Unerased History – February 24th

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International Pancake Day

When You Wish Upon A Star Day

Pancakes & crepes


Did you know that the first pancake-type foods were eaten by ancient peoples? They were not the same pancakes we eat today. They were simple, fried concoctions of milk, flour, eggs and spices and were called “Alita Dolcia” (Latin for “another sweet”) by the Ancient Romans. Depending upon the proportion of ingredients and method of cooking, the finished product might have approximated pancakes, fritters, omlettes, or custard. Some of these dishes were sweet (fruit, nuts, honey); others were savory (cheese, fish, meat). These ancient recipes are also thought to be the relatives of waffles, cakes, muffins, fritters, spoonbread and doughnuts. Pancakes, as we Americans know them today, were “invented” in Medieval Europe.

Throughout history, pancake ingredients (finest available wheat flour, buckwheat, cornmeal, potatoes), cooking implements (ancient bakestones, medieval hearths, pioneer griddles perched on campfire embers, microwave ovens), social rituals (Shrove Tuesday crepes, Chanukah latkes, mass quantities for community fundraisers) and final product (thick or thin, savory or sweet, slathered with butter and smothered with syrup, or gently rolled around delicate fruit) have reflected regional cuisine and local customs. Old English batter was mixed with ale. German and French pancakes, leavened by eggs and much beating, are baked very thin
and served with jam or jelly. The French crěpe suzette is folded or rolled and heated in a sauce of butter, sugar, citrus juice, and liqueur. Russian blintzes, usually prepared with buckwheat, are thin, crisp pancakes, and commonly served with caviar and sour cream or folded over and filled with cream cheese or jam. Mexico has its tortilla,which is often served folded over a bean or meat filling and topped by tomato sauce. In the United States pancakes are sometimes called battercakes, griddlecakes, or flapjacks and are usually leavened with baking powder or baking soda and are served with syrup. A pioneer favorite, still surviving in some localities, is the buckwheat cake.

“The griddle method of cooking is older than oven baking, and pancakes are an ancient form. The first pancakes clearly distinguishable from plain griddle breads are sweet ones mentioned by Apicius; these were made from a batter of egg, mixed milk and water, and a little flour, fried and served with pepper and honey. An English culinary manuscript of about 1430 refers to pancakes in a way which implies that the term was already familiar, but it does not occur often in the early printed cookery books.
Pancakes are cooked one side at a time on a griddle and flipped halfway through the cooking process to cook the other side of the pancake. The process of tossing or flipping is part of the essence of the pancake, and one of the skills that separates the experienced cook from the beginner. It is traditional to turn pancakes  over by tossing them in the air using the pan and without using any other implements. This is a tricky maneuver that requires practice to perfect.

Pancakes today are still very popular and come with interesting variations but using the same ingredients. For example, with a special “tool”, pancakes become waffles. A pancake wrapped around a sausage instantly becomes a “pig in a blanket.” Three of those can become a full breakfast.




Psalm 39: 7-11

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.
Deliver me from all my transgressions; Do not make me the reproach of the foolish. I was mute, I did not open my mouth, Because it was You who did it.
10 Remove Your plague from me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
11 When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make his beauty melt away like a moth; Surely every man is vapor. Selah




Thomas-Jefferson-100“That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”

– Thomas Jefferson


“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


quiddity (KWID-i-tee) noun:
The essence of someone or something.

A trifling point.

From Latin quid (what) which also gave us quidnunc (“What’s new?”) and quid pro quo (what) pro (for) quo (what)


303 – Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.

1616 – Qualifiers of the Holy Office concluded that a sun-centered theory was “foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical, inasmuch as it expressly contradicts the teachings of many passages of Holy scriptures.”

1607 – L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, premieres.

1711 – The London premiere of Rinaldo by George Friderich Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.

1719 – Thomas Fleet publishes “Mother Goose’s Melodies For Children”

1761 – James Otis voices opposition to English colonial rule in a speech before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts.

1796 – The Baltimore Monitor was the first US newspaper to appear on Sunday.

1799 – George Washington’d body is buried at Mt. Vernon. He died of a throat infection December 14, 1799. For months the Nation mourned him.

1803 – The Supreme Court of the United States, in Marbury v. Madison, establishes the principle of judicial review.

1813 Off Guiana’s Demerara River, the American 18-gun sloop Hornet under Captain James Lawrence sinks the 20-gun British sloop Peacock.

1821 – Mexico rebels proclaimed the “Plan de Iguala,” their declaration of independence from Spain, and took over the mission lands in California. It was short-lived because California became a state in September 1850.

1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.

1835 – “Siwinowe Kesibwi” (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the U.S.

1836 – Texan Colonel William Travis sends a desperate plea for help for the besieged defenders of the Alamo, ending the message with the famous last words, “Victory or Death.”

1839 – William Otis receives a patent for the steam shovel.

1839 – John William Draper took a daguerreotype of the moon, the first celestial photograph made in the U.S. He exposed the plate for 20 minutes using a 5-inch telescope and produced an image one inch in diameter.

1857 – First perforated US postage stamps delivered to the government.

1857 – The Los Angeles Vineyard Society was organized. Land was purchased from Pacifico Ontiveros for $2 per acre.

1863 – Arizona is organized as a United States territory. The U.S. acquired the region under the terms of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. Arizona became the 48th state in 1912.

1863 – Civil War: Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest made a raid on Brentwood, TN.

1864 – Civil War: Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard’s Roost).

1864 – Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first Black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College. She worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts.

1865 – Civil War: Captain Henry S. Stellwagen in the U.S.S. Pawnee sent Ensign Allen K. Noyes with the U.S.S. Catalpa and Mingoe up the Peedee River to accept the surrender of the evacuated city of Georgetown.

1866 – In Washington, DC, an American flag made entirely of American bunting was displayed for the first time.

1867 – The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson.

1868 – The first parade to have floats is staged at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1868 – Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate. He had attempted to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in alleged violation of the Tenure of Office Act.

1893 – The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America.

1895 – Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the second war for Cuban independence, which ended with the Spanish-American War in 1898. Cuban insurgents were supplied with money by US sugar planters in a move designed both to assist overthrow Spanish domination of Cuba and to prevent the insurrectionists from burning the sugar plantations.

1899 – Western Washington University is established.

1900 – New York City Mayor Van Wyck signed the contract to begin work on New York’s first rapid transit tunnel. The tunnel would link Manhattan and Brooklyn. The ground breaking ceremony was on March 24, 1900.

1903 – In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.

1912 – The Jewish organization Hadassah was founded in New York City.

1916 – Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” opened in New York.

1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if that country declares war on the United States.

1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.

1924 – Johnny ‘Tarzan’ Weissmuller broke the world’s record in the 100-meter swimming event. He did it in 57 2/5 seconds.

1925 – A thermite (magnesium) bomb is used for the first time to break up a 250,000-ton ice jam clogging the St. Lawrence River near Waddington, New York.

1928 – In its first show to feature an Black artist, the New Gallery of New York exhibited works of Archibald Motley.

1932 – Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona. The “car” was a “Bluebird” and an aircraft engine.

1938 – A nylon-bristle toothbrush becomes the first commercial product (DuPont) to be made with nylon yarn.

1938 – The role of Dorothy in “Wizard of Oz” was given to Judy Garland.

1940 – Frances Langford records “When You Wish Upon a Star“. It later became a trademark song for Disney. Performed by Kate Smith.

1942 – World War II: The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.

1942 – World War II: Admiral Halsey on board the USS Enterprise leads task force in a successful attack on Wake Island.

1942 – World War II: Approximately 1,600 Pittsburg, CA, residents of Italian descent were evacuated. Nationwide some 600,000 of 5 million Italians were undocumented and deemed “enemy aliens” until Oct 12.

1942 – The Voice of America went on the air for the first time with broadcasts in German. The US State Dept. made William Winter (d.1999) its first Voice of America three months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

1943 – In baseball, the Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WWII.

1944 – World War II: Maj. Gen. Frank Merrill’s guerrilla force, nicknamed “Merrill’s Marauders,” begin a campaign in northern Burma.

1945 – World War II: On Iwo Jima, forces of US 5th Amphibious Corps continue to advance northward and capture part of the island’s second airfield.

1945 – World War II: U.S. troops liberated the Philippine city of Manila from the Japanese.

1949 – V-2/WAC-Corporal first rocket to outer space, White Sands NM. Between April 16, 1946 and September 19, 1952, von Braun and General Electric launched more than sixty V2s from the White Sands Proving Grounds as a part of Project Hermes.

1951 – CHART TOPPERS – If by Perry Como, “My Heart Cries for You” by Guy Mitchell, “Tennessee Waltz” by Patti Page and “There’s Been a Change in Me” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.

1951 – Korean War: Army Major General Bryant E. Moore, commander of IX Corps, died suddenly of a heart attack. Major General O. P. Smith assumed command, becoming the only Marine to command a major Army unit during the Korean War.

1951 – Korean War: The 315th Air Division dropped a record 333 tons of cargo to front-line troops using 67 C-119 and two C-46 aircraft.

1952 – Korean War: The U.S. 40th Infantry Division (CAARNG) launched the largest tank raid since the beginning of the Korean War. It was the largest deployment of armor without infantry support in a single engagement during the war.

1955 – The Cole Porter musical “Silk Stockings” opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway for 461 performances.

1955 – President Eisenhower met with newspaper publisher Roy Howard and expressed his resistance under pressure to commit American troops to Vietnam. The conversation was recorded on a dictabelt machine that Eisenhower had secretly installed in the president’s office.

1956 – The city of Cleveland, OH invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.

1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets began recording “That’ll Be the Day.”

1958 – “Get a Job” by the Silhouettes topped the charts.

1959 – CHART TOPPERS – “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price, “Donna” by Ritchie Valens, The All American Boy” by Bill Parsons and “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” by Johnny Cash all topped the charts.

1962 – “Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler topped the charts.

1962 – New York police seized $20 million worth of heroin.

1964 – The Beatles appeared for the third time on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They appeared via tape.

1965 – The Beach Boys recorded “Help Me Rhonda“.

1967 – CHART TOPPERS – “Kind of a Drag” by The Buckinghams, “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” by The Supremes, “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny & Cher and “Where Does the Good Times Go” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.

1968 – First pulsar discovered. It was identified as CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge.

1968 – Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.

1969 – Johnny Cash recorded his second live prison performance. It was at San Quentin, CA and the song “A Boy Named Sue” was introduced.

1969 – The US Supreme Court in the Tinker vs. Des Moines School District case ruled that students had the right to express opinions at odds with the government.

1970 – National Public Radio (NPR)  is founded in the United States.

1973 – “Killing Me Softly with His Song” by Roberta Flack topped the charts.

1975 – CHART TOPPERS – “Pick Up the Pieces” by AWB, “Best of My Love” by The Eagles, “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grand Funk and “I Care” by Tom T. Hall all topped the charts.

1977 –  President Carter announced the US was cutting off all military aid to Ethiopia because of its human rights violations.

1979 – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart topped the charts.

1979 – “Roxanne” was released by The Police.

1980 – NBC premiered the TV movie “Harper Valley P.T.A.”  (1:41:43)

1980 – USA Olympics hockey team beats Finland (4-2) & wins the gold medal.

1981 – Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

1981 – A jury in White Plains, New York, found Jean Harris guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. Herman Tarnower.

1983 – CHART TOPPERS – “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin with James Ingram, Shame on the Moon” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, “Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats and “Faking Love” by T.G. Sheppard & Karen Brooks

1983 – A special commission, Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians,  of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.

1983 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1100 mark for the first time.

1984 – Last of U.S. Marines are withdrawn from Lebanon.

1985 – Yul Brynner reprised his role in “The King and I” — setting a box office record for weekly receipts.

1986 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional an Indianapolis law that defined pornography as discrimination against women.

1987 – Coast Guard attorney LCDR Robert W. Bruce, Jr., became the first member of the armed forces to argue a case before the Supreme Court in uniform.

1987 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of the Los Angeles Lakers, scores his 36,000th NBA point.

1987 – An exploding supernova was discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.This was the first time since 1604 that such an event could be seen with the naked eye.

1988 – U.S. Supreme Court defended the right to satirize public figures when it voted 8-0 to overturn a $200,000 settlement awarded the Rev. Jerry Falwell over the parody of him in Hustler Magazine.

1988 – Alice Cooper announced he would run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the “Wild Party”.

1989 – In Utah a 150-million-year-old fossil egg, still inside the mother, was found by CAT scan to contain the oldest dinosaur embryo.

1989 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.

1989 – United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, rips open during flight, sucking nine passengers out of the business-class section.

1991 – CHART TOPPERS – “All the Man that I Need” by Whitney Houston, “One More Try” by Timmy -T-, “Someday” by Mariah Carey and “Walk on Faith” by Mike Reid all topped the charts.

1991 – U.S.-led forces began a lightning, multipronged ground assault against Iraq after six weeks of intensive bombing.

1992 – Tracy Gold began working on the set of “Growing Pains” again. She had left the show due to anorexia.

1992 – General Motors announced a record $4.5 billion loss in 1991 and said it will close 21 plants and idle 74,000 workers over four years.

1992 – U.S Postal Service unveiled two designs for a commemorative stamp honoring Elvis Presley — one showing him as young rock-and-roll singer, the other at the height of his success in Las Vegas.

1992 –  “Wayne’s World” opened in U.S. theaters.

1994 – US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders labeled smoking an “adolescent addiction” and accused the tobacco industry of trying to convince teen-agers that cigarettes will make them sexy and successful.

1995 – Diver Greg Louganis, who won four gold medals in the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, revealed he had AIDS.

1994 – In Los Angeles, Garrett Morris was shot during a robbery attempt. He eventually recovered from his injury. Garrett was one of the original cast members on “Saturday Night Live.”

1995 – Under pressure from farm-state Republicans, House leaders abandoned a campaign promise to disband the food stamp program.

1995 – The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.

1996 – Cuba shot down two unarmed planes flown by pilots belonging to a Cuban exile group who were looking for boat people to rescue. Cuba claimed the planes violated Cuban airspace. Four men were killed and three were US citizens.

1997 – The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective “morning-after” pills for preventing pregnancy.

1999 – The Senate voted overwhelmingly to give the nation’s military the biggest benefits increase since the early 1980s.

1999 – The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in a  bungled armed robbery where a bank manager was killed and a female teller was seriously injured , in spite of Germany’s legal action to attempt to save him. The bank was a Valley National Bank housed in a double-wide mobile home in Marana, AZ.

2000 – In Arizona, Salvatore Gravano, “Sammy the Bull,” was arrested for financing a drug ring led by Michael Papa, the founding member of a white supremacist gang.

2000 – The state of Texas executed Betty Lou Beets, 62, by injection for the 1983 murder of her fifth husband. Governor George W. Bush refused to intervene. She was the 2nd woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.

2001 – Colin Powell arrived in the Middle East on his first overseas trip as U.S. secretary of State.

2001 – The US Navy and Coast Guard captured ten men and 8.8 tons of cocaine on a Belize-flagged fishing boat 250 miles west of Acapulco.

2002 – The Winter Olympics concluded at Salt Lake City with the United States winning thirty-four medals, ten of them gold, its most medals in Winter Games history and one fewer than medals champ Germany.

2003 – Dan Rather interviewed Saddam Hussein via satellite and Hussein proposed a live debate with Pres. Bush.

2004 – U.S. President George Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in the United States.

2004 – The first charges were filed against two detainees in Guantanamo.

2005 –  In Ohio, Rosemarie Essa was killed in a car crash after losing consciousness. Her husband  was convicted of lacing her calcium supplement with cyanide so that he could be with his mistress.

2006 – Judge Walter Steed, a small-town judge with three wives, was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court for violating the state’s bigamy law.

2006 – South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.

2007 – “Better late than never”, The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery.

2007 – In Arkansas tornado winds injured forty people and damaged dozens of homes and businesses. Much of the town of Dumas was destroyed. The Midwest storm system was blamed for eight traffic deaths, seven in Wisconsin and one in Kansas.

2007 – Broncos running back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis.

2007 – In the 27th annual Razzie Awards the film “Basic Instinct 2” was named worst picture of the year.

2008 – The Cuban National Assembly named Raúl Castro, the 76-year-old armed forces minister, to succeed Fidel Castro, his brother, as president.

2009 – Obama addressed the US Congress and the American people to tap the deep well of American optimism. Themes of responsibility, accountability and, above all, national community rang throughout an address carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Republican leaders called his plan irresponsible and certain to increase taxes and federal debt.

2009 –  A rocket carrying a NASA satellite crashed near Antarctica after a failed launch, ending a $280 million mission to track global warming from space.

2010 –  In San Jose, Ca., stealth start-up Bloom Energy publicly unveiled an innovative fuel cell that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to even remote corners of the world.

2010 –  In Orlando, Florida, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed after Tilikum, a 12,000 pound killer whale, grabbed her hair and pulled her under water.

2011 –  Toyota recalls more than two million vehicles in the United States to address problems with accelerator pedals being trapped in floormats.

2011 –  US authorities arrest more than sixty suspected members of Mexican drug cartels following the execution of a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent in Mexico last week.

2011 –  The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off for its final mission.

2011 –  President Obama informed Congress that he would not enforce the laws with which he disagreed. He issues executive orders instead of requesting Congressional action.

2012 – At least twelve people are killed in the deadliest day of protests so far resulting from U.S. soldiers incineration of copies of the Koran in Afghanistan.

2013 – Jimmie Johnson wins the 2013 Daytona 500. Pole winner Danica Patrick finishes eighth, marking the highest ever finish by a woman.





1709 – Jacques de Vaucanson, French inventor who is credited with creating the world’s first true robots, as well as for creating the first completely automated loom. (d. 1782)
1723 – John Burgoyne, British general,  politician and dramatist. During the American War of Independence, on October 17, 1777, at the Saratoga he surrendered his army of 9,000 men. (d. 1792)
1786 – Wilhelm Grimm, German philologist and folklorist the younger of the Brothers Grimm. (d. 1859)
1786 –  Martin W. Bates, American lawyer and politician (d. 1869)
1836 – Winslow Homer (d.1910), American painter, was born. He began his career as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly during America’s CIVIL WAR. He is believed to have died a virgin and took up a hermit’s life in his mid 40s.
1885 – Chester Nimitz, U.S. admiral who held the dual command of Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet (“CinCPac” pronounced “sink-pack”), for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CinCPOA), for U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II. (d. 1966)
1921 – Douglass Watson, American actor. Before his acting career, he received two Purple Heart awards for his service in World War II.
1925 – Bud Day, American pilot and colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2013)
1933 – Judah Folkman is best known for his research on angiogenesis and vasculogenesis, processes where tumors generate tiny blood vessels to nourish themselves.
1938 – Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer, the co-founder and Chairman of Nike, Inc.
1942 – Joe Lieberman, American politician
1943 – Terry Semel is an American corporate executive who was the chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Incorporated.
1955 – Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer  (co-founder (Apple Computer))
1956 – Paula Zahn, American journalist
1966 – Billy Zane, American actor
|1968 – Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (d. 2005)
1970 – Kienast quintuplets, American quintuplets
1977 – Floyd Mayweather Jr, is an undefeated American professional boxer who has a record of 39-0 (25 KOs).


LEVITOW, JOHN L.State of Connecticut



Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 3d Special Operations Squadron. Place and date: Long Binh Army post, Republic of Vietnam,  February 24th, 1969. Entered service at: New Haven, Conn. Born: 1 November 1945, Hartford, Conn. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Levitow (then A1c.), U.S. Air Force, distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while assigned as a loadmaster aboard an AC-47 aircraft flying a night mission in support of Long Binh Army post. Sgt. Levitow’s aircraft was struck by a hostile mortar round. The resulting explosion ripped a hole two feet in diameter through the wing and fragments made over thirty-five hundred holes in the fuselage. All occupants of the cargo compartment were wounded and helplessly slammed against the floor and fuselage. The explosion tore an activated flare from the grasp of a crewmember who had been launching flares to provide illumination for Army ground troops engaged in combat. Sgt. Levitow, though stunned by the concussion of the blast and suffering from over forty fragment wounds in the back and legs, staggered to his feet and turned to assist the man nearest to him who had been knocked down and was bleeding heavily. As he was moving his wounded comrade forward and away from the opened cargo compartment door, he saw the smoking flare ahead of him in the aisle. Realizing the danger involved and completely disregarding his own wounds, Sgt. Levitow started toward the burning flare. The aircraft was partially out of control and the flare was rolling wildly from side to side. Sgt. Levitow struggled forward despite the loss of blood from his many wounds and the partial loss of feeling in his right leg. Unable to grasp the rolling flare with his hands, he threw himself bodily upon the burning flare. Hugging the deadly device to his body, he dragged himself back to the rear of the aircraft and hurled the flare through the open cargo door. At that instant the flare separated and ignited in the air, but clear of the aircraft. Sgt. Levitow, by his selfless and heroic actions, saved the aircraft and its entire crew from certain death and destruction. Sgt. Levitow’s gallantry, his profound concern for his fellowmen, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.







Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 21st. Tactical Air Support Squadron, Nha Trang AFB, RVN. Place and date: Near Dalat, Republic of Vietnam, February 24th,  1967. Entered service at: Atlanta, Ga. Born: 26 July 1933, Cornelia, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. As a forward air controller Capt. Wilbanks was pilot of an unarmed, light aircraft flying visual reconnaissance ahead of a South Vietnam Army Ranger Battalion. His intensive search revealed a well-concealed and numerically superior hostile force poised to ambush the advancing rangers. The Viet Cong, realizing that Capt. Wilbanks’ discovery had compromised their position and ability to launch a surprise attack, immediately fired on the small aircraft with all available firepower. The enemy then began advancing against the exposed forward elements of the ranger force which were pinned down by devastating fire. Capt. Wilbanks recognized that close support aircraft could not arrive in time to enable the Rangers to withstand the advancing enemy, onslaught. With full knowledge of the limitations of his unarmed, unarmored, light reconnaissance aircraft, and the great danger imposed by the enemy’s vast firepower, he unhesitatingly assumed a covering, close support role. Flying through a hail of withering fire at treetop level, Capt. Wilbanks passed directly over the advancing enemy and inflicted many casualties by firing his rifle out of the side window of his aircraft. Despite increasingly intense antiaircraft fire, Capt. Wilbanks continued to completely disregard his own safety and made repeated low passes over the enemy to divert their fire away from the rangers. His daring tactics successfully interrupted the enemy advance, allowing the rangers to withdraw to safety from their perilous position. During his final courageous attack to protect the withdrawing forces, Capt. Wilbanks was mortally wounded and his bullet-riddled aircraft crashed between the opposing forces. Capt. Wilbanks’ magnificent action saved numerous friendly personnel from certain injury or death. His unparalleled concern for his fellow man and his extraordinary heroism were in the highest traditions of the military service, and have reflected great credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.





Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Lumboy, Luzon, Philippine Islands, February 24th,  1945. Entered service at: Richard City, Tenn. Born: 7 May 1914, Dunlap, Tenn. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He was a platoon guide in an assault on a camouflaged entrenchment defended by machineguns, rifles, and mortars. When his men were pinned down by two enemy machineguns, he voluntarily advanced under heavy fire to within twenty yards of one of the guns and attacked it with a hand grenade. The enemy, however, threw the grenade back at him before it could explode. Arming a second grenade, he held it for several seconds of the safe period and then hurled it into the enemy position, where it exploded instantaneously, destroying the gun and crew. He then moved toward the remaining gun, throwing grenades into enemy foxholes as he advanced. Inspired by his actions, one squad of his platoon joined him. After he had armed another grenade and was preparing to throw it into the second machinegun position, six enemy soldiers rushed at him. Knowing he could not dispose of the armed grenade without injuring his comrades, because of the intermingling in close combat of the men of his platoon and the enemy in the melee which ensued, he deliberately covered the grenade with his body and was severely wounded as it exploded. By his heroic actions, S/Sgt. Cooley not only silenced a machinegun and so inspired his fellow soldiers that they pressed the attack and destroyed the remaining enemy emplacements, but also, in complete disregard of his own safety, accepted certain injury and possible loss of life to avoid wounding his comrades.

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Unerased History – February 23rd

Posted by Wayne Church on February 23, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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Iwo Jima Day (flag raised)



There are six Flag Raisers on the photo. Four in the front line and two in back.

The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block.

The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley).

Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

Oral History- Iwo Jima Flag Raising

Related Resource: Battle for Iwo Jima, 1945

Recollections of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima by Pharmacist Mate Second Class John H. Bradley, USN, with the 5th Marine Division.

Adapted from John Bradley interview in box 3 of World War II Interviews, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center.

John Bradley:
I was attached to the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima and I was a member of the 28th Marine Regiment who raised the American flag on the highest point on that island which is Mount Suribachi. The company that I was assigned to hit the beach, (we were in the 9th wave); we hit the beach approximately H-Hour plus 45, which would be 45 minutes after H-hour [H-Hour was scheduled for 9:00 a.m.; the first assault wave of armored tracked landing vehicles began landing at 8:59 a.m. on 19 Feb. 1945]. When we hit the beach I was a little bit too busy to do any sight seeing at the time because we had a lot of casualties around the beach. In our company we went right up in the front lines about 45 minutes after we bit the beach and we stayed there. The 28th Marines sector of that island was the southern tip of Iwo Jima which Mount Suribachi was on.

In the morning of D plus 4 [23 Feb.] we organized a patrol of approximately 40 men [from Company E]. And myself and another hospital corpsmen by the name of Zimik (?), Pharmacist’s Mate, 2/c [Second Class] were the [medical] corpsmen attached to that patrol. At that time we didn’t know if we were going to be able to plant the American flag on the top of Mount Suribach. but previous to that the Navy [warships] gave the mountain a terrific bombarding, assisted by the Navy, Army and Marine Corps fighter planes.

We started up the mountain immediately after the Naval barrage and plane strafing was over and we reached the top. And I might add that the reason we reached the top of Mount Suribachi without a single enemy shot being fired was because the Japs were still in their caves waiting for the bombardment to be lifted. When we reached the top we formed our battle line [the platoon moved from the column formation used to climb the mountain trail to one with the squads and fireteams on line] and we all went over the top [attacked] together and much to our surprise we didn’t find a Jap in sight. If one Jap had been up there manning one of his guns I think he could have pretty well taken care of our 40-man patrol.

Well, the minute we got up on top we set our line of fire [defensive perimeter firing positions] up, the Lieutenant in charge placed the machine guns where he wanted them, had our rifle men spotted [positioned] and immediately we sent patrols to the right and to the left [on the slopes]. We went up the mountain almost in the middle so consequently we sent patrols around to the right and left to take care of any Japs that might come out. When we got there I was with the group that swung to the left and immediately the Lieutenant sent a man around to look for a piece of staff [i.e., a flagpole] that we could put the American flag on. And the Japs had some old pipes that were laying around there, they used these pipes to run water down below the mountain. And we used this Jap pipe and we attached the American flag on there and we put it up. And Joe Rosenthal happened to be there at the right time. He came up a little while after we were on top and much to his surprise the picture that is now so famous….the Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi.

After the flag was raised we went back to work taking care of [i.e., killing] the Japs that were here and there and we found many of them in caves. In fact in one cave we counted 142 Japs. And the flame throwers did a fine job on top of the mountain. We tried to talk them out. They wouldn’t come out so then we used the flame throwers as a last resort. There were numerous caves all. around there and we didn’t have one single casualty on top of that mountain. [Flame throwers were first used in modern warfare by the Germans in World War I. The flame throwers used by the Marines in this action were carried by one Marine on his back and shot a stream of flaming fuel – standard gasoline or thickened “napalm” gasoline – from 20-40 yards against enemy caves/pillboxes to kill the enemy by burning, suffocation, or shock.]

Mount Suribachi was a [volcanic] mountain approximately 560 feet high and at the top it was a hollow…it was hollow on top, with about a 20, oh, I’d say a 20-foot ledge that you could walk all a-way around before this crater sank in. This crater was, oh, I’d say approximately 50 to 60 feet deep and it was down in this crater that the Japs were honeycombed in these caves. They had the caves dug in all the way around this crater. Suribachi was inactive at the time but we noticed smoke, sort of a vapor coming out of the ground up on this crater but it was purely inactive. The surface of that crater down below was warm but according to the north end that our regiment went on later, it was cold compared to that north end because that north end was really hot. In fact some of the boys received burns just from sleeping on the ground.

Bradley, in the picture which man are you?

John Bradley:
I’m the one that’s second from the right as you’re looking at the picture. And right next to me there you can see a man’s helmet sticking up, that’s Pfc. [Private First Class Rene A.] Gagnon [USMC]. The man bending over nearest to the ground is [Corporal Harlon Henry Block] [USMC]. And the one in back of us with the rifle slung on his shoulder is Pfc. Ira Hayes [USMC]. He is also a survivor. And the one in back of Hayes, is Pfc. [Frank R.] Sousley [USMC] who was later killed in action on the north end [of the island]. And there’s two men that you can hardly see in the picture, they are from, the one on the right hand side is Pfc. Rene Gagnon who is a survivor of the flag raising. And the other one in back of Gagnon is Sergeant [Michael] Strank [USMC] who was killed later in action on the north end of Iwo Jima.

Was this your first invasion?

John Bradley:
Yes it was, that was my first invasion with these Marines.

Did you go up the seaward side of Mount Suribachi or the other side?

John Bradley:
We went facing the south….we went like I said before, it was in the middle of the mountain, it wasn’t on the seaward side, [but the] land side.

Some Naval officers that have been back said that the Naval ships let a great cheer or salute when they noticed the flag up. Could you hear anything of that demonstration or see anything of it?

John Bradley:
Well, at that time we didn’t think of the significance of the flag raising but they’ve told me that they did and it seems to me that I can recall something of that. We men up on top of the mountain weren’t thinking of anything like that at the time. In fact we were all worried.

I understand this is the second flag raising that occurred there.

John Bradley:
That’s right. The first flag was a smaller flag and it was put up by Platoon Sergeant [a Staff Noncommissioned Officer rank above that of sergeant] Ernest I. [“Boots”] Thomas of Tallahassee, Florida. He was the Platoon Sergeant in charge of the 40-man patrol [not factually correct – PlSgt Thomas was the senior enlisted man in the platoon and his duty was to assist the Platoon Commander, a commissioned officer]. He put up that flag about one half hour before this larger one was put up. It was so small that it couldn’t be seen from down below so our Battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Chandler W. Johnson [USMC] sent a four-man patrol up with this larger flag which is the flag you see on the poster for the 7th war Loan Drive.

None of these six men in the picture then actually carried the flag up?

John Bradley:
No sir, the flag was carried by the Lieutenant in charge of the patrol. That was the first flag. And the second flag that want up was carried, in the patrol, there was Sergeant Strank who was in the second flag raising and whose picture is on it and Pfc. Hayes and Pfc. Sousley, They were in the group of the four men that the Battalion Commander sent up with the second flag.

Do you care to identify your Lieutenant in charge of your patrol?

John Bradley:
The Lieutenant in charge of that 40-man patrol was First Lieutenant [Harold] Shrier [USMC]. He is one of Carlson’s Old Second Raiders [i.e., 1stLt Shrier was a former member the 2nd Raider Battalion, which was formed and commanded by LtCol Evans F. Carlson USMC from 1942-1943, when it was disbanded and the officers and men transferred to other Marine combat units] and he worked up from an enlisted man and he’s now a First Lieutenant. And he happened to be Executive Officer [second in command] of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines.

Do you care to tell us how you got hurt later?

John Bradley:
None of the boys got hurt or killed in action at time of the flag raising. All this took place when we received orders to go down to the north end [of the island, where the Marines were fighting to eliminate remaining Japanese-held pockets of resistance] and help them out with the fighting down there. My injury took place on March 12th which was the 22nd day of The operation. It was just about evening. I was getting things squared around my fox hole [a one or two-man fighting hole dug deep enough to protect the user from artillery fire and tanks and still permit him to stand within and fire his weapon over the top edge], getting my medical gear and personal gear arranged so that at night if we got the word to move out I’d know just where everything was and while I was arranging that–things were entirely quiet up to this time. While I was arranging this a Jap mortar shell lit [hit, or exploded] several feet from me and it caught four men and I happened to be one of them. I received wound fragments in both legs and one fragment hit my foot and it broke a bone in my foot. [Mortars are anti-personnel weapons designed to fire explosive or illumination shells at high angles over ranges up to 4,000 yards – the projectiles are fired at a high angle in order to clear obstacles between the mortar and the target, and projectiles plunge almost straight down into the target, thus hitting behind protective fortifications. Mortars were located in infantry company and battalion weapons platoons.]

I received very good medical care. Just as soon as I was hit the corpsmen were there to fix me up and the battalion surgeon sent his men up to evacuate me back to the battalion aid station, received supplementary treatment there and in a matter of three-quarters of an hour after I was hit I was back in the field hospital. The next morning I was put on a plane and flown to a rear area hospital which was at Guam. From Guam I was evacuated to Pearl Harbor. From Pearl Harbor to Oakland, California and then I received my orders to report to Washington, D.C. At this time I am a patient at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland.

How long were you on top of Mount Suribachi?

John Bradley:
We stayed there approximately three days, a little over three days and then we received our orders to go to the north end.

How long did the flag stay up?

John Bradley:
The flag stayed up all the while. That flag was never taken down.


The first flag, measuring 54×28 inches, was obtained from attack transport USS Missoula (APA-211), and raised on a 20-foot section of pipe at 10:20 a.m. Several hours later, an 8-foot-long battle ensign, obtained from tank landing ship LST-779, was raised, resulting in Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph of the flag raising. This photograph inspired the bronze monument to the Marine Corps by Felix de Welden located near Arlington National Cemetery.

For a detailed description of the struggle for Suribachi see: Garand, George W. and Truman R. Strobridge. Western Pacific Operations. vol.4 of History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II. Washington DC: Historical Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1971.

For the official US Navy history of the battle, including a description of the flag raising, see: Morison, Samuel Eliot. Victory in the Pacific, 1945. Vol.14 of History of United States Naval Operations in World War II.Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1961.



Psalm 37: 25-26

I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor His descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends; And His descendants are blessed.




Benjamin Franklin“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

–Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766



“In all things, be willing to listen to people around you. None of us is really smart enough to go it alone.”

~ John Clendenin


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1 : drunk enough to be emotionally silly

2 : weakly and effusively sentimental


155 AD – Polycarp, disciple of Apostle John, was arrested and burned at stake.

303 –  Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.

1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type.

1540 – Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado began his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.

1778 – American Revolution: Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help to train the Continental Army.

1792 – The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated. It erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners.

1795 – U.S. Navy Office of Purveyor of Supplies is established. This is the Navy Supply Corps Birthday.

1821 – The Philadelphia College of Apothecaries established the first pharmacy college, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

1822 – Boston is incorporated as a city.

1822 – Congress authorized the Revenue Cutter Service to protect the natural environment by preventing “scoundrels” from cutting live oak on Florida public lands.

1836 – The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas. Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna had arrived at the Alamo with his army. That army badly outnumbered the Texans (then called Texians). There were only about 200 men defending the Alamo.

1837 – Congress called for an inspection of the coast from Chesapeake Bay to the Sabine River “with regard to the location of additional light-houses, beacons, and buoys.”

1839 – In Boston, MA, William F. Harnden organized the first express service between Boston and New York City. It was the first express service in the U.S.

1846 – The Liberty Bell tolled for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday. A hairline fracture had developed since 1817 and a failed attempt to repair it resulted in the crack.

1847 – Mexican-American War: Battle of Buena Vista – In Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

1848 – John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States (1825-1829), died of a stroke at age 80.

1861 – ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after an assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland. Allen Pinkerton, head of a private detective agency, had uncovered a plot to assassinate Lincoln when he passed through Baltimore on his way to the capital.

1861 – Texas became the 7th state to secede from the Union.

1865 – Fort White, guarding the entrance to Winyah Bay leading to Georgetown, S.C., was evacuated upon the approach of the naval squadron and was occupied by a detachment of Marines.

1886 – London Times publishes world’s first classified ad.

1870 – Military control of Mississippi ends and it is readmitted to the Union.

1883 – Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.

1883 – American Anti-Vivisection Society was organized in Philadelphia. Organization works to end using animals in research.

1885 – John “Babbacombe” Lee survived three attempts to hang him in Exeter Prison, as the trap failed to open. His sentence was changed to life imprisonment.

1886 – Charles Martin Hall produced the first samples of man-made aluminum, after several years of intensive work. He was assisted in this project by his older sister Julia Brainerd Hall.  Prior to this pure aluminum was so rare that it was considered a precious metal.

1893 – Rudolf Diesel received a German patent for the diesel engine.

1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield. He named the candy after a nickname of “Tootsie” for his five-year-old daughter, Clara. He was America’s first candy maker to individually wrap penny candy.

1898 – Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing “J’accuse”, a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully placing Captain Alfred Dreyfus in jail.

1900 – In the Philippines, Marine Captain Draper arranged with the gunboat USS Nashville, when it next came by on patrol, to shell the village of Benictican in retaliation for a raid on a Marine water party six days before that had killed two Marines.

1903 – Cuba leases Guantanamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.

1904 – The United States gains control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.

1905 – Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club. The name came from the practice of “rotating” the meetings from office to office.

1910 – In Philadelphia, PA, the first radio contest was held.

1915 –  Nevada began enforcing convenient divorce law.

1915 –  World War I: Germany sank US ships Carib & Evelyn and torpedoed the Norwegian ship Regin.

1916 – Secretary of State Lansing hinted that the U.S. might have to abandon the policy of avoiding “entangling foreign alliances”.

1916 – The McKinley gold dollar commemorative was issued to honor the President, who had been assassinated, and funds from the sale were used to build a memorial at his birthplace in Niles, Ohio.

1921 – First US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in New York.

1926 – President Calvin Coolidge opposed a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.

1927 – The Federal Radio Commission (later renamed the Federal Communications Commission) begins to regulate the use of radio frequencies. It was established by President Calvin Coolidge.

1936 – First rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake NY. Two rocket airplanes flew across this lake, about 100 yards.

1937 – Bing Crosby sang with Lani McIntyre and his band as “Sweet Leilani” was recorded.

1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” was released.

1940 – Woody Guthrie dated his song “This Land Is Your Land” to this day. His original title was “God Bless America.”

1941 – Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

1942 – World War II: First attack by the Japanese on the U.S. mainland occurred near Santa Barbara, California. The Imperial Japanese Navy’s submarine I-17, under the command of Commander Nishino Kozo, surfaced and shelled the oil refinery nearby.

1944 – World War II: American aircraft raid Rota, Tinian and Saipan. The US forces are from Task Group 58.3 (Sherman) and Task Group 58.2 (Montgomery). The attack sinks 20,000 tons of Japanese shipping.

1945 – World War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion,28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo would later win a Pulitzer Prize.

1945 – World War II: A major new offensive by US First and Ninth Armies begins with heavy attacks along the Roer, especially in the Julich and Duren areas.

1945 – World War II: The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is liberated by American forces.

1945 – World War II: The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, free the captives of the Los Baños internment camp.

1945 – World War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed by a raid of 379 British bombers.

1945 – World War II: The Verona Philharmonic Theatre is bombed by Allied forces. It would later be re-opened in 1975.

1946 – Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita was hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.

1947 – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.

1950 – CHART TOPPERS – “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” by Bing Crosby, There’s No Tomorrow” by Tony Martin, “The Old Master Painter” by Snooky Lanson and “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” by Red Foley all topped the charts.

1952 – “Slow Poke” by Pee Wee King topped the charts.

1952 – Korean War: Air Force Major William T. Whisner, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, flying his F-86 Sabre “Elenore E,” destroyed his fifth MiG-15 to become the war’s seventh ace and his wing’s first.

1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh, PA.

1957 – “Too Much” by Elvis Presley topped the charts.

1958 – CHART TOPPERS – “Don’t/I Beg of You” by Elvis Presley, “Sail Along Silvery Moon/Raunchy” by Billy Vaughn, “Short Shorts” by The Royal Teens and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” by Johnny Cash all topped the charts.

1960 – Demolition begins on Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field (opened in 1913).

1960 – Whites joined Black students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.

1963 – The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It prohibited poll taxes in federal elections.

1963 – The Chiffons recording of “He’s So Fine” was released.

1963 – “Hey Paula” by Paul & Paula topped the charts.

1965 – Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president, the highest elective office held by a Black woman in a major American city.

1966 – CHART TOPPERS – “Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lou Christie, “These Boots are Made for Walkin” by Nancy Sinatra, “My World is Empty Without You” by The Supremes and “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.

1967 – Jim Ryun set a record in the half-mile run when he ran it in 1:48.3.

1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBA player to score 25,000 points.

1970 – Ringo Starr guest starred on “Laugh-In.” It was his first solo TV appearance.

1971 – Vietnam War: Lt. William Calley confessed and implicated Captain Ernest Medina in My Lai massacre. Lt. Calley was the only one to be court-martialed.

1974 – CHART TOPPERS – “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand, “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks, “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” by  Aretha Franklin and “Another Lonely Song” by Tammy Wynette all topped the charts.

1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.

1974 – Columbia Records released Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”

1975 – In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.

1979 – Frank E. Peterson Jr.  was the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps general. He retired in 1988.

1980 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament would decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.

1980 – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen topped the charts.

1982 – CHART TOPPERS – “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band, “Open Arms” by Journey, “Shake It Up” by The Cars and “Only One You” by T.G. Sheppard all topped the charts.

1983 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.

1985 – US Senate confirmed Edwin Meese III as attorney general.

1985 – Legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight gets mad at the referees and throws a chair on the court before getting ejected in a game against Purdue.

1985 – The TV show “Gimme a Break” was broadcast live before a studio audience. It was the first TV sitcom to be seen live since the 1950s.

1987 – Supernova 1987a: A supernova is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud. First “naked-eye” supernova sighting since 1604.

1988 – Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games.

1990 – CHART TOPPERS – “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair, Two to Make It Right” by Seduction, “Escapade” by Janet Jackson and “On Second Thought” by Eddie Rabbitt all topped the charts.

1991 – Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabia border and enter Iraq, thus starting the ground-phase of the war. (because of the time difference, it was already the early morning of February 24th in the Persian Gulf).

1991 –  “All the Man That I Need” by Whitney Houston topped the charts.

1993 – Little Richard received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

1994 – The ground breaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas occurred.

1995 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33, closing above 4,000 for the first time.

1996 – Former National Security Agency employee Robert Stephan Lipka was arrested and charged with espionage. This was 30 years after Lipka stopped working for NSA and 22 years after his last contact with the KGB.

1997 – TERRORIST ATTACK: Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City’s Empire State Building. He killed one person and wounded six more before killing himself.

1997 – A large fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.

1997 – NBC TV shows “Schindler’s List”, completely uncensored, 65 million watch.

1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal.

1997 – In Philadelphia a group of white men attacked a black family in the Grays Ferry section. Nine men were tried in 1998 and 6 were convicted on a variety of felony accounts.

1998 – The California State Supreme Court ruled that anybody can sue a corner store or gas station for selling cigarettes to minors.

1998 – Kissimmee Tornado Outbreak: Tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.

1998 – Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders. The Al Quds Al-Arabi newspaper published a statement that announced an alliance between Dr. Zawahri, head of the Egyptian Jihad, and Osama bin Laden. “We—with God’s help—call on every Muslim…to comply with God’s order to kill Americans.”

1999 – White supremacist John William King was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr. Byrd was dragged behind a truck for two miles on a country road in Texas.

2000 – At Pelican Bay State Prison in California guards shot and killed one prisoner and wounded 15 others as they quelled a prison yard riot between some 150 black and Latino inmates.

2004 – The US Army cancelled a $39 billion Comanche helicopter program after spending $6.9 billion. Boeing and Sikorsky were the main contractors.

2004 – US Education Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, to a “terrorist organization” during a private White House meeting with governors.

2005 – The New York, NY, city medical examiner’s office announced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.

2006 – A US federal judge ordered the Pentagon on to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press by March 3, a move which would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.

2006 – In New York City Michael Mastromarino, owner of Biomedical Tissue Services in New Jersey, was charged along with three others of selling body parts for use in transplants across the US.

2007 – Iraq War: Democratic Party members of the United States Senate are planning a challenge to the authority given to President Bush in 2002.

2007 –  A Mississippi grand jury refused to bring any new charges in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was beaten and shot after whistling at a white woman, declining to indict the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, for manslaughter.

2007 – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport became the first in the United States to begin testing new X-ray screening technology that can see through people’s clothes.

2008 – A B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2B).

2009 – The FBI said it has rescued more than 45 suspected teenage prostitutes, some as young as 13, in a nationwide 3-night sweep, Operation Cross Country, to remove kids from the illegal sex trade and punish their accused pimps.

2009 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 250.89 (3.4%) to 7114.78, nearly half the peak it hit 16 months ago, and its lowest close in over 11 years.

2009 – Ford Motor Co. said it has reached a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union on changes to retiree health care, becoming the first Detroit automaker to secure union concessions on the key issue.

2010 – SCHOOL SHOOTING: In Littleton, Colorado, gunman Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood (32) wounded two students at Deer Creek Middle School before math teacher David Benke (57) subdued him.

2011 – In Texas Khalid Ali-M Aldawasari (20), a native of Saudi Arabia and student at South Plains College, was arrested on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with purchases of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device. His potential targets included the home of George W. Bush in Dallas and at least 12 reservoir dams.

2011 – The Obama administration decided to stop defending a 1996 federal law banning marital benefits for same-sex couples.

2012 – Wikileaks suspect United States Army Private Bradley Manning is formally charged ahead of a court martial.

2013 – The US Air Force grounds its entire fleet of 51 $400 million F-35 jets due to a major engine technical issue. During a routine inspection of the aircraft, maintenance personnel detected a cracked engine blade.

2013 – Six tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state are leaking radioactive waste, but the leak has not posed an immediate public health risk.

2013 – A violent Daytona wreck ‘injures multiple fans’. A huge multi-car wreck at the Daytona 500 saw one car ripped in half and debris tear through the safety fence into the crowd causing injuries to several spectators. Fourteen were treated at the Speedway, and another 14 transported to local hospital facilities.

2013 – Space tourist Dennis Tito founds “Inspiration Mars Foundation” and announces plans for a privately funded manned trip to Mars in 2018.

2014 – The family of professional bass angler Jimmy Johnson, who was killed October 13, 2013, by a robber in the parking lot of Motel 6 on I-55 in Jackson, has filed a lawsuit for inadequate security against the motel owners. (See October 13)

2016 – 1989 by Taylor Swift wins the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Swift is the first female artist to win the award twice.


1680 – Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, French colonizer and Governor of Louisiana (d. 1767)
1685 – Georg Friedrich Handel, German/British Baroque composer (d. 1759)
1729 – Josiah Hornblower, American statesman and entrepreneur. He built the first stamping mill ( a stamping mill crushes ore to a finer product for further processing) and served as the representative to the Continental Congress from New Jersey in 1785 and 1786.  He was also the son of Johnathan Hornblower, the steam power pioneer. (d. 1809)
1868 – W.E.B. DuBois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
1904 – William L. Shirer, American historian. His greatest achievement was his 1960 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, originally published by Simon & Schuster. (d. 1993)
1915 – Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 “Enola Gay” over Hiroshima (d. 2007)
1940 – Peter Fonda, American actor. He is best known for the 1968 movie “Easy Rider” about two long-haired bikers traveling through the southwest and southern United States. It was an intolerant and violent world.
1943 – Fred Biletnikoff, American football player and coach.  He spent the majority of his professional playing and coaching days with the Oakland Raiders. Biletnikoff retired as a pro football player after the 1980 season.
1951 – Ed “Too Tall”  Jones, American football player in the  National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. His nickname came from his height 6’9”.
1951 – Patricia Richardson, American actress. She is best known for her role as Jill Taylor on Home Improvement.





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, (Rein), FMF. Place and date: West of Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, February 23rd, 1969. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 15 January 1948, Nacogdoches, Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machine gunner with Company E, in connection with operations against enemy forces. During the early morning hours Pfc. Austin’s observation post was subjected to a fierce ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force supported by a heavy volume of hand grenades, satchel charges, and small arms fire. Observing that one of his wounded companions had fallen unconscious in a position dangerously exposed to the hostile fire, Pfc. Austin unhesitatingly left the relative security of his fighting hole and, with complete disregard for his safety, raced across the fire-swept terrain to assist the Marine to a covered location. As he neared the casualty, he observed an enemy grenade land nearby and, reacting instantly, leaped between the injured Marine and the lethal object, absorbing the effects of its detonation. As he ignored his painful injuries and turned to examine the wounded man, he saw a North Vietnamese Army soldier aiming a weapon at his unconscious companion. With full knowledge of the probable consequences and thinking only to protect the Marine, Pfc. Austin resolutely threw himself between the casualty and the hostile soldier, and, in doing, was mortally wounded. Pfc. Austin’s indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.




Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, 359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army Support Command. Place and date: An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, February 23rd, 1971. Entered service at: Portland, Oreg. Born: 6 October 1949, Oregon City, Oreg. Citation: Sp4c. Dahl distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a machine gunner on a gun truck near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. The gun truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding was sent with two other gun trucks to assist in the defense of a convoy that had been ambushed by an enemy force. The gun trucks entered the battle zone and engaged the attacking enemy troops with a heavy volume of machine gun fire, causing a large number of casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the attack subsided. As the gun trucks were preparing to return to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding. Instantly realizing the great danger, Sp4c. Dahl called a warning to his companions and threw himself directly onto the grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Sp4c. Dahl saved the lives of the other members of the truck crew while sacrificing his own. Sp4c. Dahl’s conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit and the U.S. Army.





Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 44th Infantry Platoon, 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Hau Nghia, Province, Republic of Vietnam, February 23rd,  1969. Entered service at: Fairmont, W. Va. Born: 24 January 1945, Cumberland, Md. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Hartsock, distinguished himself in action while serving as section leader with the 44th Infantry Platoon. When the Dau Tieng Base Camp came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, S/Sgt. Hartsock and his platoon commander spotted an enemy sapper squad which had infiltrated the camp undetected. Realizing the enemy squad was heading for the brigade tactical operations center and nearby prisoner compound, they concealed themselves and, although heavily outnumbered, awaited the approach of the hostile soldiers. When the enemy was almost upon them, S/Sgt. Hartsock and his platoon commander opened fire on the squad. As a wounded enemy soldier fell, he managed to detonate a satchel charge he was carrying. S/Sgt. Hartsock, with complete disregard for his life, threw himself on the charge and was gravely wounded. In spite of his wounds, S/Sgt. Hartsock crawled about five meters to a ditch and provided heavy suppressive fire, completely pinning down the enemy and allowing his commander to seek shelter. S/Sgt. Hartsock continued his deadly stream of fire until he succumbed to his wounds. S/Sgt. Hartsock’s extraordinary heroism and profound concern for the lives of his fellow soldiers were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S.




Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, February 23rd,  1969. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 30 July 1948, Aurora, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machinegun squad leader with Company M, in action against the enemy. The 2d Platoon of Company M was dispatched to the Bo Ban area of Hieu Duc District to assist a squad from another platoon which had become heavily engaged with a well entrenched enemy battalion. While moving through a rice paddy covered with tall grass L/Cpl. Weber’s platoon came under heavy attack from concealed hostile soldiers. He reacted by plunging into the tall grass, successfully attacking one enemy and forcing eleven others to break contact. Upon encountering a second North Vietnamese Army soldier he overwhelmed him in fierce hand-to-hand combat. Observing two other soldiers firing upon his comrades from behind a dike, L/Cpl. Weber ignored the frenzied firing of the enemy and racing across the hazardous area, dived into their position. He neutralized the position by wrestling weapons from the hands of the two soldiers and overcoming them. Although by now the target for concentrated fire from hostile riflemen, L/Cpl. Weber remained in a dangerously exposed position to shout words of encouragement to his emboldened companions. As he moved forward to attack a fifth enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Weber’s indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.




Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army. Troop E, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, February 23rd, 1945. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Birth: Buffalo, N.Y. G.O. No.: 115, 8 December 1945. Citation: He was a scout when the unit advanced with tanks along a street in Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Without warning, enemy machinegun and rifle fire from concealed positions in the Customs building swept the street, striking down the troop commander and driving his men to cover. As the officer lay in the open road, unable to move and completely exposed to the pointblank enemy fire, Pfc. Grabiarz voluntarily ran from behind a tank to carry him to safety, but was himself wounded in the shoulder. Ignoring both the pain in his injured useless arm and his comrades’ shouts to seek the cover which was only a few yards distant, the valiant rescuer continued his efforts to drag his commander out of range. Finding this impossible, he rejected the opportunity to save himself and deliberately covered the officer with his own body to form a human shield, calling as he did so for a tank to maneuver into position between him and the hostile emplacement. The enemy riddled him with concentrated fire before the tank could interpose itself. Our troops found that he had been successful in preventing bullets from striking his leader, who survived. Through his magnificent sacrifice in gallantly giving his life to save that of his commander, Pfc. Grabiarz provided an outstanding and lasting inspiration to his fellow soldiers.





Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 23rd, 1945. Entered service at: West Virginia. Born: 2 October 1923, Quiet Dell, W. Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands, Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machinegun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by four riflemen, he fought desperately for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. On one occasion, he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective. Cpl. Williams’ aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789-97).

Early Life and Career.

Born in Westmoreland County, Va., on Feb. 22, 1732, George Washington was the eldest son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington, who were prosperous Virginia gentry of English descent. George spent his early years on the family estate on Pope’s Creek along the Potomac River. His early education included the study of such subjects as mathematics, surveying, the classics, and “rules of civility.” His father died in 1743, and soon thereafter George went to live with his half brother Lawrence at Mount Vernon, Lawrence’s plantation on the Potomac. Lawrence, who became something of a substitute father for his brother, had married into the Fairfax family, prominent and influential Virginians who helped launch George’s career. An early ambition to go to sea had been effectively discouraged by George’s mother; instead, he turned to surveying, securing (1748) an appointment to survey Lord Fairfax’s lands in the Shenandoah Valley. He helped lay out the Virginia town of Belhaven (now Alexandria) in 1749 and was appointed surveyor for Culpeper County. George accompanied his brother to Barbados in an effort to cure Lawrence of tuberculosis, but Lawrence died in 1752, soon after the brothers returned. George ultimately inherited the Mount Vernon estate.

By 1753 the growing rivalry between the British and French over control of the Ohio Valley, soon to erupt into the French and Indian War (1754-63), created new opportunities for the ambitious young Washington. He first gained public notice when, as adjutant of one of Virginia’s four military districts, he was dispatched (October 1753) by Gov. Robert Dinwiddie on a fruitless mission to warn the French commander at Fort Le Boeuf against further encroachment on territory claimed by Britain. Washington’s diary account of the dangers and difficulties of his journey, published at Williamsburg on his return, may have helped win him his ensuing promotion to lieutenant colonel. Although only 22 years of age and lacking experience, he learned quickly, meeting the problems of recruitment, supply, and desertions with a combination of brashness and native ability that earned him the respect of his superiors.


French and Indian War.

In April 1754, on his way to establish a post at the Forks of the Ohio (the current site of Pittsburgh), Washington learned that the French had already erected a fort there. Warned that the French were advancing, he quickly threw up fortifications at Great Meadows, Pa., aptly naming the entrenchment Fort Necessity, and marched to intercept advancing French troops. In the resulting skirmish the French commander the sieur de Jumonville was killed and most of his men were captured. Washington pulled his small force back into Fort Necessity where he was overwhelmed (July 3) by the French in an all-day battle fought in a drenching rain. Surrounded by enemy troops, with his food supply almost exhausted and his dampened ammunition useless, Washington capitulated. Under the terms of the surrender signed that day, he was permitted to march his troops back to Williamsburg.

Discouraged by his defeat and angered by discrimination between British and colonial officers in rank and pay, he resigned his commission near the end of 1754. The next year, however, he volunteered to join British general Edward Braddock’s expedition against the French. When Braddock was ambushed by the French and their Indian allies on the Monongahela River, Washington, although seriously ill, tried to rally the Virginia troops. Whatever public criticism attended the debacle, Washington’s own military reputation was enhanced, and in 1755, at the age of 23, he was promoted to colonel and appointed commander in chief of the Virginia militia, with responsibility for defending the frontier. In 1758 he took an active part in Gen. John Forbes’s successful campaign against Fort Duquesne. From his correspondence during these years, Washington can be seen evolving from a brash, vain, and opinionated young officer, impatient with restraints and given to writing admonitory letters to his superiors, to a mature soldier with a grasp of administration and a firm understanding of how to deal effectively with civil authority.

Virginia Politician.

Feeling that the Virginia frontier was safe from French attack, Washington left the army in 1758 and returned to Mount Vernon, directing his attention toward restoring his neglected estate. He erected new buildings, refurnished the house, and experimented with new crops. With the support of an ever-growing circle of influential friends, he entered politics, serving (1759-74) in Virginia’s House of Burgesses. In January 1759 he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy and attractive young widow with two small children. It was to be a happy and satisfying marriage. After 1769, Washington became a leader in Virginia’s opposition to Great Britain’s colonial policies. At first he hoped for reconciliation with Britain, although some British policies had touched him personally. Discrimination against colonial military officers had rankled deeply, and British land policies and restrictions on western expansion after 1763 had seriously hindered his plans for western land speculation. In addition, he shared the usual planter’s dilemma in being continually in debt to his London agents. As a delegate (1774-75) to the First and Second Continental Congress, Washington did not participate actively in the deliberations, but his presence was undoubtedly a stabilizing influence. In June 1775 he was Congress’s unanimous choice as commander in chief of the Continental forces.

American Revolution.

Washington took command of the troops surrounding British-occupied Boston on July 3, devoting the next few months to training the undisciplined 14,000-man army and trying to secure urgently needed powder and other supplies. Early in March 1776, using cannon brought down from Ticonderoga by Henry Knox, Washington occupied Dorchester Heights, effectively commanding the city and forcing the British to evacuate on March 17. He then moved to defend New York City against the combined land and sea forces of Sir William Howe. In New York he committed a military blunder by occupying an untenable position in Brooklyn, although he saved his army by skillfully retreating from Manhattan into Westchester County and through New Jersey into Pennsylvania. In the last months of 1776, desperately short of men and supplies, Washington almost despaired. He had lost New York City to the British; enlistment was almost up for a number of the troops, and others were deserting in droves; civilian morale was falling rapidly; and Congress, faced with the possibility of a British attack on Philadelphia, had withdrawn from the city.

Colonial morale was briefly revived by the capture of Trenton, N.J., a brilliantly conceived attack in which Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 and surprised the predominantly Hessian garrison. Advancing to Princeton, N.J., he routed the British there on Jan. 3, 1777, but in September and October 1777 he suffered serious reverses in Pennsylvania–at Brandywine and Germantown. The major success of that year–the defeat (October 1777) of the British at Saratoga, N.Y.–had belonged not to Washington but to Benedict Arnold and Horatio Gates. The contrast between Washington’s record and Gates’s brilliant victory was one factor that led to the so-called Conway Cabal–an intrigue by some members of Congress and army officers to replace Washington with a more successful commander, probably Gates. Washington acted quickly, and the plan eventually collapsed due to lack of public support as well as to Washington’s overall superiority to his rivals. After holding his bedraggled and dispirited army together during the difficult winter at Valley Forge, Washington learned that France had recognized American independence. With the aid of the Prussian Baron von Steuben and the French marquis de LaFayette, he concentrated on turning the army into a viable fighting force, and by spring he was ready to take the field again. In June 1778 he attacked the British near Monmouth Courthouse, N.J., on their withdrawal from Philadelphia to New York. Although American general Charles Lee’s lack of enterprise ruined Washington’s plan to strike a major blow at Sir Henry Clinton’s army at Monmouth, the commander in chief’s quick action on the field prevented an American defeat.

In 1780 the main theater of the war shifted to the south. Although the campaigns in Virginia and the Carolinas were conducted by other generals, including Nathanael Greene and Daniel Morgan, Washington was still responsible for the overall direction of the war. After the arrival of the French army in 1780 he concentrated on coordinating allied efforts and in 1781 launched, in cooperation with the comte de Rochambeau and the comte d’Estaing, the brilliantly planned and executed Yorktown Campaign against Charles Cornwallis, securing (Oct. 19, 1781) the American victory.

Washington had grown enormously in stature during the war. A man of unquestioned integrity, he began by accepting the advice of more experienced officers such as Gates and Charles Lee, but he quickly learned to trust his own judgment. He sometimes railed at Congress for its failure to supply troops and for the bungling fiscal measures that frustrated his efforts to secure adequate materiel. Gradually, however, he developed what was perhaps his greatest strength in a society suspicious of the military–his ability to deal effectively with civil authority. Whatever his private opinions, his relations with Congress and with the state governments were exemplary–despite the fact that his wartime powers sometimes amounted to dictatorial authority. On the battlefield Washington relied on a policy of trial and error, eventually becoming a master of improvisation. Often accused of being overly cautious, he could be bold when success seemed possible. He learned to use the short-term militia skillfully and to combine green troops with veterans to produce an efficient fighting force.

After the war Washington returned to Mount Vernon, which had declined in his absence. Although he became president of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization of former Revolutionary War officers, he avoided involvement in Virginia politics. Preferring to concentrate on restoring Mount Vernon, he added a greenhouse, a mill, an icehouse, and new land to the estate. He experimented with crop rotation, bred hunting dogs and horses, investigated the development of Potomac River navigation, undertook various commercial ventures, and traveled (1784) west to examine his land holdings near the Ohio River. His diary notes a steady stream of visitors, native and foreign; Mount Vernon, like its owner, had already become a national institution.

In May 1787, Washington headed the Virginia delegation to the Constitutional Convension in Philadelphia and was unanimously elected presiding officer. His presence lent prestige to the proceedings, and although he made few direct contributions, he generally supported the advocates of a strong central government. After the new Constitution was submitted to the states for ratification and became legally operative, he was unanimously elected president (1789).

The Presidency

Taking office (Apr. 30, 1789) in New York City, Washington acted carefully and deliberately, aware of the need to build an executive structure that could accommodate future presidents. Hoping to prevent sectionalism from dividing the new nation, he toured the New England states (1789) and the South (1791). An able administrator, he nevertheless failed to heal the widening breach between factions led by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Because he supported many of Hamilton’s controversial fiscal policies–the assumption of state debts, the Bank of the United States, and the excise tax–Washington became the target of attacks by Jeffersonian Democratic-Republicans.

Washington was reelected president in 1792, and the following year the most divisive crisis arising out of the personal and political conflicts within his cabinet occurred–over the issue of American neutrality during the war between England and France. Washington, whose policy of neutrality angered the pro-French Jeffersonians, was horrified by the excesses of the French Revolution and enraged by the tactics of Edmond Genet, the French minister in the United States, which amounted to foreign interference in American politics. Further, with an eye toward developing closer commercial ties with the British, the president agreed with the Hamiltonians on the need for peace with Great Britain. His acceptance of the 1794 Jay’s Treaty, which settled outstanding differences between the United States and Britain but which Democratic-Republicans viewed as an abject surrender to British demands, revived vituperation against the president, as did his vigorous upholding of the excise law during the WHISKEY REBELLION in western Pennsylvania.

Retirement and Assessment

By March 1797, when Washington left office, the country’s financial system was well established; the Indian threat east of the Mississippi had been largely eliminated; and Jay’s Treaty and Pinckney’s Treaty (1795) with Spain had enlarged U.S. territory and removed serious diplomatic difficulties. In spite of the animosities and conflicting opinions between Democratic-Republicans and members of the Hamiltonian Federalist party, the two groups were at least united in acceptance of the new federal government. Washington refused to run for a third term and, after a masterly Farewell Address in which he warned the United States against permanent alliances abroad, he went home to Mount Vernon. He was succeeded by his vice-president, Federalist John Adams.

Although Washington reluctantly accepted command of the army in 1798 when war with France seemed imminent, he did not assume an active role. He preferred to spend his last years in happy retirement at Mount Vernon. In mid-December, Washington contracted what was probably quinsy or acute laryngitis; he declined rapidly and died at his estate on Dec. 14, 1799.

Even during his lifetime, Washington loomed large in the national imagination. His role as a symbol of American virtue was enhanced after his death by Mason L. Weems, in an edition of whose Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington (c.1800) first appeared such legends as the story about the cherry tree. Later biographers of note included Washington Irving (5 vols., 1855-59) and Woodrow Wilson (1896). Washington’s own works have been published in various editions, including The Diaries of George Washington, edited by Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig (6 vols., 1976-79), and The Writings of George Washington, 1745-1799, edited by John C. Fitzpatrick (39 vols., 1931-44).


Psalm 37: 23-24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LordAnd He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.



“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promAlexis de Tocqueville150ising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

Alexis de Tocqueville



“Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader’s success. He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively.”

 ~ Norman Allen


pignus (PIG-nuhs) noun, plural pignora

1. A pledge.
2. Something held as security for a debt.[From Latin pignus (pledge).]

1295 BC – The coronation of Ramses II, on whose face the sun’s rays fall each year in Abu Simbel temple.

1630 – Popcorn was introduced to English colonists by Quadequine, brother of Massasoit.

1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published. It was a 1632 book by Galileo, comparing the Copernican system, and the traditional Ptolemaic system. In the Copernican system, the Earth and other planets orbit the Sun, while in the Ptolemaic system everything in the Universe circles around the Earth. The Dialogue was published in Florence under a formal license from the Inquisition. In 1633, Galileo was convicted of “grave suspicion of heresy” based on the book, which was then placed on the Index of Forbidden Books, from which it was not removed until 1835 (after the theories it discussed had been permitted in print in 1822). In an action that was not announced at the time, the publication of anything else he had written or ever might write was also banned.

1656 – New Amsterdam (New York) was granted a Jewish burial site.

1732 – George Washington, was born at his parents’ plantation at Bridges Creek in the Virginia Colony.

1784 – “Empress of China”, a U.S. merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East.

1786 – John Adams meets with the ambassador of Tripoli in order to negotiate a settlement to end piracy on American shipping in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coasts of Portugal and Spain (Barbary Pirates). The negotiations fail.

1819 – By the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.

1847 – Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – Mexican General Santa Anna surrounds the outnumbered forces of U.S. General Zachary Taylor at the Angostura Pass in Mexico and demands an immediate surrender. Taylor refused, allegedly replying, “Tell him to go to hell.” Five thousand American troops drive off 15,000 Mexicans.

1853 – The Washington University is founded in St. Louis as Eliot Seminary.

1855 – The Pennsylvania State University is founded. It was started as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania

1855 – The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project.

1856 – The Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1860 – Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.

1861 – Civil War: Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the permanent president of the Confederate States of America on Washington’s birthday.

1862 – Civil War:  Union naval vessels entered Savannah River through Wall’s Cut, isolating Fort Pulaski.

1862 – Civil War:  Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia.

1865 –Civil War: Rear Admiral Porter’s gunboats’ bombardment cause surrender of Wilmington, NC.

1865 – Tennessee adopts a new constitution that abolishes slavery.

1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio, nominating James Black as its presidential nominee. It  is a political party in the United States best known for its historic opposition to the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is the oldest existing third party in the US. It still exists but only garnered 519 votes in 2012.

1876 – Johns Hopkins University is founded in Baltimore, Maryland.

1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and 10-cent Woolworth stores. The original name was  “Woolworth’s Great Five Cent Store”. This store soon failed. Frank opened his first successful “Woolworth’s Great Five Cent
Store” on July 18, 1879, in Lancaster, PA. The chain went out of business in July 1997.

1881 – President Hayes, whose wife is nicknamed Lemonade Lucy because she serves no alcohol in the White house, declares that no alcoholic beverages are to be sold on military posts.

1886 – “The Times” newspaper published a classified personal column, the first newspaper to do so.

1888 – John Reid of Scotland demonstrated golf to Americans at Yonkers, NY. Reid converted his lawn to six hole for golf in Yonkers N.Y., the first golf course in the US.

1889 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.

1898 – A black postmaster was lynched and his wife and 3 daughters were shot in Lake City, SC.

1900 – Hawaii became a US territory.

1901 – The steamer Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay entrance of San Francisco and some 130 people died. 80 people were rescued, mostly by Italian fishing boats and many of the dead were Chinese immigrants.

1902 – A fistfight broke out in the Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman suffered a bloody nose for accusing Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.

1903 – Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls, the river ran short of water.

1907 – It was reported that workers at the refugee camp in San Francisco’s Ingleside district had agreed the comply with a directive by commander C.M. Wallenberg to work one day per week for the betterment of the camp or miss their allotment of free tobacco.

1909 – The sixteen battleships, “the Great White Fleet” returned to Norfolk, Va., from an around-the-world show of naval power. It was the first US fleet to circle the globe.

1915 – World War I : Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.

1916 – Ernst Alexanderson was issued a patent for a selective radio tuning system.

1918 – World War I: Caused by hysterical fears of treacherous German spies and domestic labor violence, the Montana legislature passes a Sedition Law that severely restricts freedom of speech and assembly.

1920 – In Emeryville, California, the first dog race track to employ an imitation rabbit opens.

1922 – Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin.

1922 – WOR-AM in New York City NY begins radio transmissions.

1923 – The United States begins the first transcontinental air mail route. In order to keep the pilots on track, the federal government built a series of concrete arrows 50 to 70 feet long from coast to coast.

1923 – First successful chinchilla farm in US in Los Angeles CA.

1924 – Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.

1931 – Maurice Chevalier recorded “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” for Victor Records in New York City.

1932 -Purple Heart award re-instituted. The award had gone into disuse at the end of the American Revolution.

1932 – Adolf Hitler was the Nazi Party candidate for the presidential elections in Germany. The election of Hitler was supposed to mark the beginning of the Thousand-Year Reich.

1933 – Nazi Herman Goring formed SA/SS-police.

1934 – “It Happened One Night” opens at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. It was directed by Frank Capra and the leading man role was surprisingly filled by Clark Gable who was on loan from another studio. He starred opposite of Claudette Colbert.  Full Movie

1935 –  All plane flights over the White House were barred because they disturbed President Roosevelt’s sleep.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defense collapses.

1943 – The battleship USS Iowa, the first in the Navy’s 45,000 ton class, was commissioned. The ship carried Pres. Roosevelt to Tehran in Nov. and was decommissioned in 1990.

1943 – World War II: The Coast Guard Cutter USS Campbell, rammed the U-606 in the North Atlantic after the U-boat was forced to surface after having been attacked by the Polish destroyer Burza.

1943 – World War II: Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany. White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a World War II non-violent resistance group in Germany famous for a leaflet campaign in which they called for active opposition to the Nazi regime.

1944 – World War II: In the Marianas, Japanese bombers and torpedo planes attack the ships of US Task Force 58.

1944 – World War II: General Truscott takes full command of VI Corps at Anzio, replacing General Lucas.

1944 – World War II: US forces land on Parry Island, in the Eniwetok Atoll. There is heavy Japanese resistance.

1945 – World War II: US 5th Army makes some gains in mountain fighting high up in the Reno Valley.

1945 – World War II: The US 20th Corps (part of US 3rd Army) achieves most of its objectives in the area between the Saar and Moselle rivers.

1945 – World War II: The naval gun and air bombardment (by US Task Forces 52, 54 and 58) continues. Elements of the US 5th Amphibious Corps continue to make slow progress toward Mount Suribachi to the south and the airfield to the north (most of which has now been captured). There are Japanese counterattacks and infiltration attempts during the night.

1945 – World War II: German Ju88 bombers sink the SS Henry Bacon. This is the last Allied merchant ship to be sunk by German aircraft during the war.

1946 – Dr. Selman Abraham Waksman announced his discovery of streptomycin, an antibiotic.

1949 – CHART TOPPERS – “Powder Your Face with Sunshine” by Evelyn Knight, “Far Away Places” by Margaret Whiting, “A Little Bird Told Me” by Evelyn Knight and “I Love You So Much It Hurts” by Jimmy Wakely all topped the charts.

1949 – Grady the Cow, a 1,200-pound cow gets stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahoma and garners national media attention. The story goes that Grady The Cow gave birth to a stillborn calf. When the doctor removed the calf, Grady was not happy. She broke away from her attending physician and jumped into a nearby silo.

1951 – The Atomic Energy Commission disclosed information about the first atom-powered airplane.

1953 – General Mark Clark, commander in chief U.N. Command, proposed an exchange of sick and wounded prisoners. The North Koreans charged the United Nations with germ warfare.

1954 – Radio’s “Breakfast Club” simulcast on TV.|

1955 – In Operation Teapot’s second detonation, codenamed Moth, the total device weight was 445 lb (the lightest complete fission device yet fired).

1956 – Elvis Presley enters the music charts for the first time, with “Heartbreak Hotel“.

1956 – In Montgomery, Alabama, 80 participants in the three-month-old bus boycott voluntarily gave themselves up for arrest after an ultimatum from white city leaders. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks were among those arrested.

1957 – CHART TOPPERS – “Too Much” by Elvis Presley, “Young Love” by Tab Hunter, “Love is Strange” by Mickey & Sylvia and “Young Love” by Sonny James all topped the charts.

1958 – Roy Hamilton’s record, “Don’t Let Go” was the first stereo record to chart. Hamilton rose to fame in the mid-1950’s with big ballad hits like “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Hurt,” and the seminal version of “Unchained Melody.”

1958 – Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.

1958 – “Don’t/I Beg of You” by Elvis Presley topped the charts.

1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500. His winning speed was 135.521 MPH.

1960 – “Theme From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith topped the charts

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts.

1964 – “I Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles topped the charts.

1965 – CHART TOPPERS – “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “My Girl” by The Temptations, “The Jolly Green Giant” by The Kingsmen and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” by Buck Owens all topped the charts.

1965 – Vietnam: General William Westmoreland, commander of Military Assistance Command Vietnam, cables Washington, D.C., to request that two battalions of U.S. Marines be sent to protect the U.S. airbase at Da Nang.

1967 – National Football League standardizes sling-shot goal post & 6′ wide border around field.

1969 – Barbara Jo Rubi wins a United States thoroughbred horse race making history as the first woman to do so.

1969 – The last time all four Beatles were together for a recording session.

1969 – “Everyday People” by Sly & the Family Stone topped the charts.

1973 – CHART TOPPERS – “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John, “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?” by Hurricane Smith, “Dueling Banjos” by Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell and “I Wonder if They Ever Think of Me” by Merle Haggard all topped the charts.

1973 – After President Richard Nixon’s visit to the People’s Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.

1973 – United States v. Enmons, 410 U.S. 396 (1973) i decided by the Supreme Court  granted union bosses immunity from prosecution under federal law for acts of violence and vandalism orchestrated in the so-called “pursuit of legitimate union objectives.”

1974 – ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate President Richard Nixon. He was an unemployed former tire salesman who attempted to hijack a plane flying out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. He intended to crash into the White House in hopes of killing the President. Byck committed suicide by shooting himself in the head during the hijacking attempt.

1974 – LtJG Barbara Ann Allen becomes first Navy designated female aviator.

1978 – US Dept. of Defense launched the first of the satellites that later made the backbone of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

1980 – The United States ice hockey team defeats the Soviet Union team 4-3 at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in an upset dubbed the “Miracle on Ice”.
Full Game  (1:06:52)     Last Minute of the Game

1981 – CHART TOPPERS – “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, “ Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt, “Woman” by John Lennon and  “Southern Rains” by Mel Tillis all topped the charts.

1982 – Alan C. Nelson (1933-1997) became US Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization (INS) and served to 1989. In 1994 he co-authored California’s Proposition 187, an initiative to deny health and education benefits to illegal immigrants.

1983 – The notorious Broadway flop “Moose Murders” opens and closes on the same night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

1984 – The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the State of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent.

1984 – A 12-year-old Houston boy known publicly only as “David,” died fifteen days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant. He had spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease.

1986 – “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston topped the charts.

1989 – CHART TOPPERS – “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul, “Wild Thing” by Tone Loc, Born to Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi and “Big Wheels in the Moonlight” by Dan Seals all topped the charts.

1991 – The US invaded Kuwait in the Gulf War Desert Storm and quickly chased out the Iraqi forces.

1992 – President Bush renewed his attack on a Democratic tax plan, saying in a radio address that congressional Democrats were choosing “politics over duty.”

1992 – At the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, American speedskater Cathy Turner won the women’s 500-meter race.

1994 – Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.

1995 – France accused four American diplomats and a fifth U.S. citizen of spying, and asked them to leave the country.

1995 – The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified. The Corona satellites were used for photographic surveillance of the Soviet Union (USSR), the People’s Republic of China, and other areas.

1996 – The space shuttle “Columbia” blasted into orbit on a mission to unreel a satellite on the end of a 12.8-mile cord.

1997 – “Wannabe” by Spice Girls topped the charts.

1998 – The revival of “King & I,” closed at Neil Simon Theater in New York City after 781 performances.

1998 –  In Peoria, Ill., United Auto Workers rejected a new contract with Caterpillar Inc. The dispute was into its sixth year.

1999 – In New York City, Mayor Giuliani put into effect a plan that allowed police to seize the vehicles of drunken drivers.

1999 – Levi Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation gap, announced that it would close 11 of 22 US plants and lay off 5,900 factory workers.

1999 – The Pinkerton Security was sold to the Swedish company Securitas AB for $384 million.

2000 – The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of 6 returned to Cape Canaveral with over a week’s worth of radar images to map Earth.

2000 – In Jordan a 15-year-old boy, acting under Sharia Law, strangled his sister (14) in a “crime of honor” because he considered her to have shamed his family. An autopsy revealed that the girl was a virgin.

2002 – The California state Supreme Court struck down the “Son of Sam” law that required felons to turn over profits from books and movies to their victims.

2002 – A New Jersey teenager (16) was arrested for killing 6 people in a 2-day shooting spree on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

2002 – An Alabama jury found Monsanto and its corporate successors (Solutia Inc.) guilty of releasing tons of PCBs in Anniston between 1935-1979. In 2004 some 18,447 plaintiffs were scheduled to an average of $7,725, while 27 lawyers were scheduled to receive over $4 million each.

2003 – Jesica Santillan, who was made critically ill after receiving donor organs of the wrong blood type in a medical accident during a heart-lung transplant, is taken off life support after being declared brain dead after a second heart-lung transplant operation at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina..

2004 – The final TV episode of “Sex and the City” aired after a 6-season run.

2004 –  In San Jose, Ca., Ranbir Singh (43) opened fire a group of Sikh men playing cards and killed three. Singh was killed after the group turned on him.

2004 – Same-sex marriage in the United States: Saying he will defend California’s laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, state attorney general Bill Lockyer dismisses California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “order” in the San Francisco marriage licenses debate, saying his office is independent of gubernatorial power.

2005 – ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: A Virginia man was charged with plotting with al-Qaida to kill President Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted on all counts in November 2005. Originally sentenced to 30 years in prison, in 2009, his sentence was increased to life.

2005 – Researchers at Texas Tech Univ. reported that the rocket fuel perchlorate has been found in women’s breast milk at five times the average level found in dairy milk.

2006 – In Lincoln, Nebraska, eight workers at a meat processing plant claimed the record $365 million Powerball jackpot.

2006 – South Dakota’s Senate advanced a law banning abortion in virtually all cases, with the intention of forcing the Supreme Court to reconsider its 1973 decision legalizing the procedure.

2007 – The US General Accountability Office said it will cost at least $ 12 billion to clean up contamination from tens of thousands of gasoline storage tanks that were leaking underground.

2008 – The White House announces that U.S. Army National Guard Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for his service in the Korean War, becoming the first Sioux to receive the award. (U.S. Army)

2008 – Arizona Republican Rep. Rick Renzi was indicted on charges of extortion, wire fraud, money laundering and other matters in an Arizona land swap scam that allegedly helped him collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in payoffs.

2008 – John Heath (81) was sentenced In Los Angeles to 28 years in prison in an investment scam that prosecutors say seeped across half the country and bilked 1,800 people, many of them elderly, of about $190 million.

2008 – In Texas three British bankers were sentenced to just over three years in prison for their roles in a fraudulent scheme with former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow.

2008 – A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber crashes at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam. The two pilots ejected, with one hospitalized. It is the first B-2 to crash.

2009 – Mississippi Gov. Barbour said he would join Louisiana Gov. Jindal in turning down federal incentives to expand unemployment insurance coverage.

2010 – President Barack Obama put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriated consumers.

2010 – A Delaware grand jury returned an indictment on pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley of Lewes with 471 counts of sexual crimes against 103 children.

2011 –  Militant  Shawna Forde of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps is sentenced to death in Arizona for her role in the murders of Raul and Brisenia Flores.

2011 – The Iran Navy sends two ships through the Suez Canal for the first time since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

2011 – The Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives leave for other states in the U.S. rather than vote on anti-union legislation.

2012 –  A judge in Los Angeles declared the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and ordered the federal government to ignore the statute and provide health benefits to the wife of a lesbian federal court employee.

2012 –  Seven US Marines die in a helicopter crash on the border of the states of California and Arizona.

2012 – The United States Embassy in Kabul goes into lockdown as a result of the protests.

2012 – In Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., former University of Virginia men’s lacrosse player George Huguely is found guilty of second-degree murder in the  death of former UVA women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love in 2010.

2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Kadcyla, a new drug manufactured by Roche, for treating late-stage breast cancer.

2016 – Full Snow Moon


1732 – George Washington, First President of the United States (d. 1799)
1839 – Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher.  He was a lead editorial writer on his brother’s newspaper, the New York Sun, and it was in that capacity that in 1897 he wrote his most famous editorial, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. (d. 1906)
1857 – Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English founder of the Boy Scouts (d. 1941)
1857 – Heinrich Hertz, German physicist. He was the first to satisfactorily demonstrate the existence of electromagnetic waves by building an apparatus to produce and detect VHF or UHF radio waves. (d. 1894)
1889 – Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide and wife of  Robert Baden-Powell (d. 1977)
1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American writer who was an American lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. (d. 1950)
1907 – Robert Young, American actor who was best known for his leading roles of Jim Anderson, the father of Father Knows Best (NBC and then CBS) and physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC). (d. 1998)
1932 – Ted Kennedy, American politician is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.(d.2009)
1934 – Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager.  He managed the National League’s Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
1950 – Julius Erving, American basketball player commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.
1952 – Bill Frist is an American physician, businessman, and politician. Frist served two terms as a United States Senator where he became the Republican Majority Leader from 2003 until his retirement in 2007.
1962 – Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist known simply as Steve Irwin and nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter”, was a television personality, wildlife expert, and conservationist. (d. 2006)
1975 – Drew Barrymore is an American actress and film producer. She is the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors.




Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam,  February 22nd, 1969. Entered service at: Leesburg, Va. Born: 30 September 1931, Herndon, Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer of Company A, in action against the enemy in the northern A Shau Valley. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fox’s company came under intense fire from a large well concealed enemy force. Capt. Fox maneuvered to a position from which he could assess the situation and confer with his platoon leaders. As they departed to execute the plan he had devised, the enemy attacked and Capt. Fox was wounded along with all of the other members of the command group, except the executive officer. Capt. Fox continued to direct the activity of his company. Advancing through heavy enemy fire, he personally neutralized 1 enemy position and calmly ordered an assault against the hostile emplacements. He then moved through the hazardous area coordinating aircraft support with the activities of his men. When his executive officer was mortally wounded, Capt. Fox reorganized the company and directed the fire of his men as they hurled grenades against the enemy and drove the hostile forces into retreat. Wounded again in the final assault, Capt. Fox refused  medical attention, established a defensive posture, and supervised the preparation of casualties for medical evacuation. His indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger inspired his marines to such aggressive action that they overcame all enemy resistance and destroyed a large bunker complex. Capt. Fox’s heroic actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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Unerased History – February 21st

Posted by Wayne Church on February 21, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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National Cherry Pie Month

Clam Chowder Day

Cliff House


The Cliff House story begins in 1866. The Civil War was over and the nation turned its attention to reconstruction and rebuilding its spirit. One of the North’s military necessities during that war was to standardize railway gauges. This laid the foundation for a coordinated railway system. The Boston and Maine Railroad was about to add a spur to York, Maine, and this news was not lost on Elsie Jane, the wife of Captain Theodore Weare. She invested their money to buy Bald Head Cliff and began planning a resort. Her brother, Captain Charles Perkins, built The Cliff House with wood from the family lots.

The Cliff House thrived through the roaring 20’s, the shaky 30’s. And then…World War II. Not only was The Cliff House shuttered for the duration, it was literally drafted. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over the property, built a radar station and kept a 24-hour-a-day vigil for Nazi submarines in the coastal waters. German U-Boats sank 152 Allied ships in the North Atlantic in January and February of 1942. Coastal cities and towns observed nightly blackouts to prevent ships from being silhouetted against the night sky. So important was this installation on Bald Head Cliff that the Weares were barred from their own land.

When peace returned The Cliff House faced an uncertain future. Substantial damage and severe neglect had taken their toll of the property. Rumors flew that The Cliff House would never reopen. Charles, discouraged by the condition of the land and nearly broke after having been deprived of income during the seizure of the family business, decided to sell. He placed this ad in a 1946 edition of the Wall Street Journal: For Sale. 144 rooms, 90 acres, over 2500’ of ocean frontage for just $50,000.

There were no takers! So Charles turned the property over to his son, Maurice, an army veteran, who accepted the challenge with single-minded determination. Money was so scarce he even hand-rolled the mile long, blacktop driveway. In 1948, he married Charlotte Williams, The Cliff House secretary, and together they labored long and hard to overcome the countless obstacles and restore the resort’s prestige.

Since Elsie Jane first realized her dream and opened The Cliff House in 1872, there have been many changes at this Maine resort. Sensitivity to the changing needs and expectations of our guests and our willingness to evolve in anticipation of them have been the hallmarks of The Cliff House success story. One of those hallmarks is the following recipe:

The Cliff House Clam Chowder



This recipe has been on the menu since 1872.

Ingredients: Serves six.

1 slice hickory-smoked bacon, minced

1/2 teaspoon butter

1 cup onion, minced

1 medium garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon The Cliff House Spice Blend (see below)

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 can clams (6-1/2 ounces)

1 cup bottled clam juice

1-1/2 cups Half and Half

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and diced



To Create The Cliff House Spice Blend, blend 4 tsps oregano, 4 tsps dried parsley, 2 tsps marjoram, 2 tsps dill, 4 tsps thyme, 4 tsps basil, 1 tsp sage, 4 tsps rosemary, 2 tsps tarragon, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, crushing in a mortar if possible. Store in a resealable plastic bag to refrigerate.

In a heavy-bottomed, 4-pint soup kettle, sauté bacon, butter, onion, garlic and The Cliff House Spice Blend over low heat. Do not allow to brown. Drain clams and set aside, reserving the juice. Slowly stir the flour and clam juices in the sauté mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Add Half and Half and simmer 20 minutes. Add white pepper, potatoes and clams. Heat to serving temperature. Do not allow to boil, as this toughens the clams. Serve at once with crackers and warm cornbread.


Psalm 37:  7-8

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.




George-Washington-150“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”

~George Washington




The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field – and keep on doing it.”

~ Wilfred A. Peterson

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to offer as a reason in support of an argument; bring up as an example; give as proof or evidence; cite

1775 – As troubles with Great Britain increased, colonists in Massachusetts voted to buy military equipment for 15,000 men.

1782 – US Congress passes a resolution for the establishment of a US mint.

1792 – US Congress passed the Presidential Succession Act. The closest the act came to being implemented occurred in 1868, when President Andrew Johnson came one vote short in the Senate of being removed from office after being impeached by the House of Representatives.

1795 – Freedom of worship was established in France.

1804 – British engineer Richard Trevithick demonstrated the first steam engine to run on rails.

1828 – The first issue of the Cherokee Phoenix, the first American Indian newspaper in US, was printed, both in English and in the newly invented Cherokee alphabet.

1838 – Samuel F.P. Morse gave the first public demonstration of his telegraph.

1842 – John J. Greenough of Washington, D.C. patented the sewing machine.

1846 – First US woman telegrapher, Sarah G Bagley, Lowell, Massachusetts.

1848 – Former president John Quincy Adams suffers a stroke on the floor of the U.S. House; dies two days later.

1848 –  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.

1853 – US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces.

1857 – Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US.

1857 – US issues flying eagle cents. The new cents would weigh 72 grains and be composed of 88% copper and 12% nickel.

1858 – Edwin T Holmes installs first electric burglar alarm (Boston, Mass).

1862 – Civil War: Confederate Constitution & presidency are declared permanent.

1862 – Civil War: Confederate troops under General Henry Hopkins Sibley attack Union troops commanded by Colonel Edward R. S. Canby near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.

1863 – Civil War:  The U.S.S. Thomas Freeborn and the U.S.S. Dragon engaged a Confederate battery below Fort Lowry, Virginia, while reconnoitering the Rappahannock River.

1865 – Civil War:   The gunboat fleet of Rear Admiral Porter closed Fort Strong and opened rapid fire “all along the enemy’s line” to support the Army attack ashore.

1865 – John Deere received a patent for ploughs.

1866 – Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.

1874 – Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication by George Staniford and Benet A. Dewes. They gave out copies free of charge. The paper had news stories and 43 advertisements.

1878 – The first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Company of New Haven, Connecticut.

1885 – The 555-foot-high Washington Monument was dedicated.

1887 – Oregon becomes first US state to make Labor Day a holiday.

1887 – The first US bacteriology laboratory opened in Brooklyn.

1893 – Thomas Edison receives two U.S. patents for a “Cut Out for Incandescent Electric Lamps” and for a “Stop Device” .

1902 – Dr Harvey Cushing, first US brain surgeon, does his first brain operation.

1903 – Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, DC.

1904 – The National Ski Association was formed in Ishpeming, MI.

1915 – World’s Fair- Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco opens.

1916 – World War I: The Battle of Verdun in northeast France began when German artillery barraged the French lines. (one million casualties). The battle ended on December 18, 1916 with a French victory over Germany.

1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. It  was native to the eastern, midwest and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range. It was believed to be poisonous.

1920 – Robert S. Johnson, American World War II fighter ace outshot Eddie Rickenbacker when he shot down 27 German planes.

1922 – Airship Rome explodes at Hampton Roads Virginia; 34 die.

1922 – WHK-AM in Cleveland OH begins radio transmissions.

1925 – The first issue of “The New Yorker” went on sale.

1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced.

1931 – Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play first exhibition night game. Both teams combined to collect twenty-three hits during the ten-inning exhibition.

1932 – William N. Goodwin of Newark, New Jersey patented the camera exposure meter.

1937 – Initial flight of the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman’s Arrowbile. It was intended to be an aircraft which could be landed on the street, and owned by regular people.

1940 – World War II: Europe: The Germans began construction of a concentration camp at Auschwitz.

1943 – World War II: Operation Cleanslate. Troops of the US 43rd Division (commanded by General Hester) occupy Banika and Pavuvu in the Russell Islands. There is no Japanese resistance. By the end of the month about 9000 American troops occupy these islands.

1943 – World War II: The Coast Guard Cutter USS Spencer, received credit from the U.S. Navy for attacking and sinking the U-225 in the North Atlantic.

1943 – “Free World Theatre” debuted on the Blue network (now ABC radio). The program was produced and directed by Arch Oboler.

1943 – Battle of Guadalcanal ended.

1944 – “War As It Happens” news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only.)

1945 – World War II: The US 11th Corps completes the capture of the Bataan area of Luzon. Fighting on Corregidor continues, as does the battle for Manila.

1945 – World War II: “The Bismarck Sea” was the last U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be sunk in combat during World War II. The escort carrier was supporting the invasion of Iwo Jima, when about 50 kamikazes attacked the U.S. Navy Task Groups 58.2 and 58.3. The ‘Saratoga” was damaged as well.

1945 – “The Lion and the Mouse” was first broadcast on “Brownstone Theatre” on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

1947 – First broadcast of first US TV soap opera “A Woman to Remember”.

1947 – Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds. the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

1948 – CHART TOPPERS – “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” by The Art Moonie Orchestra, “Ballerina” by Vaughn Monroe, “Now is the Hour” by Bing Crosby and “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.

1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.

1951 – Korean War: The U. S. Eighth Army launched Operation Killer, a counterattack to push Chinese forces north of the Han River in Korea.

1951 – Korean War: After a two-month detachment to the ROK Army, the 1st ROK Marine Regiment rejoined the U.S.1st Marine Division.

1951 – South Carolina House urged that “Shoeless Joe” Jackson be reinstated.

1952 – The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes Identity Cards in the UK to “set the people free”.

1952 – Dick Button performs first figure skating triple jump in competition.

1953 – “The Doggie in the Window” by Patti Page topped the charts.

1953 – Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81.

1953 – Francis Crick and James D. Watson discover the structure of the DNA molecule.

1956 – CHART TOPPERS – “Rock and Roll Waltz by Kay Starr, “Lisbon Antigua” by Nelson Riddle, “It’s Almost Tomorrow” by The Dream Weavers, “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford all topped the charts.

1956 – A grand jury in Montgomery, Ala., indicted 115 in a Negro bus boycott.

1959 – “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price topped the charts.

1960 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalizes all businesses in Cuba.

1963 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1964 – CHART TOPPERS – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, “You Don’t Own Me” by Leslie Gore, “She Loves You” by The Beatles and “B.J. the D.J.” by Stonewall Jackson all topped the charts.

1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.

1967 – Vietnam War: Writer and historian Bernard B. Fall is killed by a Viet Cong mine while accompanying a U.S. Marine patrol along the seacoast about 14 miles northwest of Hue, on a road known as the “Street Without Joy”.

1967 – Ford recalled 217,000 cars to check brakes and steering.

1968 – Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000.

1970 – Jackson 5 make TV debut on “American Bandstand”.

1970 – “Thank You” by Sly & the Family Stone topped the charts.

1971 – A series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi and Louisiana killing 117.

1972 – CHART TOPPERS – “Without You” by Nilsson, “Hurting Each Other” by the  Carpenters, “Never Been to Spain” by Three Dog Night and “It’s Four in the Morning” by Faron Young all topped the charts.

1972 – The group known as Climax received a gold record for their one and only hit, “Precious and Few“.

1972 – Richard M. Nixon arrived in China for an eight-day official visit. He was the first U.S. president to visit the People’s Republic of China since its inception in 1949 and he was the first US president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the US.

1972 – The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.

1974 – The last Israeli soldiers leave the west bank of the Suez Canal in carrying out a truce with Egypt.

1974 – A report claimed that the use of defoliants by the U.S. had scarred Vietnam for century. Defoliation was meant to save lives by denying the enemy cover.

1975 – Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman, and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2.5-8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.

1976 – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon topped the charts.

1979 – Two Iowa girls High School basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters; the game was won 4-2 in the 4th overtime period

1980 – CHART TOPPERS – “Do That to Me One More Time” by The Captain & Tennille, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen, “Yes, I’m Ready” by Teri DeSario with K.C. and “Love Me Over Again” by Don Williams all topped the charts.

1981 – Dolly Parton reached the top spot on the pop music charts with “9 to 5“, from the movie of the same name, in which Dolly starred with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

1982 – “Ain’t Misbehavin'” closes at Longacre Theater,  New York City, after 1604 performances.

1983 – Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 minutes 7.1 seconds.

1986 – Ryan White (1971-1990), AIDS patient, returned to classes at Western Middle School in Indiana. He had been expelled from middle school because of his infection. As a hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment.

1986 – Larry Wu-tai Chin, the first American found guilty of spying for China, killed himself in his Virginia jail cell.

1987 – “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi topped the charts.

1988 – CHART TOPPERS – “Seasons Change” by Expose, “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” by Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield, “Father Figure” by George Michael and “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” by Merle Haggard all topped the charts.

1989 – Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling.

1989 –  President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini’s death warrant against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie “deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior.”

1991 – Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” premiered in New York City.

1992 – Olympics: Kristi Yamaguchi of the United States won the gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Albertville Olympics and Nancy Kerrigan of the United States the bronze.

1994 – Jury selection began in Pensacola, Fla., in the trial of Michael F. Griffin, an anti-abortion activist accused of killing Dr. David Gunn outside a women’s clinic. Griffin was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

1995 – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Saskatchewan, Canada.

1995 – The United States and Mexico signed an agreement to unlock $20 billion in U.S. support to stabilize the peso, but under tough conditions.

1996 – The Space Telescope Science Institute announced that photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed the existence of a “black hole” equal to the mass of two billion suns in a galaxy some 30 million light-years away.

1996 – The Glorious Church of God in Christ in Richmond, Va., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.

1997 – The Empire Strikes Back was re-released to theaters in 1997 as part of the “Special Edition” of the original trilogy.

2000 – David Letterman returns to The Late Show after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery.

2001 – The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to protect state governments from federal suits for damages filed by disabled employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2002 – It was acknowledged that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead after a video was received that showed an assailant slash his throat. On May 30, Pearl’s wife in Paris gave birth to a baby boy, Adam D. Pearl.

2002 – Olympics: Sarah Hughes (16) of Great neck, NY, won gold in the Olympics women’s free skate competition, leaving teammate Michelle Kwan to settle for a bronze.

2002 – MASS SHOOTING: In New Jersey a retired police officer, John W. Mabie (70) shot and killed his 22-year-old daughter and then killed three neighbors.

2003 – David Hasselhoff and his wife Pamela were injured in a motorcycle accident. The accident was caused by a strong gust of wind.

2003 – Michael Jordan became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to score 40 or more points in a game, getting 43 in the Washington Wizards’ 89-86 win over the New Jersey Nets.

2003 – An explosion rocked a Mobil oil refinery on the edge of Staten Island and two workers were killed.

2003 – The owners of The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., where 100 people perished in a fast-moving fire the night before, denied giving the rock band Great White permission to use fireworks blamed for setting off the blaze, although the band’s singer insisted the use of pyrotechnics had been approved.

2004 – The Mississippi was closed near New Orleans following a ship collision that left five crewmen lost.

2004 – Two International Red Cross staff members visit Saddam Hussein in United States custody.

2005 – The new Atomic Testing Museum opened in Las Vegas.

2005 – Former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush visit Sri Lanka to see marks of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake.

2006 – Taser International said it is working to deliver electricity to the human body using 12-gauge shotgun shells. Test models of the XREP reached 100 feet. The US military challenged the company to extend the range to 330 feet.

2006 – US federal courts in Ohio charged three men, originally from Jordan and Lebanon, with conspiring to kill US forces in Iraq.

2006 – Google announced that it hired Dr. Larry Brilliant (61) as executive director of Google.org, a charitable effort funded by some $1 billion.

2007 – Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA defeats Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA  in men’s basketball. It is their first win in a  playoff game in the history of the program which is over 100 years old.

2008 – Ben Chapman (1928-2008), film star, died. He played the creature in the film “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954). This movie was one of the first 3-D movies requiring special glasses to watch it.

2008 – Google Inc. said will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that’s likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the Internet search leader.

2008 – The US Navy shoots down USA 193, a spy satellite in a decaying orbit, over the Pacific Ocean. Officials believe the targeted hydrazine fuel tank was destroyed, and no longer poses a threat.

2008 – An earthquake of 6.3 Magnitude hits 11.1 miles east/southeast of Wells, Nevada. It is 2.2 miles deep, and is felt as far away as Twin Falls, Idaho, about 125 miles away, and Salt Lake City, Utah, about 180 miles away.

2009 – The US postal service released a set of six 42-cent stamps honoring a dozen early civil rights activists.

2009 – President Barack Obama ordered the US Treasury to implement tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans, fulfilling a campaign pledge he hopes will help knock the economy out of recession.

2009 – The Journal Register Co., a Yardley, Pa.-based company, filed for bankruptcy protection. The company owned 20 daily and 159 nondaily newspapers with some 3,500 employees.

2010 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour returned to Florida following an assembly mission to the International Space Station.

2011 – ConAgra lays off 234 workers from its Slim Jim manufacturing plant in Garner, North Carolina prior to the closure of the plant.

2011 – Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.

2012 –  The Obama administration is starting to shut down a program that deputized local police officers to act as immigration agents. The officers can check the immigration status of suspects and place immigration holds on them.

2012 – The International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan commissions an inquiry into allegations that Qurans were burnt at an American Air Force base as Afghans protest.

2013 – A car crash and shooting occurs at the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States. Three people are dead, and six others are wounded.

2013 – Superheavyweight amateur boxer Jerimiah Moen (29) dies in the hospital after his fight during Upper Midwest Golden Gloves tournament in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

2015 – The Willacy County Correctional Center in Willacy County, Texas is emptied of thousands of inmates the day after a riot makes it uninhabitable.

2016 – Thousands protest outside the Japanese parliament in Tokyo against the relocation of a U.S. military base on Okinawa Island. Residents cite noise, pollution, and crime as reasons for not wanting a new base built.

2016 – Kalamazoo County, Michigan authorities say last evening’s shooting spree resulted in six deaths with two others seriously wounded. Each victim was shot multiple times.The suspect was a 45-year-old man who was a Uber driver without a prior criminal record. He was taken into custody without a struggle.

2016 – Denny Hamlin wins the 2016 Daytona 500 by 0.011 seconds, the closest margin in the history of the race, and the 13th-closest in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.

1705 – Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
1721 – John McKinly, was an American physician and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a veteran of the French and Indian War, served in the Delaware General Assembly, was the first elected President of Delaware, and for a time was a member of the Federalist Party. (d. 1796)
1794 – Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, was a Mexican political leader who greatly influenced early Mexican and Spanish politics and government, first fighting against independence from Spain (d. 1876)
1893 – Andrés Segovia, was a Spanish classical guitarist born in Linares, Spain who is considered to be the father of the modern classical guitar movement by most modern music scholars. (d. 1987)
1910 – Douglas Bader, was a successful fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Bader is upheld as an inspirational leader and hero of the era, not least because he fought despite having lost both legs in a pre-war flying accident. (d. 1982)
1925 – Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)
1927 – Erma Bombeck, American humorist She became an American syndicated columnist whose column “At Wit’s End” humorously dealt with life as a wife and mother. Her work included “The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank.” (d. 1996)
1934 – Rue McClanahan, American actress
1936 – Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)
1946 – Tyne Daly, American actress
1947 – Olympia Snowe, American politician
1969 – Eric Wilson, American musician (Sublime)
1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress




Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and date: Near Hue, Republic of Vietnam,  February 21st, 1968. Entered service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 8 August 1938, Piedmont, S.C. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Staff Sergeant (then Sgt.) Hooper, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as squad leader with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily defended enemy position along a river bank when it encountered a withering hail of fire from rockets, machine guns and automatic weapons. S/Sgt. Hooper rallied several men and stormed across the river, overrunning several bunkers on the opposite shore. Thus inspired, the rest of the company moved to the attack. With utter disregard for his own safety, he moved out under the intense fire again and pulled back the wounded, moving them to safety. During this act S/Sgt. Hooper was seriously wounded, but he refused medical aid and returned to his men. With the relentless enemy fire disrupting the attack, he single-handedly stormed three enemy bunkers, destroying them with hand grenade and rifle fire, and shot two enemy soldiers who had attacked and wounded the Chaplain. Leading his men forward in a sweep of the area, S/Sgt. Hooper destroyed three buildings housing enemy riflemen. At this point he was attacked by a North Vietnamese officer whom he fatally wounded with his bayonet. Finding his men under heavy fire from a house to the front, he proceeded alone to the building, killing its occupants with rifle fire and grenades. By now his initial body wound had been compounded by grenade fragments, yet despite the multiple wounds and loss of blood, he continued to lead his men against the intense enemy fire. As his squad reached the final line of enemy resistance, it received devastating fire from four bunkers in line on its left flank. S/Sgt. Hooper gathered several hand grenades and raced down a small trench which ran the length of the bunker line, tossing grenades into each bunker as he passed by, killing all but two of the occupants. With these positions destroyed, he concentrated on the last bunkers facing his men, destroying the first with an incendiary grenade and neutralizing two more by rifle fire. He then raced across an open field, still under enemy fire, to rescue a wounded man who was trapped in a trench. Upon reaching the man, he was faced by an armed enemy soldier whom he killed with a pistol. Moving his comrade to safety and returning to his men, he neutralized the final pocket of enemy resistance by fatally wounding three North Vietnamese officers with rifle fire. S/Sgt. Hooper then established a final line and reorganized his men, not accepting treatment until this was accomplished and not consenting to evacuation until the following morning. His supreme valor, inspiring leadership and heroic self-sacrifice were directly responsible for the company’s success and provided a lasting example in personal courage for every man on the field. S/Sgt. Hooper’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army .







Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and Date: Near Hue, Republic of Vietnam, February 21st,  1968. Entered service at: Jacksonville, Fla. Born: 18 June 1942, Port St. Joe, Fla. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Sims distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily fortified enemy position concealed within a dense wooded area when it encountered strong enemy defensive fire. Once within the woodline, S/Sgt. Sims led his squad in a furious attack against an enemy force which had pinned down the 1st Platoon and threatened to overrun it. His skillful leadership provided the platoon with freedom of movement and enabled it to regain the initiative. S/Sgt. Sims was then ordered to move his squad to a position where he could provide covering fire for the company command group and to link up with the 3d Platoon, which was under heavy enemy pressure. After moving no more than thirty meters S/Sgt. Sims noticed that a brick structure in which ammunition was stocked was on fire. Realizing the danger, S/Sgt. Sims took immediate action to move his squad from this position. Though in the process of leaving the area two members of his squad were injured by the subsequent explosion of the ammunition, S/Sgt. Sims’ prompt actions undoubtedly prevented more serious casualties from occurring. While continuing through the dense woods amidst heavy enemy fire, S/Sgt. Sims and his squad were approaching a bunker when they heard the unmistakable noise of a concealed booby trap being triggered immediately to their front. S/Sgt. Sims warned his comrades of the danger and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device as it exploded, taking the full impact of the blast. In so protecting his fellow soldiers, he willingly sacrificed his life. S/Sgt. Sims’ extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.





Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Place and date: On Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 20th and February 21st,  1945. Entered service at: Illinois. Born: 19 October 1920, Abingdon, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 20 and 21 February, 1945. Defying uninterrupted blasts of Japanese artillery. mortar, rifle and machinegun fire, Capt. Dunlap led his troops in a determined advance from low ground uphill toward the steep cliffs from which the enemy poured a devastating rain of shrapnel and bullets, steadily inching forward until the tremendous volume of enemy fire from the caves located high to his front temporarily halted his progress. Determined not to yield, he crawled alone approximately two-hundred yards forward of his front lines, took observation at the base of the cliff fifty yards from Japanese lines, located the enemy gun positions and returned to his own lines where he relayed the vital information to supporting artillery and naval gunfire units. Persistently disregarding his own personal safety, he then placed himself in an exposed vantage point to direct more accurately the supporting fire and, working without respite for two days and two nights under constant enemy fire, skillfully directed a smashing bombardment against the almost impregnable Japanese positions despite numerous obstacles and heavy Marine casualties. A brilliant leader, Capt. Dunlap inspired his men to heroic efforts during this critical phase of the battle and by his cool decision, indomitable fighting spirit, and daring tactics in the face of fanatic opposition greatly accelerated the final decisive defeat of Japanese countermeasures in his sector and materially furthered the continued advance of his company. His great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice throughout the bitter hostilities reflect the highest credit upon Capt. Dunlap and the U.S. Naval Service.







Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: August 1920, Marvel Valley, Ala. Accredited to: Alabama. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Platoon Sergeant attached to Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 21st, 1945. Shrewdly gauging the tactical situation when his platoon was held up by a sudden barrage of hostile grenades while advancing toward the high ground northeast of Airfield No. 1, Sgt. Gray promptly organized the withdrawal of his men from enemy grenade range, quickly moved forward alone to reconnoiter and discovered a heavily mined area extending along the front of a strong network of emplacements joined by covered trenches. Although assailed by furious gunfire, he cleared a path leading through the minefield to one of the fortifications, then returned to the platoon position and, informing his leader of the serious situation, volunteered to initiate an attack under cover of three fellow Marines. Alone and unarmed but carrying a huge satchel charge, he crept up on the Japanese emplacement, boldly hurled the short-fused explosive and sealed the entrance. Instantly taken under machinegun fire from a second entrance to the same position, he unhesitatingly braved the increasingly vicious fusillades to crawl back for another charge, returned to his objective and blasted the second opening, thereby demolishing the position. Repeatedly covering the ground between the savagely defended enemy fortifications and his platoon area, he systematically approached, attacked and withdrew under blanketing fire to destroy a total of six Japanese positions, more than twenty-five troops and a quantity of vital ordnance gear and ammunition. Stouthearted and indomitable, Sgt. Gray had single-handedly overcome a strong enemy garrison and had completely disarmed a large minefield before finally rejoining his unit. By his great personal valor, daring tactics and tenacious perseverance in the face of extreme peril, he had contributed materially to the fulfillment of his company mission. His gallant conduct throughout enhanced and sustained the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.





Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division. Place and date: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 21st,  1945. Entered service at: Illinois. Born: 10 August 1911, Chicago, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of a rifle company attached to the 2d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on  21 February 1945. Determined to break through the enemy’s cross-island defenses, Capt. McCarthy acted on his own initiative when his company advance was held up by uninterrupted Japanese rifle, machinegun, and high-velocity 47mm fire during the approach to Motoyama Airfield No. 2. Quickly organizing a demolitions and flamethrower team to accompany his picked rifle squad, he fearlessly led the way across seventy-five yards of fire-swept ground, charged a heavily fortified pillbox on the ridge of the front and, personally hurling hand grenades into the emplacement as he directed the combined operations of his small assault group, completely destroyed the hostile installation. Spotting two Japanese soldiers attempting an escape from the shattered pillbox, he boldly stood upright in full view of the enemy and dispatched both troops before advancing to a second emplacement under greatly intensified fire and then blasted the strong fortifications with a well-planned demolitions attack. Subsequently entering the ruins, he found a Japanese taking aim at one of our men and, with alert presence of mind, jumped the enemy, disarmed and shot him with his own weapon. Then, intent on smashing through the narrow breach, he rallied the remainder of his company and pressed a full attack with furious aggressiveness until he had neutralized all resistance and captured the ridge. An inspiring leader and indomitable fighter, Capt. McCarthy consistently disregarded all personal danger during the fierce conflict and, by his brilliant professional skill, daring tactics, and tenacious perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds, contributed materially to the success of his division’s operations against this savagely defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His cool decision and outstanding valor reflect the highest credit upon Capt. McCarthy and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.






Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born 2 July 1923, Columbus, Mont. Accredited to: Montana. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman in an assault platoon of Company E, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from February 19th to February 21st, 1945. Quickly did he press the advantage after eight Japanese had been driven from a blockhouse on D-day, Pfc. Ruhl single-handedly attacked the group, killing one of the enemy with his bayonet and another by rifle fire in his determined attempt to annihilate the escaping troops. Cool and undaunted as the fury of hostile resistance steadily increased throughout the night, he voluntarily left the shelter of his tank trap early in the morning of D-day plus one and moved out under a tremendous volume of mortar and machinegun fire to rescue a wounded Marine Iying in an exposed position approximately forty yards forward of the line. Half pulling and half carrying the wounded man, he removed him to a defiladed position, called for an assistant and a stretcher and, again running the gauntlet of hostile fire, carried the casualty to an aid station some three-hundred yards distant on the beach. Returning to his platoon, he continued his valiant efforts, volunteering to investigate and apparently abandoned Japanese gun emplacement 75 yards forward of the right flank during consolidation of the front lines, and subsequently occupying the position through the night to prevent the enemy from repossessing the valuable weapon. Pushing forward in the assault against the vast network of fortifications surrounding Mt. Suribachi the following morning, he crawled with his platoon guide to the top of a Japanese bunker to bring fire to bear on enemy troops located on the far side of the bunker. Suddenly a hostile grenade landed between the two Marines. Instantly Pfc. Ruhl called a warning to his fellow Marine and dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the full impact of the shattering explosion in his own body and protecting all within range from the danger of flying fragments although he might easily have dropped from his position on the edge of the bunker to the ground below. An indomitable fighter, Pfc. Ruhl rendered heroic service toward the defeat of a ruthless enemy, and his valor, initiative and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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Unerased History – February 20th

Posted by Wayne Church on February 20, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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President’s Day
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President’s Day


presidents-day-picThe original version of the holiday was in commemoration of George Washington’s birthday in 1796 in the last full year of his presidency.   Washington, according to the calendar that has been used since at least the mid-18th century, was born on February 22, 1732.  According to the old style calendar in use back then, however, he was born on February 11.

At least in 1796, many Americans celebrated his birthday on the 22nd while others marked the occasion on the 11th instead. By the early 19th century, Washington’s Birthday had taken firm root in the American experience as a bona fide national holiday.  Its traditions included Birthnight Balls in various regions, speeches and receptions given by prominent public figures, and a lot of revelry in taverns throughout the land.  Then along came Abraham Lincoln, another revered president and fellow February baby (born on the 12th of the month).  The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1865, the year after his assassination, when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address.  While Lincoln’s Birthday did not become a federal holiday like George Washington’s, it did become a legal holiday in several states.

In 1968, legislation (HR 15951) was enacted that affected several federal holidays.  One of these was Washington’s Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year whether or not it fell on the 22nd.  This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process.

Apparently, while the holiday in February is still officially known as Washington’s Birthday (at least according to the Office of Personnel Management), it has become popularly (and, perhaps in some cases at the state level, legally) known as “President’s Day.”  This has made the third Monday in February a day for honoring Washington and Lincoln, as well as all the other men who have served as President.

Again He said, “what shall we say the Kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth, yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of the garden plants, with such big branches birds can perch in its shade.”
With many similar parables Jesus spoke to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when He was alone with His own disciples, he explained everything.
There are several things that these scriptures does not say. You have to be be baptized in water and the Holy Spirit and have a relationship with the Spirit and He will teach you what is missing. Are you ready for the Kingdom of God? Do you know what it is? Jesus preached like it is very important to understand what it is like. The Holy Spirit has taught me many things abut it, because He is very patient with me. There are things you must learn from God.

37755_patrick-henry“If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained – we must fight!”

~ Patrick Henry

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

George Washington

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” 
George Washington


“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Abraham Lincoln


“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.

sycophant SIK-uh-fuhnt, noun:

A person who seeks favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; a parasite; a toady.


1521 – Ponce de Leon set sail from Puerto Rico with 200 men to colonize Florida. Landing, probably at Charlotte Harbor, de Leon was wounded in an attack by the natives and the group returned to Cuba where Ponce de Leon died.

1685 –  René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.

1755 – British General Edward Braddock, accompanied by two regiments of British troops, arrived in Virginia to assume the post of commander-in-chief of all the British forces in the American colonies. He came to lead the Virginia troops in the French & Indian War.

1768 – First American chartered fire insurance company opens (Pennsylvania).

1792 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington. Postage was 6 cents – 12 cents depending on distance.

1809 – Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state. This is when The Court achieved its current influence in the life of the United States, during the tenure of the Chief Justice John Marshall.

1815 – The USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captures both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron.

1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia. In America, dueling was a tradition of the Southern gentry, which intensified in the early 19th century.

1861 – Civil War: Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms.

1864 – Civil War: The Battle of Olustee or Battle of Ocean Pond was fought near Lake City, Florida . It was the largest battle fought in Florida.

1865 – Civil War: After the evacuation of Fort Anderson, Rear Admiral Porter’s gunboats steamed seven miles up the Cape Fear River to the Big Island shallows and the piling obstructions and engaged Fort Strong’s five guns.

1865 – MIT establishes first US collegiate architectural school.

1869 – The United States Congress establishes four regiments of black troops: the Ninth and Tenth Cavalries and the 24th and 25th Infantries. They patrol the Great Plains and help to open the western frontier. They become dubbed “Buffalo Soldiers” by the Native Americans they fight, because their hair, matted by dust and sweat, is thought to resemble buffalo fur.

1869 – Tennessee Governor W.C. Brownlow declared martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis.

1872 – In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.

1872 – Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin. The elevator was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City (Patent No. 123,761).

1872 – Silas Noble & JP Cooley patent a toothpick manufacturing machine.

1872 – Luther Childs Crowell from Cape Cod, Mass., received a patent for a machine that would manufacture square-bottom paper bags. Patent #123,811 allowed for the bags to have two longitudinal inward folds.

1873 – The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.

1877 – Charles Shaler Smith’s use of a cantilever design for the bridge helped solve the difficult construction challenge of the 275 feet deep gorge of the Kentucky River. When the bridge was completed in 1877, it was not only the first cantilever bridge in North America, but also the highest and longest cantilever in the world.

1880 – The American Bell Company was incorporated.

1895 – Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver CO.

1899 – Illinois Telephone & Telegraph was granted a franchise for a Chicago freight tunnel system.

1900 – J.F. Pickering patented his airship.

1901 – The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.

1907 – Pres. Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons” from being admitted to the US.

1915 – President Wilson opened the Panama -Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.  During the opening ceremonies,a 40-ton organ with 7,000 pipes played the “Hallelujah Chorus.” It was made by the Austin Organs Co. of Hartford, Conn. After the fair it was moved to the Civic Auditorium and used for seven decades until the 1989 earthquake damaged it.

1917 -Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse’s musical “Oh, Boy!,” premiered in New York City.

1921 – The film “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres.

1927 – Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath.

1929 – Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field. The first Red Sox Sunday game actually played in Boston was a 7-3 loss to Philadelphia at Braves Field on April 28, 1929.

1931 – California gets the go-ahead by the U.S. Congress to build the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

1933 – Congress proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.

1935 – Karoline Mikkelson is first woman on Antarctica. She went ashore at Vestfold Hills.

1936 – Switzerland barred all Nazis from entering the country.

1940 – Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded “Limehouse Blues”.

1941 – World War II: Europe: First transport of Jews going to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland.

1941 – World War II: Europe: Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation.

1941 – Prior to American involvement in WW II, the U.S. sent war planes to the Pacific. General George C. Kenney pioneered aerial warfare strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater.

1942 – World War II: Lieutenant Edward O’Hare took off from the USS Lexington and within minutes becomes America’s very first World War II flying ace. He received the Medal of Honor for his bravery and O’Hare airport in Chicago is named after him.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast.

1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1943 – The Parícutin volcano begins to form in Paricutín, México. It is a volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacán, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. It appears on many versions of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

1943 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.

1944 – World War II: “Big Week” ended with American bomber raids on Nazi aircraft manufacturing centers.

1944 – World War II: A ferry carrying a stock of heavy water on the first stage of a journey from the Ryukan hydroelectric plant to laboratories in Germany is sunk and her cargo lost in attack by Norwegian resistance fighters. The bomb planted by Norwegian commando Knut Haukelid.

1944 – World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island. It is an atoll in the Marshall Islands of the central Pacific Ocean.

1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers.

1945 – World War II: American troops make slow progress toward Mount Suribachi in the south and the first airfield to the north of the beachhead. The naval bombardment groups (US TF54 and TF52), now joined by US Task Force 58, continue to provide support to the US 5th Amphibious Corps fighting on shore.

1945 – World War II: Nuremberg is attacked by 900 American B-17 bombers with 700 escort fighters. The nominal target is the passenger station and marshalling yards; the escorts conduct strafing runs on locomotives, rolling stock and parked planes.

1947 – CHART TOPPERS – “For Sentimental Reasons” by Nat King Cole, “A Gal in Calico” by Johnny Mercer, “Oh, But I Do” by Margaret Whiting and “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed” by Merle Travis all topped the charts,

1947 – Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles.

1949 – First International Pancake Race held (Liberal, KS.)
1949 – Future teen singing idol, Ricky Nelson, began performing on his parents’ Radio show.

1951 – First Black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford).

1952 – Emmett L. Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.

1952 – “The African Queen“, opened in New York City at the Capitol Theatre . It is a marvelous film of romance, adventure, love and human character all set in lush location filming in Ceylon. Two of the major stars were Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn.

1953 – August A Busch buys the Cardinals for $3.75 million. Had he not done this, St. Louis would have lost the Cards.

1953 – US Court of Appeals rules that organized baseball is a sport and not a business.

1954 – “Secret Love” by Doris Day topped the charts.

1955 – CHART TOPPERS – “Sincerely” by the McGuire Sisters, “Melody of Love” by Billy Vaughn, “Tweedle Dee” by Georgia Gibbs and “Let Me Go, Lover!” by Hank Snow all topped the charts.

1956 –  The US Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.

1958 – The Broadway play “The Day the Money Stopped” opened at the Belasco Theater in New York City. It featured the debut of actress Collin Wilcox-Paxton.

1959 – The FCC applied the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.

1960 – “Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning topped the charts.

1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr., orbits the earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first American to orbit the earth. He did it again at age 77.

1963 – CHART TOPPERS – “Hey Paula” by Paul & Paula, “Walk like a Man” by – The Four Seasons, “Ruby Baby” by Dion and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” by Flatt & Scruggs all topped the charts.

1964 – The Beach Boys recorded “Don’t Worry Baby“.

1965 – “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & the Playboys topped the charts.

1965 – Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.

1966 – Chester W. Nimitz (80), US admiral (WW II), died at home on Yerba Buena Island (Treasure Island) in San Francisco Bay.

1967 – Elvis Presley released his album “How Great Thou Art.” The song “How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859-1940).

1967 – The 378-foot high endurance Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, first in her class, was commissioned. This was the first class of major vessels in the U.S. government’s inventory that were powered by jet turbines.

1968 – Author of Unerased History arrived in Parris Island, S.C. for boot camp. This was one of the three times in 98 years that it snowed in Charleston and Beaufort, SC. By the 22nd it had snowed 1.3 inches.

1971 – CHART TOPPERS – “One Bad Apple” by the Osmonds, “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot, “Mama’s Pearl” by The Jackson 5 and “Help Me Make It Through the Night” by Sammi Smith all topped the charts.

1971 – The National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado mistakenly ordered radio and TV stations across the US to go off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.

1976 – Kathryn Kuhlman (b.1907), American evangelist and faith healer, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1978 – The cover of Time magazine was titled “The Computer Society” and featured a graphic of human bodies with heads of electronic gizmos.

1979 – CHART TOPPERS – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart, “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People, “A Little More Love” by Olivia Newton-John and “Every Which Way But Loose” by Eddie Rabbitt all topped the charts.

1981 – The space shuttle Columbia cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch as the spacecraft fired its three engines in a 20-second test.

1982 – “Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band topped the charts.

1987 – CHART TOPPERS – “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Change of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper, “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” by Samantha Fox and “How Do I Turn You On” by Ronnie Milsap all topped the charts.

1987 – Unabomber: In Salt Lake City, Utah, a bomb explodes in a computer store. Gary Wright, computer store owner is injured in the bombing.

1987 – David Hartman quits ABC’s “Good Morning America”, after 11 years.

1988 – Peter Kalikow purchased the NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million.

1991 – Quincy Jones’ “Back on the Block” was named album of the year at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards. (57:58)

1992 – H. Ross Perot announces he will run for President during an appearance on the Larry King Show.

1993 – Florida Marlins open their first spring training camp.

1994 – Bosnian Serbs, faced with the threat of air strikes, pulled back most of their heavy guns from around Sarajevo as a NATO deadline approached.

1995 – American Marine, Sgt. Justin A. Harris, died in a helicopter crash during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Somalia.

1997 – Ben and Jerry’s introduced an ice cream  called “Phish Food”. It was named after the rock group Phish. Phish Food ice cream tastes just like the store-bought version: rich chocolate ice cream is swirled with caramel sauce, marshmallow cream, and a bunch of chocolate fish!

1998 – American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist (15) at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

1998 – The Nashville Banner daily newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee publishes its last edition.

1998 – In New York an FBI sting led to the arrest of two Chinese conspiring to arrange transplants of organs taken from the bodies of executed Chinese inmates.

2000 – ABC-TV aired the “Little Richard” TV movie. (1:27:58)

2001 – Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base following a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Three straight days of bad weather prevented the ship from returning to its Florida home port.

2001 – The government announced the arrest of veteran FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen. He was accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years.

2002 – Palindrome Day, At 8:02 pm, on February 20, 2002, the date is read officially as 20:02, 20, 02, 2002. Or 2002 2002 2002.

2003 –  In West Warwick, RI, 100 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub “The Station.” The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire. On September 28th, 2012  the Station Fire Memorial Foundation announced that the owner, Raymond Villanova, had donated the land to the group — which is run mostly by survivors of the blaze to officially create a memorial.

2003 – Pentagon officials said they will send over 1,700 US troops to the Philippines over the next few weeks to fight Muslim extremists.

2003 – Former Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Patrick Regan was convicted in Alexandria, Va., of offering to sell U.S. intelligence to Iraq and China but acquitted of attempted spying for Libya. Regan was later sentenced to life without parole.

2004 – In Virginia one person won at least $230 million in the Mega Millions lottery, becoming the biggest winner in the game’s history.

2004 – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the California state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop San Francisco from granting marriage licenses to gay couples.

2005 – In Florida Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500.

2006 – Scientists feared that leaping, hyperactive Asian carp, silver and bighead carp, will reach the US Great Lakes, devour the base of the food chain and spoil drinking water for 40 million people. The carp, which escaped lagoons in Arkansas during late 1990s flooding, could set off an ecological collapse in the lakes.

2007 – In a victory for President Bush, a divided federal appeals court ruled that Guantanamo Bay detainees could not use the U.S. court system to challenge their indefinite imprisonment.

2007 – Jerry Yang (38), co-founder of Yahoo, donated $75 million to Stanford University. Yang and David Filo founded Yahoo in March, 1995.

2008 – A US Navy SM-3 missile knocked out a dying US spy satellite. Officials said the intent was to destroy an onboard tank of toxic fuel.

2009 – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that he will decline stimulus money specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance coverage, becoming the first state executive to officially refuse any part of the federal government’s payout to states.

2011 – Trevor Bayne, 20, becomes youngest winner in Daytona 500 history.

2011 – The Western Conference defeats the Eastern Conference in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game 148-143 played in Los Angeles.

2012 – Scientists report regenerating specimens of Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record for oldest plant successfully regenerated.

2013 – A United States federal grand jury in Georgia indicts four employees of bankrupt Virginia-based Peanut Corporation of America for the 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and infected hundreds.

2014 – A shooter opens fire in a Native American tribal office in Alturas, California, killing four and wounding two.

2015 – At least 23 people die this week in the United States due to cold weather, with 18 dead in the state of Tennessee.

2016 – President Obama did not attend the funeral of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, making him the only president in U.S. history to miss the funeral of a sitting supreme court justice.



1726 – William Prescott, U.S. Revolutionary War hero at the Battle of Bunker Hill
1839 – Benjamin Waugh was an American minister who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the late 19th century (d. 1908)
1844 – Ludwig Boltzmann was an Austrian physicist famous for his founding contributions in the fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics. (d. 1906)
1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman.  (d. 1992)
1902 – Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West and primarily Yosemite National Park. (d. 1984)
1906 – Gale Gordon, American television and radio actor. (d. 1995)
1914 – John Daly, was a journalist, game show host, radio personality, actor, and author. (d. 2001)
1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American artist, actress, and socialite most noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans.
1925 – Robert Altman, American film director known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. (d. 2006)
1927 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer who came to prominence during the investigations by Senator Joseph McCarthy into alleged Communists. (d. 1986)
1927 – Sidney Poitier, Academy Award-winning actor, film director, and activist. He became the first Bahaman American to win an Oscar for his role in “Lilies in the Field.”
1929 – Amanda Blake, American actress best known for the role of the red-haired “Miss Kitty” on the longest-running television drama, CBS’s Gunsmoke series (1955-1975). (d. 1989)
1934 – Bobby Unser, retired U.S. automobile racer. He is the brother of Al Unser and Jerry Unser, the father of Robby Unser, and the uncle of Al Unser, Jr. and Johnny Unser.
1937 – Roger Penske, Owner of a very successful automobile racing team Penske Racing, the Penske Corporation, and other automotive related.
1942 – Mitch McConnell, is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. He was chosen by his Republican colleagues as the Minority Leader in November 2006.
1946 – Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress of stage and television. Her most notable trademarks are her pixie blonde hairdo and her perky demeanor.
1954 – Patty Hearst, now known as Patricia Hearst Shaw, American newspaper heiress and occasional actress.
1963 – Charles Barkley, retired American professional basketball player. Commonly nicknamed “Sir Charles” and “The Round Mound of Rebound”.
1966 – Cindy Crawford is an American supermodel, MTV television personality, celebrity endorser, cover girl, and actress.
1975 – Brian Littrell, is an American musician and member of the Backstreet Boys.








Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 28 March 1922, Shenandoah, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with an assault company in action against enemy Japanese forces on Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands, on the night of February 19th- February 20th, 1944. Highly vulnerable to sudden attack by small, fanatical groups of Japanese still at large despite the efficient and determined efforts of our forces to clear the area, Cpl. Damato lay with two comrades in a large foxhole in his company’s defense perimeter which had been dangerously thinned by the forced withdrawal of nearly half of the available men. When one of the enemy approached the foxhole undetected and threw in a hand grenade, Cpl. Damato desperately groped for it in the darkness. Realizing the imminent peril to all three and fully aware of the consequences of his act, he unhesitatingly flung himself on the grenade and, although instantly killed as his body absorbed the explosion, saved the lives of his twocompanions. Cpl. Damato’s splendid initiative, fearless conduct and valiant sacrifice reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his comrades.


  LAWLEY, WILLIAM R., JR. (Air Mission)

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 364th Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group. Place and date: Over Europe, February 20th, 1944. Entered service at: Birmingham, Ala. Born: 23 August 1920, Leeds, Ala. G.O. No.: 64, 8 August 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty, 20 February 1944, while serving as pilot of a B-17 aircraft on a heavy bombardment mission over enemy-occupied continental Europe. Coming off the target he was attacked by approximately twenty enemy fighters, shot out of formation, and his plane severely crippled. Eight crewmembers were wounded, the copilot was killed by a 20-mm. shell. One engine was on fire, the controls shot away, and 1st Lt. Lawley seriously and painfully wounded about the face. Forcing the copilot’s body off the controls, he brought the plane out of a steep dive, flying with his left hand only. Blood covered the instruments and windshield and visibility was impossible. With a full bomb load the plane was difficult to maneuver and bombs could not be released because the racks were frozen. After the order to bail out had been given, one of the waist gunners informed the pilot that two crewmembers were so severely wounded that it would be impossible for them to bail out. With the fire in the engine spreading, the danger of an explosion was imminent. Because of the helpless condition of his wounded crewmembers 1st Lt. Lawley elected to remain with the ship and bring them to safety if it was humanly possible, giving the other crewmembers the option of bailing out. Enemy fighters again attacked but by using masterful evasive action he managed to lose them. One engine again caught on fire and was extinguished by skillful flying. 1st Lt. Lawley remained at his post, refusing first aid until he collapsed from sheer exhaustion caused by loss of blood, shock, and the energy he had expended in keeping control of his plane. He was revived by the bombardier and again took over the controls. Coming over the English coast one engine ran out of gasoline and had to be feathered. Another engine started to burn and continued to do so until a successful crash landing was made on a small fighter base. Through his heroism and exceptional flying skill, 1st Lt. Lawley rendered outstanding distinguished and valorous service to our Nation.



Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Place and date: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 20th,1945. Entered service at: Norfolk, Va. Born: 14 February 1928, Plymouth, N.C. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 20 February 1945. While creeping through a treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain frontline on D-plus-1 day, Pfc. Lucas and three other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile patrol which savagely attacked with rifle fire and grenades. Quick to act when the lives of the small group were endangered by two grenades which landed directly in front of them, Pfc. Lucas unhesitatingly hurled himself over his comrades upon one grenade and pulled the other under him, absorbing the whole blasting forces of the explosions in his own body in order to shield his companions from the concussion and murderous flying fragments. By his inspiring action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, he not only protected his comrades from certain injury or possible death but also enabled them to rout the Japanese patrol and continue the advance. His exceptionally courageous initiative and loyalty reflect the highest credit upon Pfc. Lucas and the U.S. Naval Service.



(Air Mission)




Rank and organization: Sergeant, U .S. Army Air Corps, 510th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomber Group. Place and date: Over Europe, February 20th, 1944. Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 3 June 1918, Scotland. G.O. No.: 52, 22 June 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy in connection with a bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe on 20 February 1944. The aircraft on which Sgt. Mathies was serving as engineer and ball turret gunner was attacked by a squadron of enemy fighters with the result that the copilot was killed outright, the pilot wounded and rendered unconscious, the radio operator wounded and the plane severely damaged. Nevertheless, Sgt. Mathies and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. Sgt. Mathies and the navigator volunteered to attempt to land the plane. Other members of the crew were ordered to jump, leaving Sgt. Mathies and the navigator aboard. After observing the distressed aircraft from another plane, Sgt. Mathies’ commanding officer decided the damaged plane could not be landed by the inexperienced crew and ordered them to abandon it and parachute to safety. Demonstrating unsurpassed courage and heroism, Sgt. Mathies and the navigator replied that the pilot was still alive but could not be moved and they would not desert him. They were then told to attempt a landing. After two unsuccessful efforts, the plane crashed into an open field in a third attempt to land. Sgt. Mathies, the navigator, and the wounded pilot were killed.



Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Born: 13 March 1914, St. Louis, Mo. Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo. Other Navy awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 gold star. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in aerial combat, at grave risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, as section leader and pilot of Fighting Squadron 3 on February 20th, 1942. Having lost the assistance of his teammates, Lt. O’Hare interposed his plane between his ship and an advancing enemy formation of nine attacking twin-engine heavy bombers. Without hesitation, alone and unaided, he repeatedly attacked this enemy formation, at close range in the face of intense combined machinegun and cannon fire. Despite this concentrated opposition, Lt. O’Hare, by his gallant and courageous action, his extremely skillful marksmanship in making the most of every shot of his limited amount of ammunition, shot down five enemy bombers and severely damaged a sixth before they reached the bomb release point. As a result of his gallant action–one of the most daring, if not the most daring, single action in the history of combat aviation–he undoubtedly saved his carrier from serious damage.




(Air Mission)

Rank and organization Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps. 510th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomber Group. Place and date: Over Europe, February 20th, 1944. Entered service at: Aurora, Ill. Born: 31 October 1918, Aurora, Ill. G.O. No.: 52, 22 June 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy in connection with a bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe on 20 February 1944. The aircraft on which 2d Lt. Truemper was serving as navigator was attacked by a squadron of enemy fighters with the result that the copilot was killed outright, the pilot wounded and rendered unconscious, the radio operator wounded and the plane severely damaged Nevertheless, 2d Lt. Truemper and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer volunteered to attempt to land the plane. Other members of the crew were ordered to jump, leaving 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer aboard. After observing the distressed aircraft from another plane, 2d Lt. Truemper’s commanding officer decided the damaged plane could not be landed by the inexperienced crew and ordered them to abandon it and parachute to safety. Demonstrating unsurpassed courage and heroism, 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer replied that the pilot was still alive but could not be moved and that they would not desert him. They were then told to attempt a landing. After two unsuccessful efforts their plane crashed into an open field in a third attempt to land. 2d Lt. Truemper, the engineer, and the wounded pilot were killed.




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Unerased History – February 19th

Posted by Wayne Church on February 19, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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The Burr Conspiracy

On February 19th, 1807 the soldiers from Ft. Stoddert, Louisiana Territory, captured the fugitive Aaron Burr former Vice President,on a muddy road near the hamlet of Wakefield, Washington County, Alabama. Burr’s fall from grace seemed total. The former vice president, who at one time, dressed as magnificently as any head of state, wore a battered beaver hat and ragged wool coat. The man who had charmed women by the score, sported a scruffy crop of whiskers. Aaron Burr had traveled West just six months before to carve out his own empire. Now, he would return East to stand trial for treason in Richmond, Va.

It has been over 200 years but the exact details of what became known as the Burr Conspiracy remain unknown. But the conspiracy probably began sometime in early 1804, just months before Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. It is believed that Aaron Burr’s attempt to detach the Western states and the Louisiana Territory from the Union were his attempt to regain his pre-eminence. Vice President Burr’s political hopes in the East were fading by then. And after he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel on July 11, they would die completely. But Burr saw a chance to revive his fortunes. If the East wouldn’t crown him, the West just might.

Burr turned to the newly acquired Territory of Louisiana. The land was mostly unsettled and its borders were disputed by Spain. Many of its residents talked openly of secession and Burr believed that with a relatively small and well-armed military force, he could pry territory from Louisiana and build his own empire.

Burr would need an army to accomplish his objectives. He had many co-conspirators but the obvious one was General James Wilkinson, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army. Wilkinson had befriended Burr during the Revolutionary War and after the war Burr convinced President Jefferson to give the governorship of Northern Louisiana to Wilkinson.

Wilkinson represented a logical choice for Burr even though he had some significant faults such as the fact that he was arrogant, unscrupulous, and  he was overly fond of liquor. As commander-in chief, however,  Wilkinson controlled the military and could move about the West without suspicion to cultivate alliances. Burr needed to search for supporters with even more power.

In August 1804 the vice president contacted Anthony Merry, Britain’s Minister to the United States. Burr offered to help Britain take Western territory from the United States. Merry immediately sent a dispatch to Britain, detailing Burr’s offer to “effect a separation of the western part of the United States” from the rest of the country. In return, Burr wanted money and ships to carry out his conquest.

In April, 1805, shortly after his term as vice president ended, Burr journeyed West on a reconnaissance mission. In town after town, he dropped hints of the expedition to come. And in town after town, he met men that he believed would support him in his enterprise. One of these men, Harman Blennerhassett, would prove a loyal follower.

Blennerhassett, an eccentric Irish gentleman, had come to the United States with a fortune in hand. On a small island in the Ohio River near Marietta, he had built himself a mansion. There, with his wife and children, he lived a life of luxury. But thanks to Aaron Burr’s scheme, Blennerhassett’s paradise would soon crumble.

Problems still remained. Support from the British had not yet arrived. In fact, it never would — nor would assistance from Spain. Rumors about Burr’s plans began to circulate and had even been published in Eastern newspapers. Unshaken, Burr continued his quest for support.

Meanwhile, the border conflict with Spain had begun to heat up. This fit perfectly into Burr’s plan. Jefferson would order Wilkinson to Louisiana with U.S. troops. In the name of U.S. sovereignty, Wilkinson and Burr could attack Texas or even Mexico. Burr could then declare himself ruler of the conquered lands.

Finally ready to move forward, Burr sent a coded letter to Wilkinson outlining his plans. The document would become known as the Cipher Letter, and would figure prominently at Burr’s treason trial. Burr set out from Pittsburgh in August, 1806. His first stop was Blennerhassett’s, where he ordered the Irishman to outfit his island as a military encampment.

As Burr hobnobbed around Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the trickle of rumors about him became a torrent. Particularly problematic for Burr was the U.S. Court in Frankfort, Kentucky. Burr was called by the court three times to answer charges of treason. Each time he was acquitted.

By the beginning of December, 1806, Burr’s plan was in total collapse, although he didn’t know it. Wilkinson, who by now believed Burr’s plan would fail, opted to save his own hide. On October 9, he had sent a letter to President Thomas Jefferson outlining the conspiracy, but without naming Burr. Jefferson responded with a cease and desist order. Burr was not named specifically, but he didn’t need to be. The newspapers were full of treason talk, and Burr’s name was prominently featured.

On December 9, 1806, authorities struck the first blow against Burr. Ohio militiamen captured most of his boats and supplies at a Marietta boatyard. On December 11, the militia raided Blennerhassett’s Island, but most of the men had already fled downriver. Blennerhassett’s mansion was ransacked.

When Burr rendezvoused with Blennerhassett on the Ohio River near the end of December, he expected to meet a small army. Instead, he met a force of less than 100 men. A less ambitious (or wiser) leader would have quit. But Burr proceeded, picking up what new recruits he could as they drifted down the Mississippi.

At Bayou Pierre, just 30 miles above New Orleans, the final blow came. A friend handed Burr a New Orleans newspaper. It announced a reward for the capture of Aaron Burr and reproduced in full a translation of the coded letter Burr had sent to Wilkinson.

Burr surrendered to authorities at Bayou Pierre and was arraigned before a grand jury. Burr and his men insisted that they had no intention of attacking U.S. territory, and the jury failed to return an indictment. Still, one of the two judges involved in the case ordered Burr returned to the courtroom. Convinced he would be railroaded, Burr fled into the wilderness. On February 13, 1807, a soaking wet and bedraggled Burr was captured and carried back to the federal court at Richmond, Virginia, to face trial for treason.

This was truly the trial of the century, and Aaron Burr battled for his life. Both the prosecution and the defense used the Cipher Letter to try and prove their case. But in the end, the Cipher Letter took a back seat to another, even more renowned document: the Constitution, which defines treason very specifically. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall insisted on absolute adherence to this strict definition, that there had to be an overt act but Burr’s actions did not meet that requirement. As a result he was acquitted.

But if Burr was victorious in court, he lost in the court of public opinion. Across America he was burned in effigy. Several states filed additional charges against him, and he lived in fear for his life. Wisely, Burr fled again — this time to Europe, where he tried without success to convince Britain and France to support other North American invasion plots.

After four years in exile, Aaron Burr returned to America again. In mid-1812, the country was on the brink of war with Britain, and the Burr Conspiracy seemed ancient history. Aaron Burr put up his shingle in New York as an attorney and found ready business. He would live the rest of his life in relative obscurity, his dreams of empire forever undone.


Matthew 5: 13 – 16:

 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”




Thomas-Jefferson-100“To lay taxes to provide for the general welfare of the United States, that is to say, ‘to lay taxes for the purpose of providing for the general welfare.’ For the laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union.”

– Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President


“Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.”

~ Aaron Burr

treason  n. ˈtrē-zən

1.  the betrayal of a trust : treachery
2.  the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family

1401 – William Sawtree, first English religious martyr, was burned in London.

1545 – Pierre Brully, [Peter Brulius], Calvinist minister, was burned to death.

1674 – England and the Netherlands sign the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, which renamed it New York.

1803 – Congress voted to accept Ohio’s borders and constitution. However, Congress did not get around to formally ratifying Ohio statehood until 1953.

1807 – Aaron Burr, former US vice president, was arrested in Wakefield, Alabama on charges of plotting to annex Spanish territory in Louisiana and Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic. He was acquitted on the grounds that, although he had conspired against the United States, he was not guilty of treason because he had not engaged in an “overt act,” a requirement of treason as specified by the Constitution of the United States of America.

1814 – War of 1812: USS Constitution captures British brig Catherine.

1831 – First practical US coal-burning locomotive makes first trial run in Pennsylvania.

1845 – Lighthouse establishment transferred to Revenue Marine Bureau. Metal buoys were first put into service.

1846 – In Austin, Texas the newly-formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas’ annexation by the United States. J. Pinckney Henderson took the oath of office as governor.

1847 – The Donner Party is rescued in the Sierras. It is noted that some of the survivors seem to be remarkably well-fed considering their ordeal. Rumors had it that many resorted to cannibalism to survive.

1852 – The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

1856 – Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, OH.

1858 – Leschi, a Nisqually American Indian leader from the Puget Sound region, was hanged a mile east of Fort Steilacoom. On June 10, 1857, he had been convicted of the murder of Abram Moses, a Territorial Militiaman, and was sentenced to hang. He was exonerated in 2004.

1859 – Daniel E. Sickles, NY congressman, was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This was the first time this defense was successfully used. Sickles had shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key, author of “Star Spangled Banner.”

1861 – President-elect Lincoln traveled through New York City on his way to Washington, D.C.

1862 – Civil War: Confederates evacuated Clarksville, Tennessee.

1862 – Civil War: Trial run of two-gun ironclad U.S.S. Monitor in New York harbor.

1862 – Congress authorized cutters to enforce law forbidding importation of Chinese “coolie” labor.

1865 – Civil War: The Confederate steamer A. H. Schultz, carrying  exchange prisoners between Richmond and the Varina vicinity on the James River was destroyed by a torpedo near Chaffin’s Bluff on the James River.

1866 – Congress passes the New Freedman’s Bureau bill, providing for military trials for people accused of depriving Blacks of their civil rights.

1869 – US Assay Office in Boise ID authorized. It was very costly to ship gold to the mint in San Francisco so a strong demand for either a federal mint or an assay office in Idaho.

1878 – The phonograph, “an improvement in phonograph or speaking machines,” is patented by Thomas Edison.

1881 – Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.

1884 – A series of sixty tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in seven US states (MS, AL, NC, SC, TN, KY and IN). It was one of the largest outbreaks in US History.

1887 – The 49th US Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act. It abolished women’s suffrage, forced wives to testify against their husbands, disincorporated the LDS Church, dismantled the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company, abolished the Nauvoo Legion, and provided that LDS Church property in excess of $50,000 would be forfeited to the United States.It is named after its sponsors, Senator George F. Edmunds of Vermont and Congressman John Randolph Tucker of Virginia. The Act was repealed in 1978.

1906 – William Kellogg established the Battle Creek Toasted Cornflake Company, selling breakfast cereals. The cereals were originally developed as a health food for psychiatric patients.Kellogg spent 2/3 of the company budget to advertise Corn Flakes.

1910 – Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary) was released from 4 years of quarantine on New York’s North Brother Island. In 1914 she caused a typhus outbreak in the Sloane Maternity Hospital. She was again arrested and returned to North Brother Island where she died Nov 11, 1938.

1913 – Cracker Jack prizes are included in candy boxes for the first time.

1915 – World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli began.

1917 – World War I: American troops are recalled from the Mexican border to prepare for possible deployment to Europe. General Pershing has already been ordered off the hunt for Pancho Villa.

1921 – The U.S. Red Cross reported that approximately 20,000 children died yearly in auto accidents.

1922 – Ed Wynn became the first big-name vaudeville entertainer to sign on as a radio talent.

1925 – President Calvin Coolidge proposed the phasing out of inheritance tax.

1929 – A medical diathermy machine was first used in Schenectady, NY. Diathermy is the controlled production of “deep heating” beneath the skin in the subcutaneous tissues, deep muscles and joints for therapeutic purposes.

1934 – US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months. In the process of awarding air mail contracts there appeared to be a lot of favoritism and downright corruption, many small airlines complained. The change proved to be disastrous.

1941 – Coast Guard Reserve established. Auxiliary created from former Reserve.

1941 – World War II: The Afrika Korps, the corps-level headquarters controlling the German Panzer divisions in North Africa, was formed.

1941 – World War II: Europe: Nazi police were attacked and driven away from Koco, Amsterdam by young Jews. Nazis raided Amsterdam and rounded up 429 young Jews for deportation.

1942 – Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “I’ll Take Tallulah.”

1942 – World War II: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing between 243 to 1100 people.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt bypasses Congress and signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.

1942 – World War II: The Army Air Corps’ all African-American 100th Pursuit Squadron, later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute. The squadron served honorably in England and in other regions of the European continent during World War II.

1942 – World War II: General Dwight D. Eisenhower, is appointed chief of the War Plans Division of the US Army General Staff.

1942 – World War II: New York Yankees announce 5,000 uniformed soldiers will be admitted free at each of their upcoming home games.

1943 – World War II: On Guadalcanal American reinforcements arrive as part of the buildup for the next offensive move to the Russell Islands.

1944 – World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force began “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.

1945 – World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on Iwo Jima. The initial assault forces are from US 4th and 5th Marine Divisions with 3rd Marines in reserve. The 36-day battle took the lives of 7,000 Americans and about 20,000 of 22,000 Japanese defenders.

1945 – World War II: On Ramree Island off the coast of old Burma, some 900 Japanese soldiers retreated from British soldiers into an alligator filled swamp. Only about 20 men survived.

1946 – CHART TOPPERS – “Symphony” by The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers), “I Can’t Begin to Tell You” by Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra, “Aren’t You Glad You’re You” by Bing Crosby and “Guitar Polka” by Al Dexter all topped the charts.

1949 – Ezra Pound won the Bollingen Prize. He was an American expatriate poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist movement in poetry.

1949 – “A Little Bird Told Me” by Evelyn Knight topped the charts.

1953 – State of Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.

1954 – CHART TOPPERS – “Oh! My Pa-Pa” by Eddie Fisher, “Secret Love” by Doris Day, “Till Then” by The Hilltoppers and “Wake Up, Irene” by Hank Thompson all topped the charts.

1955 – “Sincerely” by the McGuire Sisters topped the charts.

1955 – Dot Records launched “Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love“, the first single by Pat Boone.

1958 – The Miracles released their first single “Got A Job.” Second side was “My Mama Done Told Me“.

1958 -Really nasty weather in Minneapolis, MN,  hail the size of baseballs was reported with flash lightning.

1959 – USAF rocket-powered rail sled attains Mach 4.1 (3,088 mph), New Mexico.

1960 – Bill Keane’s “Family Circus” cartoon strip debuts.

1960 – UniversityC Regents retracted the following question from an English aptitude test for high school applicants: “What are the dangers to a democracy of a national police organization, like the FBI, which operates secretly and is unresponsive to public criticism.” FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had organized a covert public relations campaign and put pressure on Gov. Brown to retract the question.

1960 – California Gov. Edmund G. Brown gave a 60-day stay of execution for San Quentin inmate Caryl Chessman (39), convicted sex offender and best-selling author, “The Red Light Bandit.”

1962 – CHART TOPPERS – “Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler, “Norman” by Sue Thompson, “The Wanderer” by Dion and “Walk on By” by Leroy Van Dyke all topped the charts.

1963 – The Soviet Union informed President John F. Kennedy it would withdraw “several thousand” of its troops in Cuba.

1964 – Paul Simon writes “The Sounds of Silence,” the song which, in a year and a half, will catapult him and Art Garfunkel to stardom as Simon & Garfunkel.

1966 – “Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lou Christie topped the charts.

1968 – National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service in the United States) debuts the children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood .

1969 – Elvis Presley recorded the Eddie Rabbit song “Kentucky Rain.”

1970 – CHART TOPPERS – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody is a Star” by Sly & The Family Stone, “Hey There Lonely Girl” by Eddie Holman, “No Time” by The Guess Who and “It’s Just a Matter of Time” by Sonny James all topped the charts.

1970 – American League Cy Young winner Denny McLain suspended for book-making. It was for alleged involvement in a bookmaking operation. The suspension lasted three months.

1970 – Nautel introduced first solid state Radio Beacon Transmitter.

1972 – “Without You” by Nilsson topped the charts.

1974 – Dick Clark premiered the “American Music Awards.”

1977 – “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band topped the charts.

1978 – CHART TOPPERS – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” by Andy Gibb, “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel and “Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” by Margo Smith all topped the charts.

1981 – The U.S. State Department called El Salvador a “textbook case” of a Communist plot.

1981 – Ford Motor Company announced a loss of $1.5 billion.

1981 – George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” between his song, “My Sweet Lord” and the Chiffons “He’s So Fine.

1983 – “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin & James Ingram topped the charts.

1983 – MASS SHOOTING: A shooting at the Wah Mee gambling parlor in Seattle, Wa., left 13 men dead. Kwan-Fai Mak and Benjamin Ng were later found guilty on 13 murder counts.

1985 – Artificial heart patient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital. He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

1985 – Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.

1986 – CHART TOPPERS – “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston, “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” by Billy Ocean, “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister and “Makin’ Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers’ Song)” by Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris all topped the charts.

1986 – The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station.

1986 – After waiting 37 years, the United States Senate approves a treaty outlawing genocide.

1986 – In the San Francisco Bay Area water breached a levee on the 8,800 acre Tyler Island wiping out crops and nearly destroying the Mello family’s farming business.

1987 – Anti-smoking ad airs for first time on TV, featuring Yul Brynner. This was made just before he died of lung cancer and he had expressed a desire to make an anti-smoking commercial.

1987 – President Ronald Reagan lifts trade sanctions against Poland when the Communist government releases political prisoners.

1987 – Fidel Castro resigns; younger brother Raul to succeed. See 2008.

1988 – A group calling itself the “Organization of the Oppressed on Earth” claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in Lebanon of U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins. This group is a pseudonym for or a splinter of Hezbollah.

1988 – The Coast Guard Cutter Mallow made the largest drug bust in Hawaiian waters to date. A boarding team from Mallow discovered 454 55-pound bales of marijuana aboard.

1992 – John Singleton, the first African American director to be nominated for the Academy Award is nominated for best director and best screenplay for his first film “Boyz N the Hood.”

1992 – “Crazy For You” opened at Shubert Theater in New York City for 1622 performances.

1992 – Peter Collins of Boulder, Colo., discovered Nova Cygni 1992.

1994 – American speedskater Bonnie Blair won the fourth Olympic gold medal of her career as she won the 500-meter race in Lillehammer, Norway.

1993President Clinton’s economic plan won praise from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. The president, visiting Hyde Park, N.Y., suggested the United States might have to consider a national sales tax “not too long in the future,” then said he’d meant in 10 years or so.

1994 – American speedskater Bonnie Blair won the fourth Olympic gold medal of her career as she won the 500-meter race in Lillehammer, Norway.

1996 – President Clinton told Monica Lewinsky that their relationship must end. It was later resumed.

1997 – FCC made available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls.

1997 – SCHOOL SHOOTING: In southwestern Alaska Evan Ramsey (16) opened fire with a  Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun as students assembled in a high school lobby, killing two people, a principal and 16-year-old classmate, wounding two others, in Bethel, a town of 6,000. Ramsey was sentenced to a 198-year prison term.

1998 – Federal officials in Henderson, Nevada, arrested Larry Wayne Harris and William Job Leavitt for possession of suspected anthrax bacterium.

1999 – President Clinton posthumously pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American graduate of West Point, whose military career was tarnished by a racially motivated discharge.

1999 – Ohio inmate Wilford Berry, “The Volunteer”, became the first inmate to be executed in Ohio since 1963.

1999 – An explosion in Allentown, Pa., at a chemical processing plant in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, killed 5 people and injured 14.

1999 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, Billy Jack Gaither (39), a textile warehouse worker, was abducted, beaten to death with an ax handle and burned on a pile of burning tires due to a sexual advance.

2000 – Physicists described the possible detection of a neutralino particle, also called a weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP).

2001 – An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

2002 – Vonetta Flowers became the first African-American gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jull Brakken won the inaugural women’s two-person bobsled event.

2002 – The US Supreme Court approved peer grading in schools. Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo, 534 U.S. 426 (2002), was a case that held (in favor of the school district) that allowing students to score each other’s tests and call out the grades does not violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.

2003 – In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub “The Station.” The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.

2003 – Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt announced his second candidacy for president with a pledge to repeal most of President Bush’s tax cuts.

2004 – Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling surrenders to the FBI in Houston and is arraigned on charges of fraud and insider trading.

2004 – Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a “lifetime of service to humanity.”

2004 – The AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.

2005 – The USS Jimmy Carter was commissioned at Groton, CT. It was the last of the Seawolf class of attack submarines. It is the most heavily armed submarine ever built.

2005 –  In Arkansas a train slammed into an ambulance that apparently tried to get out of its path, but stopped at a rail crossing, killing all three paramedics on board. The patient in the vehicle survived.

2006 – Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500.

2006 – The East rallied from 21 points down for a 122-120 victory over the West in the NBA All-Star Game.

2008- Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Tuesday that he will not return to lead the country, retiring as head of state 49 years after he seized power in an armed revolution. The announcement was posted in a letter to readers on the website of the state-run newspaper Granma.

2008 – San Francisco-based Sharper Image retailer filed for bankruptcy protection.

2008 – In southwestern Minnesota a woman driving a van crashed into a school bus, killing four students. Olga Marino Franco del Cid (24) of Minnesota, was later charged in state court with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

2009 –  Barack Obama made his first foreign trip as president to Canada where he sought to quell Canadian concerns about US protectionism.

2009 –  The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 89.68 to 7465.95, a new 6-year low.

2009 – In Pennsylvania Roger Leon Barlow (19) was charged with setting nine fires in arson-prone Coatesville, 35 miles west of Philadelphia.

2010 –  From Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Golf star Tiger Woods faced the world and formally apologized for his infidelity.

2011 – Pirates seize a yacht with four Americans off the coast of Oman.

2011 –  Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker rejects union concessions on the state budget as protests continue in the state capital.

2012 –  ESPN admits two other instances in which it referred to the American basketball player Jeremy Lin by the racial slur “chink”. It comes after yesterday’s controversial “Chink in the Armor” headline.

2012 – Whitney Houston is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, USA.

2013 – U.S. Federal Court hits President Barack Hussein Obama with three charges of abuse of office. The indictments assert that President Obama “acted as a dictator” to exceed his powers of office. President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court decided.

2013 – Two people are missing and at least 14 injured after a car struck a gas main causing an explosion at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

2015 – Two people are dead and 7 others infected at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles County, California, after contracting a super-resistant bacterial infection of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

2016 – Nelle Harper Lee, better known by her pen name Harper Lee, was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960.


1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikolaj Kopernick), Polish astronomer, known as the “Father of Modern Astronomy.”
1865 – Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer of Tibet, scientist.
1912 – Stan Kenton, American jazz bandleader.
1912 – Saul Chaplin, was one of Hollywood’s preeminent composers and musical directors. he won four Oscars for collaborating on the scores and orchestrations of An American in Paris (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and West Side Story (1961). (d. 1997)
1916 – Eddie Arcaro, known professionally as Eddie Arcaro, was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who won more American Classic Races than any other jockey in history and is the only rider to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice. (d. 1997)
1924 – Lee Marvin, was an American film actor. Known for his gravelly voice, white hair and 6’2″ stature (d. 1987)
1940 – Smokey Robinson is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson is noted for being one of the primary figures associated with Motown Records.
1946 – Karen Silkwood, was an American labor union activist and chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee plant near Crescent, Oklahoma. She died under mysterious circumstances after investigating claims of irregularities and wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plant. (d. 1974)




Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, February 19, 1968. Entered service at: Trenton, N.J. Born: 27 October 1942, Trenton, N.J. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Zabitosky, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant team leader of a 9-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol. Sfc. Zabitosky’s patrol was operating deep within enemy-controlled territory when they were attacked by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit. Sfc. Zabitosky rallied his team members, deployed them into defensive positions, and, exposing himself to concentrated enemy automatic weapons fire, directed their return fire. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sfc. Zabitosky ordered his patrol to move to a landing zone for helicopter extraction while he covered their withdrawal with rifle fire and grenades. Rejoining the patrol under increasing enemy pressure, he positioned each man in a tight perimeter defense and continually moved from man to man, encouraging them and controlling their defensive fire. Mainly due to his example, the outnumbered patrol maintained its precarious position until the arrival of tactical air support and a helicopter extraction team. As the rescue helicopters arrived, the determined North Vietnamese pressed their attack. Sfc. Zabitosky repeatedly exposed himself to their fire to adjust suppressive helicopter gunship fire around the landing zone. After boarding one of the rescue helicopters, he positioned himself in the door delivering fire on the enemy as the ship took off. The helicopter was engulfed in a hail of bullets and Sfc. Zabitosky was thrown from the craft as it spun out of control and crashed. Recovering consciousness, he ignored his extremely painful injuries and moved to the flaming wreckage. Heedless of the danger of exploding ordnance and fuel, he pulled the severely wounded pilot from the searing blaze and made repeated attempts to rescue his patrol members but was driven back by the intense heat. Despite his serious burns and crushed ribs, he carried and dragged the unconscious pilot through a curtain of enemy fire to within ten feet of a hovering rescue helicopter before collapsing. Sfc. Zabitosky’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.




Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 20 July 1920, Flat River, Mo. Entered service at. Esther, Mo. other Navy award: Bronze Star Medal. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as leader of a Machinegun Section of Company B, 1st Battalion, 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, February 19, 1945. Assailed by a tremendous volume of small-arms, mortar and artillery fire as he advanced with one squad of his section in the initial assault wave, Sgt. Cole boldly led his men up the sloping beach toward Airfield No. 1 despite the blanketing curtain of flying shrapnel and, personally destroying with hand grenades two hostile emplacements which menaced the progress of his unit, continued to move forward until a merciless barrage of fire emanating from three Japanese pillboxes halted the advance. Instantly placing his one remaining machinegun in action, he delivered a shattering fusillade and succeeded in silencing the nearest and most threatening emplacement before his weapon jammed and the enemy, reopening fire with knee mortars and grenades, pinned down his unit for the second time. Shrewdly gauging the tactical situation and evolving a daring plan of counterattack, Sgt. Cole, armed solely with a pistol and one grenade, coolly advanced alone to the hostile pillboxes. Hurling his one grenade at the enemy in sudden, swift attack, he quickly withdrew, returned to his own lines for additional grenades and again advanced, attacked, and withdrew. With enemy guns still active, he ran the gauntlet of slashing fire a third time to complete the total destruction of the Japanese strong point and the annihilation of the defending garrison in this final assault. Although instantly killed by an enemy grenade as he returned to his squad, Sgt. Cole had eliminated a formidable Japanese position, thereby enabling his company to storm the remaining fortifications, continue the advance, and seize the objective. By his dauntless initiative, unfaltering courage, and indomitable determination during a critical period of action, Sgt. Cole served as an inspiration to his comrades, and his stouthearted leadership in the face of almost certain death sustained and enhanced the highest tradition of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Padiglione, Italy,  February 17th-February 19, 1944. Entered service at: Colchester, Conn. Birth: Trenton, N.J. G.O. No.: 73, 6 September 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. On 17 February 1944, near Padiglione, Italy, he observed and fired upon an attacking force of approximately eighty Germans, causing at least twenty-five casualties and forcing withdrawal of the remainder. All that day he manned his gun without relief, subject to mortar, artillery, and sniper fire. Two Germans individually worked so close to his position that his machinegun was ineffective, whereupon he killed one with his pistol, the second with a rifle taken from another soldier. When a rifleman protecting his gun position was killed by a sniper, he immediately moved the body and relocated the machinegun in that spot in order to obtain a better field of fire. He volunteered to cover the platoon’s withdrawal and was the last man to leave that night. In his new position he maintained an all-night vigil, the next day causing seven German casualties. On the afternoon of the 18th, the organization on the left flank having been forced to withdraw, he again covered the withdrawal of his own organization. Shortly thereafter, he was seriously wounded over the heart, and a passing soldier saw him trying to crawl up the embankment. The soldier aided him to resume his position behind the machinegun which was soon heard in action for about ten minutes. Though reported killed, Pfc. Johnston was seen returning to the American lines on the morning of 19 February slowly and painfully working his way back from his overrun position through enemy lines. He gave valuable information of new enemy dispositions. His heroic determination to destroy the enemy and his disregard of his own safety aided immeasurably in halting a strong enemy attack, caused an enormous amount of enemy casualties, and so inspired his fellow soldiers that they fought for and held a vitally important position against greatly superior forces.





Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Corregidor, Philippine Islands, February 16th-February 19th, 1945. Entered service at: Tacoma, Wash. Born: 11 May 1917, St. Maries, Idaho. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He was a scout with the regiment which seized the fortress of Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Shortly after the initial parachute assault on 16 February 1945, he crossed thirty yards of open ground under intense enemy fire, and at pointblank range silenced a machinegun with hand grenades. On the afternoon of 18 February he killed six snipers. That evening, when a large force attempted to bypass his company, he voluntarily moved to an exposed area and opened fire. The enemy attacked his position repeatedly throughout the night and was each time repulsed. By 2 o’clock in the morning, all the men about him had been wounded; but shouting encouragement to his comrades and defiance at the enemy, he continued to bear the brunt of the attack, fearlessly exposing himself to locate enemy soldiers and then pouring heavy fire on them. He repeatedly crawled back to the American line to secure more ammunition. When his submachine gun would no longer operate, he seized an automatic rifle and continued to inflict heavy casualties. This weapon, in turn, became too hot to use and, discarding it, he continued with an M-l rifle. At dawn the enemy attacked with renewed intensity. Completely exposing himself to hostile fire, he stood erect to locate the most dangerous enemy positions. He was seriously wounded; but, though he had already killed more than thirty of the enemy, he refused to evacuate until he had pointed out immediate objectives for attack. Through his sustained and outstanding heroism in the face of grave and obvious danger, Pvt. McCarter made outstanding contributions to the success of his company and to the recapture of Corregidor.





Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 30 September 1921, Dayton, Ohio. Accredited to: Ohio. citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, in the Volcano Islands, February 19,1945. The first man of his unit to be on station after hitting the beach in the initial assault, Cpl. Stein, armed with a personally improvised aircraft-type weapon, provided rapid covering fire as the remainder of his platoon attempted to move into position. When his comrades were stalled by a concentrated machinegun and mortar barrage, he gallantly stood upright and exposed himself to the enemy’s view, thereby drawing the hostile fire to his own person and enabling him to observe the location of the furiously blazing hostile guns. Determined to neutralize the strategically placed weapons, he boldly charged the enemy pillboxes one by one and succeeded in killing twenty of the enemy during the furious single-handed assault. Cool and courageous under the merciless hail of exploding shells and bullets which fell on all sides, he continued to deliver the fire of his skillfully improvised weapon at a tremendous rate of speed which rapidly exhausted his ammunition. Undaunted, he removed his helmet and shoes to expedite his movements and ran back to the beach for additional ammunition, making a total of eight trips under intense fire and carrying or assisting a wounded man back each time. Despite the unrelenting savagery and confusion of battle, he rendered prompt assistance to his platoon whenever the unit was in position, directing the fire of a half-track against a stubborn pillbox until he had effected the ultimate destruction of the Japanese fortification. Later in the day, although his weapon was twice shot from his hands, he personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon to the company position. Stouthearted and indomitable, Cpl. Stein, by his aggressive initiative sound judgment, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds, contributed materially to the fulfillment of his mission, and his outstanding valor throughout the bitter hours of conflict sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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Unerased History – February 18th

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Cherries have been favorites of food lovers for centuries. Cherries were brought to

America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s. Later on the French colonists from Normandy brought pits that they planted along the Saint Lawrence River and on down into the Great Lakes area.


Modern day cherry production began in the mid-1800s. Peter Dougherty was a Presbyterian missionary living in northern Michigan. In 1852, he planted cherry trees on Old Mission Peninsula (near Traverse City, Michigan). Much to the surprise of the other farmers and Indians who lived in the area, Dougherty’s cherry trees flourished and soon other residents of the area planted trees. The area proved to be ideal for growing cherries because Lake Michigan tempers Arctic winds in winter and cools the orchards in summer.


The first commercial tart cherry orchards in Michigan were planted in 1893 on Ridgewood Farm near the site of Dougherty’s original plantings. By the early 1900s, the tart cherry industry was firmly established in the state with orchards not only in the Traverse City area, but all along Lake Michigan from Benton Harbor to Elk Rapids. Soon production surpassed other major crops. The first cherry processing facility, Traverse City Canning Company, was built just south of Traverse City, and the ruby-red fruit was soon shipped to Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee.


In the Northwestern part of the United States, cherry orchards also flourished. In 1847, Henderson Lewelling planted an orchard in western Oregon, using nursery stock that he had transported by ox cart from Iowa. Lewelling Farms became known for its sweet cherries with orchards coming into production during the 1870s and 80s.


The most famous sweet cherry variety is the Bing cherry; this cherry variety got its name from one of Lewelling’s Chinese workmen. Another sweet cherry variety is the Lambert, which also got its start on Lewelling Farms. The Rainier cherry, a light sweet variety, originated from the cross breeding of the Bing and Van varieties by Dr. Harold W. Fogle at the Washington State University Research Station in Prosser, Washington. The Bing, Lambert and Rainier varieties together account for more than 95 percent of the Northwest sweet cherry production.


Galatians 5:22-23 New King James Version (NKJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.



“If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained – we must fight!”

Patrick Henry




“The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.”

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

sonorous suh-NOR-uhs; SAH-nuh-rus, adjective:

1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.
4.Impressive in sound; high-sounding.


1229 – The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

1493 – Columbus landed on the island of Santa Maria, the southernmost island of the Portuguese-controlled Azores.

1678 – John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” is published. The Pilgrim’s Progress was read in virtually every Victorian home and remains a best seller for youth and adults alike. His works are considered devotional classics among Christian literature.

1685 – Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.

1688 – At a Quaker meeting in Germantown, Pa, German Mennonites penned a memorandum stating a profound opposition to Negro slavery. Quakers in Germantown, Pa., adopted the first formal antislavery resolution in America.

1735 – First opera performed in America, “Flora”, in Charleston SC.

1804 – First US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens OH, chartered.

1814 – The British schooner “Phoenix” fell to US Marines of the USS Constitution.

1823 – Mexican Emperor Augustin de Iturbide reconfirms the land grant made by the governor of New Spain to the late Moses Austin, made transferable to his son, Stephen F. Austin. This tract along the Rio Grande will become home to over 300 families brought in by Austin in 1825.

1841 – The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate begins and lasts until March 11.The Democratic minority tried to block a bank bill favored by the Whig majority by using this political tactic.

1845 – John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, died in Allen County,  Indiana.

1846 – “It having been represented to the (Navy) Department, that confusion arises from the use of the words “Larboard” and “Starboard,” in consequence of the similarity of sound, the word “Port” is hereafter to be substituted for “Larboard.”–Navy Department General Order.

1849 – First regular steamboat service to San Francisco CA starts: gold rush prospectors from east coast.

1850 – The California state legislature created the original 18 counties.

1850 – The city of San Francisco was incorporated.

1856 – The American Party (Know-Nothings) convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate their first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

1861 – Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1864 – Civil War: President Lincoln ended the blockade of Brownsville, Texas, and opened the port for trade.

1865 – Civil War: Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.

1865 – Civil War: Following the fall of Fort Fisher at the mouth of the river, Union forces re-positioned for an attack on Fort Anderson, N.C on the Cape Fear River.

1865 – Civil WarBattle of Ft. Moultrie, SC.

1878 – The Lincoln County War begins in Lincoln County, New Mexico. It began with the murder of Billy the Kid’s mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.  Outlaw Jesse Evans of the  James J. Dolan gang gunned down Tunstall in Lincoln, N.M.

1879 – Auguste Bartholdi was granted a design patent for the Statue of Liberty.

1885 – Mark Twain’s Adventures of “Huckleberry Finn” is published for the first time.

1896 – Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 years.

1896 – Black American H. Grenon received Patent No. 554,867 for a “Razor Stropping Device.”

1901 – Winston Churchill makes his first speech in the British House of Commons.

1901 – H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner.

1907 – In San Francisco according to an agreement between Mayor Schmidt, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt and the San Francisco School Board, Japanese children under 16 were to be admitted to the city’s public schools. Skilled and unskilled laborers from Japan were to be banned from entering the US and American laborers were to be excluded from Japan.

1908 – First US postage stamps in coils issued.

1922 – Kenesaw Mountain Landis resigns his judgeship to work for baseball.  Landis was selected to become the first Commissioner of Major League Baseball, serving from 1920 until his death in 1944. The position was created to restore public confidence in the integrity of baseball following the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

1927 – Singer Jessica Dragonette starred on radio’s “Cities Service Concerts” (sponsored by the oil company of the same name,)

1929 – First Academy Awards are announced. The ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles,California.

1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers the planet Pluto.Tombaugh also discovered many asteroids and he called for the serious scientific research of unidentified flying objects, or “U.F.O.s”.

1930 – Elm Farm “Ollie” becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft. It was as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. The aircraft, a Ford Trimotor, covered 72 miles  from Bismarck, Missouri, to St. Louis.

1932 – Sonja Henie won her sixth world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.

1932 – In San Francisco, federal prohibition agents seized the offices and storehouses of two wholesale liquor setups: The Chicago Specialty Company at 724 Montgomery St. and J.C. Millet at 241 Clay St. The raids were aimed at breaking up a major bootlegging ring said to be headed by Johnny Marino.

1938 – “The Big Broadcast of 1938” was released.

1939 – The Golden Gate International Exposition opened on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

1940 – The American Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, applies the American “moral embargo” to the USSR.

1942 – The Mills Brothers recorded “Paper Doll” on Decca records.

1942 – The Free French submarine Surcouf (then the largest submarine in the world) is sunk in a collision with a US merchant ship.

1943 – World War II: Munich resistance group “White Rose” was captured by Nazis. The White Rose was a law abiding, non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign.

1943 – Groundbreaking ceremony in Oak Ridge, TN for the first uranium 235 plant. The uranium manufacturing facility cost $280,000,000 to build and was completed in the summer of 1944.

1943 – World War II: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivers his Sportpalast speech.This speech was a speech delivered  at the Berlin Sportpalast to a large but carefully selected audience calling for a total war, as the tide of World War II had turned against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies.

1943 – World War II: The new American 6th Army, commanded by General Krueger, become operational in the southwest Pacific.

1943– World War II: A US Task Group (Admiral McMorris) with two cruisers and four destroyers bombards Japanese positions on Attu Island.

1943– World War II: Rommel took three towns in Tunisia, North Africa. The intercepted communications of an American in Cairo provided a secret ear for the Desert Fox.

1944 – President Roosevelt vetoes the Bankhead Bill which proposed to end food subsidies. The veto is upheld by the House of Representatives.

1944 – World War II: American forces continue their raid on the Japanese base at Truk. Over the course of the two days, US aircraft log 1250 sorties.

1945 – CHART TOPPERS – “Don’t Fence Me In” by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, “Accentuate the Positive” by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, “I Dream of You” by The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Freddy Stewart) and “I’m Losing My Mind Over You” by Al Dexter all topped the charts.

1945 – World War II: All US Third Army units attacked. The German Siegfried Line is broken north of Echternach by US 8th Corps while both US 12th and 20th Corps, to the south, are advancing.

1945 – World War II: While most of US Task Force 58 is replenishing, one group of four carriers commanded by Admiral Radford attacks Haha Jima and Chichi Jima.

1945 – World War II: U.S. Marines stormed ashore at Iwo Jima (2/18-19). About 60,000 US Marines went ashore at Iwo Jima, an 8-sq. mile island of rock, volcanic ash and black sand. The 36-day battle took the lives of 7,000 Americans and about 20,000 of 22,000 Japanese defenders.

1949 – “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” (1:09:47) debuted on CBS radio.

1950 – “Rag Mop” by the Ames Brothers topped the charts.

1951 – “Tennessee Waltz” by Patti Page topped the charts.

1951 – Korean War: An enemy shore battery scored a hit on the destroyer USS Ozbourn and wounded two sailors. This was the first time a U.S. Navy ship operating in the vicinity of Wonsan had been hit by gunfire from a shore battery.

1952 – Two tanker ships broke apart off Cape Cod. 14 men died in the wrecks, 9 of 41 on the Pendleton and 5 of 43 on the Fort Mercer.

1953 – CHART TOPPERS – “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” by Perry Como,Till I Waltz Again with You” by Teresa Brewer, “Keep It a Secret” by Jo Stafford and “I Let the Stars Get in My Eyes” by Goldie Hill all topped the charts.

1953 – Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the “I Love Lucy” TV show through 1955.

1953 – “Bwana Devil,” the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York City.

1955 – Operation Teapot begins. It is a series of fourteen nuclear detonations to determine the effects of nuclear weapons on a variety of materials and in a variety of conditions begins with detonation Wasp. The Teapot test shot “Wasp” is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons.

1956 – “Rock and Roll Waltz” by Kay Starr and “The Great Pretender” by the Platters hit #1.

1959 – Elvis Presley appeared after hours at the Lido Club in Paris while on leave from the U.S. Army.

1959 – Ray Charles recorded “What’d I Say.”

1960 – The Eighth Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Nixon. A drought of snow ended 2 days before the start of the games.

1960 – Walter O’Malley, Los Angeles Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000. It was only worth $92,500.

1961 – CHART TOPPERS – “Calcutta” by Lawrence Welk, “Shop Around” by The Miracles, “Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka and “North to Alaska” by Johnny Horton all topped the charts.

1962 – Robert F. Kennedy said that U.S. troops would stay in Vietnam until Communism was defeated.

1964 – “Any Wednesday” opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. The play established Gene Hackman as an actor.

1964 – The Beatles visited Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) in training for his match with heavyweight champion Sonny Liston.   Cassius Clay v. Liston (Complete fight)  (38:09)

1964 – The United States cuts off military assistance to Britain, France, and Yugoslavia in retaliation for their continuing trade with the communist nation of Cuba. The action was chiefly symbolic, but represented the continued U.S. effort to destabilize the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro.

1965 – Alabama police were sent to Marion as some 500 people marched from a church toward the city jail to protest the jailing of a civil rights worker. Street lights went out and troopers began swinging clubs on the marchers. Jimmie Lee Jackson (26) was shot while aiding his grandfather (82) and mother. Jackson died 2 days later.

1967 – “Kind of a Drag” by the Buckinghams topped the charts.

1968 – Vietnam War: Three U.S. pilots who were held by the Vietnamese arrived in Washington.

1969 – CHART TOPPERS – “Everyday People” by Sly & The Family Stone, “Touch Meby The Doors, “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations and “Until My Dreams Come True” by Jack Greene all topped the charts.

1969 – Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 disaster. The aircraft crashed into the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney, near Lone Pine, killing all 35 passengers and crew on board.

1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Party national convention.

1972 – The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidates the state’s death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life in prison.

1973 – A 119 lb octopus measuring 23 feet across captured in Hood Canal, Washington.

1976 – President Gerald Ford signed Executive Order #11905 prohibiting US officials from plotting or engaging in political assassination. The order was later broadened by Presidents Carter and Reagan.

1977 – CHART TOPPERS – “Torn Between Two Lovers” by Mary MacGregor, “New Kid in Town” by the Eagles, “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and “Near You” by George Jones & Tammy Wynette all topped the charts.

1977 – The Space Shuttle “Enterprise” test vehicle goes on its maiden “flight” while sitting on top of a Boeing 747.

1978 – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees topped the charts. In 2012 it was determined that the “beat” to this song was perfect for training CPR students on the speed of chest compressions.

1979 – The miniseries “Roots: Next Generations” premiered on ABC TV. (This was very offensive.)

1983 – MASS SHOOTING: Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington, said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in American history. The Wah Mee massacre was a multiple homicide  in which Kwan Fai “Willie” Mak, Wai-Chiu “Tony” Ng, and Benjamin Ng gunned down 14 people in the Wah Mee gambling club.

1984 – “Karma Chameleon” by the Culture Club topped the charts.

1984 – Reed Larson (Detroit Red Wings) got two assists to become the highest scoring, American-born player in the history of the National Hockey League.

1985 – CHART TOPPERS – “Careless Whisper” by Wham! featuring George Michael, Loverboy” by Billy Ocean, “Method of Modern Love” by Daryl Hall John Oates and “Make My Life with You” by The Oak Ridge Boys all topped the charts.

1985 – General William Westmoreland and CBS, INC. reach an out-of-court settlement in Westmoreland’s $120 million libel suit in which he charged that a CBS documentary falsely accused him of misrepresenting the strength of Vietcong forces.

1987 – The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.

1987 – The song “Sign O’ The Times” was released by Prince.

1988 – Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as the 104th justice of the Supreme Court.

1998 – Two white separatists are arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.

1986 – San Antonio’s Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double- 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix. The NBA only recognizes four in basketball history.

1989 – “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul topped the charts.

1994 – At the Winter Olympic Games in Norway, speedskater Dan Jansen finally won a gold medal, breaking the world record in the 1,000 meters.

1997 – Shuttle Discovery astronauts completed their tuneup of the Hubble Space Telescope.

1997 – It was reported that scientists found evidence that upheld the theory of an asteroid hitting the Earth 65 million years ago in seabed drill sediments 300 miles off the coast of northern Florida.

1999 – The Clinton administration warned Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to choose peace with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, or face a devastating military strike.

2000 – Mariano Faget (54), a 34-year US immigration officer in Miami, was reported to be a Cuban spy. Faget was found guilty of disclosing government secrets May 30.

2000 – Ford Motor Co. agreed to pay $3.8 million in a settlement with the Labor Dept. over charges of discrimination in hiring against women and minorities at seven plants.

2000 – Announcer Bob Hite Sr. (86), whose rich voice introduced “The Lone Ranger” on radio, died in West Palm Beach, Fla.

2001 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for spying for the Soviet Union. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

2001 – Dale Earnhardt is killed in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500, which was won by Michael Waltrip, driving in a car that Earnhardt owned. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second.

2004 – Scientists reported that X-rays from galaxy RX J1242-11 indicated a black hole tearing apart a star and gobbling up a share of its gaseous mass.

2004 – The US federal debt passed the $7 trillion mark.

2005 – The United Kingdom law banning fox hunting, hare coursing and other sports which kill wild mammals is enforced from this date.

2005 – President George W. Bush signed the US Class Action Fairness Act. It expanded federal jurisdiction over many large class-action lawsuits and mass actions taken in the United States.

2005 – Mathematics: The 42nd known Mersenne prime is discovered by Martin Nowak of Germany. The prime number is the largest known Mersenne prime at the time of its discovery, and is nearly eight million digits long. That makes this number in Pica 10, over 25 miles long.

2006 – Thousands of people remained without power after a winter storm packing wind gusts of up to 77 mph rolled across the Northeast US, downing trees and power lines. Four people were killed.

2007 – The United States sent eight more US F-22 stealth fighter planes to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa in their first full deployment overseas.

2007 – Eight U.S. troops are killed and fourteen wounded in a helicopter crash in south-eastern Afghanistan.

2009 – The Federal Reserve cut its economic outlook for 2009 on Wednesday and warned that the United States economy would face an “unusually gradual and prolonged” period of recovery as the country struggles to climb out of a deep global downturn.

2009 – A Florida jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $8 million in damages to Elaine Hess, the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.

2009 –  A Columbian mammoth is discovered in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California.

2009 –  General Motors will cut 47,000 jobs throughout 2009.

2010 –  A small private plane is intentionally crashed into an office building in Austin, Texas. Andrew Joseph Stack III, flying his Piper Dakota, crashed into Building I of the Echelon office complex in a suicide attempt killing himself and Internal Revenue Service manager Vernon Hunter. Thirteen others were injured, two seriously.

2011 –  The Obama administration rescinds most of a regulation designed to protect health care workers who refuse to provide a service that they find objectionable but retains protections against performing abortions when you have strong anti-abortion convictions.

2011 –  The US House of Representatives blocks Federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

2011 –  Wisconsin has demonstrations in the tens of thousands against a bill forcing public service workers to pay increased pension costs, increased healthcare coverage as well as stripping them of almost all union rights. State Senators yesterday fled the state to Illinois.

2011 –  NASA clears the Space Shuttle Discovery for its final flight.

2012 – The funeral of entertainer Whitney Houston is held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.  Kevin Costner’s emotional speech  (17:09)

2016 – A man sues an Oklahoma gun range after he is told to leave after identifying himself as a Muslim. The gun range owners though claim that the man was acting belligerent.

2016 – The Missouri Department of Transportation conducted the first of two demolitions of Old Daniel Boone Bridge that crossed the Missouri River.




1745 – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist (d. 1827) was an Italian physicist known especially for the development of the electric battery in 1800.
1838 – Ernst Mach, who was a Bohemian-Austrian physicist and philosopher and is the namesake for the “Mach number” (also known as Mach speed) and the optical illusion known as Mach bands. (d. 1916)
1892 – Wendell Willkie, was a lawyer in the United States and the Republican nominee for the 1940 presidential election. He lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt . (d. 1944)
1901 – Wayne King, saxophonist, bandleader. He was an American musician, songwriter, singer and orchestral leader. He was sometimes referred to as “the Waltz King”.  (d. 1985)
1914 – Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter was an American country music songwriter and recording artist. King’s songs included “The Tennessee Waltz”, “Slow Poke”, and “You Belong to Me”.  (d. 2000)
1919 – Jack Palance, was an Oscar-winning American film actor. With his rugged facial features and gravelly voice, Palance was best known to modern movie audiences as both the characters of Curly and Duke in the two City Slickers movies (d. 2006)
1920 – Bill Cullen, was an Emmy Award-winning American radio and television personality . He was best known for his roles in game shows as the original host of The Price Is Right in the 1960s and The $25,000 Pyramid in the 1970s. (d. 1990)
1925 – George Kennedy is an Academy-Award winning American actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. He is widely familiar as Joe Patroni in the Airport series of disaster movies from the 1970s,
1950 – Cybill Shepherd is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, and former fashion model.
1954 – John Travolta is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and singer.
1957 – Vanna White, is an American television personality, best known as the hostess and puzzle board operator on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She is the niece of actor Christopher George.
1968 – Molly Ringwald, is an American actress, singer, and dancer.





Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized) 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Cu Chi, Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam, February 18th, 1966. Entered service at: Albuquerque, N. Mex. Born: 30 June 1944, Albuquerque, N. Mex. c.o. No.: 21, 26 April 1967. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Fernandez demonstrated indomitable courage when the patrol was ambushed by a Viet Cong rifle company and driven back by the intense enemy automatic weapons fire before it could evacuate an American soldier who had been wounded in the Viet Cong attack. Sp4c. Fernandez, a sergeant and two other volunteers immediately fought their way through devastating fire and exploding grenades to reach the fallen soldier. Upon reaching their fallen comrade the sergeant was struck in the knee by machine gun fire and immobilized. Sp4c. Fernandez took charge, rallied the left flank of his patrol and began to assist in the recovery of the wounded sergeant. While first aid was being administered to the wounded man, a sudden increase in the accuracy and intensity of enemy fire forced the volunteer group to take cover. As they did, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the group, although some men did not see it. Realizing there was no time for the wounded sergeant or the other men to protect themselves from the grenade blast, Sp4c. Fernandez vaulted over the wounded sergeant and threw himself on the grenade as it exploded, saving the lives of his four comrades at the sacrifice of his life. Sp4c. Fernandez’ profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.


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Unerased History – February 17th

Posted by Wayne Church on February 17, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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Black Sox Scandal

1919 Chicago White Sox

The players on the Charles Comiskey’s 1919 Chicago White Sox team were a fractious lot.  The club was divided into two “gangs” of players, each with practically nothing to say to the other. Together they formed the best team in baseball–perhaps one of the best teams that ever played the game, yet they–like all ball players of the time–were paid a fraction of what they were worth.  Because of baseball’s reserve clause, any player who refused to accept a contract was prohibited from playing baseball on any other professional team.  The White Sox owner paid two of his greatest stars, outfielder Shoeless” Joe Jackson and third baseman Buck Weaver, only $6000 a year.  Comiskey has been labeled the tyrant and tightwad whose cheap practices made his players especially willing to sell their baseball souls for money, but in fact Comiskey was probably no worse than most owners–in fact, Chicago had the highest team payroll in 1919.  In the era of the reserve clause, gamblers could find players on lots of teams looking for extra cash.

The 1919 World Series ended up being the most famous scandal in baseball history. Eight players from the Chicago White Sox (later nicknamed the Black Sox) were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds. Details of the scandal and the extent to which each man was involved have always been unclear. It was, however, front-page news across the country and, despite being acquitted of criminal charges, the players were banned from professional baseball for life. The eight men included the great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson; pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude “Lefty” Williams; infielders Buck Weaver, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, Fred McMullin, and Charles “Swede” Risberg; and outfielder Oscar “Happy” Felsch. While the facts surrounding the throwing of the Series are confusing, people familiar with the case agree that “Chick” Gandil was the ringleader.

A few weeks before the 1919 World Series, Gandil approached Sullivan about fixing the Series. He told Sullivan that for $100,000, Gandil and several of his teammates would make sure the White Sox would lose. Gandil was known as a rough character and, at the age of thirty-three, he was getting ready to retire. Before his career ended, he had one last shot to make big money. While Sullivan started raising money, Gandil went to work getting the cooperation of his teammates.

The gamblers started almost immediately not paying on their promises and the players seeing that they were not getting paid had a change of heart. They started winning until the crucial final game. Unfortunately, any chance of winning was ruined by Arnold Rothstein. Instead of betting individual games, he had bet on Cincinnati to win the series. With his investment at risk, Rothstein sent one of his henchman to visit Williams, who was pitching in the eighth game. He explained to Williams that Rothstein wanted the Series to end the next day. He threatened Williams and his wife. Chicago lost 10-5. In the end, one scared man handed Cincinnati the World Series.\

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Matthew 7:3-5

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”


AdamsJ01-150“Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.”

John Adams



“Without difficulties life would be like a stream without rocks or curves.”

~Tao of Pooh

idee fixe\ee-day-FEEKS\, noun:

An idea that dominates the mind; a fixed idea; an obsession.


1600 – Philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive at Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy. The Roman Inquisition claimed that  his cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in proposing that the Sun was essentially a star, and moreover, that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds populated by other intelligent beings.

1621 – Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.

1691 – Thomas Neale was granted a British patent for American postal service.

1776 – First volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire” published.

1801 – An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the US House of Representatives.

1817 – First US city lit by gas (Baltimore.)

1820 – The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise. The Missouri Compromise, also called the Compromise of 1820, was an agreement passed in 1820 between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States Congress, involving primarily the regulation of slavery in the western territories. It prohibited slavery in the former Louisiana Territory north of the parallel 36°30′ north except within the boundaries of the proposed state of Missouri.

1827 – Chester Stone patented a washing machine.

1861 – Civil War: Local militia forced the surrender of the federal arsenal at San Antonio, TX even before the state seceded on March 2.

1862 – Ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (ex-U.S.S. Merrimack) commissioned, Captain Franklin Buchanan commanding.

1862 – Legislation was introduced in the Senate on 17 February 1862, which authorized the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Army and followed the pattern of a similar award approved for Naval personnel in December 1861.

1864 – Civil War: H. L. Hunley (CSA) becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.

1865 – Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.

1865 – Civil War: Ships of Rear Admiral Porter’s fleet helped to ferry General Schofield’s two divisions from Fort Fisher to Smithville, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River.

1865 – Civil War: Union forces regained Fort Sumter.

1865 Civil War: During the night, Forts Moultrie, Sumter, Johnson, Beauregard, and Castle Pinckney were abandoned as the Confederates marched northward to join the beleaguered forces of General Lee.

1870Mississippi became the 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War.

1872 – The Senate refuses to ratify a treaty with the Samoan Islands that would have given the US the right to install a naval coaling station on Pago Pago and become “protector” of Samoa.

1876 – Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, ME.

1878 – In San Francisco, CA, the first large city telephone exchange opened. It had only 18 phones.

1897 – National Congress of Parents & Teachers (PTA) organizes (Washington, DC).

1900 – After an ambush that killed two Philippine-based Marines the day before, the gunboat USS Manileno was sent to the village of Moron a little after midnight on the morning of 17 February. Surprising the defenders, it took the town without much resistance, destroyed a store of ammunition, and burned the blockhouse. On the afternoon of the same day the captain ordered the inhabitants of Benictican and Baton to move into Olongapo, where the Marines were based, within three days or be declared outlaws. All obeyed his order except six families, who, according to his information, moved to another town.

1906 – Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice marries in the White House.

1909 – A government commission reported that the tobacco industry was controlled by six men with 86 firms that were worth $450 million.

1911 – First amphibian flight to & from a ship, by Glenn Curtiss, San Diego.

1913 – The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.

1924 – In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the 100-yard freestyle swimming competition with a time of 52-2/5 seconds.

1925 – Harold Ross and Jane Grant found The New Yorker magazine; the debut issue was dated February 21, 1925 and the cost was 15 cents.

1926 –  An avalanche buried 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah, and 40 died.

1927 – A major  four day storm that dumped 25.38 inches of rain on the San Diego area. This was a 5000 year storm at the HenshawDam.  The Henshaw weather station reported 14.48 inches on February 16, 1927 alone. The death toll reached 24 with some 3,000 left homeless.

1932 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Face the Music,” premiered in New York City.

1933 – The magazine Newsweek is published for the first time.

1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States. It was sponsored by Wisconsin Senator John J. Blaine and passed by the United States Senate today.The repeal was formally adopted as the 21st Amendment to the Constitution on December 5, 1933.

1933 – Blondie Boopadoop marries Dagwood Bumstead. They married three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted. Blondie is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Chic Young. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, the strip has been published in newspapers since September 8, 1930.

1934 – First high school auto driving course offered in State College, PA.

1936 – The world’s first superhero, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in comics.

1937 – Nearly at the end of the four years of construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, ten construction workers lost their lives when a section of scaffold fell through a safety net.

1940 – President Roosevelt sends Sumner Welles, Under-Secretary of State, on a “fact-finding” tour of Europe and appoints Myron C. Taylor as his “personal representative” to the Vatican.

1942 – World War II: Two-hundred ninety-six men of the first naval construction unit to deploy from the United States was designated the First Construction Detachment and it arrived at Bora Bora in the Societies Islands with the mission of constructing a fueling station and other facilities.

1943 – New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the US Army.

1944 – CHART TOPPERS – “Shoo, Shoo, Baby” by The Andrews Sisters, “My Heart Tells Me” by The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird), “Besame Mucho” by The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen), “Pistol Packin’ Mama” by Al Dexter all topped the charts.

1944 – Oil was discovered in commercial quantities in Alabama.

1944 – World War II: Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)begins. The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.

1944 – World War II: Operation Hailstone begins. U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attack against Truk (Chuuk), Japan’s main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.

1944 – World War II: During the night (February 17-18), US destroyers bombard Japanese bases at Rabaul and Kavieng.

1944 – World War II: German forces continue attacks on the Anzio beachhead. The US 45th Division barely contains the German attack. Heavy losses are sustained by both sides.

1945 – There are new attacks by US 12th and 20th Corps, of US 3rd Army, from Luxembourg and around Saarlouis.

1945 – World War II:Gen. MacArthur’s troops landed on Corregidor in the Philippines. General Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese general opposing MacArthur.

1945 -US Task Force 54 and TF52 continue the preliminary bombardment of Iwo Jima. The battleship Tennessee and a cruiser as well as several smaller ships are damaged by Japanese return fire. Meanwhile, a USAAF raid by B-24 bombers is also conducted.

1947 – With the words, “Hello! This is New York calling,the Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into the Soviet Union.

1949 – Burl Ives release his original recording of Ghost Riders in the Sky. Numerous artists went on to record this as well.

1949 – Richard (Dick) Button bested all competition in Paris, France to retain the world title of the men’s figure skating championship. Button is a commentator on figure skating events the world over for American television, including Olympics competition.

1950 – In New York 31 people died in a train crash at Long Island’s Rockville Center.

1951 – Packard introduced its “250” Chassis Convertible.

1951 – FBI director J. Edgar Hoover initiated a secret nationwide program intended to remove politically suspect employees from their jobs.

1951 – Korean War: B-26s flew the first night bombing mission using SHORAN, a short-range navigation system employing an airborne radar device and two ground beacon stations for precision bombing.

1952 – CHART TOPPERS – “Slowpoke” by Pee Wee King, “Cry” by Johnnie Ray, Anytime” by Eddie Fisher and “Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)” by Lefty Frizzell all topped the charts.

1954 – Doris Day’s single, “Secret Love“, became the #1 tune in the U.S. It won the 1953 Academy Award winner for Best Song.

1956 – The US Coast Guard Cutter Casco saved twenty-one persons from a US Navy seaplane that was forced to ditch 100 miles south of Bermuda and delivered both the survivors and the disabled aircraft to the Naval Air Station at St. Georgia Harbor, Bermuda.

1957 – A fire at a home for the elderly, the Katie Jane Memorial Home for the Aged , in Warrenton, Missouri kills 72 people.

1958 – Pope Pius XII declares Saint Clare of Assisi (1193~1253) the patron saint of television.

1958 – Comic strip “BC” first appears. It was created by Johnny Hart (1931-2007.)

1958 – “Sugartime” by McGuire Sisters topped the charts.

1959 – Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.

1960 – CHART TOPPERS – “Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning, “Handy Man” by Jimmy Jones, “The Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” by Percy Faith and “He’ll Have to Go” by Jim Reeves all topped the charts.

1960 – Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.

1962 – Gene Chandler hit #1 with “Duke of Earl“.

1962 – Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit “Surfin.

1964 – In Wesberry v. Sanders, the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.

1964 – Luke Appling became the 101st member elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

1965 – Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the “Sea of Tranquility” would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

1965 – Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on ” The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” on NBC-TV.

1966 – Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler received a gold record from RCA Victor, for both the album and the single of “The Ballad of the Green Berets“.

1966 – In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Gen. Maxwell Taylor states that a major U.S. objective in Vietnam is to demonstrate that “wars of liberation” are “costly, dangerous and doomed to failure.”

1967 – Beatles release “Penny Lane” & “Strawberry Fields.” Strawberry Fields was a children’s home run by the Salvation Army. It was closed in 2005.

1967 – Vietnam War: The first full day of Operation DECKHOUSE VI, which lasted until 3 March, was conducted near Quang Ngai city. The Special Landing Force (BLT Y4 and HMM-363) accounted for 280 enemy killed.

1968 – CHART TOPPERS – “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat, “I Wish It Would Rain” by The Temptations, “(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls” by Dionne Warwick and “Skip a Rope” by Henson Cargill all topped the charts.

1968 – Vietnam War: American officials in Saigon report an all-time high weekly rate of U.S. casualties–543 killed in action and 2,547 wounded in the previous seven days.

1968 – In Springfield, Massachusetts the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.

1970 – At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald’s wife and two daughters were murdered. Dr. MacDonald was convicted of the murders but claimed that drug-crazed assailants were responsible.

1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceeded those of Ford Model-T.

1972 – President Richard Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.

1973 – President Richard Nixon named Patrick Gray director of the FBI.

1973 – “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John topped the charts.

1974 – Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter. At 2 A.M. Preston, stole a United States Army helicopter from Fort Meade, Maryland, flew it to Washington, D.C., and hovered for six minutes over the White House before descending on the south lawn, about 100 yards from the West Wing.

1976 – CHART TOPPERS – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon, “Love to Love You Baby” by Donna Summer, “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate and “The White Knight” by Cledus Maggard & the Citizen’s Band all topped the charts.

1984 – CHART TOPPERS – “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club, “Joanna” by Kool & The Gang, “Jump” by Van Halen and “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Merle Haggard all topped the charts.

1985 – U.S. Postage stamp prices were raised from 20 cents to 22 cents for first class mail.

1985 – Murray Haydon became the third person to receive an artificial heart.

1986 – Johnson and Johnson, maker of Tylenol, announced it would no longer sell over-the-counter medications in capsule form, following the death of a woman who had taken a cyanide-laced capsule.

1988 – Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins, an American officer, and veteran of Vietnam, serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, was kidnapped in southern Lebanon by pro-Iranian terrorists.

1988 – In St. Paul, MN about 40 “well-to-do”partygoers celebrating after a pop concert were stripped naked and robbed by four men with machine guns.

1989 – A six-week study of Arctic atmosphere by NASA shows no ozone “hole”.

1990 – “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul & the Wild Pair topped the charts.

1992 – A court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin sentences serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison.

1993 – President Clinton addressed a joint session of Congress, asking Americans to accept one of the biggest tax increases in history as part of a plan to stimulate the economy and curb massive budget deficits.

1995 – Federal judge allowed a lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive and manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked.

1995 – Colin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and later receives a 200+ year sentence.

1996 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.

1996 –  NASA’s Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.

1997 – The Virginia House of Delegates voted to retire the state song “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia,” and make it the state song emeritus.

1997 – In Austin, Texas, Angela Peck was stabbed in the back and the neck by Carl Wayne Thomas (21), a security guard. She pleaded for mercy and promised to blame the attack on a fictitious character. Thomas agreed and summoned aid. She later told the truth and Thomas confessed. He agreed to a 42-year prison sentence for attempted murder.

1998 – The U.S. women’s hockey team won the gold medal at Nagano, Japan, defeating Canada 3-1.

1998 – Bob Merrill (b.1921), composer and lyricist, died from suicide at age 74. His work included the musicals “Carnival” and “Funny Girl” and the song “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.”

1998 – An Iranian crowd cheered as US wrestlers carried the Stars and Stripes into an international meet in Tehran.

1999 – In a satellite-linked address to college campuses across the country, President Clinton made his case for shoring up Social Security and Medicare.

2000 – Microsoft released the Windows 2000 computer operating system.

2002 – The new US Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.

2003 – An estimated 40 million viewers tuned in to the finale of Fox’s reality show “Joe Millionaire,” in which Evan Marriott chose Zora Andrich. Once he was revealed to her, they did not stay together but did split the winnings.

2003 – A blizzard shut down much of the mid-Atlantic region on Presidents Day with windblown snow up to 4 feet deep, halting air and some rail travel and caused at least 40 deaths.

2003 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died of heatstroke at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital, less than 24 hours after complaining of dizziness during a spring training workout.

2003  –  In Chicago twenty-one people were killed at the E2 nightclub in an early morning stampede after security guards used mace and pepper spray to halt a fist fight between two women.

2004 – Cingular Wireless won the bidding war to acquire AT&T Wireless Services for nearly $41 billion in cash, a deal which would create the largest cell phone company in the US.

2004 – A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests breast cancer is linked to the use of antibiotics. (Tucson Citizen).

2004 – In Connecticut two cranes collapsed at a bridge construction site and one worker was killed.

2005 – President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first national intelligence director.

2005 – Two US Border Patrol agents in Texas stopped a van carrying 743 pounds of marijuana and shot Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, an admitted Mexican drug smuggler, as he fled back across the Rio Grande.

2005 – The US House of Representatives passes a Class Action Fairness Act that intends to curb class action suits, moving them from state courts to federal courts.

2005 – Researchers demonstrated a robot that used a “passive-dynamic design” to learn walking step by step like a toddler.

2006 – Christian worship leader and songwriter Brenton Brown released his first solo album, “Everlasting God“.

2006 – Harry Whittington, the lawyer shot by Vice President Dick Cheney while quail hunting, left a Corpus Christi, Texas, hospital, saying “accidents do and will happen.”

2006 – US-based Space Adventures announced it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates.

2006 – A fierce storm system swept across the Midwest moving eastward, ripping the roof off an Indiana church, pelting Arkansas with hail and cutting power to thousands in Michigan.

2007 – Presidential contender Hillary Clinton has called for a 90-day deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. She states in a video on her website: “If George Bush doesn’t end the war before he leaves office, when I’m president, I will.” (Reuters via ABC Australia Online)

2007 – Bismarck, ND reclaims the snow angel record. More than 8,900 people flapped their arms and legs on Bismarck’s state Capitol grounds in an attempt to reclaim the snow angel record of 3,784 set by students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.

2007 – In Cape Canaveral, Florida, a rocket carried five satellites into orbit as part of the THEMIS mission to study magnetic storms in the Earth’s atmosphere.

2008 – California-based Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company voluntarily recalls just over 143 million pounds (65 million kilograms) of raw and frozen beef products, considered the largest meat recall in the United States, following an investigation into animal cruelty.

2009 –  President Barack Obama authorizes the deployment of 12,000 more soldiers into the Afghanistan War.

2009 –  President Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in Denver, Colorado.

2009 – General Motors and Chrysler inform the U.S. federal government that they will need additional loans of $21.6 billion.

2009 – Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc, the casino operator named for Donald Trump, filed for bankruptcy protection as recession and declining gambling revenues battered the company and its rivals.

2010 – Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq a new name, “Operation New Dawn,” effective Sept 1, to reflect the reduced role US troops will play in securing the country this year as troop levels fall.

2010 –  In Palo Alto, Ca., a Cessna 310 crashed into a neighborhood after takeoff from the fogged-in Palo Alto Airport, killing all three people aboard.

2011 – Police arrest nine people allegedly involved in a United States-Mexico arms ring, and seize 300 weapons.

2011 – The inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is released finding that the accident was entirely preventable. (Oil Spill Commission)

2011 – US authorities charge more than a hundred doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud.

2011 – Schools in Wisconsin close as teachers attend rallies against proposals to limit collective bargaining for state employees. Democratic State Senators leave the capital Madison to avoid participating in the debate.

2012 –  United States Capitol Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Amine El Khalifi, a man from Morocco who allegedly planned a suicide attack on the United States Capitol.

2012 –  A US Federal Court judge orders Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration to return treasures from the shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes to Spain.

2012 – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoes a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

2013 – Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to win pole position at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

2014 – Jimmy Fallon takes over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno!!!

2014 – A cafe owner was ordered to remove an extractor fan because the smell of her frying bacon offended passing Muslims. Planning officials acted against Beverley Akciecek, 49, after being told her next door neighbour’s Muslim friends had felt ”physically sick” due to the ”foul odour.”

1718 – Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
1844 – Aaron Montgomery Ward, American department store founder (d. 1913)
1874 – Thomas J. Watson, American computer manufacturer (d. 1956)
1908 – Red Barber, American baseball announcer (d. 1992)
1910 – Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)
1914 – Arthur Kennedy, American actor (d. 1990)
1914 – Wayne Morris, American actor (d. 1959)
1922 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
1924 – Margaret Truman, American novelist (d. 2008)
1925 – Hal Holbrook, American actor
1933 – Craig L. Thomas, American politician (d. 2007)
1936 – Jim Brown, American football player
1939 – Mary Ann Mobley, American actress and beauty queen
1942 – Huey P. Newton, American political activist (d. 1989)
1954 – Rene Russo, American actress
1963 – Michael Jordan, American basketball player
1963 – Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian
1975 – Wish Bone, American rapper
1981 – Paris Hilton, American actress and heiress






Rank and organization: Boatswain’s Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 31 May 1920, Daggett, Mich. Accredited to: Michigan. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a diver engaged in rescue operations at West Loch, Pearl Harbor,  February 17th, 1945. Aware of the danger when two fellow divers were hopelessly trapped in a cave-in of steel wreckage while tunneling with jet nozzles under an LST sunk in forty feet of water and twenty feet of mud. Hammerberg unhesitatingly went overboard in a valiant attempt to effect their rescue despite the certain hazard of additional cave-ins and the risk of fouling his lifeline on jagged pieces of steel imbedded in the shifting mud. Washing a passage through the original excavation, he reached the first of the trapped men, freed him from the wreckage and, working desperately in pitch-black darkness, finally effected his release from fouled lines, thereby enabling him to reach the surface. Wearied but undaunted after several hours of arduous labor, Hammerberg resolved to continue his struggle to wash through the oozing submarine, subterranean mud in a determined effort to save the second diver. Venturing still farther under the buried hulk, he held tenaciously to his purpose, reaching a place immediately above the other man just as another cave-in occurred and a heavy piece of steel pinned him crosswise over his shipmate in a position which protected the man beneath from further injury while placing the full brunt of terrific pressure on himself. Although he succumbed in agony eighteen hours after he had gone to the aid of his fellow divers, Hammerberg, by his cool judgment, unfaltering professional skill and consistent disregard of all personal danger in the face of tremendous odds, had contributed effectively to the saving of his two comrades. His heroic spirit of self-sacrifice throughout enhanced and sustained the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.





Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve, LCI (G) 449. Place and date: Iwo Jima, February 17th,  1945. Entered service at: North Carolina. Born: 11 June 1921, Roseboro, N.C. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of LCI (G) 449 operating as a unit of LCI (G) Group 8, during the preinvasion attack on Iwo Jima on 17 February 1945. Boldly closing the strongly fortified shores under the devastating fire of Japanese coastal defense guns, Lt. (then Lt. (j.g.)) Herring directed shattering barrages of 40mm. and 20mm. gunfire against hostile beaches until struck down by the enemy’s savage counter-fire which blasted the 449’s heavy guns and whipped her decks into sheets of flame. Regaining consciousness despite profuse bleeding he was again critically wounded when a Japanese mortar crashed the conning station, instantly killing or fatally wounding most of the officers and leaving the ship wallowing without navigational control. Upon recovering the second time, Lt. Herring resolutely climbed down to the pilothouse and, fighting against his rapidly waning strength, took over the helm, established communication with the engineroom, and carried on valiantly until relief could be obtained. When no longer able to stand, he propped himself against empty shell cases and rallied his men to the aid of the wounded; he maintained position in the firing line with his 20mm. guns in action in the face of sustained enemy fire, and conned his crippled ship to safety. His unwavering fortitude, aggressive perseverance, and indomitable spirit against terrific odds reflect the highest credit upon Lt. Herring and uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.




Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Padiglione, Italy, February 17th to February 19th, February 1944. Entered service at: Colchester, Conn. Birth: Trenton, N.J. G.O. No.: 73, 6 September 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. On 17 February 1944, near Padiglione, Italy, he observed and fired upon an attacking force of approximately eighty Germans, causing at least twenty-five casualties and forcing withdrawal of the remainder. All that day he manned his gun without relief, subject to mortar, artillery, and sniper fire. Two Germans individually worked so close to his position that his machinegun was ineffective, whereupon he killed one with his pistol, the second with a rifle taken from another soldier. When a rifleman protecting his gun position was killed by a sniper, he immediately moved the body and relocated the machinegun in that spot in order to obtain a better field of fire. He volunteered to cover the platoon’s withdrawal and was the last man to leave that night. In his new position he maintained an all-night vigil, the next day causing seven German casualties. On the afternoon of the 18th, the organization on the left flank having been forced to withdraw, he again covered the withdrawal of his own organization. Shortly thereafter, he was seriously wounded over the heart, and a passing soldier saw him trying to crawl up the embankment. The soldier aided him to resume his position behind the machinegun which was soon heard in action for about ten minutes. Though reported killed, Pfc. Johnston was seen returning to the American lines on the morning of 19 February slowly and painfully working his way back from his overrun position through enemy lines. He gave valuable information of new enemy dispositions. His heroic determination to destroy the enemy and his disregard of his own safety aided immeasurably in halting a strong enemy attack, caused an enormous amount of enemy casualties, and so inspired his fellow soldiers that they fought for and held a vitally important position against greatly superior forces.

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Unerased History – February 16th

Posted by Wayne Church on February 16, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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Famous Amos Cookies

Wally Amos is one of the most famous black entrepreneurs in America. He sometimes calls himself the Jackie Robinson of the theatrical business. It was Amos who “discovered” Simon and Garfunkel in a Manhattan Club. Amos was known for promoting talent at the William Morris Agency.

One evening a friend of Amos came over and with him brought a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Amos wanted to know how to make them himself and the friend said, Simple, the recipe is on the back of the bag of Nestles chocolate chips. After months of making cookies for his friends and making the recipe his own, Amos was ready to introduce his new discovery to the world.

It was opening night in Los Angeles. Two thousand people were sent special invitations. A red carpet adorned the sidewalk. Celebrities arrived in limousines. Music was playing and champagne were flowing. It was the opening night of the “Famous” Amos first chocolate chip cookie store.

Within five years, annual sales went to five million dollars annually. What’s out there waiting to be “discovered?” Look around it could the simplest, everyday thing that you could improve to the “world’s best!”


Proverbs 10:4

 “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Virtues such as “industriousness, wisdom, and the development of insight” are also means by which possessions and property may be acquired.



James_Madison_03-150“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.”  

~  James Madison


“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.”

~Louise Hay

overweening oh-ver.-WEE-ning, adjective:

1. Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous.
2.Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated.

Overweening is from Middle English overwening, present participle of overwenen, “to be arrogant,” from over + wenen “to ween,” from Old English wenan.


600 – Pope Gregory the Great decreed “God bless You” as the religiously correct response to a sneeze.

659- First known check (£400) – on display at Westminster Abbey (did it bounce?)

1741- Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, “The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle”. It beat the first magazine by lasting twice as long. The first, Bradford’s American Magazine, lasted only three issues and Franklin’s lasted six.

1751 – Thomas Gray’s poem “Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard” was first published.

1760 – Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George by South Carolina Governor Lyttleton are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements that broke a peace treaty of December 1759.

1804 – During the First Barbary War, Stephen Decatur (USMC) leads a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate USS Philadelphia (1799). The First Barbary War (1801–1805) was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the Northwest African Berber Muslim states known collectively as the Barbary States.

1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting widows with children the right to vote in school board elections.

1840 – American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

1852 – Studebaker Brothers Wagon Company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

1857 – The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.

1857 – Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.

1859 – The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch.

1862 – Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Donelson, Tennessee and aapproximately 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered.

1862 – Civil War:  Gunboats of Flag Officer Foote’s force destroyed the “Tennessee Iron Works” above Dover on the Cumberland River.

1864 – Civil War: Union naval forces, composed of double-ender U.S.S. Octorara, converted ferryboat U.S.S. J. P. Jackson and six mortar schooners, began bombarding the Confederate works at Fort Powell. Six months later this would result in the closing of Mobile Bay.

1865 – Civil War:  Columbia, S.C., surrendered to Federal troops.

1868 – In New York City, the Jolly Corks organization is renamed the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

1878 – Silver dollar became US legal tender.

1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” began publication. It started as a women’s supplement to the Tribune and Farmer. The following year it became an independent publication.

1909 – First subway car with side doors goes into service in New York City.

1909 – The San Francisco Citizens Health Committee declared San Francisco free of bubonic plague.

1913 – President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico.

1914 – The first airplane flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco took place.

1923 – Black singer Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records. Her music reflected the Depression era.

1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. On the 17th he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.

1926 – Congress authorized Secretary of Treasury to acquire a site at New London, CT, without cost to United States, and construct thereon buildings for the United States Coast Guard Academy at a total cost not to exceed $1,750,000.

1932 – The first fruit tree patent was issued to James E. Markham for a peach tree which ripens later than other varieties.

1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.

1936 – 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.

1938 – The U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.

1940 – World War II: Altmark Incident: The German tanker Altmark is boarded by sailors from the British destroyer HMS Cossack. 299 British prisoners are freed.

1942 – Shep Fields and his orchestra recorded “Jersey Bounce.”

1942 – German submarines attacked an Aruba oil refinery and sank the tanker “Pedernales.”

1943 – Sign on Munich facade: “Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!” was posted by the “White Rose” student group. They were caught on 2/18 and beheaded on 2/22.

1943 – World War II: The Soviet troops reenter Kharkov.

1944 – World War II: Justo Gonzalez became the first Hispanic-American to make the rank of chief petty officer when the Coast Guard promoted him to Chief Machinist’s Mate.

1944 – World War II: German forces begin a new attack on the Allied forces on the Anzio beachhead.

1945 – World War II: Two American battalions, one seaborne and one dropped by parachute, land on Corregidor Island in Manila Bay.

1945 – World War II: Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines is occupied by American troops, almost three years after the devastating and infamous Bataan Death March.

1945 – World War II: US Task Force 58, part of US 5th Fleet (Spruance), with twelve fleet carriers and four light carriers, conducts air raids on Tokyo. The aircraft carriers are escorted by eight battleships, fifteen cruisers and eighty-three destroyers as well as numerous support ships.

1945 – World War II: US Task Force 54 (Admiral Rodgers), with five cruisers and sixteen destroyers, as well as the ten escort carriers of US Task Force 52 begin the preliminary bombardment of Iwo Jima.

1946 – The first commercial helicopter, the four-seat Sikorsky S51, single rotor helicopter first flew. It could carry three passengers over 250 miles at a speed of 100 miles per hour.

1948 –  The first U.S. newsreel telecast to be presented daily was the 20th Century-Fox Movietone News.

1948 – NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, “The Camel Newsreel Theatre”, which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.

1948 – Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for the first time.

1950 – Longest-running prime-time game show (17 years), “What’s My Line” begins on CBS. “That’s three down. We move now to Arlene Francis.” Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, humorist Hal Block, and Louis Untermeyer joined host John Daly.

1951 – CHART TOPPERS – “My Heart Cries for You” by Guy Mitchell, “Tennessee Waltz” by Patti Page, “If” by Perry Como and “There’s Been a Change in Me” by Eddy Arnold all topped the charts.

1951 – Korean War: The 861-day naval siege of Wonsan began. This was one of the largest blockade and bombardment efforts ever initiated by the U.S. Navy.

1951 – New York City passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing.

1952 – “Slow Poke” by Pee Wee King topped the charts.

1952 – The FBI arrested ten members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.

1953 – Korean War: Marine Corps Captain Ted Williams, future baseball hall of famer, had his F9F Panther jet fighter badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Instead of ditching the aircraft, Captain Williams opted to return to base, an action that required exceptional skill and daring. He received the Air Medal for his actions. Williams walked away from the wheels-up landing.

1953 – Air Force Captain Joseph C. McConnell, Jr., 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, flying his F-86 “Beauteous Butch” shot down his fifth MiG. He is recognized as the 27th ace of the war.

1953 – First man-made diamonds. The diamond crystals, the size of grains of sand, were produced in Sweden in a high pressure press by subjecting graphite to 83,000 atmospheres pressure and about 2000 degrees C for an hour.

1957 – “Young Love” by Tab Hunter topped the charts.

1959 – CHART TOPPERS – “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price, “16 Candles” by The Crests, “The All American Boy” by Bill Parsons and “Billy Bayou” by Jim Reeves all topped the charts.

1959 – Leonard Spigelgass’ “Majority of One,” premiered in New York City.

1959 – The US House Committee on Un-American Activities has charged that an “elite corps” of Communist lawyers is promoting the party’s cause in the courts, Congress and government agencies.

1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.

1960 – The U.S.S. Triton began the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip ended on May 10.

1961 – Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.The Explorer program was a United States space exploration program that provides flight opportunities for physics, heliophysics, and astrophysics investigations from space.

1961 – The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.

1962 – Jimmy Bostwick defeated his brother, Pete, to win the U.S. Open Court-Tennis championships for the third time.

1963 – First round-trip swim of Straits of Messina, Italy, was made by Mary Revell of the US.

1963 – Beatles top British rock charts with “Please, Please Me.”  Full Album

1963 – “Hey Paula” by Paul & Paula topped the charts.

1964 – The Beatles performed for the second time on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They had made their first appearance on the show only a week before.

1965 – Pegasus 1 launched. Pegasus was a series of three satellites, which were launched 1965 to study the frequency of micrometeorite impacts. All three Pegasus satellites were launched by Saturn 1 rockets, and remained connected with the upper stage.

1965 – Four persons were held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.

1967 – CHART TOPPERS – “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees, “Georgy Girl” by The Seekers, “Kind of a Drag” by The Buckinghams and “Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” by Loretta Lynn all topped the charts.

1967 – Vietnam: Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta.

1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.

1968 – Elvis Presley receives gold record for “How Great Thou Art.

1970 – Joe Frazier began his reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds. He lost the title on January 22,1973, when he lost for the first time in his professional career to George Foreman.

1970 – In San Francisco, a homemade bomb exploded outside the police Park Station on Waller St. Sgt. Brian McDonnell (44) died 2 days later and 8 other officers were injured. Black Panthers were suspected, but a later investigation suggested it was the work of the Weather Underground.

1971 – Aretha Franklin recorded “Spanish Harlem.”

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers) reached the 30,000-point mark in his NBA career during a game against the Phoenix Suns. He was the first NBA player to do so.

1974 – “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand’s topped the charts.

1975 – CHART TOPPERS – “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt, “Pick Up the Pieces” by AWB, “Best of My Love” by The Eagles and “Devil in the Bottle” by T.G. Sheppard all topped the charts.

1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (Ward & Randy’s CBBS) in Chicago, Illinois. (CBBS stood for  Computerized Bulletin Board System.)

1980 –  “Do That to Me One More Time” by Captain & Tennille topped the charts.

1983 – CHART TOPPERS – “Down Under” by Men at Work, “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin with James Ingram, “Shame on the Moon” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band and “’Til I Gain Control Again” by Crystal Gayle all topped the charts.

1984 – Bill Johnson becomes first American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold.

1984 – Musician Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered to federal authorities to answer income tax evasion charges. He was later acquitted.

1985 – “Careless Whisper” by George Michael topped the charts.

1985 – “Kojak” returned to network television after an absence of seven years with the CBS-TV special, “Kojak: The Belarus File.”

1985 – Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini lost the World Boxing Association lightweight championship crown to Livingstone Bramble. The fighter retired in August, 1985.

1985 – Coach Lefty Driesell got his 400th career victory as the University of Maryland defeated Davidson by a score of 65-63.

1987 – The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.

1988 – First documented combat action by U.S. military advisors in El Salvador.

1989 – Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was the reason that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down the previous December. All 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground were killed.

1988 – MASS SHOOTING: Richard Wade Farley gunned down seven people at ESL Corp. during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif. Farley was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

1991 – CHART TOPPERS – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C & C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams, “All the Man that I Need” by Whitney Houston, “One More Try” by Timmy -T-, and “Brother Jukebox” by Mark Chesnutt all topped the charts.

1991 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding.

1992 – Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue.

1993 – Prices fell as Wall Street reacted unfavorably to President Clinton’s economic austerity plan outlined in a White House address last night.

1994 – Figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan encountered each other at the Winter Olympic Games in Norway before posing for the U.S. team photograph.

1996 – World chess champion Garry Kasparov won for the second time against IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue” in the fifth game of their match in Philadelphia (Kasparov had drawn twice and lost once).

1996 – A commuter train slammed into Amtrak’s Capital Limited an Silver Spring, Md., and killed 11 people. It was later claimed that a new warning system was partly to blame.

1997 – At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history.

1998 – Mr. Jefferson, the first cloned calf, was born in Virginia.

1999 – The Chinese Lunar New Year began the Year of the Rabbit.

1999 – Testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.

2000 – In New York City, Lucy Edwards (41), a former Bank of New York executive, and her husband, Peter Berlin (46), pleaded guilty to laundering over $7 billion from Russian bankers in exchange for $1.8 million.

2001 – Two dozen US and British aircraft bombed 5 radar and other anti-aircraft sites around Baghdad with guided missiles. A number of new guided bombs, AGM-154A priced from $250-700k, missed their targets.

2002 – In Noble, Ga., officials found 334 decomposing bodies at the Tri-State Crematory, where the furnace had not worked for years. Ray Brent Marsh (28), manager of the family operation, was arrested and charged with five counts of theft by deception.

2003 – Michael Waltrip raced past leader Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-shortened Daytona 500 for the second time in three years.

2004 – In Ohio a crane collapsed at an I-80 bridge near Toledo and three workers were killed.

2004 – L. Paul Bremer, the United States administrator of Iraq states he will veto any interim constitution that would make Islam “the chief source of law”, as opposed to “a source of inspiration for the law.”

2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.

2005 – The National Hockey League (NHL) cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs, becoming the first major sports league in North America to do so over a labor dispute.

2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

2006 – Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether a top aide improperly helped direct nearly $50 million in Pentagon spending to clients represented by her husband.

2007 – An annual survey released Forbes.com said Raleigh, North Carolina, topped the list of the best US cities for getting a job.

2007 – The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives voted 246-182 for a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush’s Surge plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. Seventeen Republicans voted in favor.

2007 – Francisco Castaneda, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, died of penile cancer that went undiagnosed for more than a year while he was in state and federal custody in California. In 2010 a Los Angeles jury awarded his family $1.73 million.

2008 – In Maryland a car plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch a drag race on a suburban road, killing eight people and injuring at least four.

2008 – A student dies of unknown causes while competing at the Harvard National Speech and Debate Tournament.

2008 – A company source said Toshiba Corp is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high-definition video, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp.

2009 – In Kansas,  Republican legislators blocked an effort by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to transfer funds to allow the state to pay its bills. Income tax refunds were suspended and the state payroll was threatened.

2009 –   In Stamford, Connecticut, a 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee  was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled. Travis (15) had once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola. Charla Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the attack. Doctors later said she will be blind for life.

2010 –  New US Treasury data said China’s holdings of US Treasury bonds tumbled in December, allowing Japan to take over as the top holder of American government debt.

2010 – In New Jersey Shamsid-Din Abdul-Raheem (21) threw his 3-month-old daughter off the Garden State Parkway Driscoll Bridge after the mother filed a restraining order against him. The body of the infant was found on April 24.

2011 –  Borders Group, the second largest bookstore chain in the United States, files for bankruptcy with plans to sell at least 200 stores.

2011 – The West Virginia Gazette reported that three U.S. marshals were shot in Elkins, West Virginia, while trying to serve a warrant, resulting in the death of one marshal and the shooter.

2012 – Two time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid dies suddenly at age 43 of an acute asthma attack.

2012 – Four World Trade Center’s construction crane snaps while lifting a steel beam.

2013 -Two firefighters are killed and two others are injured extinguishing an inferno at a Knights of Columbus fraternal lodge in Bryan, Texas.

2014 – Heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the northeastern United States days after a bad storm with between 15 and 17 inches of snow reported in Massachusetts and Maine.

2015 – A winter storm warning is in place for Washington, D.C. and the American states of Virginia and Maryland with schools closed and transport advisories in place.

2015 – A CSX train crashes in Mount Carbon, West Virginia resulting in large fires.

2015 – A Federal District Court judge in Brownsville, Texas, temporarily halts President Barack Obama’s November 2014 executive orders on immigration, allowing Texas and 25 other states to file a lawsuit opposing the orders. The Department of Justice indicated it will appeal.

1698 – Pierre Bouguer was a French mathematician and astronomer. He is also known as “the father of naval architecture”. (d. 1758)
1812 – Henry Wilson, 18th Vice President of US (d. 1875) He served under President Ulysses S Grant. He was a leading Republican who committed himself to the destruction of what he called the Slave Power. This was a conspiracy of slave owners to seize control of the federal government and block the progress of liberty.
1826 – Julia Grant, First Lady of the United States (d. 1902)
1866 – Billy Hamilton (baseball player), MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder (d. 1940)
1887 – Kathleen Clifford, American actress (d. 1962)
1901 – Wayne King, American musician and orchestra leader (d. 1985)
1901 – Chester Morris, American film actor (d. 1970) He is most famous for his role in the Boston Blackie detective series of the 1940s.
1903 – Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)
1906 – Vera Menchik, British-Czech chess player, the first Women’s World Champion in chess (d. 1944)
1909 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor (d. 1982) is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver, the husband of June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) and the father of Wally (Tony Dow) and Beaver (Jerry Mathers) on the television series, Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963).
1909 – Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)He was one of the early American fast food pioneers, originally from Manchester, New Hampshire, who established the first McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California in 1940.
1918 – Patty Andrews, American singer and one of the famous Andrew Sisters.
1920 – Anna Mae Hays, American army general. She was the first woman in the U.S. Military to be promoted to a general officer rank.
1934 – Herbie & Harold Kalin, American singers (d. 2005-Harold / 2006-Herbie) The twins were a pop music recording duo and remain the archetypal one-hit wonders with the 1958 song “When”.
1935 – Sonny Bono, American entertainer & U.S. Congressman (d. 1998)
1951 – William Katt, American actor.  He is best known as the star of The Greatest American Hero.
1954 – Margaux Hemingway, American actress and model (d. 1996)
1957 – LeVar Burton, American actor. He is most well-known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of the PBS children’s program Reading Rainbow.
1958 – Ice-T, American rapper, songwriter, and actor
1959 – John McEnroe, American tennis player
1967 – Keith Gretzky, former hockey player; brother of Wayne Gretzky





Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam,  February 16th, 1968. Entered service at: New York Born: 6 July 1945, Corpus Christi, Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a platoon commander with the 3d Force Reconnaissance Company. While on a long-range reconnaissance mission, 2d Lt. Graves’ eight-man patrol observed seven enemy soldiers approaching their position. Reacting instantly, he deployed his men and directed their fire on the approaching enemy. After the fire had ceased, he and two patrol members commenced a search of the area, and suddenly came under a heavy volume of hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior enemy force. When one of his men was hit by the enemy fire, 2d Lt. Graves moved through the fire-swept area to his radio and, while directing suppressive fire from his men, requested air support and adjusted a heavy volume of artillery and helicopter gunship fire upon the enemy. After attending the wounded, 2d Lt. Graves, accompanied by another Marine, moved from his relatively safe position to confirm the results of the earlier engagement. Observing that several of the enemy were still alive, he launched a determined assault, eliminating the remaining enemy troops. He then began moving the patrol to a landing zone for extraction, when the unit again came under intense fire which wounded two more Marines and 2d Lt. Graves. Refusing medical attention, he once more adjusted air strikes and artillery fire upon the enemy while directing the fire of his men. He led his men to a new landing site into which he skillfully guided the incoming aircraft and boarded his men while remaining exposed to the hostile fire. Realizing that one of the wounded had not embarked, he directed the aircraft to depart and, along with another Marine, moved to the side of the casualty. Confronted with a shortage of ammunition, 2d Lt. Graves utilized supporting arms and directed fire until a second helicopter arrived. At this point, the volume of enemy fire intensified, hitting the helicopter and causing it to crash shortly after liftoff. All aboard were killed. 2d Lt. Graves’ outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit throughout the day were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country .






Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and Date: Binh Duong province, Republic of Vietnam,  February 16th,1969. Entered service at: Roanoke, Va. Born: 19 March 1947, Covington, Va. Citation: For conspicuous intrepidity and gallantry in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. First Lt. Miller, Infantry, Company A, was serving as a platoon leader at night when his company ambushed a hostile force infiltrating from Cambodian sanctuaries. After contact with the enemy was broken, 1st Lt. Miller led a reconnaissance patrol from their prepared positions through the early evening darkness and dense tropical growth to search the area for enemy casualties. As the group advanced they were suddenly attacked. First Lt. Miller was seriously wounded. However, the group fought back with telling effect on the hostile force. An enemy grenade was thrown into the midst of the friendly patrol group and all took cover except 1st Lt. Miller. who in the dim light located the grenade and threw himself on it, absorbing the force of the explosion with his body. His action saved nearby members of his patrol from almost certain serious injury. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by this officer were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and Date: Bong Son, Hoai Nhon Province, Republic of Vietnam,  February 16th, 1967. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 17 October 1944, Aurora, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. His platoon was deployed in a night ambush when the position was suddenly subjected to an intense and accurate grenade attack, and one foxhole was hit immediately. Responding without hesitation to the calls for help from the wounded men Pfc. Monroe moved forward through heavy small-arms fire to the foxhole but found that all of the men had expired. He turned immediately and crawled back through the deadly hail of fire toward other calls for aid. He moved to the platoon sergeant’s position where he found the radio operator bleeding profusely from fragmentation and bullet wounds. Ignoring the continuing enemy attack, Pfc. Monroe began treating the wounded man when he saw a live grenade fall directly in front of the position. He shouted a warning to all those nearby, pushed the wounded radio operator and the platoon sergeant to one side, and lunged forward to smother the grenade’s blast with his body. Through his valorous actions, performed in a flash of inspired selflessness, Pfc. Monroe saved the lives of two of his comrades and prevented the probable injury of several others. His gallantry and intrepidity were in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.





Rank and organization: Platoon Sergeant (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Army, 1st Platoon, Company C, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam,  February 16th,1967. Entered service at: Honolulu, Hawaii. Born: 27 July 1935, Honolulu, Hawaii. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. During a reconnaissance patrol, his platoon was suddenly engaged by intense machinegun fire hemming in the platoon on three sides. A defensive perimeter was hastily established, but the enemy added mortar and rocket fire to the deadly fusillade and assaulted the position from several directions. With complete disregard for his safety, P/Sgt. Smith moved through the deadly fire along the defensive line, positioning soldiers, distributing ammunition and encouraging his men to repeal the enemy attack. Struck to the ground by enemy fire which caused a severe shoulder wound, he regained his feet, killed the enemy soldier and continued to move about the perimeter. He was again wounded in the shoulder and stomach but continued moving on his knees to assist in the defense. Noting the enemy massing at a weakened point on the perimeter, he crawled into the open and poured deadly fire into the enemy ranks. As he crawled on, he was struck by a rocket. Moments later, he regained consciousness, and drawing on his fast dwindling strength, continued to crawl from man to man. When he could move no farther, he chose to remain in the open where he could alert the perimeter to the approaching enemy. P/Sgt. Smith perished, never relenting in his determined effort against the enemy. The valorous acts and heroic leadership of this outstanding soldier inspired those remaining members of his platoon to beat back the enemy assaults. P/Sgt. Smith’s gallant actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and they reflect great credit upon him and the Armed Forces of his country.






Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kamil-ni, Korea,  February 16th, 1951. Entered service at: Racine, W. Va. Born: 1 June 1918, Jenkins, Ky. G.O. No.: 17, 1 February 1952. Citation: 2d Lt. Kyle, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon had been pinned down by intense fire, he completely exposed himself to move among and encourage his men to continue the advance against enemy forces strongly entrenched on Hill 185. Inspired by his courageous leadership, the platoon resumed the advance but was again pinned down when an enemy machine gun opened fire, wounding six of the men. 2d Lt. Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone, engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all three. Continuing on toward the objective, his platoon suddenly received an intense automatic-weapons fire from a well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again leading his men in a daring bayonet charge against this position, firing his carbine and throwing grenades, 2d Lt. Kyle personally destroyed four of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy submachinegun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of 2d Lt. Kyle, and his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.




Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Corregidor, Philippine Islands,  February 16th – February 19th 1945. Entered service at: Tacoma, Wash. Born: 11 May 1917, St. Maries, Idaho. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He was a scout with the regiment which seized the fortress of Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Shortly after the initial parachute assault on 16 February 1945, he crossed thirty yards of open ground under intense enemy fire, and at pointblank range silenced a machinegun with hand grenades. On the afternoon of 18 February he killed six snipers. That evening, when a large force attempted to bypass his company, he voluntarily moved to an exposed area and opened fire. The enemy attacked his position repeatedly throughout the night and was each time repulsed. By 2 o’clock in the morning, all the men about him had been wounded; but shouting encouragement to his comrades and defiance at the enemy, he continued to bear the brunt of the attack, fearlessly exposing himself to locate enemy soldiers and then pouring heavy fire on them. He repeatedly crawled back to the American line to secure more ammunition. When his submachine gun would no longer operate, he seized an automatic rifle and continued to inflict heavy casualties. This weapon, in turn, became too hot to use and, discarding it, he continued with an M-l rifle. At dawn the enemy attacked with renewed intensity. Completely exposing himself to hostile fire, he stood erect to locate the most dangerous enemy positions. He was seriously wounded; but, though he had already killed more than thirty of the enemy, he refused to evacuate until he had pointed out immediate objectives for attack. Through his sustained and outstanding heroism in the face of grave and obvious danger, Pvt. McCarter made outstanding contributions to the success of his company and to the recapture of Corregidor.




Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 4 June 1873, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Citation: Served in battle against the enemy at  February 16th,1900. Throughout this action and in the presence of the enemy, Harvey distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

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Unerased History – February 15th

Posted by Wayne Church on February 15, 2017 in 02 - February, Blog by month |
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National Gum Drop Day
Susan B. Anthony Day

Invention of the Outboard Motor

Ole Evinrude was born in in 1877 in  Norway.. In October 1881 his father emigrated to America, followed the next year by his wife and three children. Three additional children were born in America. The family settled on a farm in Ripley Lake near Cambridge, Wisconsin. At age sixteen Evinrude went to Madison, where he worked in machinery stores and studied engineering on his own. He became a machinist while working at various machine tool firms in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Chicago.

Necessity is the mother of invention  and she could not have found a better person
to appear to than Ole Evinrude. 1n 1893, on a nice warm day in Wisconsin, Ole, some of his friends and the love of his life, Bess Cary rowed out to an island on Oconomowoc Lake, just outside Milwaukee. As the day warmed up even more, it would have been nice to have something cool. Bess said she would like to have some ice cream. Eager to please, Ole jumped into his rowboat and took off. The wind was favorable to the trip going to land and the trip did not take long. The trip back, however, was much tougher because the trip was into the wind. The result was ice cream soup. Regardless, they enjoyed it but Ole said to himself, “Never again.”

He had owned a company that had made small gasoline engines but it had failed. He had helped a young man named Arthur Davidson make an air-cooled engine and watch as he went on to Harley-Davidson fame and he now thought that this was the way to propel a small boat.

In 1900, Evinrude co-founded the custom engine firm Clemick & Evinrude. In 1907, he invented the first practical and reliable outboard motor, which was built of steel and brass, and had a crank on the flywheel to start the two-cycle engine. On his first test he amazed the deckhands at the river by skimming across the water at about five miles per hour. After some cosmetic changes, he made engine #2. He gave it to a friend who then immediately bought ten engines.

By 1912, the firm employed 300 workers. Ole then formed the Evinrude Outboard Motors, which he sold in 1913 in order to look after his sick wife.

In 1919, Evinrude invented a more efficient and lighter two-cylinder motor. Having sold his part in Clemick & Evinrude, he founded ELTO or the Elto Outboard Motor Company. (ELTO was an acronym for “Evinrude Light Twin Outboard”.) Although ELTO faced stiff competition from other companies, such as Johnson Motor Company of South Bend, Indiana, Evinrude’s company survived through acquisitions, eventually forming the Outboard Marine Corporation.The advertising went in to effect. It began with, “DON’T ROW, use the Evinrude Detachable Row Boat Motor.”

His wife Bess died in 1933, at only 48 years old, and Ole Evinrude died the following year, 57 years old. After Evinrude died, his son, Ralph Evinrude, took over day-to-day management of the company, eventually rising to Chairman of the Board. The company is now called Evinrude Outboard Motors, and is owned by Bombardier Recreational Products.




1 Corinthians 9: 9-11

9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?



john_jay_1787_126x150“No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.”

—John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States





“If you wish the world to become loving and compassionate, become loving and compassionate yourself. If you wish to diminish fear in the world, diminish your own. These are the gifts that you can give.”

~ Gary Zukav


omphaloskepsis(om-fuh-lo-SKEP-sis) noun

Contemplation of one’s navel.[From Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination).
Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe) which is
also the ancestor of suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer),
despise, espionage, telescope, spectator, and spectacles.]


399 BC – Socrates was condemned to death on charges of corrupting the youth and introducing new gods into Greek thought. A tribunal of 501 citizens found Socrates guilty of the charge of impiety and corruption of youth.

1758 – The first mustard, made by Benjamin Franklin was put on sale in America.

1762 – The British capture Fort Martiniqe, the main French port in the West Indies, and then St. Lucia and Grenada. Later in the year, Britain will also overrun the Spanish colonial outposts of Cuba and of Manila in the Philippines.

1764 – St Louis (MO) founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue.

1798 – The first serious fist fight occurred in Congress.Roger Griswold (CT-Federalist) v. Matthew Lyon (VT- Republican)

1799 – Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the State of Pennsylvania.

1803 – Marbury v. Madison decided. It is a landmark case in United States law. It formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution.

1804 – New Jersey became the last northern state to abolish slavery.

1805 – Harmony Society officially formed. The Society was founded and led by Johann Georg Rapp (1757–1847) and his adopted son, Frederick (Reichert) Rapp (1775–1834), and lasted for 100 years –until 1905.

1838 – In defiance of the new “gag rule” adopted 19 December 1837, Representative John Quincy Adams introduces 350 petitions against slavery into the House. The petitions were all tabled.

1842 – First adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), New York, NY.

1847 – The House of Representatives approves a bill for negotiations to purchase occupied territory from Mexico. Several attempts were made to exclude slavery but they all failed.

1848 – Sarah Roberts was barred from a white school in Boston. Boston required Sarah Roberts, a five-year-old Black, to enroll in an all-black public elementary school. Benjamin Roberts, Sarah’s father and one of the nation’s first Black American printers, challenged the Boston School Committee’s policy of racial segregation.

1851 – Black abolitionists invaded a Boston courtroom to rescue a fugitive slave.

1856 – USS Supply, commanded by LT David Dixon Porter, sails from Smyrna, Syria, bound for Indianola, Texas, with a load of 21 camels intended for experimental use in the American desert west of the Rockies.

1861 – Civil War: Ft. Point in the San Francisco Bay area was completed and garrisoned to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. It never fired a cannon in anger.
1862 – Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.

1862 – Civil War: Four Confederate gunboats under Commodore Tattnall attacked Union batteries at Venus Point, on Savannah River, Georgia, but were forced back to Savannah. Tattnall was attempting to effect the passage of steamer Ida from Fort Pulaski to Savannah.

1864 – Civil War: U.S.S. Forest Rose came to the relief of Union soldiers who were hard pressed by attacking Confederate troops at Waterproof, Louisiana.

1869 – Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis were dropped.

1870 – Ground was broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn.

1876 – Historic Elm at Boston blown down. On the first complete map of Boston, drafted by Captain John Bonner in 1722, is a record of three trees only, standing at the time the first settlers came. One of these, represented as the largest, was the Old Elm on Boston Common.

1879 – President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

1895 – 8.2 inches of snow falls on New Orleans.

1898 – Spanish-American War: The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260 of the 400 men on board.  On April 25, the U.S. Congress declared war on Spain to the shouts of “Remember the Maine and to Hell with Spain!” The true cause of the explosion that sank the battleship Maine remains a mystery.

1903 – Morris Michtom and his wife Rose introduce the first teddy bear in America.

1911 – Congress transferred Fort Trumbull, New London, CT from War Department to Treasury Department for the use of the USRCS (US Revenue Cutter Service).

1912 – The Fram reached latitude 78ø 41′ S, farthest south ever by ship.
The Fram (“Forward”) was a ship that was used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions between 1893 and 1912.

1917 – The Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library at the Civic center was dedicated.

1918 – The first WW I US army troopship was torpedoed & sunk off Ireland by Germany.
1919 – American Legion organizes in Paris.

1926 – Contract air mail service begins in US.

1930 – Wenona beat Toluca in an Illinois Basketball Tournament in ten overtimes.

1931 – First Dracula movie released.

1931 – Spring training site of New York Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team’s late manager.

1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.

1932 – US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan became the only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold).

1933 – In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago, Illinois Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.

1934 – America was plagued by poverty and unemployment, prompting President Franklin Roosevelt to call on Congress to establish a Federal institution for doling out funds to the nation’s needy. The result was the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA).

1939 – Lillian Hellman’s “Little Foxes,” premiered in New York City.

1940 – World War II: Europe – Hitler ordered that all British merchant ships would be considered warships.

1941-Duke Ellington first records “Take the “A” Train“.

1942 – World War II: The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre begins.

1943 – World War II: North Africa – The Germans broke the U.S. lines at the Fanid-Sened Sector in Tunisia.

1943 – World War II: PacificWomen’s camp Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) was hit by allied air raid.

1943 – “My True Story” was heard for the first time on ABC radio.

1944 – World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy begins.

1944 – World War II: British bombers attacked Berlin.

1945 – World War II: During the day, the US 8th Air Force raids Dresden where the fire storm continues.

1945 – World War II: American USAAF B-24 and B-29 bombers raid Iwo Jima in preparation for the landings later in the month. They drop a daily average of 450 tons of bombs over the course of 15 days (6800 tons).

1945 – World War II: A regiment from US 11th Corps is landed at the southern tip of Bataan on Luzon to help in the operations of the remainder of the corps. The fighting in Manila continues.

1946 –  ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.

1950 – Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” released.

1950 – CHART TOPPERS – “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” by Bing Crosby, “The Old Master Painter” by Snooky Lanson, “There’s No Tomorrow” by Tony Martin and “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” by Red Foley.

1951 – Korean War: The communists were defeated at Chipyong-ni by the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division’s 23rd Infantry Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the French Battalion.

1953 – Korean War: Radio Pyongyang went off the air when B-29s attacked the nearby Pingjang-ni communications center, damaging power lines and twenty-two F-84s from the 474th Fighter-Bomber Wing bombed the generators at the Sui-ho hydroelectric plant.

1953 – Seventeen-year-old Tenley Albright becomes the first American to win the world figure skating championship.

1954 – An ocean exploration depth record of 13,287 feet (4,050 meters, over 2,000 fathoms, or over 2-1/2 miles) in FNRS III was set when two French Navy officers, Lt. Commander Georges Houot and Lt. Pierre Willm, reached the Atlantic Ocean floor, 120 miles southwest of Dakar, Senegal, Africa, in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

1954 –  Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.

1955 – First pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced.

1956 – Pirates & Kansas City A’s cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham AL, because of local ordinance barring blacks from playing against whites.
1958 – CHART TOPPERS – “Don’t/I Beg of You” by Elvis Presley, “Get a Job” by The Silhouettes, “Catch a Falling Star/Magic Moments” by Perry Como and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” by Johnny Cash all topped the charts.

1960 – US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip.

1961 – Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, with the entire 18 – member US Figure Skating team, several coaches & family.

1962 – CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for $10 million.

1964 – “I Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles topped the charts.

1966 – CHART TOPPERS – “My Love” by Petula Clark, “Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lou Christie, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” by Stevie Wonder and “Giddyup Go” by Red Sovine all topped the charts.

1967 – Vietnam War : Thirteen U.S. helicopters were shot down in one day in Vietnam.

1967 – The first anti-bootleg recording laws were enacted.

1968 – Anaheim’s Les Salvage scored 10, 3-pt baskets in an ABA game vs. Denver.

1969 – “Everyday People” by Sly & the Family Stone topped the charts.

1970 – William Kunstler, Chicago defense attorney, got a four-year sentence on contempt charges for his conduct during the Chicago Seven trial.

1972 –  Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.

1972 – William Kolff obtained a patent for the soft shell mushroom shaped artificial heart.

1973 – Friendsville Academy in Tenn. ended a 138-game basketball losing streak. It beat a small catholic school from West Virginia who had a similar record with 70 straight losses. Neither team ever played basketball again.

1973 – The US and Cuba reached an anti-hijacking agreement.

1974 – CHART TOPPERS – “Love’s Theme” by Love Unlimited Orchestra, Americans” by Byron MacGregor, “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” by Aretha Franklin and “World of Make Believe” by Bill Anderson all topped the charts.

1974 – US gasoline stations threatened to close because of federal fuel policies.

1975 – “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt topped the charts.

1975 -In local elections 78.8% of the residents approved a covenant under which the Northern Marianas would become a US Commonwealth. In 1976 the US Congress approved a covenant whereby Saipan became the capital of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Today (2014), the Marianas Islands are composed of two U.S. jurisdictions: the territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

1976 – David Pearson survived a last lap chaos with Richard Petty and limped his car to victory lane to win his only Daytona 500 victory in one of NASCAR’s amazing endings.

1978 – Boxer Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight boxing crown.

1978 – Ted Bundy (1946-1989), American escaped serial killer, was recaptured in Pensacola, Fla. Bundy eventually confessed to 29 murders.

1979 – The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appeared on the Mike Douglas Show. (See YouTube)

1981 – A rocket-powered ice sled attained 399 kph on Lake George, NY.

1982 – CHART TOPPERS – “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band, “Harden My Heart” by Quarterflash, “Open Arms” by Journey and “Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight” by Eddie Rabbitt all topped the charts.

1982 – The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.

1982 – Sugar Ray Leonard, the welterweight boxing champion, knocked out Bruce Finch in the third round of a fight in Reno, NV. Leonard was injured in the second round and underwent retinal surgery in May.

1985 – The STS 51-E vehicle was moved to the launch pad.

1985 – The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay.

1986 – “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston topped the charts.

1987 – ABC-TV began broadcasting “Amerika” mini-series.

1989 – Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops had left Afghanistan.

1990 – CHART TOPPERS – “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair, Two to Make It Right” by Seduction, “Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith and “Southern Star” by Alabama all topped the charts.

1990 – Professional Baseball owners lock out players.

1991 – Iraq: Iraq proposed a conditional withdrawal from Kuwait, an offer dismissed by President Bush as a “cruel hoax.”

1992 – One hundredth episode of “Cops” aired on the Fox network.

1992 – A Milwaukee jury found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated fifteen men and boys.

1993 – President Clinton issued an economic “call to arms,” asking Americans to accept a painful package of tax increases and spending cuts.

1994 – Navy chief Adm. Frank Kelso II agreed to early retirement because of criticism over the Tailhook sex abuse scandal.

1995 – Kevin Mitnick is arrested for computer hacking by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States’ most “secure” computer systems. He did five years in prison.

1996 – Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. An antitank rocket hit a perimeter wall of the Embassy damaging three parked cars. There were no injuries in the blast.
1996 – A federal judge temporarily blocked the Communications Decency Act, saying the government had to explain what material it considered indecent before it could enforce the law, designed to protect children from sexually explicit material on computer networks.

1997 – Tara Lipinski upset Michelle Kwan at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, Tenn., becoming the youngest gold medalist at the nationals.

1999 – Coast Guard recruiting ads began appearing on World Wrestling Federation cable television programs.

1999Carole Sund (42), Julie Sund (15) and Silvina Pelosso were last seen at the Cedar Lodge motel in Portal, Ca. The trio were visiting the area from Eureka. Carole Sund’s wallet and credit cards were found in Modesto on Feb 19. Cary Stayner, motel maintenance man, later admitted to the murders and faced trial in 2002.

2000 – Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.

2000 –  Fox aired “Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?,” a TV special which drew huge ratings.

2001 – First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.

2002 – President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.

2002 – Globalstar, a satellite telephone company, filed for bankruptcy. The company had spent $4 billion to launch a network of 48 communications satellites.

2002 – At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium’s property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.

2003 – American warplanes bombed two anti-aircraft missile sites in southern Iraq.

2004 – Scientists at the California Institute of Technology announce the discovery of a galaxy which is the farthest known object in the universe. The galaxy was found with the help of the magnification effect from the Abell 2218 galaxy cluster.

2004 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier.

2004 – Iraqi police arrested No. 41 on the American military’s most-wanted list, Baath Party official Mohammed Zimam Abdul-Razaq.

2005 – YouTube, a popular video-sharing Web site, is started.

2005 – The United States recalls its ambassador to Syria, Margaret Scobey, in protest of alleged Syrian involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

2005 – Microsoft announces its intentions to release Internet Explorer version 7.0.

2006 – Robert Rich (92), inventor of frozen non-dairy topping, died. In 1990 he was among the 1st 4 people inducted into the Frozen Food Hall of Fame.

2006 – A US Republican-led House committee report, “A Failure of Initiative,” cited major failures at all levels of government in the handling of Hurricane Katrina.

2007 – Top US auditors told Congress that over $10 billion paid to military contractors for Iraq reconstruction and troop support was either excessive or unsupported by documents.

2007 – Democratic Party officials in the U.S. Congress have warned President Bush that he does not have the authority to go to war with Iran.

2007 – In another case of “Corporate Flight”, Hershey Co. said it would cut about 11 percent of its workforce and reduce the number of production lines it operates by more than a third as it spends as much as $575 million to overhaul its manufacturing. The Chicago-based US chocolate maker also said it will build a new, cost-efficient manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

2007 – A new version of the US $1 coin, paying tribute to American presidents, went into general circulation. A unknown number were mistakenly struck without their edge inscription “In God We Trust.” George Washington appeared on the first coin.

2007 – Hundreds of drivers became stranded on a stretch of eastern Pennsylvania that had been hit by a monster storm. The National Guard was called in to deliver food and other necessities to a 50-mile line of vehicles trapped on I-78.

2008 – A Cook County, Illinois, probate judge declares adventurer Steve Fossett to be legally dead five months after he disappeared in the Nevada desert.

2008 – It was reported that a new computer virus called Mocmex, identified as a Trojan Horse from China, had been discovered in digital photo frames. It recognized and blocked antivirus software from over 100 security vendors and collected passwords for online games.

2009 – NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth wins the rain-shortened 2009 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway after 152 of 200 laps.

2009 –  In Washington State a 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks at Fort Lewis Army base south of Tacoma. In March, Army authorities charged Pvt. Timothy E. Bennitt (19) if the drug overdose of his girlfriend.

2009 –  Illinois Republicans called for the resignation of Democratic Sen. Roland Burris following reports of contradicting statements regarding conversations with close associates of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

2010 –  Astronauts successfully attached a fancy new observation deck to the International Space Station after a long, frustrating night spent dealing with stuck bolts and wayward wiring.

2011 –  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlines a new policy on Internet freedom.

2011 –  Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are shot while travelling between Monterrey and Mexico City with one officer dying.

2012 –  Sony admits it increased the price of two Whitney Houston albums hours after she was found in the bathtub of her hotel room last Saturday. Fans react with outrage.

2012 –  The Kellogg Company purchases snack maker Pringles from Procter & Gamble for $2.7 billion.

2012 –  Seventeen students at Texas Christian University in the U.S., including four members of the school’s football team, are arrested on drug charges.

2013 – Near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 with an estimated diameter of about 50 160 ft comes within 17,200 miles  from the Earth’s surface. This distance is a record close approach for a known object of such size.

2013 – Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is charged with misusing campaign funds while in office.

2015 – The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile slipped off the roadway near the intersection of State Road and Fairview Avenue in East Pennsboro Township, PA , slamming into a pole and smashing the windshield. No injuries were reported, but spectators claimed their bologna had a first name and it was C-R-A-S-H.


1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)

1725 – Abraham Clark, American founding father, Declaration of Independence signer (d. 1794)
1734 – William Stacy, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1802)
1809 – Cyrus McCormick, American inventor (d. 1884)
1812 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (d. 1902)
1820 – Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist (d. 1906)
1825 – Carter Harrison, Sr., (d. 1893) was an American politician who served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1879 until 1887;
1877 – Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)
1882 – John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
1892 – James Forrestal, United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949) U.S.S. Forrestal named after him.
1893 – Walter Donaldson, American songwriter “Carolina in the Morning” “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?” “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”  (d. 1947)
1907 – Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
1911 – Leonard Woodcock, American labor union official and diplomat (d. 2001)
1916 – Mary Jane Croft, was an American actress best known for her role as Mary Jane Lewis on The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy. (d. 1999)
1927 – Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
1929 – James Schlesinger, American politician
1935 – Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
1947 – David Brown, American musician (Santana) (d. 2000)
1947 – Rusty Hamer, American actor. Hamer grew up on TV as Rusty Williams, the freckle-faced son of TV Dad, Danny Thomas, on Make Room for Daddy (1953–1964) (d. 1990)
1964 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
1973 – Amy Van Dyken, is an American swimmer who has six career Olympic gold medals. Four of these gold medals came in the 1996 Summer Olympics, making her the first American woman to accomplish such a feat.
1974 – Seattle Slew, American racehorse (d. 2002)






Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Place and date: Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam,  February 15th, 1967. Entered service at: Brooklyn, N.Y. Born: 19 June 1945, Brooklyn, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Willett distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman in Company C, during combat operations. His squad was conducting a security sweep when it made contact with a large enemy force. The squad was immediately engaged with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and pinned to the ground. Despite the deadly fusillade, Pfc. Willett rose to his feet firing rapid bursts from his weapon and moved to a position from which he placed highly effective fire on the enemy. His action allowed the remainder of his squad to begin to withdraw from the superior enemy force toward the company perimeter. Pfc. Willett covered the squad’s withdrawal, but his position drew heavy enemy machinegun fire, and he received multiple wounds enabling the enemy again to pin down the remainder of the squad. Pfc. Willett struggled to an upright position, and, disregarding his painful wounds, he again engaged the enemy with his rifle to allow his squad to continue its movement and to evacuate several of his comrades who were by now wounded. Moving from position to position, he engaged the enemy at close range until he was mortally wounded. By his unselfish acts of bravery, Pfc. Willett insured the withdrawal of his comrades to the company position, saving their lives at the cost of his life. Pfc. Willett’s valorous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.



Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company B, 358th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division. Place and date: Heckhuscheid, Germany,  February 15th, 1945 (Exact day is unknown). Entered service at: Middleport, Ohio. Birth: Middleport, Ohio. G.O. No.: 95, 30 October 1945. Citation: He was advancing with Company B across open ground to assault Heckhuscheid, Germany, just after dark when vicious enemy machinegun fire from a house on the outskirts of the town pinned down the group and caused several casualties. He began crawling to the edge of the field in an effort to flank the house, persisting in this maneuver even when the hostile machine gunners located him by the light of burning buildings and attempted to cut him down as he made for the protection of some trees. Reaching safety, he stealthily made his way by a circuitous route to the rear of the building occupied by the German gunners. With his trench knife he killed a sentry on guard there and then charged into the darkened house. In a furious hand-to-hand struggle he stormed about a single room which harbored seven Germans. Three he killed with rifle fire, another he clubbed to death with the butt of his gun, and the three others he dispatched with his .45 caliber pistol. The fearless initiative, stalwart combat ability, and outstanding gallantry of Cpl. Bennett eliminated the enemy fire which was decimating his company’s ranks and made it possible for the Americans to sweep all resistance from the town.





Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding U.S.S. Barb. Place and date: Along coast of China, 19 December 1944 to  February 15th, 1945. Entered service at: Illinois. Born: S October 1913, Washington, D.C. Other Navy award: Navy Cross with 3 Gold Stars. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Barb during her eleventh war patrol along the east coast of China from 19 December 1944 to 15 February 1945. After sinking a large enemy ammunition ship and damaging additional tonnage during a running two-hour night battle on 8 January, Comdr. Fluckey, in an exceptional feat of brilliant deduction and bold tracking on 25 January, located a concentration of more than thirty enemy ships in the lower reaches of Nankuan Chiang (Mamkwan Harbor). Fully aware that a safe retirement would necessitate an hour’s run at full speed through the uncharted, mined, and rock-obstructed waters, he bravely ordered, “Battle station–torpedoes!” In a daring penetration of the heavy enemy screen, and riding in five fathoms of water, he launched the Barb’s last forward torpedoes at 3,000-yard range. Quickly bringing the ship’s stern tubes to bear, he turned loose four more torpedoes into the enemy, obtaining eight direct hits on six of the main targets to explode a large ammunition ship and cause inestimable damage by the resultant flying shells and other pyrotechnics. Clearing the treacherous area at high speed, he brought the Barb through to safety and four days later sank a large Japanese freighter to complete a record of heroic combat achievement, reflecting the highest credit upon Comdr. Fluckey, his gallant officers and men, and the U.S. Naval Service.



Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, commander of Catalina patrol plane. Place and date: Bismarck Sea,  February 15th, 1944. Entered service at: Arkansas. Born: 4 September 1916, Morrilton, Ark. Citation: For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as commander of a Catalina patrol plane in rescuing personnel of the U.S. Army 5th Air Force shot down in combat over Kavieng Harbor in the Bismarck Sea, 15 February 1944. On air alert in the vicinity of Vitu Islands, Lt. (then Lt. j.g.) Gordon


INTERIM 1871-1898

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1847, Canada. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884. Citation: For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Tennessee at New Orleans, La.,  February 15th, 1881, and sustaining, until picked up by a boat’s crew, N. P. Petersen, gunner’s mate, who had fallen overboard.




Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Crystal Lake, Minn. Birth: Austria. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Burger was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.


His grandson was United States Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Burger.



Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Shelbyville, Minn. Birth: Pennsylvania. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.



Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863.. Entered service at: Louisville, Scott County, Minn. Birth: New York. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.



Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Henderson, Minn. Birth: Lickland County, Ohio. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.



Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Mankato, Minn. Birth: Cattaraugus County, N.Y. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.




Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Mankato, Minn. Born: 21 October 1844, LeRoy Township, Jefferson County, N.Y. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.



Rank and organization: Corporal, Company F, 2d Iowa Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Donelson, Tenn.,  February 15th,1862. Entered service at: Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa. Birth: Van Buren County, Iowa. Date of issue: 12 March 1897. Citation: Took the colors after three of the color guard had fallen, and although most instantly knocked down by a spent ball, immediately arose and bore the colors to the end of the engagement.



Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th,1863. Entered service at: Rochester, Minn. Birth: England. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.



Rank and organization: Corporal, Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry. Place and date: At Nolensville, Tenn.,  February 15th, 1863. Entered service at: Swan Lake, Minn. Birth: Indiana. Date of issue: 11 September 1897. Citation: Was one of a detachment of sixteen men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of one hundred twenty-five Confederate cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.



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