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2/23/2012 - DB Metzger

The Bible is printed, as is the first classified ad. The siege of the Alamo begins, as does The Russian Revolution. The first Rotary Club is established in Chicago and Mussolini creates the Fascist Party in Italy. Guantanamo Bay is leased from Cuba, Lieutenant Calley implicates Medina in the My Lai massacre and The Tootsie Roll is introduced. Demolition begins on Ebbets Field And James Herriot dies

1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints the first Bible.

1821 College of Apothecaries organized in Philadelphia. That’s the first US pharmacy college

1836 The siege of  the Alamo begins in San Antonio Texas.

1886 The London Times publishes the first classified ad.

1892 The firstcollege student government is established in Bryn Mawr College in PA

1896 The Tootsie Roll is introduced by Leo Hirshfield.

1898 Emile Zola is sentenced to Prison in France for criticizing the Dreyfus affair.

1903 The Cuban state of Guantanamo is leased to the USA as part of the Platt Amendment. Here’s how it became a Prison.

1905 the first Rotary Club is established in Chicago.

1917 the Russian Revolution begins.

1919 Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) founds the Fascist party.

1927 Calvin Coolidge signs a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the FCC.

1954 the mass inoculation of children against polio of the Salk Vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.

1960 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)

1968 Edna Ferber author and dramatist. who collaborated with George S. Kaufman (Giant, Showboat), dies at 80

1968 Fannie Hurst US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78 One of the highest paid writers of her time but few of her books are still in print. Salon hopes for a revival. 

1971 Lieutenant Calley confesses & implicates Captain Medina in the My Lai Massacre.

1995 James Herriot veterinarian turned author dies. – He wrote All Creatures Great and Small.

1995 The Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for the 1st time (4,003.33)

1997 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List", completely uncensored, 65 million watch. Ah, the pre- Janet Jackson World. Remember what congressman Tom Coburn had to say?

1996 Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"

Notable Birthdays

1868 Katherine Pettit - Settlement worker in the Kentucky Mountains.

1879 Agnes Arber - English biologist/philosopher (Mind & the Eye)

1901 Ruth Nichols - aviator with 35 women aviation records.

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