Thursday, March 6, 2008

DBKP Today in Weird History: March 6, 2008

WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTER, CITIES, LAST STAND, SUPREME COURT, FREE, COMMIES, SENSATIONAL CRIME, POLITICALLY CORRECT, LOTTO, BOOTED, JEWS, SPOOKY, NANNY STATE, LOSER, MUSIC, HEADACHES, LOUD, PREMATURE, BORN, BIRTHDAYS, DEATH


HEADACHES

1899 "Aspirin" patented by Felix Hoffmann of Bayer. It soon replaces the company's best-selling drug, heroin. From 1898 through to 1910 heroin was marketed as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough medicine for children. Bayer marketed heroin as a cure for morphine addiction before it was discovered that heroin is converted to morphine when metabolized in the liver, and as such, "heroin" was basically only a quicker acting form of morphine.

WAR!

1861 Provisionary Confederate Congress establishes Confederate Army

1944 U.S. heavy bombers staged the first full-scale American raid on Berlin during World War II.

2003 A somber President Bush readied the nation for war against Saddam Hussein, hurling some of his harshest invectives yet at the Iraqi leader during a prime-time news conference.

TERRORISM

1978 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia.

1988 3 IRA suspects were shot dead in Gibraltar by SAS officers.

2007 Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Hillah, Iraq, killing at least 120 people in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims.

DISASTER

1987 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100. Belgium ferry boat "Herald of Free Enterprise" capsizes/sinks; 192 die.

2007 More than 70 people died in an earthquake on Sumatra island, Indonesia.

NANNY STATE

1921 Police in Sunbury PA issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee.

LOSER

1974 An Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo.

BOOTED

1831 Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy.

SPOOKY

1918 US naval collier "Cyclops" disappears in Bermuda Triangle.

LOUD

1982 Susan Birmingham makes loudest recorded human shout (120 dB).

MUSIC

1966 Barry Sadlers' "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks).

SUPREME COURT

1857 The United States Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, was not a U.S. citizen and could not sue for his freedom in federal court.

PREMATURE

1991 Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated; The war is over".

CITIES

In 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.

LAST STAND

In 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

LOTTO

1998 A Connecticut state lottery accountant shot to death three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.

POLITICS

2003 Democrats blocked President Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada to a federal appeals court.

2007 Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

FREE

1957 the former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.

COMMIES

1967 The daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, appeared at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, and declared her intention to defect to the West.

SENSATIONAL CRIME

1983 In a case that drew much notoriety, a young woman was gang-raped atop a pool table in a tavern in New Bedford, Mass., called Big Dan's; four men were later convicted of the attack.

POLITICALLY CORRECT

1988 the board of trustees at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a liberal arts college for the deaf, selected Elisabeth Zinser, a hearing woman, to be school president. (Outraged students shut down the campus, forcing selection of a deaf president, I. King Jordan, instead.)

JEWS

1816 Jews are expelled from Free city of Lubeck Germany.

BORN

1475 Michelangelo Buonarroti painter/sculptor/architect (David, Pi├Ęta).

1619 Cyrano de Bergerac famous nose, dramatist (A Voyage to the Moon).

BIRTHDAYS

Orchestra conductor Julius Rudel is 87. TV personality Ed McMahon is 85. Former FBI and CIA director William Webster is 84. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is 82. Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez is 81. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is 71. Country singer Doug Dillard is 71. Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., is 69. Actress-writer Joanna Miles is 68. Actor Ben Murphy is 66. Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is 64. Singer Mary Wilson (The Supremes) is 64. Rock musician Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) is 63. Rock singer-musician David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is 62. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 61. Singer Kiki Dee is 61. Rock singer-musician Phil Alvin (The Blasters) is 55. Actor Tom Arnold is 49. Actor D.L. Hughley is 44. Country songwriter Skip Ewing is 44. Actress Yvette Wilson is 44. Actor Shuler Hensley is 41. Actress Connie Britton is 40. Actress Moira Kelly is 40. Actress Amy Pietz is 39. Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is 36. Country singer Trent Willmon is 35. Country musician Shan Farmer (Ricochet) is 34. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 34. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 31. Actor Eli Marienthal is 22. Actor Jimmy Galeota is 22. Actor Dillon Freasier (Film: "There Will Be Blood") is 12. Actress Savannah Stehlin is 12.

DEATH

1935 Retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. died in Washington.

1941 John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73.

1982 Ayn Rand author-philosopher (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged), dies in New York at 77.

1998 Adem Jasari Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed.

2007 Ernest Gallo, who built one of the world's largest winemaking empires, died in Modesto, Calif., at age 97.

March 6, the 66th day of 2008. There are 300 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
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Sources:
* Today in History
* Heroin
* Today in History

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