Monday, November 3, 2008

History Day!

Today is Novemember 3rd, or the 4th for those east of the US.
1493: Columbus 'discovers' Dominica.
1749: Chemist Daniel Rutherford is born. He later isolated nitrogen gas. Rutherfordium was named not for him, but for 20th centurt atomic chemist Ernst Rutherford.
1893: Edward Adelbert Doisy, codiscoverer of vitamin K, is born.
1911: Chevy enters the auto market.
1913: The US income tax is introduced. Productivity immediately drops to zero in mid April.
1918: Bob Feller, the "Heater from Van Meter", is born. His #19 was retired by the Cleveland Indians after he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962. He pitched a no-hitter on opening day in 1940 - the only opening day no-hitter ever. He is now 90.
1926: Annie Oakley dies.
1957: Sputnik 2 is launched in to space carrying the world's first astronauts - a dog named Laika.
1964: DC residents are allowed to vote in a Presidential election for the first time.
1971: Mariner 10 is launched towards Mercury.
1978: 485 years after its 'discovery', Dominica gains independence from Britain.
1982: The Salang Tunnel Fire kills as many as 2000 is Afghanistan.
2007: Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule in Pakistan, effetively becoming a dictator.

That's all for today, folks.

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