Notable Historic Events
President Richard M. Nixon
US Supreme Court
meets for the first time with six judges appointed by
George Washington and confirmed by the Senate.
John Jay is the Chief Justice. The associate judges are John Blair of
William Cushing of Massachusetts,
Robert Harrison of Maryland,
John Rutledge of
South Carolina and James Wilson of
first meeting of the
Supreme Court is held in the Royal Exchange Building in
New York City.
announces he will run for President.
2003...The space shuttle Columbia
breaks up entering the earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
When the shuttle was launched
a piece of foam insulation broke off from the propellant tank. It is thought it did not do serious damage.
It did. It hit the shuttle's left wing
and damaged the heat resistant tiles. When the
shuttle reenters the
earth's atmosphere the heat and wind enter the left wing of the
shuttle and blow it apart,
causing the shuttle to disintegrate.
1847...The first person of the Donner Party perishes as the group tries to make their way to
through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
1876...The National League of Baseball
1887...The first Ground Hog Day
is celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Predicting the weather on February 2nd is a long-time tradition in
Germany. Local newspaper editor Clymer Freas continues the tradition in
American with the use of a groundhog named Phil.
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on
February 2nd six more weeks of
winter weather lay ahead.
If he doesn't see his shadow there will be an early
1944...The Marshall Islands are captured by
US troops during
plane crash in
Iowa takes the lives
of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson. The tragedy becomes known as The Day the Music Died.
1966...The Soviets launches Lunik 9,
and it goes on to successfully land on the moon.
1974...Patty Hearst is kidnapped, and the nation becomes acquainted with the
Stockholm syndrome. Patty Hearst is 19 years old.
She is the grand-daughter of the newspaper
publisher Randolph Hearst. She is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkley,
California, and thrown into the trunk of a
car. The SLA, a small leftist group, takes responsibility
for the kidnapping. They declare Patty a prisoner of war. Patty is held prisoner for several
months, during which time she declares herself sympathetic to their cause. She joins them for a
bank robbery. She goes on
trial for that crime.
She goes to jail, but the length of her
sentence is commuted by
because of brainwashing by her captors and effects of the Stockholm
Syndrome. She is later pardoned by
1938...Disney releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
1631...Colonist Roger Williams arrives in
Roger Williams is a religious leader from
England. Roger Williams
gets in trouble in Massachusetts
for disagreeing with the community's punishment of
religious dissension and his criticism of the confiscation of
Indian land. He is banished
from the Colony and starts a new one in present day
Other political and religious dissenters join him, including Anne Hutchinson, the Quakers and the first Jewish
America. It is
here that Roger Williams founds the first Baptist Church in
The Immigration Act. President Wilson vetoed the
bill the prior week. It now passes with more than a 2/3 majority.
1952...Elizabeth becomes Queen of England.
1985...The Reagan Doctrine is announced by
President Reagan during the State of the Union Address.
submarine sinks the
US passenger ship California. The
has been trying to keep out of
Germany is making it
feels free to attack any boat near
England. When the
Lusitania is sunk, almost 2,000 people die, including 128
President Wilson warns
Germany to stop these attacks.
Germany responds three days later
with a torpedo
that sinks the California off the coast of
Ireland killing 43 people. Then, in a intelligence coup
that would alter the course of history, British
intelligence agents intercept and decode a telegram from
(the Zimmermann telegram).
Mexico is promised
joins forces with Germany. The combination
of these incidents finally forces the United
States to enter the war.
The Beatles arrive in New York
1812...A fluvial tsunami
occurs in the Mississippi River and the
river runs backward for several hours.
1964...The Beatles arrive in
New York City. The flight arrives at Kennedy Airport. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison
descend to a crowd of 3,000 screaming fans. Two days
later they appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Approximately 73 million
American households (40% of the population)
watch it on television.
Mary, Queen of Scots
1943...It took 6 long months, but the
Americans finally secure the Guadalcanal. The Allies have been fighting a
defensive war, until now. This changes when they land at Guadalcanal. Although they meet little resistence during the
landing, the ensuing fight continues for six long months. The Japanese fight to take back the air base under construction.
Both sides suffer heavy losses. Realizing they are outnumbered the Japanese finally evacuate the Island. The victory of
the Allies at Guadalcanal keeps open the supply lines to
Australia and New Zealand. Along with the
Battle of Midway, this victory at Guadalcanal by the Allies in the Pacific
War during WWII
turned the tide of war.
1587...Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded.
1924...The first execution by lethal gas in the
United States occurs in Carson City,
Senator Joseph McCarthy
1824...The US Presidential election is decided in the
House of Representatives.
John Quincy Adams wins the Presidency.
1950...Joseph McCarthy warns the State Department about Communists.
1964...The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1846...Under the leadership of Brigham Young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called
Mormons) begin their exodus to Utah.
Under the leadership of President Young the desert
will "blossom as a rose." Not only do these pioneers settle
Utah, but they start colonies in
and help to the build the American Frontier.
1861...The Confederate States have a Constitutional Convention in
The delegates choose Jefferson Davis to be the president of the new Confederate States of America.
1962...U2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers
comes home in a prisoner exchange with the
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Card Ideas...Ideas for text for special occasion greeting cards.
Icons...small sized clipart for mailing
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