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2/1/2012 - DB Metzger

Alexander Selkirk is rescued from Fernandez Island which would become Robinson Crusoe. The Supreme Court convenes for the first time (6) and Sherman marched into S. Carolina. Mary Shelly dies and the " Socially elite 400" is invited to the Astor Mansion. Grand Central opens in NY (1913) and RCA releases the first 45 rpm record. Birthday Kudos to Lucy Wheelock, Hattie Caraway and Clark Gable.

1587 English queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuart's death sentence

1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island (Fernandez Island) for 5 years, his story is the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe"

1788 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet

1790 Supreme Court convenes for the 1st time in NYC with 6 judges.

1865 Sherman marched through South Carolina towards the sea leaving a trail of destruction The same day and year the 13th amendment is approved. Thatís the abolition of slavery.

1851 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novelist (Frankenstein), dies at 53

1862 Lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic ( Julia Ward Howe) published in The Atlantic Monthly

1867 Bricklayers begin working 8 hours a day

1892 Mrs. William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning the use of the "400" to describe the socially elite

1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth KS.

1913 Grand Central Station opened in New York City, NY. It was the largest train station in the world

1920 the first commercial armored car is introduced. Here's the military versions.

1949RCA Victor introduces the 45 rpm record to compete with Columbiaís 33 rpm released in 1948. http://www.45-rpm.org.uk/history.html

1953 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts. And hereís more of the top rated 50ís shows.

1953 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

1958 Egypt and Syria join to form The United Arab Republic.

1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)

1960 four students stage first civil rights sit in at a Woolworth in Greensboro.

1964 "I want to hold your hand" by The Beatles hits #1 and stays there for 7 weeks. That same year the Governor of Indiana declared "Louie, Louie" by the Kingsmen as pornographic even though no one could figure out what the words mean.

1966 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75

1972 the first hand held calculator (hp-35) is introduced.

1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

1982 Late Night with David Letterman debuts. Hereís more on 1982 TV

Notabale Birthdays

1791 Charles J. Sax Belgian music instrument builder

1827 Alphonse de Rothschild French banker

1857 Lucy Wheelock born founder of Wheelock college

1878 Hattie Caraway born first woman senator (elected)

1895-1973 Hollywood director John Ford

1901-1961 Clark Gable actor

1902 1967 Langston Hughes poet/translator (The Weary Blues) Died on his 65th birthday.

Itís also Black History Month. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/AfroAm.html And if thatís not enough this should keep you busy and out of trouble http://soiuser.hyperchat.com/welshrogue/otd.html

Quote for Today

When we swallow a little knowledge of ourselves, it becomes either good or sour inside.

ó Pearl Bailey

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