SONG OF THE DAY
1959 - Billy Bayou - Jim Reeves
1967 - Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn
1976 - The White Knight - Cledus Maggard and the Citizen's Band
1977 - Near You - George Jones & Tammy Wynette
1983 - ’Til I Gain Control Again - Crystal Gayle
1988 – One Friend – Dan Seals
1995 - Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) - Pam Tillis
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1852 - Henry and Clement Studebaker founded H & C Studebaker, a blacksmith and wagon building business.
1868 - Formerly known as the Jolly Corks, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) was founded in New York, donating aid to children with disabilities and scholarships to deserving students.
1883 - The Ladies Home Journal was first published.
1894 - Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin was released from prison after serving seventeen years of his twenty-five-year sentence. On March 16, Hardin was pardoned; and, on July 21, he passed the Texas state's bar examination, obtaining his license to practice law. The following year, his past caught up with him and he was shot in the back as revenge for one of his many murders.
1923 - Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Carter had discovered the tomb on November 4, 1922.
1930 - Nylon was patented by the Du Pont labs. One of its first uses was to replace the hog bristles that had been used in toothbrushes.
1932 - The first fruit tree patent was issued for a peach tree which ripened later than other varieties.
1933 - Prohibition (the 18th amendment) was repealed.
1945 - More than 2,000 US troops arrived by air and sea and dropped onto the island of Corregidor in the Philippines.
1957 - The Toddlers' Truce was abolished in the United Kingdom. It was an early British TV scheduling policy, which required transmission to halt for an hour each weekday from 6-7 PM to put young children to bed.
1959 - Fidel Castro appointed himself prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile.
1968 - The first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.
1975 - Marty Robbins crashed his car in the Daytona 500 NASCAR race.
1978 - The first computer bulletin board system was created. It was kind of like email.
1986 - Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson starred in the NBC-TV movie The Last Days Of Frank & Jesse James, along with Ed Bruce, David Allan Coe and June Carter Cash.
1989 - Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down the previous December by the explosion of a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player. All 259 people on board and 11 on the ground were killed in the incident.
2002 - The operator of a crematory in Georgia was arrested after dozens of corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around in the surrounding woods. He pled guilty to 787 counts, including theft, abuse of a corpse, burial service fraud and making false statements. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
2005 - The Kyoto Protocol global warming agreement went into force, without American participation, seven years after it was negotiated. The treaty imposed limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases scientists blame for increasing world temperatures, melting glaciers and rising oceans.
2005 - The NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute.
2006 - The last remaining Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) was decommissioned by the United States Army.
2010 – The UN Secretary announced that the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, which banned cluster bombs, had received the 30 ratifications required for the ban to take effect. Most of the major producers of cluster munitions and their components, including Brazil, India, Israel, Pakistan, China, Russia, and the United States did not sign the Convention.
2011 - Watson, the IBM computer, beat two former Jeopardy champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, finishing a 3-day match on the TV quiz show.
2014 - South African rescuers worked to reach more than 200 illegal miners trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft just east of Johannesburg. A rival gang took their gold and then used a giant concrete slab to seal them inside the abandoned shaft.
2016 - The US signed a bilateral agreement which authorized up to 110 scheduled daily flights to Cuba. The deal restored regular flights between the two countries for the first time in more than half a century.
1914 - Jimmy Wakely (actor: over 50 films as a western star, country singer: Slippin’ Around, Wedding Bells)
1916 - Bill Doggett (musician: Honky Tonk, Slow Walk)
SONG OF THE DAY
1950 - Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley
1952 - Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
1960 - He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
1970 - It’s Just A Matter of Time - Sonny James.
1973 - I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me - Merle Haggard
1984 - That's the Way Love Goes - Merle Haggard
1990 – On Second Thought – Eddie Rabbitt
National FFA Week: Feb 17-24, 2018
Random Acts of Kindness
National Cabbage Day
1801 - The House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president. Burr became Vice-President.
1863 - A precursor of the Red Cross is founded in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee for Relief to the Wounded was created by a group of citizens.
1906 - Union leaders Bill Hayward, Charles Moyer, and George Pettibone were convicted of the assassination of former Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg. Clarence Darrow was the defense attorney.
1911 - The first self-starter was installed, in a Cadillac.
1927 - MGM, Paramount, and Universal agreed to postpone their decision to produce talkies. Warner Brothers studio slipped in and released The Jazz Singer, the first picture with sound, in October. Because most theaters were not equipped with sound technology, a silent version of the film was also released.
1933 - Newsweek was first published.
1933 – In the comics, Blondie Boopadoop, a flighty flapper married Dagwood Bumstead, a playboy son of the millionaire J. Bolling Bumstead, a railroad magnate. Dagwood, now disinherited, stripped of his wealth and family connections, was nonetheless blissfully happy with his sparkling, vivacious, yet unfailingly practical new bride.
1965 - Tennessee Waltz was declared Tennessee's official state song in a resolution signed by Gov. Frank Clement.
1972 - President Richard M. Nixon departed on his historic trip as the first US president to visit China.
1979 - A Prairie Home Companion debuted on National Public Radio's Folk Festival America. The show had been running locally on Minnesota Public Radio since 1974. Guest alumni include Everly Brothers, Chet Atkins, Meryl Streep, Renee Fleming, and many more.
2000 - Windows 2000 Professional Edition was released. Windows 2000 used “the next generation NT operating system” that Microsoft said took four years and cost over $1 billion to develop.
2007 - Porter Wagoner gave his first Los Angeles concert in nearly 40 years. His all-star band consisted of guitarist Marty Stuart, bass player Dwight Yoakam and drummer Billy Bob Thornton
2007 - 8,962 people made snow angels on the state Capitol grounds in Bismarck, ND claiming the Guinness “Most people making snow angel in one place” record.
2008 - Kosovo declared its independence by secession from Serbia. This declaration was followed an armed conflict referred to as the Kosovo War.
2009 - Chrysler and General Motors told the government they would need some $21.6 billion in combined bailout loans.
1935 - Johnny Bush (singer; Undo the Right, You Gave Me A Mountain; In 1972, when Whiskey River, was climbing the charts, his voice began faltering. Bush felt God was punishing him for his sins. After several misdiagnoses, doctors diagnosed the cause in 1978, when they discovered he had a rare neurological disorder called spasmodic dysphonia)
1974 - Bryan White (singer: Someone Else’s Star, Rebecca Lynn, So Much for Pretending, Sittin’ on Go)
Billie Jo McDANIEL
SONG OF THE DAY
1961 - North to Alaska - Johnny Horton
1967 - Where Does the Good Times Go - Buck Owens
1969 - Until My Dreams Come True - Jack Greene
1979 - Every Which Way But Loose - Eddie Rabbitt
1985 - Make My Life with You - The Oak Ridge Boys
1988 - Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star - Merle Haggard
1991 – Brother Jukebox – Mark Chesnutt
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
1841 - The first continuous filibuster in the Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.
1901 - Hubert Booth patented the vacuum cleaner. Because of its large size, he mounted it on a horse drawn carriage with a long hose to reach inside a house, and offered cleaning services.
1930 - Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane.
1930 – The planet Pluto was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union announced that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet due to new rules that said planets must "clear the neighborhood around its orbit." Since Pluto's oblong orbit overlaps that of Neptune, it was disqualified.
1943 - Hans Scholl, 25 and his sister Sophie, 22, the leaders of the German youth group Weisse Rose (White Rose), were arrested by the Gestapo for opposing the Nazi regime. They were beheaded--a punishment reserved for "political traitors," on February 23.
1953 - The new fad in America, a 3-D movie, was demonstrated in movie theaters, in the movie Bwana Devil.
1953 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the I Love Lucy TV show through 1955. The deal was the richest contract in television at the time.
1964 - The United States cut off military assistance to Britain, France, and Yugoslavia in retaliation for their continuing trade with the communist nation of Cuba. The three nations continued their trade with Cuba and expressed their resentment at the US action.
1960 - The Winter Olympic Games were opened in Squaw Valley, California. A lack of snow had prompted organizers to hire Native Americans to do a snow dance, but a deluge of rain was the only result. Snow finally arrived just before the opening ceremonies.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight, reaching altitudes of 16,000 feet above the Mojave Desert.
1979 - Richard Petty, the King of Stock Car Racing, won the Daytona 500 after leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crashed into a wall during the final lap of the race. Allison and Yarborough then began fist-fighting on the infield, an altercation broadcast on live television.
1983 – Seattle was rocked by the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in the US. Thirteen members of the Wah Mee illegal gambling club were gunned down at their card table by members of a rival gang. The 14th member of the card game was shot and wounded. He lived to testify against the well-known adversaries. All members of the gang involved in the massacre were arrested and prosecuted.
1997 - Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian TV network, cancelled Pat Boone’s weekly gospel music show after he appeared in black leather and fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show.
2001 - Dale Earnhardt Sr died in a last-lap crash at the 43rd Daytona 500. He was 49. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished first and second, respectively. Both drove for Dale Earnhardt’s racing team.
2008 – A Civil War relic dealer was killed in his driveway when the nine-inch, 75-pound naval cannonball he was restoring exploded in his face. The blast sent a chunk of shrapnel through the front porch of a house a quarter-mile from the scene.
2013 - Eight masked gunmen drove onto the tarmac at the international airport in Brussels, Belgium and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane -- without firing a shot. (31 suspects in the heist were arrested in a multi-country sweep on May 8, 2013.)
1952 - Judy Kay "Juice" Newton (singer; Queen of Hearts, Angel Of The Morning and Break It To Me Gently; distant descendent of Sir Isaac Newton.)
1968 - Don Rigsby (mandolinist, fiddler, guitarist, vocalist, and producer in the bluegrass tradition. He is known for his solo career, and for his work with the Lonesome River Band and Longview.)
SONG OF THE DAY
1966 - Waitin' In Your Welfare Line - Buck Owens
1971 - Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith
1972 - Four In The Morning - Faron Young
1978 - Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You - Margo Smith
1980 - Love Me Over Again - Don Williams
1989 - Big Wheels in the Moonlight - Dan Seals
1993 - Can I Trust You with My Heart - Travis Tritt
National Chocolate Mint Day
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1807 - Former Vice-President Aaron Burr was arrested for treason against the US. He had organized an armed militia of about 60 men, supposedly to take over parts of the southwestern US. He was acquitted, but his political career was ruined.
1847 - The first rescuers reached surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Only 45 of the original 89 pioneers were still alive.
1878 - Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. Edison paid his assistant $18 to make the device from a sketch Edison had drawn. The first song recorded on the phonograph was Mary Had a Little Lamb.
1913 - Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box. The name came from a colloquialism meaning "of excellent quality". Mascots Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo were introduced in 1918. Sailor Jack was modeled after a nephew of the inventors who died at age 8 of pneumonia, shortly after his image appeared. Bingo was based on a real-life dog named Russell, a stray that had been adopted by the inventor of Cracker Jack.
1923 - The Supreme Court decided that Hindus are not eligible for US citizenship.
1934 - Comedian Bob Hope and Delores Reade were married. The marriage lasted 69 years, until Hope's death at age 100 in 2003. Bob and Delores adopted four children, Kelly, Zachary, Linda, and Tony.
1938 - Roy Acuff became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Before this most of the music on the Opry was instrumentals.
1942 - Ten weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people from military areas "as deemed necessary or desirable." By June, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans, more than 2/3s of which were citizens, were relocated to remote internment camps built by the US military in scattered locations around the country.
1942 - The New York Yankees announced that they would admit 5,000 uniformed servicemen, free, to each of their home ball games during the coming season.
1945 – Thirty thousand Marines landed on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima. The Americans took control of the strategically important island after a month-long battle in which more than 7,000 American soldiers were killed.
1954 - The Ford Thunderbird was born in prototype form. For $2,944 it came armed with a V-8, a removable fiberglass hard top and a convertible canvas roof. It was classified as a personal car and not a sports car.
1963 - The Soviet Union informed President John F. Kennedy that it would withdraw “several thousand” of an estimated 17,000 Soviet troops in Cuba.
1969 - Elvis Presley recorded Eddie Rabbitt's Kentucky Rain. Ronnie Milsap did the back-up vocals
1974 - Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton announced the breakup of their act.
1985 - Coca-Cola introduced bottled Cherry Coke. Soda jerks at drug store fountains had been mixing it since the 1930s.
1986 - The US Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.
1987 – Yul Brynner’s controversial, anti-smoking public service announcement aired for the first time on television. He had filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer.
1988 - Two men began a horseback journey from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic Circle. They completed the voyage in September of 1993.
2002 - The Supreme Court approved peer grading in schools; allowing students to score each other’s tests and call out the grades. The Court ruled peer grading does not violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
2005 – With a price tag of $3.2-billion, the USS Jimmy Carter entered the Navy’s fleet as the most heavily armed submarine ever built.
2008 – Eighty-one-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president after nearly a half-century in power.
1924 - Lee Marvin (Academy Award-winning Best Actor: Cat Ballou ; The Caine Mutiny, The Dirty Dozen, Delta Force, Ship of Fools)