Thursday, February 15, 2007

On This Day In History

On February 15, 1898, The U.S. Battleship Maine blew up in Havanna harbor. 260 U.S. Sailors were killed in the explosion. This incident exacerbated already tense relations between the U.S. and Spain, gave birth to the rallying cry of the day, "To hell with Spain! Remember the Maine!" And was one of many factors that sparked the Spanish-American War.

The city of St. Louis was founded on this day in 1764.

On this day in 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court. This was 4 decades before women even won the right to vote in this country! Incidently, February 15th is the birthdate of Susan B. Anthony

On February 15, 1965, the modern flag of Canada (the red maple leaf on a white vertical stripe between 2 red vertical stripes) was unfurled for the first time at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Many other famous people were born on this date in history. Galileo was born in 1564; Henry Steinway (of the famous pianos) was born in 1797. Melissa Manchester's birthday is today, as is Matt Groening's (creator of The Simpsons) and Jaromir Jagr (once a player for the Pittsburgh Penguins).

But to me, the most important thing about this day is that it is the birthday of my very best friend Betsy whom I love dearly and would be lost without.



At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Bets said...

I feel the same way. Love you, too.

Ooh, I just love making the blog :)!


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