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  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/6/2012 2:49:00 AM) Post reply
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    Today in History - 6 March

    1853 – Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata premiered at Venice's La Fenice, but the performance was so bad that it caused the Italian composer to revise portions of the opera

    1899 – Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark

    1912 - Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co., which later became Nabisco

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Foundation Day - Territory of Norfolk Island
    - Independence Day - Ghana


    1475 - Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter and architect
    1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet
    1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet
    1844 - Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer and editor

    1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist
    1926 – Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director
    1927 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
    1946 – David Gilmour, British musician (Pink Floyd)
    1972 - Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/5/2012 2:05:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 5 March

    1868 – Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala

    1931 – The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) sign an agreement envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing salt to be freely used by the poorest members of the population

    1960 – Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara
    1970 – The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations
    1979 – America's Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter,172,000 miles
    1982 - Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose at age 33

    Today's Holidays and observances

    - National Tree Planting Day - Iran
    - Learn from Lei Feng Day - China


    1871 – Rosa Luxemburg, Socialist revolutionary
    1910 – Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles
    1918 – James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate
    1922 – Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian writer and film director

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/3/2012 2:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 3 March

    1802 - Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata was published
    1875 – Georges Bizet's opera Carmen receives its première at the Opéra Comique in Paris

    1918 – Germany, Austria and Russia sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ending Russia's involvement in World War I, and leading to the independence of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

    1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time
    1931 – The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem
    1938 – Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia
    1969 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module

    2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling

    Holidays and Observances

    - National Anthem Day - United States of America
    - Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) or Girl's Day - Japan
    - Liberation Day - Bulgaria
    - Mother's Day - Georgia
    - Sportsmen's Day - Egypt


    1847 - Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell
    1868 - Émile Chartier, French philosopher and journalist
    1940 – Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
    1948 – Snowy White, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd)

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/2/2012 2:10:00 AM) Post reply

    March 2

    1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow
    1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall
    1953 – The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC
    1956 – Morocco gains its independence from France

    1989 – Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century

    1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/27/2012 2:11:00 AM) Post reply

    February 27 - On this day in history, (1940) American biochemists Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered the radioactive isotope carbon-14, which today is used extensively as the basis of the radiocarbon dating method to date archaeological, geological, and hydrogeological samples.

  • Rookie - 35 Points A Lifetime Of Fame (2/21/2012 8:55:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Today in history: Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 in 1965. Born Malcolm Little, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was a Religious leader (Muslim) , after first, being a street hustler (pimp) . As a spokesman for the nation of Islam, Malcolm X preached Black Supremacy, and was an advocate for the separation of black and white Americans. Malcolm had 6 children, and was a married man. Malcolm X was killed by Elijah Muhammad.

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  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/21/2012 7:16:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    February 21: On this day in history, (1958) British artist Gerald Holtom designed a logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament that became internationally recognised as the peace sign.

    The internationally recognized symbol for peace was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement by Gerald Holtom in 1958. Holtom, an artist and designer, made it for a march from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England, organised by the Direct Action Committee to take place in April and supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) . Eric Austen (1922–1999) adapted Holtom's designs to ceramic lapel badges.

    The symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters N and D, standing for nuclear disarmament. In semaphore the letter N is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down V, and the letter D is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. Superimposing these two signs forms the shape of the centre of the peace symbol.The original drawing by Gerald Holtom of the CND symbol is housed in the Peace Museum in Bradford, England.

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    • Veteran Poet - 3,317 Points Kee Thampi (2/22/2012 6:56:00 PM) Post reply

      The world use of Nuclear power is for energy and is well known for its current use. Now we think beyond it positively. Still some people fight against

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