On This Day…

On This Day…

Hello! Welcome to your weekend.

We’re glad you are here.

With the taste of Winter returning this week we (finally) see some snow on the ground and feel those colder temps. We remember how to Winter in Wisconsin, don’t we? How about we warm it up a bit on this Saturday morning with our weekly “scroll down memory lane?” It’s just a simple look back on events that happened on this day in history, before we head out to make new history today.

So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, February 17th, the 48th day of the year.

On this day:

In 1801, the House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson as president. Burr became the vice president.

In 1897, the National Congress of Mothers was organized in Washington, D.C. The group later changed its name to the National Parent Teachers Organization or PTA.

In 1909, Apache leader Geronimo died while imprisoned at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was the last Apache chief to surrender to the American government.

In 1960, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.

In 1968, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Fame opened in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 1982, jazz pianist Thelonious Monk died at the age of 64.

In 1982, actor Lee Strasberg died at the age of 80.

In 1991, former President Ronald Reagan spent a second day providing videotaped testimony about the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in prison. He was beaten to death in prison in November, 1994.

In 1996, World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue,” winning a six-game match in Philadelphia.

In 2003, 21 people were killed during a stampeding incident at a Chicago nightclub. The stampede reportedly began when someone sprayed mace or pepper spray in an effort to break up a fight.

In 2010, Walgreen Co. announced its plans to buy New York drugstore chain operator Duane Reade Holdings Inc., for an estimated one-billion-dollars.

In 2013, country singer Mindy McCready was found dead, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. She was 37.

In 2017, the discovery of the mostly-underwater continent Zealandia was announced in “GSA Today.”

In 2020, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said he would donate ten-million dollars to combat climate change.

In 2021, Texas senator Ted Cruz flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family amid a winter disaster in his state, igniting widespread condemnation.

In 2021, conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh died at the age of 70.

That brings us here to this day. Whatever plans you have for your own 2.17.2024, here’s hoping there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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