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3/2/2009 - DB Metzger

Today in Hertory: Aleksandr Romanov becmes tsar of Russia. The Freedman Bureau is founded for black education. Puerto Rico becomes a territory and Time magazine debuts. .King Kong debuts (1933) and Ho chi Minh is elected head of N. Vietnam (1946). The crossing of Antarctic is completed. Shorter distance now. Dallas Debuts as does the CD. By by vinyl. In Birthdays Kurt Weill, Dr. Seuss and Karen Carpenter to name a few..

1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances.

1817 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin PA Here’s a timeline

1819 US passed its first immigration law from dishonest shipmasters and their vessels..

1855 Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia

1865 Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education,

1877 the U.S. Electoral Commission finally declares Rutherford B. Hayes President over Samuel J. Tilden who won the popular vote. Here’s more on the Electoral College and disputed elections..

1895 Berthe Morisot died

1903 Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in New York NY is at 30 East 30, and originally had 416 rooms. As of 2003, the building still contains a hotel, which calls itself Hotel Thirty Thirty.

1915 Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine

1917 Puerto Rico becomes an American territory.

1923 Time magazine debuts.

1925 State and Federal Highway officials created the Highway marker. (and Highways)

1933 King Kong premiered at Radio City Music Hall.

1944 Casablanca won best picture, director and screenplay at the Academy awards. Here’s a site for past winners

1946 Ho Chi Minh is elected President of North Vietnam. The French left, we left and Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City. Afghanistan here we come following the Soviet Union's example.

1949 Captain James Gallagher completed the first non-stop around the world flight.

1949 1st automatic street light (New Milford CT). What about automatic traffic lights?. Here’s an article seemingly well researched but with dubious motivations on the invention of the automated traffic light.

1949 Sarojini Naidu died She was the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman to become the governor of a state in India.

1958 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days Here’s more detail

1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game

1974 1st class postage raised from 8˘ to 10˘

1978 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV

1983 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced

1989 Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil. This was two weeks before the Exxon Valdez spill. Here’s more on oil spills.

Notable Birthdays

1793-1863 Sam Houston the first president of Texas.

1803 Mary Frances Clarke born founded Sisters of Charity.

1831 Metta Victoria Fuller Victor born wrote one of the first detective novels. Project Gutenberg will help find her work now out of print.

1861: Lucy Whitehead McGill Waterbury Peabody born Missionary

1866: Eleanor Laura McMain born social worker in Lousisna.

1873 Inez Haynes Irwin born

1900 Kurt J Weill Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator

1904-1991 Dr. Seuss, author, illustrator, Theodore Seuss Geisel launched the "beginner" book industry with "Cat in the Hat in 1954.

1923 "Doc" Watson bluegrass musician

1928 Philip K Dick Sci/Fi writer

1942 NY rocker Lou Reed

1931 Mikhail Gorbachev. The last Soviet Prime Minister

1950 singer Karen Carpenter. Her death in 1983 did for anorexia what Rock Hudson’s death did for AIDS awareness.

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