This day in history.....

Discussion in 'Trivia' started by Mare, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. valkyrie

    valkyrie Well-Known Member

    From Wikipedia...
    Great Britain is the political term describing the political union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland made on 1 May, 1707 under Queen Anne of England - "the two kingdoms of Scotland and England united into one kingdom by the name of Great Britain". [3] It existed until 1801 when Great Britain and Ireland united to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

    Satelite Image of Great Britain And Northern Ireland now known as the United Kingdom.

    Partial Lyrics: Rule Britannia!
    When Britain first, at Heaven's command
    Arose from out the azure main;
    This was the charter of the land,
    And guardian angels sang this strain:

    "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
    "Britons never will be slaves."​
  2. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1789: The Electoral College unanimously votes for George Washington as the first president of the United States.

    1945: The Yalta Conference convenes with Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin to formulate Allied military strategy in World War II.

    1987: Flamboyant pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace, famous for his four-minute version of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," dies in Palm Springs, California.

    1991: The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction committee votes unanimously to bar Pete Rose from the Hall of Fame.

    1997: J.C. Watts is the first African-American to give the Republican response to a presidential State of the Union Address.
  3. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1631: Roger Williams, immigrating from England to the New World, lands in Boston.

    1917: The Immigration Act is passed requiring a literacy test for all immigrants.

    1960: Marty Robbins' song "El Paso" tops both the popular and country charts and later wins the first Grammy for Best Country and Western Performance.

    1971: Alan Shepard is the first person to golf on the moon and the fifth man to walk on the moon, spending a record 33.5 hours on the moon's surface.

    1988: Manuel Antonio Noriega, former dictator of Panama, is indicted by a United States grand jury in Florida on drug and racketeering charges.

    1994: Medgar Evers' murderer, Byron de La Beckwith, a white separatist, is finally convicted to life in prison for the 1963 shooting.

    2003: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presents evidence to the United Nations that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, a presentation that Powell later described as a "blot" on his record.
  4. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1820: Largely through the work of the American Colonization Society, the first organized immigration of freed American slaves departs from New York for Sierra Leone, West Africa.

    1865: Robert E. Lee is made commander in chief of all Confederate armies, and two months later surrenders to Ulysses S Grant.

    1899: The Spanish-American War peace treaty is ratified by a margin of just one vote after an intense fight in the United States Senate.

    1926: The Kuomintang, Chinese Nationalist forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, reach Hankou at the confluence of the Han and the Yangtze rivers; Hankou becomes the Kuomintang capital.

    1933: Sponsored by Senator George Norris, the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, known as the Lame Duck amendment, goes into effect.

    1952: Elizabeth II succeeds to the throne of Britain following the death of her father, King George VI.
  5. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1807: Former United States vice president Aaron Burr is arrested and charged with plotting to create an independent republic.

    1846: The official state government of Texas is installed in the city of Austin.

    1847: After spending the winter under harsh conditions that drove them to cannibalism in order to survive, members of the Donner Party are rescued.:evileek2:

    1945: U.S. Marines storm the island of Iwo Jima. Nearly 60,000 Marines went ashore the 8-square-mile volcanic island.
  6. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1601: Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is beheaded for high treason after his revolt against the ministers of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

    1760: English soldier and colonial administrator Robert Clive leaves India to return to England.

    1870: Hiram Revels becomes the first black U.S. senator, as the nation enters the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.

    1919: Oregon is the first state to impose a state tax on gasoline (one cent a gallon).

    1964: Boxer Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston after six rounds in Miami to win the world heavyweight boxing title. The same year Clay announces his conversion to Islam, changing his name to Muhammad Ali.

    1986: President Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, and the opposition leader, Corazon Aquino, is sworn in as president.

    2-24-09Mare gets the flu *puke3*
  7. Mare

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    1784: The English evangelist John Wesley signs a deed of declaration as the charter of Wesleyan Methodism and ordains two "Presbyters" for the American Mission.

    1849: The California is the first ship of gold seekers to arrive in San Francisco.

    1854: The Republican party is founded by a coalition in Ripon, Wis.

    1922: The British government announces its acceptance of Egypt's wish to become an independent state, but states that Great Britain will retain considerable influence as well as control of the Suez Canal.

    1933: Adolf Hitler persuades President Paul von Hindenburg to issue an emergency order that suppresses civil liberties and freedom of the press and allows the Nazis to arrest thousands of their opponents.

    1984: Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" wins an unprecedented eight Grammy Awards.:rainfrow:

    1993: The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raids the headquarters of a religious cult known as the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas. Four ATF agents are killed, and a 51-day standoff begins.
  8. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1498: Vasco de Gama's Portuguese expedition reaches the island of Mozambique, the most southerly port of call for Arab merchants on the east coast of Africa.

    1807: The United States Congress abolishes the slave trade, effective Jan. 1, 1808.

    1836: Texas declares its independence from Mexico; the United States does not recognize the new Republic of Texas.

    1877: On the basis of its committee's recommendation, the United States Congress rewards all 20 disputed electoral votes in the previous December's presidential election to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes.

    1923: Time magazine debuts as a weekly news review.

    1974: Stevie Wonder wins five Grammy awards for his album "Innervisions." :banana:
  9. Mare

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    1849: Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent. He is the first United States president to do so.:deal:

    1862: The first paper money in the United States is issued.:kaching

    1876: Alexander Graham Bell transmits the first message by voice over wire using his newly invented telephone: "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you." :idea:

    1880: The Salvation Army, previously based only in England, is established in the United States in New York City.:army:

    1971: Indira Gandhi's Congress Party wins a landslide victory in the Indian general election.
  10. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1916: A United States expedition under the command of Gen. John J. Pershing is sent into Mexico to pursue the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

    1919: The American Legion is formed in Paris.

    1937: The first blood bank in the world is established in Chicago.

    1989: A large rally in Budapest calls for democracy and national independence for Hungary.
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    Mare New Member


    1859: Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt; it opens in 1869.

    1945: Delegates from 50 nations meet in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

    1950: Basketball player Chuck Cooper becomes the first African-American in the NBA when he is drafted by the Boston Celtics.

    1953: Biochemists Francis Crick and James Watson announce their discovery of the double-helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the journal Nature.

    1956: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" hits number one on the music charts.

    1967: Governor John Love of Colorado signs the first law legalizing abortion in the United States.
  12. valkyrie

    valkyrie Well-Known Member

    April 27
    Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines.

    The U.S. Marines captured Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.

    The worst steamship disaster in the history of the United States occurred when there was an explosion aboard the Sultana; more than 1,400 people were killed.

    Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.

    Sierra Leone gained independence from Great Britain.

    Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record—one that had held since 1927.

    Austrian president Kurt Waldheim was barred from entering the United States. He was accused of aiding in the execution of thousands of Jews in World War II.

    Eritrea declared itself independent.
  13. Mare

    Mare New Member

    April 30, 2009

    1789: George Washington is inaugurated as the first president of the United States in New York City.

    1803: The United States more than doubles its size with the Louisiana Purchase, a vast territory bought from France for $15 million.

    1812: The Territory of Orleans enters the Union as the 18th state, the state of Louisiana.

    1939: Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first U.S. president to appear on television when NBC begins regular broadcasting with live coverage of the opening of the New York World's Fair.

    1945: Refusing to surrender after Germany is defeated by Allied forces at the end of World War II, German dictator Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his Berlin bunker.

    1975: The Vietnam War ends when Duong Van Minh, president of South Vietnam, surrenders unconditionally to North Vietnamese communist forces.
  14. Mare

    Mare New Member


    1607: Jamestown, Va., is founded; it is the first permanent English settlement in America.

    1846: President James Polk signs a declaration of war on Mexico two months after fighting begins.

    1918: The first U.S. airmail stamps, featuring a picture of an airplane and costing 24 cents, are introduced.

    1940: In his first speech before the British House of Commons, new prime minister Winston Churchill rallies the country to war saying, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

    1981: Pope John Paul II is shot in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square; he recovers after weeks in the hospital.

    R.I.P Dad....2 years today.

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