• considering this day is a fluid thing (today for me is 9feb08) so use this link. go to bottom right hand corner and "on this day" will answer that question for you.
  • On this day 1942, The Normandie burns in New York The Normandie, regarded by many as the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burns in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied troop transport ship.
  • February 10, 1950: Mark Spitz was born. During the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, Jewish-American swimmer Mark Spitz took home seven gold medals, a feat unequaled by any other athlete in a single Olympiad. Spitz also set new world records for each of the seven events in which he took the gold. He retired from swimming at the age of 22.
  • February 10: General Interest 1996 : Kasparov loses chess game to computer On this day in 1996, after three hours, world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second. Man was ultimately victorious over machine, however, as Kasparov bested Deep Blue in the match with three wins and two ties and took home the $400,000 prize. An estimated 6 million people worldwide followed the action on the Internet. Kasparov had previously defeated Deep Thought, the prototype for Deep Blue developed by IBM researchers in 1989, but he and other chess grandmasters had, on occasion, lost to computers in games that lasted an hour or less. The February 1996 contest was significant in that it represented the first time a human and a computer had duked it out in a regulation, six-game match, in which each player had two hours to make 40 moves, two hours to finish the next 20 moves and then another 60 minutes to wrap up the game. Kasparov, who was born in 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan, became the Soviet Union's junior chess champion at age 13 and in 1985, at age 22, the youngest world champ ever when he beat legendary Soviet player Anatoly Karpov. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player in the history of the game, Kasparov was known for his swashbuckling style of play and his ability to switch tactics mid-game. In 1997, a rematch took place between Kasparov and an enhanced Deep Blue. Kasparov won the first game, the computer the second, with the next three games a draw. On May 11, 1997, Deep Blue came out on top with a surprising sixth game win--and the $700,000 match prize. In 2003, Kasparov battled another computer program, "Deep Junior." The match ended in a tie. Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005. This is from
  • My offering today, Feb. 11, comes from The Free Dictionary: Nelson Mandela Is Free (1990) As a young man, Mandela was an active opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime. Initially committed to non-violent struggle, he became the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when police opened fire on several thousand protesters. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but international pressure led to his release in 1990. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected his country's first black president.
  • My first grandchild was born, and I felt like the youngest Grandma on the planet. He is 2l years old today, so I could have already been a great-grandma. My 5th grandchild is 10 months old now.
  • President Bill Clinton Is Acquitted (Feb. 12, 1999) The US House of Representatives impeached President Clinton on December 19, 1998, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice during investigations into the Lewinsky scandal. It was apparent, however, that much of the public, while fascinated by the scandal, believed the impeachment to be partisan and irrelevant to national affairs. In 1999, two impeachment counts were tried in the Senate, which voted to acquit Clinton.
  • On this day...the war continued. On this one, not only is the day fluid, so is the year. Sigh.
  • The great emancipator and the 16th US president, Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.
  • February 13, 1866 Jesse James and his gang commit the first armed bank robbery in United States history during peacetime in Liberty, Missouri.
  • February 14, 1876 Electrical engineer Elisha Gray and inventor Alexander Graham Bell each filed a patent for the telephone, starting a controversy on who invented the telecommunications device first.
  • April 23 1928, Shirley Temple was born.
  • February 15, 1764 The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established.
  • Sorry I'm behind a bit due to connection problems . . . February 22nd 1973 - Cold War: Following United States President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.
  • Radar Is Demonstrated (Feburary 26, 1935) Radar is a means for detecting the position, movement, and nature of a remote object through radio waves reflected from its surface. During the 1930s, several countries independently developed the technology for military use, exploiting radar's capacity to detect aircrafts and ships. One of the earliest practical radar systems was devised by Sir Robert Watson-Watt, a descendent of the inventor of the steam engine, James Watt.
  • On Feb the 26th 1993, In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand.
  • February 26, 1926 David H. Hubel was born. In 1981, neurobiologist David Hubel and his research partner, Torsten Wiesel, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research in visual neurophysiology and their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. From The Free Dictionary
  • February 27, 1963, Mickey Mantle signed a contract with the NY Yankees for $100,000. This tied him with Joe DiMaggio as the most highly paid Yankee player at their time. From The Old Farmer's Almanac
  • Courtesy of 5 November 1997 US President Bill Clinton beats Bob Dole to win a second term in office. 1991 Millionaire publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell is found dead at sea – several hours after mysteriously disappearing from his yacht off the Canary Islands. 1990 In New York, Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the militant Jewish Defence League and Israel's anti-Arab Kach Party, is assassinated. 1972 In Sweden, four young musicians form themselves into a group called 'ABBA' 1968 In America, Republican candidate Richard Nixon becomes the 37th US President. 1956 A popular uprising in Hungary is crushed by Soviet tanks and troops. An estimated 20,000 Hungarians are killed. Many more flee the country. 1952 In America, Dwight D.Eisenhower wins the US Presidential Election with Richard Nixon as his Vice President. 1950 American General Douglas McArthur reports Chinese Communist troops are massing in North Korea. 1927 Britain introduces its first automatic traffic lights in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. 1919 Italian-born American actor Rudolph Valentino, the cinema's first male sex symbol, marries actress Jean Acker. The marriage lasts less than 6 hours. 1917 World War I: US troops commanded by General Pershing go into action for the first time on the Western Front. 1914 Britain annexes the Mediteranean island of Cyprus. 1912 The appointment of a British Board of Film Censors to classify films as either a 'U' for 'Universal' or 'Not Suitable for Children'. 1909 Woolworths opens its first British store in Liverpool. 1900 Beginning of the Cuban Constitutional Convention in Havana. 1883 In Sudan, the Madhi defeats an Egyptian force commanded by British General William Hicks before attacking the capital, Khartoum. 1872 The ship, the 'Marie Celeste' sets sail. Its found floating but completely deserted on December 5th. 1859 In Britain, the repeal of the law compelling people to celebrate 'Guy Fawkes' Night'. 1854 In the Crimean War: combined British and French forces defeat the Russians at the Battle of Inkerman. 1605 Roman Catholic Guy Fawkes and several of his co-conspirators are arrested in London when guards discover them planting 30 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar underneath the Houses of Parliament. All are later executed for treason. The 'Gunpowder Plot' is commemorated each year in Britain on 'Guy Fawkes' Night'.
  • February 28, 1935 - Nylon is invented by Wallace Carothers. From Wiki
  • March 12, 1989 - Wichita Falls, TX reported a record high of 95 degrees F. Only six days later, they had a record low of 8 degrees F!
  • Events: 1138 - Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected anti-pope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II. 1639 - Harvard College was named for clergyman John Harvard. 1781 - William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus. 1845 - Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is premièred in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist. 1862 - American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation. 1865 - American Civil War: The Confederate States of America reluctantly agrees to the use of African American troops. 1881 - Alexander II of Russia is killed near his palace when a bomb is thrown at him. (Gregorian date: it was March 1 in the Julian calendar then in use in Russia.) 1884 - The siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins (ends on January 26, 1885). 1897 - San Diego State University founded. 1900 - Boer War: British forces occupy Bloemfontein, Orange Free State. 1900 - In France, length of a workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours by law. 1921 - Mongolia, under Baron Roman Ungern von Sternberg, declares its independence from China. 1925 - Scopes Trial: A law in Tennessee prohibits the teaching of evolution. 1930 - The news of the discovery of Pluto was telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory. 1933 - Great Depression: Banks in the United States begin to re-open after the Presidentially mandated "bank holiday". 1940 - Russo-Finnish Winter War ended. 1943 - World War II: In Bougainville, Japanese troops end their assault on American forces at Hill 700. 1943 - The Holocaust: German forces liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków. 1954 - Battle of Điện Biên Phủ: Viet Minh forces attack the French. 1957 - Cuban student revolutionaries storm the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista. 1962 - Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the USA, proposes a document, called Operation Northwoods, regarding performing terrorist attacks in Guantanamo Bay, to Secretary of Defense Robert Mcnamara. The proposal is scrapped and President John F. Kennedy removes Lemnitzer from his position. 1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module. 1979 - The New Jewel Movement, headed by Maurice Bishop, ousts Prime Minister Eric Gairy in a nearly bloodless coup d'etat in Grenada. 1986 - Microsoft has its Initial public offering. 1989 - A geomagnetic storm caused the collapse of the Hydro-Québec power grid. Six million people were left without power for nine hours. 1991 - The United States Justice Department announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. 1992 - An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey. 1996 - The Dunblane Massacre: in Dunblane, Scotland, 16 children and 1 adult teacher are shot dead by a spree killer who then commits suicide. 1997 - India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader. 1997 - The Phoenix lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona, & were seen by hundreds of people, & millions on television. And are now, hotly debated in controversy. 2003 - Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old upright-walking human footprints have been found in Italy. 2005 - Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself. 2007 - The Bank of England launched a new £20 note, featuring the Scottish economist Adam Smith. It was the first note in the new Series F banknotes Births: 1372 - Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans, brother of Charles VI of France (d. 1407) 1615 - Pope Innocent XII (d. 1700) 1683 - John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-British philosopher (d. 1744) 1700 - Michel Blavet, French flutist (d. 1768) 1719 - John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (d. 1797) 1720 - Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer (d. 1793) 1733 - Joseph Priestley, English scientist and minister (d. 1804) 1741 - Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1790) 1763 - Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (d. 1815) 1764 - Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1845) 1770 - Daniel Lambert, Englishman famous for his obesity (d. 1809) 1781 - Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect (d. 1841) 1784 - Jean Moufot, French philosopher and mathematician (d. 1842) 1798 - Abigail Fillmore, First Lady of the United States (d. 1853) 1815 - James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (d. 1911) 1825 - Hans Gude, Norwegian romanticist landscape painter (d. 1903) 1855 - Percival Lowell, American astronomer (d. 1916) 1860 - Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer (d. 1903) 1864 - Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (d. 1941) 1870 - Albert Meyer, member of the Swiss Federal Council in the 1930s (d. 1953) 1883 - Enrico Toselli, Italian (Florentine) composer and pianist(d. 1926) 1884 - Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist (d. 1941) 1890 - Fritz Busch, German conductor (d. 1951) 1898 - Henry Hathaway, American film director and producer (d. 1985) 1899 - John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1980) 1899 - Jan LechoÅ„, Polish poet (d. 1956) 1900 - Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (d. 1981) 1900 - Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet, Nobel laureate (d. 1971) 1907 - Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religions and writer (d. 1986) 1908 - Walter Annenberg, American publisher and philanthropist (d. 2002) 1910 - Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (d. 1985) 1910 - Sammy Kaye, American musician (d. 1987) 1911 - L. Ron Hubbard, American science fiction author and founder of Scientology (d. 1986) 1913 - William Casey, American CIA director (d. 1987) 1913 - Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor (d. 1985) 1913 - Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer 1914 - Edward O'Hare, American pilot (d. 1943) 1914 - W.O. Mitchell, Canadian writer (d. 1998) 1921 - Al Jaffee, American cartoonist 1923 - William F. Bolger, 65th Postmaster General of the United States (d. 1989) 1926 - Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina 1926 - Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (d. 2003) 1927 - Robert Denning, American interior designer (d. 2005) 1929 - Peter Breck, American actor 1930 - Jan Howard, American singer 1930 - Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter 1933 - Mike Stoller, American songwriter 1934 - Barry Hughart, American author 1934 - Donald Duck, Disney character 1935 - Joseph Mascolo, American actor 1935 - Leslie Parrish, American actress 1935 - Michael Walzer, American philosopher 1938 - Erma Franklin, American singer (d. 2002) 1939 - Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter 1942 - Dave Cutler, American software engineer 1942 - Geoffrey Hayes, English television presenter and actor 1942 - Scatman John, (real name John Larkin) American singer (d. 1999) 1943 - André Téchiné, French film director and screenwriter 1945 - Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko, Russian mathematician 1946 - Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier (d. 1976) 1947 - Beat Richner, Swiss physician and cellist 1948 - Robert S. Woods, American actor 1949 - Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (d. 1974) 1949 - Julia Migenes, American soprano 1950 - William H. Macy, American actor 1951 - Fred Berry, American actor and dancer (d. 2003) 1952 - Wolfgang Rihm, German composer 1953 - Deborah Raffin, American actress 1955 - Bruno Conti, Italian footballer 1955 - Glenne Headly, American actress 1956 - Dana Delany, American actress 1957 - Steve Lake, American baseball player 1958 - Linda Robson, English actress. 1960 - Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist 1960 - Adam Clayton, Irish bassist (U2) 1960 - Joe Ranft, American animator (d. 2005) 1963 - Fito Páez, Argentine musician and songwriter 1964 - Will Clark, American baseball player 1967 - Andrés Escobar, Colombian footballer (d. 1994) 1968 - Akira Nogami, Japanese professional wrestler 1970 - Tim Story, American film director 1971 - Annabeth Gish, American actress 1971 - Robert Lanham, American author and satirist 1972 - Common, American rapper 1973 - Edgar Davids, Dutch footballer 1973 - David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed) 1973 - Bobby Jackson, American basketballer 1974 - Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player 1974 - Vampeta, Brazilian footballer 1976 - James Dewees, musician 1976 - Danny Masterson, American actor 1977 - Ed Sloan, American musician (Crossfade) 1977 - Momo Sylla, Guinean footballer 1977 - Kay Tse, Hong Kong singer 1978 - Tom Danielson, American cyclist 1978 - Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian dancer 1979 - Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball player 1979 - Spanky G, American musician (Bloodhound Gang) 1980 - Lee Jung-hyun, South Korean pop singer and actress 1980 - Caron Butler, American basketballer 1981 - Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player 1983 - Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer 1984 - Pieter Custers, Dutch athlete 1984 - Yuuka Nanri, Japanese seiyÅ« 1984 - Marc Zwiebler, German badminton player 1985 - Emile Hirsch, American actor 1985 - Austin Scott, American football player 1985 - Alcides Football player 1986 - Chiaki Kyan, Japanese gravure idol 1987 - Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti) 1989 - Harry Melling, British actor 1990 - Cody Allard, Raecar Driver (future of rotary engine racing) 1999 - Wiktoria GÄ…siewska, Polish actress Deaths: 1271 - Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235) 1395 - John Barbour, Scottish poet 1516 - King Ladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary (b. 1456) 1569 - Louis I de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, French Huguenot general (b. 1530) 1573 - Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman 1604 - Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer (b. 1537) 1619 - Richard Burbage, English actor (b. 1567) 1711 - Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic (b. 1636) 1773 - Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist and explorer (b. 1727) 1778 - Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701) 1803 - William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730) 1808 - King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749) 1842 - Henry Shrapnel, British soldier and inventor (b. 1761) 1854 - Jean-Baptiste Guillaume Joseph, comte de Villèle, French statesman (b. 1773) 1879 - Adolf Anderssen, German chess player (b. 1818) 1881 - Tsar Alexander II of Russia (b. 1818) 1884 - Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868) 1901 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (b. 1833) 1906 - Susan B. Anthony, American women's suffrage activist (b. 1820) 1911 - John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844) 1918 - César Cui, Russian composer (b. 1835) 1925 - Lucille Ricksen, American actress (b. 1909) 1938 - Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual (b. 1888) 1938 - Clarence Darrow, American attorney (b. 1857) 1941 - Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881) 1943 - Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898) 1949 - Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879) 1955 - King Tribhuvan of Nepal (b. 1906) 1963 - Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912) 1964 - Kitty Genovese, American murder victim (b. 1935) 1965 - Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884) 1965 - Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882) 1965 - Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (b. 1891) 1972 - Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (b. 1941) 1975 - Ivo Andrić, Serbo-Croatian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1892) 1983 - Louison Bobet, French cyclist (b. 1925) 1988 - John Holmes, American porn star (b. 1944) 1990 - Bruno Bettelheim, American psychiatrist (b. 1903) 1990 - Karl Münchinger, German conductor (b. 1915) 1995 - Leon Day, American baseball player (b. 1916) 1995 - Odette, French-born WWII heroine (b. 1912) 1996 - Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski, Polish film director (b. 1941) 1998 - Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920) 1998 - Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911) 1999 - Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911) 1999 - Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912) 1999 - Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902) 2001 - Henry Lee Lucas of heart failure major serial killer, 63 years old 2002 - Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900) 2004 - Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905) 2006 - Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944) 2006 - Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925) 2006 - Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942) 2007 - Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)

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