Today in historyOn this day in 1564 Galileo Galilei, astronomer and mathematician, born in Pisa, W Italy. He entered Pisa University as a medical student in 1581, and became professor of mathematics at Padua (1592-1610), where he improved the refracting telescope (1610), and was the first to use it for astronomy, discovering the four largest satellites of Jupiter. Among his other discoveries were the law of uniformly accelerated motion towards the Earth, the parabolic path of projectiles, and the law that all bodies have weight. The validity of his scientific work was formally recognized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1993.
1812, Wilson Hunt arrives at Astoria, Oregon; having departed St. Louis more than two years earlier, his party stumble into the fur-trading post of Astoria, Oregon.
1820 - Susan B. Anthony is born in Adams, MA
1933 - Rososevelt avoidsassassinationn
A deranged, unemployed brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shouts "Too many people are starving!" and fires a gun at America's president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Roosevelt had just delivered a speech in Miami's Bayfront Park from the back seat of his open touring car when Zangara opened fire with six rounds. Five people were hit. The president escaped injury but the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cernak, who was also in attendance, received a mortal stomach wound in the attack.
1942 - JAPAN CELEBRATES MAJOR VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC:
In one of the greatest defeats in British military history, Britain's supposedly impregnable Singapore fortress surrenders to Japanese forces after a weeklong siege. More than 60,000 British, Australian, and Indian soldiers were taken prisoner, joining 70,000 other Allied soldiers captured during Britain's disastrous defense of the Malay Peninsula.
1951 - Jane Seymour is born
1964 - Chris Farley, actor, comedian. Born Christopher Crosby Farley on February 15, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin. After studying theater and communications at Marquette University, Farley joined the cast of Chicago's Second City Theatre, where he was discovered by Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. In addition to an ensemble role on Saturday Night Live, Farley became famous on the big screen through roles aslovablyeably misguided buffoon. A notorious glutton, Farley's five-foot, six-inch frame could barely contain his 296-pound bulk. His films include Wayne's World, Beverly Hills Ninja and Billy Madison. He also co-starred with comic partner David Spade in Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. In 1997, he was found dead in his apartment in Chicago. It was later declared that he died of an overdose of cocaine and morphine exacerbated by advanced diseases.
1965 - Canada adopts maple leaf flag
In accordance with a formal proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II of England, a new Canadian national flag is raised above Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
1965 - Nat King Cole dies
Jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer at age 46. In 1991, his daughter, singer Natalie Cole, released a new album, Unforgettable With Love. Electronic recording and mixing technology allowed her to record duets with her father, using his old tracks. The album was No. 1 in the United States for five weeks and won the Grammy for Best Album of the Year.
1976 - nothing much important happened - LOL - course if you where born on this day & this year you're just really old now!!!!