On this day in history...

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A scary individual.
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January 26:

1500: Vicente Yanez Pinzon was the first European explorer to reach Brazil.

1788: The British established a penal colony in Australia: 11 ships with 736 convicts landed at Botany Bay.

1838: Tennessee passed the nation's first prohibition law.

1926: Scottish inventor John Logie Baird provided the first public demonstration of a television system in London.

1939: During the Spanish Civil War, Nationalist forces under Gen. Francisco Franco captured Barcelona, Republican capital.

1945: Highly decorated American soldier Audie Murphy was wounded while fighting the Germans in France.

1950: Birth of the Republic of India

2005: Pres. George W. Bush appointed Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State.
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This just in; General Francisco Franco is still dead.

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January 27:

1302: Dante Alligheri was exiled from Florence.

1862: Pres. Lincoln ordered Union forces to advance, signaling his impatience with their inaction.

1888: Founding of the National Geographic Society.

1943: Americans bombed Germany for the first time.

1944: Forces from the Red Army lifted the siege on Leningrad.

1945: Auschwitz was liberated by soldiers from the Red Army.

1967: A launch pad fire during tests killed three American astronauts.

1973: The Paris Peace Accords were sign, seemingly ending the Vietnam War.
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January 28:

1917: The U.S. ended their search for Pancho Villa after months of failure.

1986: Space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch.
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Reagan's address the evening after the Challenger disaster

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Prior to 9 11 Challenger was the "remember when you heard the news" event of my lifetime.

Cold War not over, the shuttle program was the crown jewel of American achievement -
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I remember quite clearly the next day I went to class, German, with a wonderful professor whose name I cannot remember. She began class with a reading from the Psalms (I wish I could remember which one) and a prayer. That is one of my fondest memories of Baylor because I thought it was such a class act and I thought that it was not something likely to occur at many other universities, private or public.

For the record, among my other great Baylor memories was when Pres. Reagan opened the Ferrell Center & the various musical & drama performances I attended (my first opera, Shakespeare, Handel's Messiah, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the piano solo performed by a teenager, etc). One of those Shakespeare performances was Othello with Samuel L. Jackson in the title role. Certainly, not your typical Shakespearian actor!

update weeks later: That German professor was Dr. Martin.
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January 29:

1820: Death of King George III

1843: Birthday of Pres. William McKinley

1845: Publication of Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem, The Raven

1861: Kansas became the 34th state

2002: George W. Bush's "Axis of Evil" speech.
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January 30:

1649: King Charles I of England was beheaded for treason.

1835: Assassination attempt on Pres. Andrew Jackson

1882: Birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933: Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany--the beginning of the Third Reich.

1948: Mohandas Ghandi was assassinated.

1956: White supremacist terrorist bombed the home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1968: Tet Offensive in Vietnam

1972: "Bloody Sunday": 13 peaceful protestors were shot dead by paratroopers of the British Royal Army.
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January 30:

1649: King Charles I of England was beheaded for treason.

1835: Assassination attempt on Pres. Andrew Jackson

1882: Birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933: Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany--the beginning of the Third Reich.

1948: Mohandas Ghandi was assassinated.

1956: White supremacist terrorist bombed the home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1968: Tet Offensive in Vietnam

1972: "Bloody Sunday": 13 peaceful protestors were shot dead by paratroopers of the British Royal Army.

big day and certainly not in a positive way. I was just a kid so I don't really remember but, I believe Tet is when the pendulum started its swing towards being opposed to Vietnam
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LIB,MR BEARS said:

big day and certainly not in a positive way. I was just a kid so I don't really remember but, I believe Tet is when the pendulum started its swing towards being opposed to Vietnam
Yes, that was a big step early on. Walter Cronkite, the "most trusted man in America", reported that it was a communist victory when it was not. A few weeks later, Pres. Johnson decided not to seek reelection. "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America."
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January 31:

1606: Guy F a w kes, central figure in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British government, jumped to his death before the authorities could hand, draw, and quarter him. It was a much less gruesome death.

1865: The House of Representatives passed the 13th amendment to outlaw slavery.

1917: The Germans announced the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare during WWI. This would lead to the U.S. declaration of war and ultimately, German defeat.

1944: The invasion of France (D-Day) was postponed until June.

1945: Pvt. Slovik was executed for desertion, the only such execution of WWII.

1950: Pres. Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb.

1990: The first McDonald's opened in the Soviet Union.
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January 31, 1949 -
Lowest temperature ever recorded in Waco, TX (-5* F)


yes, minus 5 degrees
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MrGolfguy said:

January 31, 1949 -
Lowest temperature ever recorded in Waco, TX (-5* F)


yes, minus 5 degrees
It must have been because of manmade global warming.
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February 1:

1845: The Republic of Texas chartered Baylor University.

1861: Texas seceded from the Union. They had to depose Gov. Sam Houston to do so.

1884: Debut of Oxford English Dictionary the most comprehensive dictionary of the English language.

1896: Premiere of Giacomo Puccini's La boheme

1943: Japanese forces began the evacuation of Guadalcanal.

1968: Richard Nixon announced his candidacy for president of the U.S.

1979: The Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran in triumph after 15 years of exile. The Iranian Revolution grew out of this as the shah & his family fled the country, Khomeini took over the government, and then student radicals stormed the U.S. embassy to seize dozens of hostages in a standoff that would last 444 days.

2003: Space shuttle Columbia broke up as it entered the atmosphere over Texas killing everyone on board.
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February 2:

1848: Signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ending the Mexican-American War.

1913: Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City.

1943: End of the Battle of Stalingrad.

1968: Iconic photo taken of Vietcong officer executed, shot in the head.

1971: Ida Amin seized power in Uganda.
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Feb 2, 1981 - Late Night with David Letterman premieres
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February 3:

1924: Death of Woodrow Wilson

1944: U.S. forces captured the Marhsall Islands.

1950: Klaus Fuchs was arrested for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets.

1959: Plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

1966: Soviet unmanned probe Lunik 9 landed on the moon.

1994: Pres. Bill Clinton ended the trade embargo against Vietnam.

2005: Alberto Gonzales became the first Hispanic Attorney General.
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February 4:

1789: First election of a U.S. president: George Washington was unanimously chosen by the Electoral College.

1826: Publication of The Last of the Mohicans

1861: Establishment of the Confederacy

1913: Birthday of Rosa Parks

1945: Beginning of Yalta Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin--the touchstone of the Cold War

1974: Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

2004: Launch of Facebook
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February 5:

146 B.C.: End of the Punic Wars between Rome & Carthage.

1631: Roger Williams, eventual founder of Rhode Island, arrived in America.

1917: Proclamation of the Mexican constitution

1934: Birthday of Hank Aaron

1937: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his "court packing" scheme. It was probably his greatest failure.

1994: White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the murder of Medgar Evers in 1963.

2003: Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke at the UN to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
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February 6:

1778: U.S. diplomats signed treaties with France formalizing the alliance that would be central to American success in the War for Independence.

1891: Dalton Gang committed their first train robbery.

1911: Ronald Reagan's birthday

1928: A woman claiming to be Anastasia Romanov arrived in the U.S. The real Anastasia was murdered with her family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

1937: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men was published.

1952: George VI died and Elizabeth II became Queen of England.

1985: Pres. Reagan delivered a major foreign policy speech outlining his agenda in what became known as the "Reagan Doctrine."
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February 7:

1812: An earthquake caused a fluvial tsunami on the Mississippi River as the river flowed up river for several hours near Missouri.

1962: U.S. announced a full embargo of Cuba.

1964: British Invasion: The Beatles arrived in New York.

1984: Navy Captain Bruce McCandless performed the first untethered space walk.

1992: Multiple nations from western Europe signed the Maastricht Treaty of European Union.
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Beatles, I can remember where I was, what I wore, and watched it on the EdSullivan show. 4th grade. We're you even born yet historian ? Lol
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nope

I was born the day before the Battle of Ia Drang began (depicted in the film, We Were Soldiers).
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February 8:

1587: Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded

1725: Death of Peter the Great

1887: Pres. Grover Cleveland signed the Dawe-Severalty Act into law in an attempt to deal with issues relating to Native Americans on the Great Plains.

1904: The Russo-Japanese War began with a surprise attack on Russian-held Port Arthur by forces of the Japanese navy, eerily similar to the attack on Pearl Harbor almost 37 years, 9 months later.

1915: The Birth of a Nation opened in theaters. A propaganda film promoting the KKK, it would be the first motion picture shown in the White House.

1943: American forces secured the island of Guadalcanal.
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February 9:

1773: Birthday of William Henry Harrison, future president (although he served only 1 month).

1825: The 1824 presidential election was decided by the House of Representatives. The election featured 4 candidates in order of vote totals: Andrew Jackson, John Q. Adams, Henry Clay, & William Crawford. In what would be known as the "corrupt bargain", when Speaker Clay gave his electoral votes to Adams putting him over the top and Adams named Clay his new Secretary of State, in those days a path to the presidency.

1942: The largest and most luxurious ocean liner, the Normandie, caught fire while docked in NYC as it was being converted into a troop ship.

1942: Institution of Daylight Savings Time

1950: Sen. Joseph McCarthy alleged that there were communists in the State Department.

1964: The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.

1965: First combat troops sent to Vietnam.
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February 10:

1763: Treaty of Paris ended the French & Indian War (aka the Seven Years War in Europe).

1846: Mormons began their journey across the continent that would end in Utah.

1962: U.S. exchanged Soviet spy for Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot shot down over Soviet Union on May 1, 1960.

1992: Mike Tyson convicted of rape.

1996: World chess champion lost to a computer.
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historian said:

February 10:

1846: Mormons began their journey across the continent that would end in Utah.


Ol' Brigham Young wasn't neutah
or gay or homo or fruitah
for a thousand young virgins
succumbed to his urgins
and created the great state of Utah
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February 11:

1778: Voltaire returned to Paris after his exile.

1945: End of the Yalta Conference, the touchstone of the Cold War.

1990: Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years.

2012: Death of Whitney Houston
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February 12:

1793: U.S. Congress passed the first fugitive slave law.

1809: Birthday of Abraham Lincoln

1817: Revolutionary leader Jos de San Martin routed Spanish forces in Chile.

1909: A small group of black and white progressives including Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Jane Addams, & W.E.B. DuBois established the NAACP to fight for civil rights in the legal and political realms. Their leadership would eventually pay off with major victories in the 1950s-60s.

1912: Abdication of the last emperor of China

1924: Premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

1999: Pres. Bill Clinton was acquitted on two charges of impeachment. (Why did anyone think Trump's trial would end in any other manner?)

2002: Trial began at The Hague of former leader of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic on charges of genocide.
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February 12:

1809: Birthday of Abraham Lincoln


1809 is also the birthday of Charles Darwin.
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February 13:

1633: Galileo arrived in Rome to face the Inquisition.

1689: William and Mary were proclaimed joint sovereigns of England--the only time in English history the nation was ruled by two monarchs.

1945: Firebombing of Dresden by British & American bombers killing tens of thousands of people.

1965: Pres Johnson approved Operation Rolling Thunder, the sustained bombing of North Vietnam.

1984: Konstantin Chernenko became the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and therefore the new dictator of the Soviet Union. His accession followed upon the death of Yuri Andropov a few days earlier but himself would only live another year and would be replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev.
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February 14:

270: Valentine was executed in Rome.

1779: Capt. Cook was murdered in Hawaii.

1884: Theodore Roosevelt's mother and wife died in the same house.

1929: St. Valentine's Day Massacre: 4 gangsters dressed as policemen entered rival gangster Bugs Moran's HQ in Chicago and murdered 7 of his henchmen.

1943: Battle of Kasserine Pass: America's first major battle in WWII ended in defeat at the hands of Gen. Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox."

1989: Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salmon Rushdie for his book Satanic Verses.

1989: The Sandinistas in Nicaragua agreed to allow free elections. They would lose those elections.

2018: Teenager murdered 17 people at Parkland High School in Florida.
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February 15:

1898: USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. This would lead to a US declaration of war, an overwhelming victory in the Spanish-American War, and the US annexing several Spanish colonies (Puerto Rico, Guam, Wake Island, the Philippines, etc).

1903: Sale of first Teddy Bear.

1933: Attempted assassination of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1942: Japanese captured Singapore.

1965: China adopted the maple leaf flag.
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