DBKP Today in Weird History: February 11, 2008

WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTERS, PHILOSOPHERS, MOTORISTS, MURDER, SUICIDE, OOPS, BEHEADED, OCEANS, ENERGY, REBELS, WOMEN, POLITICS, ALMOST, CLIMATE, PROGRESS, COMICS, SPIES, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, JEWS, NAZIS, PRO WRESTLING, LOBSTERS, VISIONS, COMMIES, CLINTONS, FREE, BORN, BIRTHDAYS, DEATH

1812 Massachusetts Governor Gerry signs a redistricting bill favoring his party-the 1st “gerrymander.

WAR!

1943 General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

2003 Addressing a historic rift within NATO, Secretary of State Colin Powell told a congressional hearing the future of the military alliance was at risk if it failed to confront the crisis with Iraq.

2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, marking the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, vowed his country would not give up uranium enrichment.

TERRORISM

1979 Iran’s premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power.

1985 Jordan king Hussein & PLO leader Arafat sign accord.

2003 The al-Jazeera Arab satellite station broadcast what was believed to be a new audio statement from Osama bin Laden urging Iraqis to carry out suicide attacks on Americans.

DISASTERS

1907 Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, 322 die.

WOMEN

1852 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London).

MOTORISTS

1899 George Morgan 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies.

ALMOST

1905 James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299½-last pin breaks but stands.

LOBSTERS

1977 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean).

COMMIES

1978 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens.

CLINTONS

1998 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview.

VISIONS

1858 A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have experienced the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepted that the visions were of the Virgin Mary; Bernadette, who died in 1879 at age 35, was canonized in 1933.)

POLITICS

1861 US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.

1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership.

1998 Attorney General Janet Reno asked for an independent prosecutor to investigate whether Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt had misled Congress in connection with an Indian casino controversy. (The counsel, Carol Elder Bruce, found no wrongdoing on Babbitt’s part.)

PRO WRESTLING

1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to become wrestling champion.

1969 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champion.

CLIMATE

1932 73ºF highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February. No media mention of “man-made climate change”.

1983 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18″(46 cm)).

FREE!

1929 The Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.

1990 South African resistance leader, Nelson Mandela, was released from prison after more than 27 years.

OCEANS

1573 1st European, Francis Drake sees the Pacific (from Panamá).

PROGRESS

1935 1st US airplane flight with auto slung beneath the fuselage, New York.

PHILOSOPHERS

1650 René Descartes philosopher “I think therefore I am”, stops thinking.

COMICS

1942 “Archie” comic book debuts.

REBELS

1766 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia.

JEWS

1953 Russia breaks diplomatic relations with Israel.

1968 Israeli-Jordan border fight.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show.

1979 43 million watch “Elvis!” on ABC.

NAZIS

1961 Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.

SPIES

1953 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple.

MURDER

1961 Patrice Lumumba 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34.

ENERGY

1808 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre PA.

SUICIDE

1963 Sylvia Plath poet/novelist (Ariel), kills herself in London at 30.

OOPS!

1994 Antonio Martin Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23.

BEHEADED

1554 Lady Jane Grey deposed Queen of England, beheaded after 9 day rule at 17.

BORN

1847 Thomas Alva Edison Milan OH, lit up your life (held 1200 patents).

1920 Farouk I Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52).

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Leslie Nielsen is 82. Actor Conrad Janis is 80. Actress Tina Louise is 74. Actor Burt Reynolds is 72. Songwriter Gerry Goffin is 69. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Clay is 66. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt is 57. Actor Philip Anglim is 56. Actress Catherine Hickland is 52. Rock musician David Uosikkinen (The Hooters) is 52. Actress Carey Lowell is 47. Singer Sheryl Crow is 46. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 39. Actor Damian Lewis is 37. Actress Marisa Petroro is 36. Singer D’Angelo is 34. Actor Brice Beckham is 32. Rock MC/vocalist Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) is 31. Singer-actress Brandy is 29. Actor Matthew Lawrence is 28. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelly Rowland is 27. Actress Q’orianka Kilcher is 18. Actor Taylor Lautner is 16.

DEATH

1976 Lee J Cobb actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64.

February 11, the 42nd day of 2008. There are 324 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
image: etc
Sources:
* Today in History
* Today in History
* Today in History

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