1964 : The Italian government announces that the Leaning Tower of Pisa was in serious danger of collapsing in an earthquake or storm asking for suggestions on how to save one of Italy's top tourist attractions. The work to save the Tower did not begin until 1999 and was completed in December 2001.
1922 : On this day, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was passed on this day. The right of women to vote (as well as the right of women to engage in many other activities) was declared constitutional by all of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court. It took seventy years of fighting and petitioning to make this women's suffrage legislation a reality. Women and men both were advocating equal rights for women as far back as in the early 19th Century. Find More What happened in 1922
1918 : A report made from London indicated that hospital ship Glenart Castle sank into the waters of the Bristol Channel on the day before after being torpedoed. According to one source, only 38 of the people of approximately 200 people on board were reported alive. According to one source, it was figured that about 144 of the couple of hundred people on board were still unaccounted for. As of this date, there were discrepancies local newspapers as to the exact count of people actually on the ship before it sunk. That was yet to be determined at a later date. At this time, it was reported that no patients were on board, so the lives lost were mostly ship crew and hospital personnel.
1920 : According to a word sent from the Kansas Federal Bureau of Food and Drug Inspection, poison olives were reported as being sent. This word was received by Dr. A.R. Lewis, the State Health Commissioner. The cities to which these olives were distributed included El Reno, Alva, Tulis, Henryetta, Mc Callister, Bartlesville, Lawton, Cushing, and Muskogee. These olives were sent to retail grocers, packed in a similar was as they are today. They were not sent to wholesale distributors.
1920 : Lee Magee, a major league baseball player for teams such as the Cubs, Reds, and the Dodgers, decided to make a go of it in the business world. This decision was announced indirectly by way of a short biography of Magee printed in a local newspaper.
1937 : A new modern type of woman was introduced during the 1920s and 1930s. These women spent more time with their hair and makeup than times past, according to one pastor. Willis warned that the 20th Century woman spends more time at the card table than she does "at the kitchen stove". Willis further explained that this type of woman may not know very well how to flip a "flapjack" (pancake) without the grease splattering all over the house. Bishop Willis also said that women want to leave "obey" out of the marriage ceremony. Likewise, he said the following: "Yes these giddy-headed shallow-brained twentieth century flappers go around wanting God's plan for the household changed…listen to me, my girl, if you do not want to obey that man, then stay single and get a job bossing a section gang, for you will never make the right kind of wife and mother." Bishop J. Willis strongly advocated the mother and father roles of times past, what was considered "traditional" before this time. He also commented that more people these days know more about the suggestive jazz songs of today than the words of the Psalms of King David.
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Born: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor 27th February 1932, Hampstead, London, England, UK
Died: 23rd March 2011, Los Angeles, California
Known For : Elizabeth Taylor is an English born actress who is considered one of the great actresses from Hollywood's golden years. She got her big break as a child actress ( 11 years old ) playing Priscilla in Lassie Come Home ( 1943 ) and the following year moved into the status of a star in the movie National Velvet ( Todays Video ) . Unlike many child stars due to her beauty, presence and acting ability she transitioned into adult roles starring in multiple movies including Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Taming of the Shrew. Elizabeth Taylor was not only a box office draw and at one time the highest paid actress in Hollywood she also won critical acclaim including 2 Oscars. Her private life has never been truly private due to the media attention and she is renowned for her nine marriages including twice to Richard Burton. This Webmaster is proud to share his birthday with one of Hollywood's greats ( thankfully I am just a spring chicken at 66 years old )
1937 : New taxes, such as a two percent increase in general sales tax along with a local option whisky bill were written into the state laws of Alabama. The legislation for heavier taxes was decided after 14 weeks of debate.
1938 : A new design was created to use as Pontiac's mascot. This particular mascot design was created by Chris Klein and C. Karnstadt. It was of the theme of an Indian maiden, which was inspired by connections with the General Motors (GM) war chief who was employed in the GM manufacturing division.
1938 : An abnormally large amount of rain falls in Los Angeles starting on the 27th causing rivers to overflow with mud landslides in Los Angeles, killing approximately 120 people and destroying thousands of homes.
1943 : An explosion at the Montana Coal and Iron Company mine trapped and killed 74 miners.
1973 : More than 200 members from the American Indian Movement moved in to take the reservation area of Wounded Knee by force beginning an occupation that lasted until May.
1951 : The 22nd amendment to the Constitution is ratified which changes the law so no man or woman may serve more than ten years ( two terms ) of office as the president of the United States.
1991 : A video that was made which re-created the events of a murder was admitted to the court on this day. However, it was not considered substantial enough evidence of the murder that it portrayed. Therefore, the person charged only was convicted of manslaughter, and not premeditated first degree murder, and only had received six years in prison. Sometimes courts still use these videos. However, they usually tend to mean more if used to record an event as it actually happened.
1991 : President George H.W. Bush declared that "Kuwait is liberated, and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.
1997 : Divorce becomes legal in the predominantly catholic country of Ireland.
1997 : New legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect helping to make the strictest gun legislation in the world with self-defence not considered a valid reason to own a gun.
1998 : Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to a proposal to end male preference when determining succession which means that a monarch's first-born daughter could claim the throne even if a son was born later.
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Many if not most rural homes in the twenties did not have full indoor plumbing so this was your best chance of having a hot bath, the water heater could be a Gasoline or Kerosine based burner, To use the bathtub you first needed to fill the tank with water ( held 12 gallons ), next light the burner and when ready fill the bath, to empty the bath attach the 6ft length of hose to the water outlet and drain out through the nearest window.
Below are 3 examples of the oil lamp lighting fixtures used during the early 20s. A Hanging lamp designed to hang from the ceiling offering bright light for the room ($17.25), The second sits on an extension pole offering lighting in the local area ($14.25) and the third is a reading lamp ($3.75).
1999 : Voters in Nigeria have elected a civilian president ( Olusegun Obasanjo ) which ends 15 years of military rule.
2002 : A fire caused by a mob of Muslims on the Sabarmati Express, bound for Ahmedabad with pilgrims returning from the holy site of Ayodhya in the northern Indian state of Uttar P, claims the lives of 57 Hindu Pilgrims.
2004 : The Abu Sayyaf Terrorist group blow up Superferry 14 which had sailed from Manila with 900 passengers. The terrorist group had attempted to extort money for protection from the ferry company earlier in the year and failed.
2006 : The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the Middle-east to be nuclear weapons free. Following talks with Kuwaiti leaders, Ahmadinejad said that nuclear weapons were a threat to the area's stability. Having said that Iran was a good neighbor, he reiterated that his country's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes. The Gulf Arab states have said they want Iran to keep the region free of nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad's visit to Kuwait has been the first by an Iranian head of state since the Islamic revolution of 1979
2006 : London's High Court is told that the author of The Da Vinci Code 'lifted the central theme' of his bestselling novel from a non-fiction book about Jesus and the Catholic Church. Writers Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh have claimed that Dan Brown appropriated the themes and ideas they explored in their 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. They are suing their own publishers, Random House, which is also Mr Brown's publisher, for breach of copyright.
2007 : The former Vice-President Al Gore is accused of hypocrisy for 'guzzling energy' while he lectures the world on climate change. A Tennessee-based free market think-tank said that Gore's home used more than twenty times the national average of gas and electricity. A spokeswoman for Mr. Gore said he was trying to reduce his carbon emissions by using sustainable energy sources. His climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth won an Oscar.
2008 : The biggest earthquake ( 5.2 magnitude ) in the UK for nearly 25 years has shaken homes in Newcastle, Yorkshire, London, Cumbria, the Midlands, Norfolk and also parts of Wales. The epicentre of the quake was near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.
2010 : Earthquake measuring 8.8 magnitude strikes Chile with more than 70% of the country experiencing the earthquake, the worst hit cities are Arauco and Coronel. The death toll exceeds 600 with many more injuries. The quake left more than two million homeless as 500,000 houses are uninhabitable. The earthquake set off Tsunami warnings for 53 countries ranging from the United States to Japan.
2011 : Torrential rains in the Bolivian city of La Paz caused the destruction of over three hundred houses through landslides and flooding. Continued rains in the city caused some of the worst landslides the mountainside city had seen in recent history and left over ten thousand people homeless.
2012 : Pakistan has demolished the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces in May of 2011. No reasons were given for the demolition but it is likely that the authorities did not want it to be turned into a shrine for the al-Queda leader.
2013 : Classical pianist Van Cliburn died at the age of seventy-eight at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. Cliburn had been suffering from bone cancer for several years.
2014 : Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have let business owners in the state of Arizona turn away gay citizens if they cited it as conflicted with their religious beliefs. Opponents of the bill argued that it would have legalized discrimination against gay individuals.
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