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On This Date In 1570 Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I, and absolved her subjects of allegiance to the Protestant queen.
On This Date In 1634 During The Thirty Years War, a highly complex.series of military and political conflicts, Emperor Ferdinand, fearing Wallenstein?s power, with concern over his intrigues with hostile powers, had him killed. http://www.pipeline.com/~cwa/Nordlingen_Phase.htm
On This Date In 1779 Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark, whose military achievements all came before his 30th birthday, and elder brother of explorer William Clark, accepted British Lt. Gov. Henry Hamilton's unconditional surrender of Fort Sackville at Vincennes, Indiana.
On This Date In 1836 Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
On This Date In 1848 Edward Harriman, the controversial savior of the transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad, was born in Hempstead, New York.
On This Date In 1862 President Lincoln signed the First Legal Tender Act, authorizing the issuance of United States Notes as a Legal Tender.
On This Date In 1870 Hiram Rhoades Revels of Mississippi, by a vote of 48 to 8, became the first African American elected to The United States Senate.
On This Date In 1873 Enrico Caruso, the greatest tenor who ever lived, was born.
On This Date In 1916 German troops seized Fort Douaumont, the most formidable of the forts guarding the walled city of Verdun, France, four days after launching their initial attack. The Battle of Verdun would become the longest and bloodiest conflict of World War I, lasting 10 months and resulting in over 700,000 total casualties.
On This Date In 1932 The state government of Brunswick, in which the Nazi Party participated, appointed Hitler to a minor administrative post, and Adolf Hitler was granted German Citizenship. In those days, the states conferred citizenship, so this automatically made Hitler a citizen of Germany and thus eligible to run for president. Thus began his rise to power.
On This Date In 1938 The city of Miami got its first drive-in on this day in 1938. The Miami drive-in charged admission of 35 cents per person, which was more than the average ticket price at an indoor theater, and soon had to trim the price to 25 cents per person. America's first-ever drive-in opened near Camden, New Jersey, on June 6, 1933, and was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, whose family owned an auto parts company. The inaugural feature was a 1932 film called "Wives Beware," and admission was 25 cents per car and an additional 25 cents per person. The sound for the movies was provided by three large RCA speakers next to the main screen. (The quality of the drive-in experience improved during the 1940s with the advent of the in-car speaker.) http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/miami-drive-in-debuts
On This Date In 1943 George Harrison, MBE, an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist in The Beatles, was born. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience.
On This Date In 1948 Under pressure from the Czechoslovakian Communist Party, President Eduard Benes allowed a communist-dominated government to be organized. Although the Soviet Union did not physically intervene (as it would in 1968), Western observers decried the virtually bloodless communist coup as an example of Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe.
When moderate elements in the Czech government raised the possibility of the nation's participation in the U.S. Marshall Plan (a massive economic recovery program designed to help war torn European countries rebuild), the communists organized strikes and protests, and began clamping down on opposition parties. Benes tried desperately to hold his nation together, but by February 1948 the communists had forced the other coalition parties out of the government. On February 25, Benes gave in to communist demands and handed his cabinet over to the party. Rigged elections were held in May to validate the communist victory. Benes then resigned and his former foreign minister Jan Masaryk died under very suspicious circumstances. Czechoslovakia became a single-party state.
On This Date In 1956 Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev denounced Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his Soviet Party Conference
On This Date In 1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) defeats Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing title. Clay won the match by technical knockout and then announced to the world, ?I am the greatest!?
On This Date In 1974 Aretha Franklin released "Let Me in Your Life?.
On This Date In 1985 Mick Jagger released his first solo effort, "She's the Boss".
On This Date In 1986 In the face of mass demonstrations against his rule, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his entourage flee the Philippines by airlift, from the presidential palace in Manila, by U.S. helicopters.
On This Date In 1991 An Iraqi scud missile plunged into a barracks/warehouse used to house U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 475th Quartermaster Group in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. As a consequence of this scud attack, 28 soldiers died, 110 were hospitalized, and 150 experienced minor physical injuries and/or subsequent mental health problems. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1783194
On This Date In 1992 Heavy metal band Pantera released their sixth studio album "Vulgar Display of Power".
On This Date In 1998 At the 1999 Grammy Awards, Lauryn Hill was nominated 10 times, becoming the first woman ever to be nominated 10 times in one year. She won five Grammys, including Album of the Year (beating Madonna's critically acclaimed Ray of Light and Shania Twain's bestselling Come on Over), Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Hill set a new record in the industry, becoming the first woman to win five Grammys in one night. Between 1998 and 1999, Hill earned $25 million from record sales and touring.
On This Date In 2004 ?The Passion of the Christ?, Mel Gibson?s film about the last 44 hours of Jesus of Nazareth?s life, opened in theaters across the United States. Not coincidentally, the day was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Catholic season of Lent.
On This Date In 2007 The 79th Academy Awards ceremony (also known as the Oscars), honoring the best films of 2006, took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on ABC-TV.
On This Date In 2008 Roh Moo-hyun (6 August 1946 ? 23 May 2009), the 16th President of South Korea (2003?2008), died. Before entering politics, he was a human rights lawyer.
On This Date In 2009 The body of Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig has been found in Vancouver?s Stanley Park. The actor?s father, Walter, confirmed the report, saying that his son ?took his own life.? Andrew?s parents reported the actor who played Boner in the 1980′s television series as missing after they received a letter from him.
http://dailycontributor.com/andrew-koenig%e2%80%99s-body-found-in-s... On This Date In 2010 Obama kicked off a ?bipartisan? health care summit with hopes that Democrats and Republicans could bridge their divide to achieve a substantive discussion about how to move forward on overhaul legislation.

Happy Birthday Diane Baker (1938), Ric Flair (1949), Jeff Fisher (1958), Carrot Top (Scott Thompson) (1965), Tea Leoni (1966), Sean Harris (1972), Anson Mount (1973), Julio Iglesias Jr (1973), and Chelsea Handler (1975).

RIP Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), Zeppo Marx (1901-1979), Jim Backus (1913-1989), Nora Eddington (1924-2001), Christopher George (1929-1983), Ron Santo (1940-2010), and George Harrison (1943-2001).


Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. W. Clement Stone

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. Paul Hawken

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. Laurence J. Peter

Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch. Tim Berners-Lee

Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight. Henry R. Luce

I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history. Morgan Freeman

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history. Albert Schweitzer

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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On Thursday NASA Space Shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. for its 39th and final trip into space. The six crew members are bringing new experiments and hardware to the International Space Station. Also on board is Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot to fly in space. Discovery's flight marks the retirement of NASA's shuttle fleet. Endeavor and Atlantis are expected to launch later this year.
Black History Month - February 2011 Part 1-2
"I Have a Dream" is a seventeen-minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The speech? Please read more of this description: Great detail! Also, Part 2 continues here: Black History Month - February 2011 Part 2-2
"Return of the Hurricane" on February 25, 2011!
Ana Julaton will be defending her championship belt against challenger Franchesca Alcanter on February 25, 2011 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. Live performances by 454 Life Entertainment's Nump Trump, Thai Viet G, Drew Deezy, and IZ. Also performing will be AJ Rafael and Sway Penala. Get your tickets at www.TheHurricaneReturns.com
** No Copyright Intended ** Indy Car World - CART's First Years. ?Starting in 1979?
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