54. Actor Tim Daly is 52. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 51. Rock musician Bill Leen is 46. Actor Russell Wong is 45. Actor John David Cullum is 42. Actor George Eads is 41. Actor Javier Bardem is 39. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 35. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 34. Actor Jensen Ackles is 30. TV host Donovan Patton is 30. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulme is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 21.

DEATH

1991 Edwin H Land inventor (Polaroid Camera), dies at 81.

March 1, the 61st day of 2008. There are 305 days left in the year.

by Mondoreb

image: oregonlive
Sources:
* Today in History
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