DBKP Today in Weird History: February 12, 2008

WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTERS, FREE, BEHEADED, WOMEN, RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS, ABDICATE, MEMORIALS, CLINTONS, COMICS, GUNMAN, STARTS, FIREBALL, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, VIETNAM, CLASH, BUSTED, RECORDS, THIEF, TABLOID, OJ, BORN, BIRTHDAY, DEATH

THIEF!

1994 Edvard Munch’s painting “The Cry” stolen (in Oslo).

WAR!

1861 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon AK.

1973 Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.

TERRORISM

2003 The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties, sending the dispute to the Security Council.

2007 Car bombs shattered Baghdad’s oldest and largest market, killing at least 78 people.

DISASTERS

1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt.

FIREBALL

1947 Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia.

CLINTONS

1998 A federal judge threw out President Clinton’s new line-item veto authority.

1999 The Senate acquitted President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

STARTS

1876 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop.

BUSTED

1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs.

OJ

1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgment.

VIETNAM

1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam.

PATENTS

1878 Frederick Thayer patents the catcher’s mask (pat # 200,358).

RECORDS

1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Building, 10m.

TABLOID

1994 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose.

CLASH

1960 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1924 President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech.

JEWS

1941 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen; Occupation Police arrest “Jewish Foursome”.

BEHEADED

1554 Lady Jane Grey, who’d claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.

FREE

1818 Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.

MURDER

1976 Sal Mineo actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37.

WOMEN

1870 women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote. (However, that right was taken away in 1887).

RACE

1908 the first round-the-world automobile race began in New York. (It ended in Paris the following July with the drivers of the American car, a Thomas Flyer, declared the winners over teams from Germany and Italy.)

CIVIL RIGHTS

1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

ABDICATE

1912 Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.

MEMORIALS

1915 the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C., a year to the day after groundbreaking.

COMICS

1940 The radio play “The Adventures of Superman” debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

GUNMAN

2007 Teen gunman Sulejman Talovic shot nine people, killing five, at a Salt Lake City mall before he was shot and killed by police.

BORN

1809 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

1880 John Llewellyn Lewis union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60).

1904 Ted Mack Denver CO, TV host (Original Amateur Hour).

BIRTHDAYS

Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 85. Actor Louis Zorich is 84. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 82. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) is 78. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 74. Actor Joe Don Baker is 72. Author Judy Blume is 70. Rock musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) is 69. Country singer Moe Bandy is 64. Actress Maud Adams is 63. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 63. Actor Michael Ironside is 58. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 58. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 56. Actress Joanna Kerns is 55. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 53. Actress Christine Elise is 43. Actor Josh Brolin is 40. Singer Chynna Phillips is 40. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 37. Actor Jesse Spencer (“House, M.D.”) is 29. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 28. Actress Christina Ricci is 28.

DEATH

1983 Eubie Blake ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 100.

2003 Holiday Inn chain founder Kemmons Wilson died in Memphis, Tenn., at age 90.

February 12, the 43rd day of 2008. There are 323 days left in the year.

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

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