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Sunday, February 22, 2009

History Day.......



History Day is back.......and posted a day early. Still, this history is for Monday, Feb. 23

Let's hear it for the Marines! On this day in 1945, after four days of vicious battles, the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division, US Marine Corps, despite heavy losses, completed their task and reached the top of Mount Surabachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Victory was triumphant and photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the moment for posterity.

This photograph inspired the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery--the largest cast bronze statue in the world. It honors all Marines from 1775 onward who have given their lives for their country.

And in other news..........

1821, the first U.S. pharmacy college opened in Philadelphia

1886, Charles M. Hall completed his invention of aluminum. (Let's pause a moment for a big thank you to the man who made cleaning up after baking so much easier!)

1905, the Rotary Club was founded in Chicago

1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill into law creating the Federal Radio Commission to and I quote here..."Bring order out of this chaos." Hmm. Still waiting.

1934, Casey Stengel became the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers

1960, wrecking crews began tearing down the once home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field

1971, James Franciscus starred in a TV movie called Longstreet. It was so popular, it became a series later that year.

1974, the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army) demanded 4 million dollars for the return of kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst. Her father had already paid 2 million, but announced he would consider this demand as well. Gee, thanks, Dad.

1997, Dr. Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute, Scotland, announced that they had successfully cloned a sheep. Dolly became an international star. (But I hear she took fame badly)

That's it for me! What've you guys got??

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