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1978 - U.S.A. Blizzard
1978 : A severe blizzard in New England finally ends and the region begins to dig out from under several feet of snow. Some areas received as many as 55 inches of snow in just 3 days. Find More What happened in 1978
1983 Shergar is stolen
1983 : Shergar is stolen from a stud farm owned by the Aga Khan in County Kildare, Ireland. The five-year-old thoroughbred stallion was worth $13.5 million and commanded stud fees of approximately $100,000. Shergar was never seen again and no ransom was paid and the case was never solved.
1910 - Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America, which is modeled after the Boy Scouts of England, was incorporated 1910
1922 - Radio Installed In White House
President Warren G. Harding has a radio installed in the White House signaling it's increased use, acceptance in America.
1924 - Lethal Gas
: Lethal gas was used at the Nevada State Prison today as a form of Execution for the first time in the United States on Convicted murderer Gee Jon .
1937 - Judicial Reform
Members of Congress that were opposed to FDR current judicial reform program proposal pushed for a separate bill to be voted upon.
1943 - World War II Guadalcanal
Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, leaving the island in American possession after a long and bloody battle for control of the Island.
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1950 - U.S.A. Soviet Spies
1950 : As of this date and year in history, it was reported that undercover Russian activity in the U.S. was at an all-time high. Information regarding Russian activity was presented to Congress by Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Hoover was the one who was familiar with details of the Klaus Fuchs Case. Fuchs was a British scientist who was arrested by Scotland Yard when the United States found out he had leaked atomic secrets to the enemy, one of whom at this time was Russia.
1951 - U.S.A. Stock Prices
Stock prices rose sharply , after a two-day losing streak. Gains on prices ranged from a few cents to two dollars per share. Most of the buyers had invested in radio, television, air crafts, motors, rails, and motion pictures.
1967 - Australia Bush Fires Kill 62
1967: 125 separate bush fires in southern Tasmania claim 62 lives, 900 injured and over seven thousand homeless The city of Hobart is encircled by fire leaving 52 dead just in that area, in total the fires burned over 1/2 million acres of land
1952 - Queen Elizabeth the Second
Princess Elizabeth has formally proclaimed herself Queen and Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith declaring her reign as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
1952 - Meat Prices
According to the meat industry meat prices are expected to be lower that in times past. This promise was pending a few actions that would need to be taken.
For instance, more animals would need to be raised in farms and ranges. In fact, more than the record number was necessary in order for this to happen. On the other hand, New York economists have mentioned that production of meat will only be increased if costs are kept down.
Another factor that would be considered in the decision to help keep meet costs low is the available of cattle feed supplies. It was necessary to make sure that there was enough grazing land, feed, and other supplies in order to raise cattle for meet.
Part of the reason for the concern about meat production started a year prior. According to one news publication, cattle breeding was reported to be the smallest ever in the past year as it has been in the 10 years previous to this date.
1962 - France Riots
The State of Emergency currently in force in Paris did not stop a demonstration in Paris by 20,000 protesters against the recent wave of bomb attacks in the French capital which was organised by France's main communist-led union. The Riot led to the deaths of 8 due to being trampled underfoot in the chaos .
1973 - Watergate
1973 : The US Senate approved the formation of a special committee to investigate the Watergate bugging incident.
1974 - Space New Record
Three US astronauts Dr Edward Gibson, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Carr and Lieutenant Colonel William Pogue have returned safely to Earth after breaking the previous record for staying in space. They spent a total of 85 days in the American space station, Skylab.
1985 - Ronald Reagan
While Ronald Reagan was in office, he had announced that his secretary of staff Ronald Regan and his Chief of Staff James Baker were planning on switching roles. Some people, including legislators within Congress, had wondered if this was indeed a smart enough mood.
Likewise, some people had wondered if Regan could fill Baker's shoes. However, Regan had expressed himself confidentially, and had sold this current White House Administration on the basis that he had adequate managerial skills.
1993 - Elvis Stamp
A new Elvis stamp was produced on this day in 1993
. This stamp was created on the day that would have been his 58th birthday. The image portrayed on the stamp was from Elvis' earlier rocker days.
1994 - Congo Republic Plane Crash
A cargo plane crash had occurred in the country of what is now present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo (previously known as Kishasa, Zaire). At least a couple of hundred people were killed and 500 more were injured. Two of the six crew members were killed as well.
The engine of this plane had smoked and burst into flames, as it attempted to take off from the runway one sunny afternoon. The operators of the marketplace that it had hit (where all the people were killed/injured) tried to take action against the airport.
However, it was ruled in a Russian court that the marketplace should have not been so close to the airport in the first place. Therefore, the marketplace was denied compensation. However, the four crew members that survived the plane crash were sentenced to two years in prison.
1999 - King Hussein
World Leaders including President Clinton and three former U.S. presidents - George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford - attended the funeral of Jordan's King Hussein .
1999 - Clinton Impeachment Proceedings
The Senate listens to closing arguments in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
2002 - 2002 Winter Olympics
The opening ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah lasting until February 24th
2005 - Peace Between Israel and Palestine
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have declared a truce to end four years of Middle East violence.
2008 - Nebraska bans the electric chair, and calls it unconstitutional
The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that the electric chair, which is the only method used for executions in that state, is a violation of human dignity, and as such, is unconstitutional. Having confirmed the death penalty that was imposed on Raymond Mata for the murder of a three-year-old boy, the court said that he should not be electrocuted. The court elucidated by saying that 'Electrocution's proven history of burning and charring bodies is inconsistent with both the concepts of evolving standards of decency and the dignity of man.' It went on to say that electrocution 'has proven itself to be a dinosaur more befitting the
laboratory of Baron Frankenstein than the death chamber.'
2009 - Swiss Vote On E.U. citizens automatic right to work in Switzerland
Swiss voters are going to the polls to decide whether to continue allowing in workers from the European Union. A more
controversial point for the majority of Swiss will be whether to extend that free movement to the new E.U. members Bulgaria
and Romania. Switzerland remains outside the E.U, but is becoming more economically tied to Europe. Since the Swiss first
introduced the free movement of labor the number of E.U. citizens working in Switzerland has risen to over a million.
2011 - New Tunnel Between New York and New Jersey
3 Senators and the Amtrak rail company
have proposed two new tunnels to be built under the Hudson River to
connect New York and New Jersey as the states face an increasingly
congested commuter system. The proposed tunnels would cost about 13.5 billion dollars and could be finished by 2020
2012 - Prince Harry Can Be Apache Pilot
2012 : Prince Harry has qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot after training for eighteen months in both the United Kingdom and United States. The Prince also received an award for best co-pilot gunner at his training base and enjoys a limited combat-ready status with twenty other graduates of the program.
2013 - Canadian Spy Jailed
A former Canadian naval intelligence officer was jailed for twenty years. Jeffrey Delisle plead guilty to selling Nato information to Russia. Delisle was also fined a large amount of money.
2014 - McDonalds Opens in Vietnam
2014 : McDonalds has opened its first restaurant in the communist country of Vietnam. The location opened in the country's city of Ho Chi Minh. Many observers saw some level of irony in such an American capitalist symbol as the food chain in such a tightly controlled communist country. The restaurant was set to be run by the son-in-law of Vietnam's prime minister.
Born This Day In History 8th February
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James Byron Dean 8th February 1931 Marion, Indiana, U.S.
Died: September 30th
Cholame, California, U.S.
Known For :
James Dean is best remembered for his movie roles in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant. These were the only 3 movies he starred in before his death in 1955 ( Car Accident ). Although he only starred in these movies his legend and cult status following has endured more than 50 years.
Jules Gabriel Verne 8th February 1828
Died: March 24th
Known For :
It is unusual for The People History to use well known People from the last century for "Born This Day" but the author Jules Verne deserves to be included. Jules Verne was a science-fiction writer before it became a genre of writing and his most well known books including A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days have been translated to most of the worlds languages ( second only to Agatha Christie ). To understand how clever and farsighted he was we must remember the time when the books were written 1860's and 1870's , Karl Benz did not build the first fully working car until 1885, Man did not land on the moon for more than 100 years after "From the Earth to the Moon" was published. Although submarines were invented many years before the submarine Nautilus featured in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is far in advance of what was capable in the 1860's. Most of us who have grown up in the last 50 years will have seen at least 2 movies that are based on the work of this author. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is one of the books Google Books has scanned and is available on line to read.