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OTD 35 years ago
Steve Jobs with the Apple Macintosh which goes on sale at $2495
February 4, 1918 - The oil well No. 1 Chaney began producing in Breckenridge, TX. This event started a boom that swelled the population from 800 to 30,000 in a short period of time.
February 4, 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave a Michael X a bag of their cut hair in return for a pair of genuine Muhammad Ali boxing shorts.
February 5, 1861 - Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.
February 18, 1885
Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Using a 13-inch (33-cm) telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Clyde W. Tombaugh, a 24-year-old American with no formal training in astronomy, discovered the dwarf planet Pluto this day in 1930.
OTD 1945 - US Marines land on Iwo Jima
Today in 1861, Texans vote in favor of seceding from the Union, despite Gov. Houston’s objections
February 24, 1836
Colonel W. B. Travis head of the Alamo garrison, sent the famous “Victory or Death” letter to Sam Houston.
February 25, 1989
Jones purchased the Cowboys for $140 million on Feb. 25, 1989. Forbes now estimates the franchise's value at $4.8 billion, making it the world's most valuable sports property.
The State of Arkansas has produced a few wealthy folks:
The Beverly Hillbillies
Archaeologists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have pinpointed the exact spot where Roman senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death on March 15, 44 B.C., they announced yesterday. The site, located in Rome’s Largo di Torre Argentina archaeological area, once housed the Curia of Pompey, a meeting place within the larger Pompey’s Theater. The complex was built around 52 B.C. by Caesar’s rival Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, who would succumb to his own assassination in 48 B.C.
Located in the center of Rome, Largo di Torre Argentina is known today for its thriving cat sanctuary, in which photogenic felines pose for tourists’ cameras atop ancient ruins. According to AFP, the area will be opened to the public in 2013, granting visitors access to the very spot where Julius Caesar met his bloody end.
Site of the assassination of Ceasar
That's fantastic. Thanks
For St. Patrick's Day 1780, General George Washington ordered a holiday for his troops in "solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence"
Today in 1836, over 300 Texians are executed by the Mexican Army at the Goliad Massacre.
OTD in 1975, the Houston Astros debuted their iconic rainbow jerseys
They were designed by a team from McCann-Erickson (Jesse Caesar, Jack Amuny, Don Henry)
The uniform, with minimal changes, was worn through 1986.
I loved those unis.
Today in 1832, Sam Houston beat Congressman Stanbery with a cane after he accused Houston of corruption in dealings with Indians.
Today in 1865, Abe Lincoln died in this bed at 7:22 am, after being taken across street from Ford’s Theatre to Petersen House in Washington DC
Assassinated by the confederate coward, John Wilkes Booth.
April 16-18, 1945.
Die Gotterdammerung. The Russians launched a massive and aerial bombardment of the German positions on the west bank of the Oder and Neisse Rivers and 2MM Russian Troops supported by air and armour,began the final assault to capture Berlin. Berlin officially falls on May 2nd
The shot heard round the world.
Who was, like most political assassins throughout US history, a Democrat.
OTD in 1836, Sam Houston and the Texian Army defeated the Mexican Army and captured genocidal dictator Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning independence and changing the face of North America forever.
101 years ago today WWI ace of aces Manfred von Richthofen, also known as The Red Baron, was killed in action. Credited with 80 confirmed kills, he remains one of the most famous fighter aces of all time.