Saturday, February 19, 2011

This Week in US History

February 20

1809   The Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater that the power of the state governments.

1962   John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth on Friendship 7.  Fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter prayed, "Godspeed, John Glenn!" and Tom O'Malley, project director, added, "May the good Lord ride with you all the way!"

Mercury Friendship 7

1996   Michael Cook (my youngest son!) was born in Suffolk, VA.

February 21

1878   The first telephone directory is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.

1965   African American leader Malcolm X is shot and killed by three members of the Nation of Islam in New York City.

February 22

1732   George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

1924   Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

February 23

1945   U.S. Marines fighting on Iwo Jima raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi.

File:WW2 Iwo Jima flag raising.jpg

 Click here to hear a radio account of the landing at Iwo Jima, then click on "Aboard a destroyer..."

1954   School children in Pittsburgh receive the first injections of a polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.

February 24

1868   President Andrew Jackson becomes the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives (the Senate later acquits him).

1871   For the first time since the Civil War, the South gains full representation in congress with the seating of the Georgia delgation.

1991   In the Persian Gulf War, a U.S.-led coalition begins a ground campaign against Iraq.

February 25

1836   Inventor Samuel Colt patents his first revolver.

an Allen pepperbox pistol

1862   Nashville, TN, becomes the first southern state capital to fall to Union troops.
February 26

1917   President Wilson learns of the Zimmermann Telegram, a coded German message suggesting an alliance between Germany and Mexico, a communication that hastens the U.S. entry into World War I.

1993   Islamic terrorists explode a bomb in the garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people.

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