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Old 2023-01-27, 18:47   #408
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January 18, 1882 - Alan Alexander Milne was born.
And his son never forgave him for the torment he experienced in his later life as "Christopher Robin".
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Old 2023-02-14, 19:46   #409
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Default Oh... Heck... It's Valentine's Day

Did anyone else remember today is Valentine's Day? I didn't... Wasn't on my Calendar.

Feb 14th of every year. Celebrating the anniversary of some weird thing.

Some take it seriously. I have no idea why...
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Old 2023-02-22, 20:37   #410
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February 22

1632 Galileo's book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published comparing the Copernican and Ptolemaic systems and whether the Earth orbits the sun

1876 Johns Hopkins University opens

1980 "Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

1997 Dolly the Sheep, world's first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland
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February 23

1540 Francisco Vรกzquez de Coronado's expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola

1782 Engineer James Watt's patent for a rotary motion for the steam engine (his sun-and-planet gear) is granted

1836 Beginning of the siege of The Alamo by a Mexican army under General Santa Anna. The siege ended on March 6 with Mexicans killing practically all the men under arms. Joe, the slave of William B. Travis, and a number of women and children, were spared and allowed to return home.

1898 Emile Zola is imprisoned in France for writing his "J'accuse" letter which accused the government of anti-Semitism and of wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus

1941 Plutonium first produced and isolated by American chemist Glenn T. Seaborg at Berkeley
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March 1

1917 US government releases the plain text of the "Zimmermann Telegram" to the public

This message included an offer by Germany that if Mexico allied itself with Germany in the war, then Germany would help Mexico recover the territory it had lost in the war with the United States in the late 1840's. This did little to encourage pro-German sentiment in the United Sates.


1932 The Lindbergh kidnapping - 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May

There is a book by George Waller about this, Kidnap: The Story of the Lindbergh Case. Charles Lindbergh's interference greatly hampered the police investigation, and almost certainly prevented them from arresting the prime suspect, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, much earlier than they wound up doing.

It happened that, On April 5, 1933, three days after after $50,000.00 in ransom was in gold certificates was handed over, Executive Order 6102 mandated that people in the US turn in gold bullion, coin, and certificates. The $50,000.00 in gold certificates thus became a unrealizable asset, and a good portion was recovered and used as evidence in the trial.

On June 22, 1932, Congress passed the Federal Kidnapping Act, AKA the "Lindbergh Law."

In December 1935, the Lindberghs left the United States.
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Old 2023-03-01, 19:32   #413
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My first wife and I married on 2000.02.29. A special case leap-year.

For some weird reason, she didn't find my claim that I only had to recognize this mod() function every four (4 #) years (nominally) terribly funny... Let's just say this union didn't last many cycles...

I believe I have been blessed. Seriously...
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March 9

1562 Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)

1765 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.

1776 Adam Smith publishes the influential economics book The Wealth of Nations

1841 US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free

1862 USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads

1864 Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of Union Army

1951 Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb

1953 Joseph Stalin's funeral is held in Moscow after four days of national mourning
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March 13

1884 US adopts Standard Time

1925 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution

1930 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory

1968 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah, kills 6,000 sheep (This accident inspired the 1972 movie Rage starring George C. Scott.)
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Old 2023-03-13, 17:20   #416
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Did anyone else remember today is Valentine's Day? I didn't... Wasn't on my Calendar.

Some take it seriously. I have no idea why...
For me, it's just a number on a calendar page. I believe a person tends to ignore things which don't affect them.
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1781 March 13: Herschel re-discovers 34 Tauri.

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1995 Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery, and ratifies 13th Amendment of US Constitution

However, they did not notify the U.S. archivist at the time, so the ratification was not official. This oversight was finally corrected after the movie Lincoln came out. On February 7, 2013, the Director of the Federal Registry informed Mississippi authorities that he had received the paperwork. "With this action, the state of Mississippi has ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."
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