Groundhog Day 2011

January 25, 2011 by staff 

Groundhog Day 2011, January 31, the 31st day of 2011 with 334 to follow. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, Jupiter, Ura**s and Neptune. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include American patriot (OOTC: APAT) Gouverneur Morris, who wrote the articles of the Constitution of the United States in 1752, Austrian composer Franz Schubert in 1797; western novelist Zane Grey in 1872, comedian Eddie Cantor in 1892, Tallulah Bankhead actor in 1902; boxer Jersey Joe Walcott in 1914, radio and television personality Garry Moore in 1915; Baseball Hall of Fame member Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues In 1919, actor / singer Mario Lanza in 1921, actors Carol Channing in 1921 (90 years) and Joanne Dru in 1922, novelist Norman Mailer in 1923, civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks in 1925, actors Jean Simmons 1929, Suzanne Pleshette in 1937, Jessica Walter in 1941 (70 years) and Minnie Driver in 1970 (age 41), Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1938 (73 years), Baseball Hall of Fame member Ernie Banks in 1931 (80 years) and Nolan Ryan in 1947 (64), and singer Justin Timberlake in 1981 (30 years). On this date in history:
In 1929, the Soviet Union expelled communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky. He was assassinated in Mexico in August 1940.

In 1945, U. S. Army Pvt. Eddie Slovik, 24, was executed by firing squad for desertion. His was the first execution for desertion from the United States since the Civil War.

In 1950, U.S. President Harry Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

In 1953, nearly 2,000 people died when the North Sea flooded the Netherlands.

In 1958, Explorer 1, the first successful satellite of the United States, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida

In 1961, NASA launched a rocket carrying the Chimp Hamp in space.

In 1982, the Israeli Cabinet has agreed to a force of peacekeeping multi-national to act as a buffer between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula.

In 1990 the first McDonald’s opened in Moscow.

In 1995, after the U.S. Congress does not act quickly, U.S. President Bill Clinton used his emergency powers to provide financial difficulties in Mexico with $ 20 billion in loans.

In 1996, a suicide bombing at the main bank of Sri Lanka has killed nearly 100 people and injured over 1,000.

In 1999, an international team of scientists reported was traced the predominant strain of the AIDS virus in a subspecies of chimpanzees living in parts of Africa.

In 2000, Illinois Gov. George Ryan halted all executions in his state after several death rows were found innocent of crimes for which they were to be put to death.

In 2001 a Scottish court meeting in the Netherlands has convicted a Libyan man in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. The plane exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, including 11 on the ground.

In 2003, 18 people on a bus were killed when a bomb destroyed a bridge near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

In 2005 a U.S. judge in Washington ruled the process of determining “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was unconstitutional.

In 2006, Samuel Alito was confirmed by the Senate of the United States as an associate judge on the Supreme Court of the United States by a 58-42 vote. He succeeded retiring Justice Sandra O’Connor.

In 2007, arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents were issued by a Munich court related to the alleged abduction of a German citizen for questioning terror.

In 2008, the U.S. presidential primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continued life for the Democratic nomination while John Edwards came out. On the Republican side, John McCain, once a hard time staying in the race made his move with wins in South Carolina and Florida, Rudy Giuliani ended his bid.

In 2009, Republicans chose Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, head of the GOP National Committee, he was the first African American to hold this position.

In 2010, U.S. stocks ended the first month of the New Year on a downward trend, the Dow Jones industrial average recording a one-month decline of 3.5 percent and closed at 10,067.33, the Nasdaq Composite showing a decline of 5.4 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index down 3.7 percent.

A thought for the day: it was Dag Hammarskjold who said: “Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top Then you’ll see how it was low.” Today is Tuesday, February 1st, the 32nd day of 2011 with 333 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, Jupiter, Ura**s and Neptune. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn and Venus.

Those born to date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include composer Victor Herbert in 1859, Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, first woman elected to the Senate in 1878, director John Ford in 1894 National Hockey League executive Conn Smythe in 1895, actor Clark Gable in 1901, Poet Langston Hughes in 1902, humorist SJ Perelman in 1904; cabaret singer Hildegarde Loretta Sell in 1906, film and special effects director George Pal in 1908, actor Stuart Whitman in 1928 (83 years), former Russian President Boris Yeltsin In 1931, singer Don Everly, rock parodist Ray “Dr. Hook” Sawyer and comedian Garrett Morris, all in 1937 (74 years), Sherman Hemsley actor in 1938 (age 73), actor / director Terry Jones ( “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”) in 1942 (69 years); journalist Jessica Savitch in 1947, singer Rick James in 1948, actor Billy Mumy in 1954 (57 years), Princess Stephanie of Monaco and actor Sherilyn Fenn , two in 1965 (age 46), singer Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley and his ex-wife of Michael Jackson in 1968 (43 years), and actor Michael C. Hall in 1971 (40 years). On this date in history:
In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court convened in New York for its first session.

In 1861, Texas seceded from the United States.

In 1865, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which abolished slavery.

In 1896, Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” premiered in Turin, Italy.

In 1946, the Norwegian Trygve Lie of Norway was chosen as the first Secretary General of the United Nations.

In 1968, the communist Viet Cong began a major offensive of the Vietnam War with a fierce attack on the South Vietnamese city of Hue.

In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini, symbol of the Iranian revolution, returned to his homeland.

In 1991, South African President FW de Klerk announced he would seek repeal of key laws on which the apartheid system was founded.

Also in 1991, at least 1,200 people were killed in an earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan.

And in 1991, 34 people were killed and 24 others injured when a USAir plane hit a SkyWest plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

In 2001, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said he and his wife would return and 86,000 in gifts they received in 2000 and 104,000 dollars but keep others that they received before 2000.

In 2003, space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during its descent over the southern United States. The seven astronauts aboard were killed.

In 2004, suicide bombings targeting the two main Kurdish party headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil killed 100 people and injured many others.

In 2004, 251 people were trampled during the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

In 2004, during the show Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson’s costume, exposing her right breast and what has triggered strong criticism, a Federal Communications Commission investigation and a hefty fine for CBS. Timberlake apologized, blaming a “wardrobe malfunction.”

In 2006, Ben Bernanke became the chairman of the Federal Reserve, replacing Alan Greenspan, who served for 18 years.

In 2008, an estimated 100 people were killed and another 123 injured in suicide bombings by two women in Baghdad PET market.

In 2009, the rebels have held three artillery attacks on Sri Lanka, killing at least nine people as the latest bombing hit a hospital ward for women and children.

Also in 2009, Iceland has sworn in its first woman Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir.

In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed a budget of 3.8 trillion and for the year 2011 with a projected $ 1.6 trillion deficit.

Also in 2010, a woman suicide bomber blew up amid a procession of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing 41 people and injuring over 100 others.

A thought for the day: “A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes said. Today is Wednesday, February 2nd, the 33rd day of the year 2011 with 332 to follow.
It’s Groundhog Day in the United States.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, Jupiter, Ura**s and Neptune. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include French statesman Charles de Talleyrand in 1754; psychologist Havelock Ellis in 1859, Irish novelist James Joyce in 1882, Charles Correll, Andy of radio “Amos and Andy” program in 1890; National Football League co- founder George Halas in 1895 hotel magnate Howard Johnson in 1897, the violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1901; novelist Ayn Rand in 1905, columnist Liz Smith in 1923 (age 88), actor Elaine Stritch in 1925 (86 years); musician Stan Getz in 1927, comedian Tom Smothers 1937 (74 years); singers Graham Nash in 1942 (69), Eva Cassidy in 1963 and Shakira in 1977 (34), actor Farrah Fawcett in 1947, model Christie Brinkley 1954 (57 years), and actor Michael T. Weiss in 1962 (49). On this date in history:
In 1653, the city of New Amsterdam was incorporated. It was later renamed New York.

In 1848, war between the United States and Mexico formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It involved the surrender of Mexico to the United States the territory that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Colorado and Wyoming, in exchange for 15 million.

In 1876, the National Baseball League was formed, with teams from Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, and St.


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