Wednesday, April 01, 2009


A belated selective cut and paste from


1834 - The United States Senate censures President Andrew Jackson for his actions in de-funding the Second Bank of the United States.

1910 - Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.

1979 - In Pennsylvania, operators fail to recognize that a relief valve is stuck open in the primary coolant system of Three Mile Island's Unit 2 nuclear reactor following an unexpected shutdown. As a result, enough coolant drains out of the system to allow the core to overheat and partially melt down.

This, at the time, was very very scary for me.

1990 - President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.


1613 - Xiaozhuangwen Grand Empress Dowager, Empress of Manchu (d. 1688)

1919 - Vic Raschi, American baseball player (d. 1988)

Part of the powerhouse NY Yankees teams of the 1940's-1950's. He, along with Allie Reynolds and Eddie Lopat, were the "Big Three" pitchers of the Yanks.

1922 - Joey Maxim, American boxer (d. 2001)

He was a light heavyweight champion of the world. He took the ring-name Joey Maxim from the Maxim gun, the world's first self-acting machine gun, based on his ability to rapidly throw a large number of left jabs.

1958 - Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (d. 2003)

Hennig aka Mr. Perfect. Described by WWE as "one of the best in-ring technicians of his generation", peers including Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and Randy Savage consider Hennig to be one of the most gifted in-ring performers in professional wrestling history.


1953 - Jim Thorpe, American athlete (b. 1887)

In 1950 Thorpe was named the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century by the Associated Press (AP). In 1999 he was ranked third on the AP list of top athletes of the 20th century.

1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (b. 1890)



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