On this day in history...

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February 28:

1784: John Wesley chartered the first Methodist Church in the US.

1861: Congress created the Colorado Territory.

1953: James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA.

1983: Final Episode of the popular TV series M*A*S*H aired.

1987: Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev announced his willingness to negotiate a nuclear arms treaty. This would result in the INF Treaty, the first successful nuclear arms treaty, later that year.

1993: The ATF raided the compound of the Branch Davidian cultists in Mt Carmel, outside Waco.

1994: NATO took its first military action to deal with the genocide in the Balkans.

2013: Pope Benedict resigned.
83 was great
93 marked the start of a great display of ineptitude. They could have stabbed the guy in town on any number of visits.
I assume you mean "nab" (apprehend) & not "stab". Even a nut case deserves his day in court.

There were very few aspects of the Clinton years that were not inept. Actually, that may be too kind: incompetent, corrupt, criminal come to mind as better labels.
autocorrect does some weird stuff. Although, on second thought...
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Well, it would have been quicker, easier, neater, and probably about as legal--not that legality ever concerned a Clinton.
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I agree.
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Lolol
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February 29: It's a leap year!

1704: The French with their Indian allies, attacked the frontier settlement in western Massachusetts named Deerfield, massacring 100 men, women, & children and burning down the buildings. This was an obscure but bloody event during Queen Anne's War, the American version of the War of the Spanish Succession in Europe.

1916: During WWI, the British armed merchant vessel Alcantara clashed with the German raider Grief resulting in both ships being sunk.

1940: Hattie McDaniel was the first black to win an Oscar for her role in Gone With the Wind.

1968: Kerner Commission report concluded that the recent riots were caused by racism.
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March 1:

1692: Three women, two young girls and a slave woman named Tituba, were accused of witchcraft in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, thus beginning the witchcraft craze that would claim the lives of 19 people from convictions using questionable evidence.

1781: Maryland finally ratified the Articles of Confederation, the last state to do so. The Articles would serve as the basis for the US government until the Constitution was ratified several years later.

1872: Pres. Ulysses S. Grant singed a bill establishing Yellowstone National Park.

1917: The Zimmerman Telegram was published in the US.

1932: The infant son of Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped from his home in New Jersey. The family paid the ransom but the child was never returned with his body found within a mile. Bruno Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed for the crime.

1961: Pres. John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

1966: The Soviets probe sent to the planet Venus, the first manmade object sent to another planet, crashed on the surface.

1969: Mickey Mantle retired from professional baseball.
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March 2:

1776: Gen. George Washington's Continental Army began the siege of Boston.

1807: Congress abolished the African slave trade as authorized by the Constitution.

1836: Texas declared independence from Mexico at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

1904: Birthday of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)

1962: Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks.

1966: Ford Motor Co. produced the one millionth Mustang.

1967: Bobby Kennedy proposed a plan to end the war in Vietnam.

1969: The armed forces of the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (the communists) clashed along their mutual border.

1972: The U.S. launched Pioneer 10, the first outer planetary probe.
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March 3:

1776: Gen. George Washington's Continental Army began the siege of Boston.

1807: Congress abolished the African slave trade as authorized by the Constitution.

1836: Texas declared independence from Mexico at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

1904: Birthday of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)

1962: Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks.

1966: Ford Motor Co. produced the one millionth Mustang.

1967: Bobby Kennedy proposed a plan to end the war in Vietnam.

1969: The armed forces of the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China (the communists) clashed along their mutual border.

1972: The U.S. launched Pioneer 10, the first outer planetary probe.


1836 was a good year.
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Yes it was. That's why I went back and bolded it.
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Best year!!!Great State of Texas!!!!!!
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March 3:

1820: Congress passed the Missouri Compromise whereby Missouri entered the United States as a slave state (Maine became a free state) and a scheme was created to determine the slave status of future territories becoming states. This resolved a dangerous crisis sparked a year earlier by a political play proposing the territory become a free state.

1845: Congress overrode a presidential veto for the first time.

1875: First indoor ice hockey game in Montreal

1877: Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated as president in a private ceremony after a highly disputed election resulted in the Compromise of 1877 that ended Reconstruction and paved the way for Jim Crow laws throughout the south.

1887: Anne Sullivan began teaching the young Helen Keller.

1918: Treaty of Brest Litovsky: Leon Trotsky signed a separate peace with Germany pulling Russia out of WWI and surrendering a huge swath of territory in central Europe. The Bolsheviks focused their attention on the Civil War.

1931: The "Star Spangled Banner" became the U.S. national anthem by an act of Congress signed into law by Pres. Hoover.

1991: Rodney King was pulled over by LA Police then beaten when he resisted arrest. This was caught on video resulting in riots.
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March 4:

1789: U.S. government began operating under the Constitution.

1829: Newly inaugurated president Andrew Jackson, a "man of the people," opened the White House to a public celebration and the mob trashed the place.

1933: Inauguration of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt

1952: Ronald Reagan married Nancy Davis.

1960: Divorce of Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz
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March 5:

1770: Boston Massacre

1946: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech while visiting the U.S. This defined the Cold War from the beginning.

1953: Death of Joseph Stalin, a murderous dictator with a record worse than Hitler's.
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March 6:

1475: Michelangelo's birthday

1820: Missouri Compromise

1836: Fall of the Alamo: Santa Anna's army of ape 5,000 assaulted the Alamo, killing all defenders.

1857: The Supreme Court issued its ruling in the infamous Dred Scott case.

1899: Bayer patented aspirin.

1951: Beginning of espionage trial of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg. They both would be convicted and executed for selling America's atomic secrets to the Soviets.

1983: Helmut Kohl was elected chancellor of West Germany.
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March 7:

1876: Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.

1923: Robert Frost published the poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

1936: In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's Germany remilitarized the Rhineland (along the border with France, Belgium, Luxembourg, & the Netherlands).

1965: "Bloody Sunday": During the Selma March, Martin Luther King, Jr & 600 other peaceful civil rights protestors were attacked by state troopers with bloody results.
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March 8:

1669: Eruption of Mt. Etna, an active volcano on the island of Sicily, killed 20,000 people.

1917: Russia's February Revolution (they were still on the Julian Calendar while most of Europe was on the Gregorian Calendar) began with mass protests in St. Petersburg. Eventually Tsar Nicholas II would be forced to abdicate, a provisional government would be established, and the Bolsheviks would seize power later in the year.

1971: "Fight of the Century" between Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden, NYC.

1983: Pres. Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as the "evil empire" for a second time, this time speaking at a convention for the National Association of Evangelicals.

2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 200+ people on board.
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Can't believe it has already been 6 years on the missing flight. So mysterious.
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March 9:

1841: The Supreme Court ruled in the Amistad case that the African slaves that had seized control of the Spanish slave ship had been forced into slavery illegally and where therefore free under U.S. law.

1862: Famous battle between two early ironclads, USS Monitor vs CSS Virginia.

1916: Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, NM.

1917: The Bolsheviks renamed themselves the Communist Party.

1945: American air forces began the firebombing of Tokyo. This would last 48 hours, incinerate close to 16 square miles, and kill 80,000 or more.

1996: Comedian George Burns died at age 100.
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March 9:

1841: The Supreme Court ruled in the Amistad case that the African slaves that had seized control of the Spanish slave ship had been forced into slavery illegally and where therefore free under U.S. law.

1862: Famous battle between two early ironclads, USS Monitor vs CSS Virginia.

1916: Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, NM.

1917: The Bolsheviks renamed themselves the Communist Party.

1945: American air forces began the firebombing of Tokyo. This would last 48 hours, incinerate close to 16 square miles, and kill 80,000 or more.

1996: Comedian George Burns died at age 100.

Does Bernie have a bit of a lump in his throat today?
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No doubt he'll be very excited on Earth Day, April 22--Lenin's birthday.
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March 10:

1864: Pres. Abraham Lincoln promoted Maj.-Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Lt.-Gen. and gave him command of the Army of the Potomac.

1876: The first transmission of human speaking over a telephone.

1959: Tibetans rebelled against Chinese occupation. Needless to say, the rebellion failed and Tibet is under Chinese control.
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March 11:

1942: Under orders from Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gen. Douglas MacArthur left Corregidor in the Philippines to avoid capture by the advancing Japanese forces.

1918: First cases of the Spanish flu were reported. This would become a pandemic killing more than WWI which was in its last year.

1985: The Soviet leadership chose Mikhail Gorbachev to succeed the recently deceased Konstantin Chernenko.

1997: Paul McCartney was knighted.

2004: Islamofascist terrorists exploded 10 bombs on four trains in Madrid area train stations during rush hour.

2011: A 9.0 undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, the most powerful recorded quake in Japanese history, moving Honshu, Japan's largest island, 8 feet to the east. This caused powerful tsunami waves, some of which may have been as high as 133 feet. The death toll may have been as high as 18,000. In addition, the tsunami caused meltdowns at 3 reactors in the F u kushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Needless to say, it was a huge disaster.
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March 12:

1930: Mohandas Ghandi 241 Salt March--an act of civil disobedience in defiance of the British authorities and their salt monopoly that tyrannized the people of India.

1933: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast the first fireside chat, on the banking crisis.

1938: Germany annexed Austria (think of the Sound of Music).

1947: President Harry S. Truman announced the Truman Doctrine: In a dramatic speech before a joint session of Congress, Pres. Truman asked for funds to aid Turkey and Greece in their struggles against communism. This was the beginning of the policy of containment.
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March 13:

1781: Astronomer William Hershel discovered the planet Uranus.

1836: Gen. Sam Houston retreated from the advancing army of dictator Santa Anna. He would continue a series of strategic retreats for several weeks, waiting to fight on his own terms.

1865: In a desperate move to survive, the Confederacy approved the use of black soldiers.

1881: Tsar Alexander II, famous for freeing the serfs 20 year earlier, was assassinated in St. Petersburg when a member of the anarchist group "People's Will" threw a bomb.
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March 14:

1879: Albert Einstein's birthday

1924: John Mack, co-founder of Mack Trucks, was killed in a car crash.

1950: The FBI launched the "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list.
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March 15:

44 BC: Ides of March: Julius Caesar was assassinated by Brutus and other Romans Senators at the Forum. "Et tu Brute?"

1767: Andrew Jackson's birthday

1783: The Newburgh Conspiracy was quelled: A group of officers were planning to use armed force on Congress since the army had not been paid for a long time (they were broke). Gen. George Washington made a surprise appearance and convinced them that their plans were dishonorable and unworthy of the cause for which they had fought. It was an emotional moment and totally convincing.

1820: Maine became the 23rd state as part of the Missouri Compromise: one free state & one slave state (Missouri).

1917: Tsar Nicholas II abdicated from the Russian throne.

1939: March on Prague: Six months after the Czechs were betrayed by their British and French allies in Munich over the Sudetenland, the Nazis took over the entire country without firing a shot.

1965: Pres. Lyndon Johnson called for equal voting rights before a joint session of Congress.
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March 15:

44 BC: Ides of March: Julius Caesar was assassinated by Brutus and other Romans Senators at the Forum. "Et tu Brute?"

Speaking of the Ides of March - this little tune used to be a staple of the Courtside Players at BU hoops games

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Interesting bit of nostalgia. I don't expect it to come back any time soon.
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March 16:

1751: birthday of James Madison

1802: Congress established the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

1850: publication of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic, The Scarlet Letter

1903: death of Judge Roy Bean

1926: Robert H. Goddard successfully launched the first liquid fuel rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts.

1945: Fighting on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima ended with an American victory. This is the first time in the history of Japan that their territory had been conquered by a foreign power.

1968: My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.

1985: American journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped by Islamofascist terrorists.
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March 17:

461: Death of St. Patrick who did more than anyone else to spread Christianity in Ireland--hence the day is named for him.

1601: First St. Patrick's Day parade, in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.

1776: The British were forced to abandon Boston after Gen. George Washington successfully placed cannons at fortified sites overlooking the city.

1905: Franklin Delano Roosevelt married Eleanor Roosevelt, his cousin. Their mutual cousin, the former president Theodore, said, "It's a good thing to see the name in the family!"

1969: Gold Meir elected Prime Minister of Israel.
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Marc 17 addendum:

2016: Taruean Prince explained rebounding in a postgame presser after Baylor lost to Yale in the NCAA Tournament.

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March 18:

1766: After much pressure from the American colonists, the British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. The Americans hated the idea of "no taxation without representation." Unfortunately, Parliament did not really learn the lesson because they immediately passed the Declaratory Act claiming full authority over the colonists. Their mindset was mercantilist while the colonies were operating under a more capitalist economic system.

1852: Henry Wells and William G. Fargo started their banking and shipping company.

1969: U.S. began bombing Cambodia, targeting the Ho Chi Minh trail used by the Viet Cong to attack South Vietnam through a "neutral" country.
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March 19:

1916: First U.S. air combat mission began during WWI.

1949: The government of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) approved a new constitution.

1966: Texas Western defeated Kentucky to win the national championship, the first with an all black starting 5.

2003: War in Iraq began.
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March 20:

1413: Henry V ascended to the throne upon the death of his father, Henry IV.

1778: King Louis XVI of France received U.S. representatives. Soon, negotiations would lead to an alliance crucial to the success of America's War for Independence.

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on Elba and returned to Paris to begin his famous Hundred Days.

1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece Uncle Tom's Cabin was published.

1854: Founding of the Republican Party on the conviction that slavery was evil and should not be allowed to expand into the western territories.

1965: Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson called up the National Guard to protect the civil rights protestors in a march from Selma to Montgomery to promote voting rights. An earlier march had ended in bloodshed as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fellow protestors were attacked by state troopers on live TV.

1995: Tokyo subways were attacked by terrorists using sarin gas.
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March 21:

1804: Napoleonic Code was approved in France. One of Napoleon's great legacies was a consolidation of the nation's legal system in a process begun by Julius Caesar of Ancient Rome and continued by Justinian of the Byzantine Empire but not completed until Napoleon. It remains the basis for the legal systems of most of Europe.

1871: Journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his famous search through Africa for missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone.

1918: Germany launched their last major offensive of WWI.

1943: After 2 failed attempts to assassinate Hitler, Maj. Gen. Henning von Tresckow tried again. This third attempt all failed when Hitler's plans were changed at the last minute with a suicide bomber having 8 minutes with 10 minute fuses on his bombs.

1960: Sharpeville massacre: Afrikaner police opened fire on a group of unarmed black protesters in Sharpeville, killing 60.

1963: Alcatraz closed its doors. Now it is only for tourists.

1965: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 3200 civil rights demonstrators began their march from Selma to Montgomery demanding equal voting rights.

1980: Pres. Jimmy Carter decided to punish the Soviet Union for their invasion of Afghanistan in December by boycotting the Moscow summer olympics. American athletes felt they were the ones being punished.
 
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