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2/9/2009 - DB Metzger

Today in Herstory: The fire extinguisher is patented 1863. The US Weather Bureau is founded, the Harrison Act is passed and the teaching of evolution is prohibited in Georgia. Sen. Joe McArthy gives a speech sayng he has a list of communists inside the Government and Superman, the TV show moves to syndicted TV. A ladies room (1987) is finally installed inside the NY Stock Exchange Luncheon Club. Happy Birthday Carole King and Alice Walker

    1569 Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered - perhaps with her support

    1674 English re-conquer New York from Netherlands leading to The treaty of Westminister

    1825 House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US President despite losing popular vote to Henry Clay.


    The Fire extinguisher patented by Alanson Crane

    1864 Elizabeth Bacon married George Armstrong Custer

    1877 the U.S. Weather service is founded.

    1886 President Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

    1886: Anne Ayres died founder of the first Episcopalian order for women.

    1895 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts

    1909 the Harrison Act is passed, first federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium) Here’s a more in depth history

    1926 the teaching of evolution is prohibited in Georgia schools. Here’s more on Georgia. Teaching an ideological moron about evolution is a waste of time.

    1942 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils"

    1950 Senator Joe McCarthy gave a Lincoln Day speech casually proclaiming he had a list of 205 names of Communists

    1953 Superman goes into syndication on TV.

    1962 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent from Britain in the West Indies.

    1964 GI Joe character (action figure) created by Hasbro

    1964 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers) So how many people watched Sundays 2006 Superbowl? An estimated 141 million viewers. Goes up every year.

    1966: Sophie Tucker died

    1969 The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight.

    1969 Bill Haley died in Harlingen, Texas after reportedly spending years wandering around the streets drunk boasting about his previous hit songs

    1971 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF

    1971 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family. Remember Roger?

    1986 Halley’s comet reaches perihelion (closest approach to sun). It was caught on camera

    1987 New York Stock Exchange installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club

    1995 J William Fulbright (Senator-D-AR)/anti-Vietnam War, dies at 89

    1997 Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history

    Notables Birthdays

    1819 Lydia Pinkham born

    1874 Amy Lowell born

    1911 Jane Anne Russell born biological scientist (not the actress)

    1914-1987 Bill Veeck as in wreck, enterprising baseball club owner.

    1942 Songwriter Carole King.

    1944: Alice Walker born

     Quote for Today

    Oh, isn't it a pity
    that such a pretty girl as I
    Should be sent into the factory
    to pine away and die?

    Song of the Lowell textile workerson strike in 1836

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