The Northern Edge

The Rain Continues on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:15 PM GMT on April 30, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of rain or drizzle. The forecast high will be near15C(59F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 60% chance of rain continuing. The overnight low will be 7C(45F).
I must be getting old, Abbey and me never went out for a walk in the rain yesterday. I think she's going to have to sit it out again today.
From My Basement Window

Today's Events in History from
1989 Critics Siskel and Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
1955 Element 101, Mendelevium, announced
1952 Mr. Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
1947 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover

A Rainy Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:10 PM GMT on April 29, 2010

Today will be cloudy with rain beginning this morning. There will be 10 to 15 mm(0.4 to 0.6 in) accumulate. The wind will be from the southeast a 20 km/h (12 mph). A high of 15C(59F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring more rain with another 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in) accumulating. The southeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. Low 8C(46F).An overnight low of 8C(46F) is expected.
Today's Events in History from
1998 15th Miss Hawaiian Tropic crowned
1997 "Candide," opens at Gershwin Theater New York City for 103 performances
1997 Kansas City Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 home runs
1996 "Rent," opens at Nederlander Theater New York City
1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fresno, California on KFRR 104.1 FM
1995 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV
1995 Kansas City Royal John Nonely is 70th to home run on his 1st at bat
1994 Ferry boat smashes into Mombasa Harbor Kenya, kills over 300
1994 Israel and PLO sign economic accord
1992 "Falsettos" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 487 performances
1992 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks
1992 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery
1992 Jury acquits Los Angeles police officers of beating Rodney King, riots begin
1992 Sheena Easton collapses on stage while performing in "Man of LaMancha"
1992 Voting ends on choice of Elvis stamps
1991 "Our Country's Good" opens at Nederlander Theater New York City for 48 performances
1991 Croatia declares independence
1991 Cyclone strikes Bangladesh, 139,000 die/10 million homeless
1991 Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100
1990 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 16 performances
1990 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement
1990 STS-31 (Discovery 10) lands
1990 Wrecking cranes began tearing down Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate
1989 2nd government of Lubbers falls
1988 "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds Mike Nichols
1988 Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson marry
1988 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
1987 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle
1987 Japan's premier Nakasone visits the U.S.
1986 800,000 books destroyed by fire in Los Angeles Central Library
1986 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners
1985 17th space shuttle mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 launched
1985 Ranger Larry Parrish is 5th to hit 3 home runs in a game in both leagues
1985 Tony Tubbs TKOs Greg Page in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1984 "Oliver!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 17 performances
1984 Betsy King wins LPGA Freedom/Orlando Golf Classic
1983 Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago's 1st black mayor
1982 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Barbara Mandrell
1982 Alfredo Magana elected President of El Salvador
1982 Nordiques 2-Isles 5-Semifinals-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1981 Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women)
1981 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters
1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic
1977 British Aerospace forms
1976 Minister Irene Vorrink begins fluoridating Dutch drinking water
1975 Ethiopia nationalizes all ground/earth
1975 Flyers 4-Isles 0-Semifinals-Flyers hold 1-0 lead
1974 President Nixon said he will release edited tapes made in White House
1973 Gloria Ehret wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1971 Bill Graham closes down Fillmore and Fillmore East
1971 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
1971 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 50,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
1969 "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson New York City for 7 performances
1968 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater New York City for 1750 performances
1967 Aretha Franklin releases "Respect"
1965 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
1965 Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
1965 Malta is 18th member of Council of Europe
1964 Princess Irene marries Spanish prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma
1964 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 KRE-AM in Berkeley, California changes call letters to KPAT
1962 16th Tony Awards: Man For All Seasons and How to Succeed win
1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1961 ABC's "Wide World of Sports, debuts
1957 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va
1956 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1956 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
1956 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, Virginia (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 G. Gronchi elected president of Italy
1953 Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds' center field bleachers
1948 Bradman scores 107 Australia vs. Worcs, 152 minutes, 15 fours
1946 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
1945 1st food drop by RAF above nazi-occupied Holland (operation Manna)
1945 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon
1945 Terms of surrender of German armies in Italy signed
1945 U.S. liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau Germany
1945 Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies
1944 Surprise attack by Van de Peat on General Landsdrukkerij in the Hague
1943 Dietrich Bonhoffer arrested by nazis
1943 Noel Coward's "Present Laughter," premieres in London
1943 U.S. 34th Division occupies Hill 609, North Tunisia
1942 Japanese troop march into Lashio, cuts off Burma Road
1942 Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands and Vichy-France
1940 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr. Malone" on CBS
1940 Norwegian King Haakon and government flees to England
1940 Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night," premieres in New York City
1939 Whitestone Bridge connecting Bronx and Queens opens
1936 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
1934 Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
1931 Cleveland Indian Wes Ferrell no-hits St. Louis Browns, 9-0
1930 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
1930 North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden (biggest in world) officially opens
1930 Telephone connection England-Australia goes into service
1927 Construction of Spirit of St. Louis is completed
1926 France and U.S. reach accord on repayment of WW I
1925 Netherlands returns to gold standard
1922 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ (Tallinn, Estonia)
1918 Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays
1916 Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
1913 Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper
1912 108 degrees F (42 degrees C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
1912 Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel," premieres in Berlin
1910 Ex-president Theodore Roosevelt visits Amsterdam
1905 2" rain falls in 10 minutes in Taylor, Texas
1905 Pierre de Brazza lands in Libreville Gabon
1903 Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kills 9 (Frank Alberta)
1901 27th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75
1901 Anti semitic riot in Budapest
1894 Commonweal of Christ (Coxey's Army) arrives in Wash, DC 500 strong to protest unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol
1892 Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
1888 Old Kavallison, Congo: Stanley meet Emin Pasha
1886 1st public Dutch electricity opens
1864 Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas
1862 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Mississippi
1862 New Orleans fell to Union forces during Civil War
1861 Maryland's
House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union
1857 U.S. Army, Pacific Div HQ permanently forms at Presidio
1856 Peace between England and Russia
1853 Comet C/1853 G1 (Schweizer) approaches within 0.0839 AUs of Earth
1852 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published
1845 Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris, Jr., 1st blacks to open law practice
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition sees top of Andes from Patagonia
1813 Rubber is patented
1793 Cornerstone laid for Groningen's new townhall
1784 Premiere of Mozart's Sonata in B flat, K454 (Vienna)
1781 French fleet occupies Tobago
1781 French fleet stopped Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope
1715 John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time
1707 English/Scottish parliament accept Act of Union, form Great Britain
1706 Emperor Jozef I becomes monarch of Cologne/Bavaria
1701 Drenthe Netherlands adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is May 12, 1701
1670 Pope Clemens X elected
1661 Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan
1644 Farm leader Li Zicheng becomes emperor of China and flees Peking
1636 Prince Frederik Henry occupies Schenkenschans
1628 Sweden and Denmark sign defense treaty against Duke of Wallenstein
1623 11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru
1553 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
1550 Emperor Charles V gives inquisiters additional authority
1540 Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Gent ended
1522 Emperor Charles V names Frans van Holly inquisitor-general of Netherlands
1429 Joan of Arc leads Orleans, France, to victory over English
1091 Battle at Monte Levunium: Emperor Alexius I beats Petshegenes

A happy Birthday to the Air Conditioner

By: plapman, 12:43 PM GMT on April 28, 2010

Today will start sunny with cloudy periods then increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The wind will be from the southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning then increasing to 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph). A high of 21C(70F) is forecast.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers overnight with risk of a thunderstorm.The wind will continue from the southeast at 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) then diminishing to 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) late this evening then becoming light overnight as the low drops to 11C(52F).
From My Basement Window

Todays History from
1989 Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money
1967 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army and stripped of boxing title
1947 Thor Heyerdahl and Kon-Tiki sail from Peru to Polynesia
1934 Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Home Owners Loan Act
1914 W. H. Carrier patents air conditioner

A Nice Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:36 PM GMT on April 27, 2010

Today will start sunny with a high of 19C(66F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods but clearing late this evening. The overnight low will be 4C(39F).
From My Basement Window

The great granddaughter caused some excitement for the Queen last night. While being sent, unwilling, to bed for the night she got hold of her mother unattended cell phone. She somehow managed to call 911. With a 2 year old crying for Grandma in the background and no adult on the phone the 911 operator dispatched the RCMP. 3 officers interrupted the Queen's phone call. After explaining the event to them they left.
Today's Events in history from
1994 President Nixon buried in Nixon Library in California
1984 Over 70 inches of snow falls on Red Lake Montana
1960 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine launched, the Tullibee
1937 U.S. Social Security system makes its 1st benefit payment
1861 West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from U.S.

A Cool Evening for the Northern Edge

By: plapman, 1:18 PM GMT on April 26, 2010

Today will start cloudy then clearing near noon. A high of 18C(64F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear with a low of -1C(30F).
rong>From My Basement Window

Today's Events in History from

2005 Syria withdraws troops from Lebanon, ending its 29 year military occupation
1997 "Life," opens at Barrymore Theater New York City
1996 Shaun Pollock takes 4 wkts in 4 balls for Warwickshire in B&H
1996 Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million
1995 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
1995 Coors Field, opens in Denver, Rockies beat Mets 11-9 in 14 innings
1994 26.9 degrees C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temp record)
1994 Mad About You actress Leila Kenzel (33) weds Neil Monaco (34)
1994 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
1994 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr. Nomaza Paintin is 1st black South African to vote
1993 "Shakespeare for My Father" opens at Helen Hayes New York City for 266 performances
1993 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
1993 NBC announces Conan O'Brien to replace David Letterman
1993 STS-55 (Columbia) launches into orbit
1992 "Grand Hotel
" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 1,018 performances
1992 "Growing Pains," final episode on ABC TV
1992 "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater New York City for 569 performances
1992 "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 45 performances
1992 "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 13 performances
1992 "Who's The Boss," final episode after 8 years on ABC TV
1992 Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously
1992 Maggie Will wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1992 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base
1991 "Dinosaurs" premieres on ABC-TV
1991 23 killed in Kansas and Oklahoma by tornadoes
1991 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession and distribution of illegal narcotics
1990 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 52 performances
1990 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
1990 Danny Wood of New Kids, steps on a stuffed animal and twists his ankle
1990 New York court of appeals ends 2 year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case
1990 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters
1989 AT&T announces New Jersey's 201 area code will split into 908 and 201
1989 Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany
1988 1st TNN Viewers choice awards - Randy Travis wins in 5 categories
1988 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
1988 New York Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert..." closes at Ambassador New York City after 13 performances
1986 Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger weds newscaster Maria Shriver
1986 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Marshall Holman
1986 France performs nuclear test
1986 Game between Angels and Twins delayed for 9 minutes by strong winds
1986 Worst nuclear disaster, 4th reactor at Chernobyl U.S.S.R. explodes, 31 die
1984 Liverpool's
Cavern Club reopens
1984 President Reagan visits China
1983 Bruins 2-Isles 5-Wales Conference Championship-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1983 Dow Jones Industrial Avg breaks 1,200 for 1st time
1983 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
1982 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
1982 CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio
1982 Gene Michael becomes New York Yankee manager for 2nd time
1982 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche
1981 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 13 performances
1981 Largest U.S. bank robbery in Tucson, Arizona, more than $33 million stolen
1980 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980 Iran begins scattering U.S. hostages from U.S. Embassy
1980 Longest jump by a jet boat is set at 120'
1980 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
1978 France sends troops to Chad
1978 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
1977 New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens
1976 Pan Am begins non-stop flights New York City - Tokyo
1975 Mario Soares' Socialist Party wins 1st free election in Portugal
1975 Penguins 0-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Isles win series 4-3
1975 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 home runs ties NL record of 11 home runs in April
1974 Landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru creates a natural dam
1974 Malta adopts constitution
1974 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline and Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow and Upshaw
1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona," musical opens in London
1973 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hours
1971 Turkey state of siege proclaimed
1970 "Company" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 690 performances
1969 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 110 performances
1969 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 435 performances
1969 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman
1968 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 U.S. underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
1967 "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 293 performances
1967 KSPS TV channel 7 in Spokane, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 San Marco 2 Launch (1st Equatorial Launch)
1966 Arnold "Red" Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
1965 Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
1964 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat San Francisco Warriors, 4 games to 1
1964 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar form United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar
1962 1st Lockheed A-12 flies
1962 Ranger 4 crash lands on (backside of) Moon
1962 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
1962 U.S. and U.K. launch Ariel; 1st international payload
1961 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria
1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
1959 Cuba invades Panama
1959 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
1957 Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
1954 Far Eastern Affairs conference opens in Geneva
1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
1952 U.S. minesweeper "Hobson" rams aircraft carrier "Wasp," kills 176
1951 Queen Juliana opens Brielsche Mausoleum
1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
1950 University of Miami ends William and Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
1947 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason
1944 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
1944 Papandreou government in Greece forms
1942 Coal mine explosion kills 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Bath
1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium for the Chicago Cubs
1941 Potatoes rationed in Holland
1938 Austrian Jews required to register property above 5,000 Reichsmarks
1937 German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain
1936 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 4th Symphony
1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
1933 Jewish students are barred from school in Germany
1932 Jean Anouilh's "L'Ermine," premieres in Paris
1931 Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he and Babe Ruth tie for season
1929 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
1928 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
1926 Germany and Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
1926 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
1925 Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for "So big"
1923 English prince Albert (George VI) marries lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
1920 H Shapley and H D Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae
1915 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia
1913 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
1913 Sun Yet San calls for revolt against President Yuan Shikai in China
1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
1907 Jamestown, Virginia Tercentenary Exposition opens
1906 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
1904 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
1900 AL opener in Cleveland draws 6,500
1893 1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms
1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
1887 Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
1865 Battle of Durham Station, North Carolina (Greensboro)
1865 Battle of Ft. Tobacco, Virginia
1865 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham North Carolina
1855 Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy
1853 Dutch King William III disbands 2nd Chamber
1841 "Bombay Gazette" begins publishing on silk
1835 Frederic Chopins "Grand Polonaise Brillante," premieres in Paris
1828 Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence
1819 Odd Fellows Lodge forms
1814 King Louis XVIII lands on Calais, from England
1803 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France
1777 Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from New York to Ct rallying her fathers militia
1755 1st Russian university opens (Moscow)
1721 Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated
1709 Frisian viceroy Johan Willem Friso marries countess Maria Louisa
1677 Emperor Leopold I forms University of Innsbruck
1655 Dutch West Indies Co denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam
1654 Jews are expelled from Brazil
1607 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va
1564 William Shakespeare baptized
1532 Sultan Suleiman through Hungary on away to Vienna
1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo and kill Giuliano de'Medici
1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I

Clouds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:10 PM GMT on April 25, 2010

Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then becoming cloudy this afternoon. High 20.

Tonight will be cloudy with n overnight low of 5.
rong>From My Basement Window


I seem to have beaten the rhino virus that's been stampeding through my head. After 12 hours sleep last night I feel better this morning.
day's History from
1990 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery
1980 Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran
1979 Peace treaty between Israel and Egypt goes into effect
1960 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed by Triton
1886 Sigmund Freud opens practice at Rathausstrasse 7, Vienna

Happy Birthday IBM PC

By: plapman, 1:28 PM GMT on April 24, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a high of 18C(64F).
Tonight will bring clearing and an overnight low of 5C(41F).

Today in History from
1981 IBM-PC computer introduced
1953 Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1898 Spain declares war on U.S. rejecting ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
1888 Eastman Kodak forms
1800 Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation

The Warmest Day This Year

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on April 23, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high of 24C(75F).
Tonight will remain clear with increasing cloudiness overnight and an overnight low of 10C(50F).
A Gopher Abbey Missed

April 23 Events in History From
2000 Gulf Air flight 72 crashes near Bahrain, killing 143
1997 "Titanic," opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City
1997 32nd Academy of Country Music Awards: LeAnn Rines and Brooks and Dunn
1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Reno, Nevada on KRZQ 96.5 FM
1996 Sotherby begins 4 day auction of Jackie Onassis things nets $34.5 million
1995 Laura Davis wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
1995 President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City
1994 Army shoots to death 23-40 fishermen in Gonaives Haiti
1994 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Norm Duke
1994 Libertarian party nominates Howard Stern for Governor of New York
1993 Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
1993 Motley Crue's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn
1993 Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy," premieres in New York City
1992 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 4 performances
1992 Marion Berry, former mayor of Washington D.C., let out of prison
1992 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
1991 Bjorn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after 8 year lay off
1991 Gordon Greenidge scores 223 vs. Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home
1991 U.S.S.R. grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
1990 11th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1989 Betsy King wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker
1989 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning
1989 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
1988 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
1988 Federal smoking ban during domestic airline flights of 2 hours or less
1988 Karolina Szabo runs female world record 25k (1:29:30)/30k (1:47;06)
1987 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Ct
1987 New Jersey Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
1986 Grand Floridian Beach Resort groundbreaking
1986 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
1985 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
1985 Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1985 Flyers 5-Isles 3-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 3-0 lead
1985 New Coke debuts
1984 AIDS-virus identified, acquired immune deficiency syndrome
1983 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* vs. Sri Lanka
1980 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die
1978 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
1978 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
1978 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1977 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
1977 Dr. Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
1977 Miltitary workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
1977 Czechoslovakian chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously and only loses 10
1975 Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land," premieres in London
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1972 26th Tony Awards: Sticks and Bones and 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
1972 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
1972 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
1971 Columbia University operations virtually end, by student strike
1971 Soyuz 10 launched; cosmonauts become 1st in Salyut 1 space station
1969 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney
1969 Los Angeles Laker Jerry West scores 53 points
1969 Over 1000 mi flooded on Shantung Province China
1969 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing Bobby Kennedy
1968 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 7 performances
1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 and 10 pence)
1968 United Methodist Church forms
1967 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1967 Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty
1965 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
1964 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr. Charlie," premieres in New York City
1964 New York State Theater opens
1964 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
1963 "She Loves Me" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 302 performances
1963 Jerry Bock and S Harnick's musical "She Loves Me," premieres in New York City
1962 1st U.S. satellite to reach the moon launched
1962 New York Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
1962 Ranger 4, 1st U.S. satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral
1961 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 216 performances
1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1960 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
1959 "Destry Rides Again" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 472 performances
1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
1958 Gil Hodges hits his 300th home run and Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game
1956 U.S. Supreme Court ends race segregation on buses
1955 "Kismet" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 583 performances
1955 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open
1954 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
1953 General Charles P Cabell, USAF, becomes deputy director of CIA
1953 KTAR (now KPNX) TV channel 12 in Phoenix, Arizona (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, Alabama (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 Bob Cain of Browns and Bob Feller of Indians each pitch a one-hitter
1952 New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game and hits his only home run
1952 Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed
1951 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open
1950 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
1950 4th NBA Championship: Minnesota Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2
1950 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
1950 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 3
1949 Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing
1949 Courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco
1949 Netherlands annexes Elten and Tudderen
1948 KSTP TV channel 5 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
1946 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
1945 Concentration camp Flossenburg liberated
1945 U.S. troops in Italy cross river Po
1943 British and U.S. offensive directed at Tunis/Bizerta
1942 4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins
1942 Luftwaffe bombs Exeter
1941 Greece Army surrenders to German Nazis RAF brings Greek king George II to Egypt
1940 Dance hall fires kills 198 (Natchez Miss)
1940 New York Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
1939 1st performance of Bela Bartok's 2nd Concerto for violin
1939 Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st home run
1938 Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia demand self government
1936 Carl Hubbell's 1st start of season is his 17th straight win
1933 Dovo soccer team forms in Veenendaal
1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon
1925 1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged
1925 Pastor LH Perquin forms Union of Catholic Dutch Radio (KRO) forms
1924 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley
1921 Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 seconds)
1920 Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
1919 Major leagues open a reduced 140-game season
1918 Battle of Zeebrugge ends
1918 Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea
1918 National Urban League forms
1916 Lord Dunsany's "Night at an Inn," premieres in New York City
1915 ACA becomes National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA)
1910 International Exhibition opens in Brussels
1908 Denmark, Germany, England, France, Netherlands and Sweden sign North Sea accord
1904 American Academy of Arts and Letters forms
1903 New York Highlanders (Yankees) win their 1st game beating Washington Senators 7-2
1900 1st know occurrence of word "hillbillie" (New York Journal)
1896 Premier of motion pictures (Koster and Bial's Music Hall, New York City)
1896 Vitascope system of movie projection 1st demonstrated (New York City)
1891 Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia
1883 John Heemskerk Azn forms Dutch government
1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera "Patience" produced in London
1878 1st Dutch test drive of steam tram
1871 Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay blown up
1867 Queen Victoria and Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1864 Battle of Cane River, Louisiana (Red River Expedition, Monett's Ferry)
1861 Arkansas troops seize Ft. Smith
1861 Battle of San Antonio, Texas
1860 Dem convention in Charleston South Carolina divided over slavery
1851 Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
1838 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in New York City
1826 Missolonghi captured by Turks
1798 Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1795 William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason
1789 President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York
1775 Opera "Il Re Pastore" is produced (Salzburg)
1723 Cornelis Steenoven elected archbishop of Utrecht
1705 Richard Steele's "Tender Husband," premieres in London
1662 Connecticut chartered as an English colony
1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
1633 Sweden and Protestant German monarchy form Union of Heilbronn
1616 Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
1504 King Maximilian I routes troops to Bavaria
1501 Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral and 6 ships return to Lisbon
1500 Pedro Cabral lands and annexes Brazil (Terra da Vera Cruz)
1348 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)
1154 Damascus surrenders to sultan Nur ad-Din van Aleppo
1014 King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf

Sunny and Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:40 PM GMT on April 22, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high near 21C(70F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 2C(36F).

The Rhino Virus has struck me. A head cold has been passed around and I guess its my turn to join the Queen and great granddaughters in misery. I slept in till 9:00 am which is really unusual for me.

April 22 Events in History from

2004 Train
fire and explosion in Ryongchon, North Korea kills at least 160 and levels several buildings
2000 Elian Gonzalez is snatched by a SWAT team from his Florida relatives to return him to his father in Cuba
1995 General Tire World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Aulby
1995 George Foreman beats Axel Schulz in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 7,000 Tutsi's slaughtered in stadium of Kibuye Rwanda
1994 Borge Ousland reaches North pole
1994 Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500
1994 In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made
1994 Michael Moorer beats Evander Holyfield in 12 for heavywgt boxing title
1994 Schelto Patijn appointed mayor of Amsterdam
1993 "Who's Tommy" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 899 performances
1993 Candid Camera creator Allen Funt suffers a stroke at 78
1993 Seattle Mariner Chris Basio no-hits Boston Red Sox
1993 Tennis star Bjorn Borg divorces Loredana Berte
1992 "High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club" closes at H Hayes New York City 14 performances
1992 6.0 earthquake in California
1992 Gas explodes in sewer, kills 200 in Guadalajara Mexico
1992 Holocaust Museum dedicated in Washington D.C.
1992 Plane crash at Perris Valley Airport California, kills 16 parachutists
1991 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica and Panama, kills 95
1991 Frank Thomas is 1st White Sox to homer at new Comiskey Park
1991 Intel releases 486SX chip
1991 Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from Tonight Show
1991 Shalom America (Jewish cable network) is launched in Brooklyn and Queens
1990 "Truly Blessed" opens at Longacre Theater New York City for 33 performances
1990 Lebanon release U.S. hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months
1989 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 12 performances
1989 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter, Rickey Henderson
1988 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
1988 New Jersey Devil Patrik Sundstrom ties NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick and 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
1987 Sri Lanka Air Force bomb Tamil, 100s killed
1986 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1983 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 Rangers 2-Isles 5-Patrick Div Finals-Isles win series 4-2
1983 Soyuz T-8 returns to Earth
1983 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
1983 Stern mag announces major historical find-discovery of 60 volume personal diaries written by Adolph Hitler (turned out to be a hoax)
1982 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season
1982 Launch of STS-3-Lousma and Fullerton
1981 10,000 copper workers in Chile strike
1981 Almost 1 million West German metal workers in strike
1981 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts
1981 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament
1979 Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada
1978 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
1977 Simon Peres becomes premier of Israel
1976 Barbara Walters becomes 1st female nightly network news anchor
1975 Penguins 2-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-2 lead
1974 Barbara Walters becomes news co-anchor of Today Show
1972 Apollo astronauts John Young and Charles Duke ride on Moon
1971 Soyuz 10 launched
1970 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 5 performances
1970 1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources
1970 Flat Earth celebrated
1970 New York Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher
1970 New York Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
1970 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings
1969 1st human eye transplant performed
1969 Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1969 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
1967 Martial Law goes into effect in Greece
1966 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating New York Mets 8-4
1966 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar form republic Tanzania
1964 World's Fair (Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, New York) opens
1962 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Sunshine Golf Open
1962 New York Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
1962 Pirates tie then record of 10 straight wins to start season
1962 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
1961 Uprising of French parachutist of General Salan/Challe in Algeria
1959 Yankee Whitey Ford strikes-out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings
1959 Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, and 3 errors
1957 All NL teams intergates, John Irwin Kennedy is 1st black on Phillies
1956 Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
1955 Congress orders all U.S. coins bear motto "In God We Trust"
1955 Kansas City Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2
1954 Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
1954 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock and 6 team-foul rule
1954 Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began
1954 U.S.S.R. joins UNESCO
1952 1st atomic explosion on network news, Nob, Nevada
1952 Eugene Ionesco's "Les Chaises," premieres in New York City
1951 Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in New York City
1948 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, Virginia (CBS) begins broadcasting
1947 1st NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
1946 SED, Sozialistic Einheitspartei Deutschlands, party forms
1945 Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen liberated
1945 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
1944 Allies land near Hollandia, New-Guinea
1944 Hitler and Mussolini meet at Salzburg
1943 German counter attack in North-Tunisia
1943 RAF shoots down 14 German transport planes over Mediterranean Sea
1940 Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before U.S. Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
1937 New York City college students stage 4th annual peace strike
1933 Dutch government forbids leftwing radio address
1931 Egypt and Iraq sign peace treaty
1930 U.S., Britain and Japan sign London Naval Treaty
1927 1st performance of Roger Sessions' Symphony in E
1926 Persia, Turkey and Afghanistan sign treaties of security
1924 Hague Chambers of Commerce forms
1922 South Ossetian Autonomous Region forms in Georgian SSR
1916 France battles at Fort Douaumont
1915 1st military use of chlorine poison gas by Germany in WW I
1915 2nd Battle of Ypres begins
1915 New York Yankees don pinstripes and hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time
1914 Babe Ruth's 1st professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit 6-0 win
1914 Mexico ends diplomatic relations with U.S.
1913 Montenegro troops march into Skoetari, North-Albania
1908 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
1906 10th anniversary Olympic games open at Athens, Greece
1906 New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
1905 Operations begin uniting conservatory of Nature monument Amsterdam
1903 American Power Boat Association forms
1903 New York Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game, Senators win 3-1 before 11,950
1898 1st Spanish-American War action: USS Nashville, takes enemy ship
1898 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
1898 Cincinnati Red Theodore Breitenstein no-hits Pirates 11-0
1898 Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry
1898 U.S. President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors
1897 New York City Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
1893 Francis Dhanis army occupies Kasongo
1893 Paul Kruger elected president of Transvaal for 3rd time
1889 Oklahoma land rush officially started; some were "sooner"
1884 Thomas Stevens starts 1st bike trip around world (2 years 9 mos)
1884 U.S. recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State
1876 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
1876 Tsjaikovsky completes his "Swan Lake" ballet
1876 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
1864 U.S. mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of "In God We Trust")
1861 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces
1838 English steamship "Sirius" docks in New York City after Atlantic crossing
1823 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
1823 R. J. Tyers patents roller skates
1817 Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight
1809 Battle at Eckmuhl - Napoleon beats Austria arch duke Karl
1804 Gioacchino Rossini (12) performs in Imola
1796 Napoleon defeats Piedmontese at Battle of Mondovi
1793 President Washington attends opening of Rickett's, 1st circus in U.S.
1769 Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV's "official" mistress
1728 Pierre de Marivaux' "Le Triomphe de Plutus," premieres in Paris
1722 19 VOC "komplotteurs" in Batavia executed
1692 Edward Bishop is jailed for proposong flogging as cure for witchcraft
1677 Battle at Catania: between French and Dutch fleet
1676 Battle of Etna - Netherlands/Spain vs France, M de Ruyter fatally wounded
1674 Netherlands and Munster sign peace treaty
1671 King Charles II sits in on English parliament
1662 Royal Society incorporates
1659 Lord protector Cromwell disbands English parliament
1648 English army claims king Charles I responsible for bloodshed
1529 Treaty of Saragosa: Spain and Portugal divide eastern hemisphere
1521 French king Francois I declares war on Spain
1509 Henry VIII ascended to throne of England
1500 Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil and claims it for Portugal
1370 Bastille begins being built in Paris
1164 Raynald of Dassel names Guido di Crema as anti-pope Paschalis III
1145 19th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1073 Pope Alexander II buried/Ildebrando chosen as Pope Gregory VII
1056 Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye
536 St. Agapitus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
296 St. Gaius ends his reign as Catholic Pope

More Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:58 PM GMT on April 21, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high of 15C(59F). Tonight will remain clear with a low of 0C(32F).
Yesterdays trip to CNIB was uneventfull. It seems I,ve already used most of thier ideas to help with my vision problem. I did come away with a white ID cane to let others know I have a vision problem and am not bumpimg into them on purpose.
From My Basement Window

April 21 Events in History from

1997 101st Boston Marathon won by Lameck Aguta of Kenya in 2:10:34
1997 26th Boston Women's Marathon won by Fatuma Roba of Ethopia in 2:26:23
1997 Ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit
1996 "Delicate Balance," opens at Plymouth Theater New York City
1996 57th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
1996 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
1996 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
1996 Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup
1996 Wayne James scores 99 and 99 and ct 11 stp 2 in Logan Cup Final
1995 Boston Celtics final game at Boston Gardens, New York Knicks win 98-92
1995 FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh and charge him with Oklahoma City bombing
1994 "Picnic" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 45 performances
1994 Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit home runs in a games (11 times)
1994 Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia, 28 killed
1993 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" opens at Circle in Sq New York City for 30 performances
1993 Brazil votes against a monarchy
1993 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman weds Suzanne Accosta on French Riveria
1992 "High Rollers" opens at Helen Hayes theater on Broadway
1992 Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill
1991 52nd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Jack Nicklaus
1991 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
1991 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
1991 Greatest extra-inning comeback, Pitts scores 6 in bottom of 11th erasing 5 run Cub lead, Pirates also trailed 7-2 in bottom of 9th
1990 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks
1990 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
1990 Reds win running their record to 9-0, best start in club history
1989 George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
1989 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
1988 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
1988 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
1987 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
1987 Dow Jones Avg soared 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history
1987 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season
1987 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)
1987 Tamil bomb attack in Colombo Sri Lanka, 115 killed
1986 15th Boston Women's Marathon won by I Kristiansen of Norway in 2:24:55
1986 90th Boston Marathon won by Rob de Castella of Australia in 2:07:51
1986 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
1986 Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault on TV and finds nothing
1985 Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
1985 Flyers 5-Isles 2-Patrick Div Finals-Flyers hold 2-0 lead
1985 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06
1985 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1984 After 37 weeks, "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose"
1984 Centers for Disease Control says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
1984 Franz Weber of Austria skis downhill at a record 209.8 kph
1984 Montreal Expo David Palmer no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0 in a perfect 5 inn game
1983 Soyuz T-8 is launched
1983 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
1982 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
1982 Dr. Michael E. Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
1982 Dutch Queen Beatrice addresses U.S. Congress
1981 U.S. furnish $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia
1980 84th Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:12:11
1980 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWWW Detroit, Michigan
1980 9th Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Gareau of Canada in 2:34:28, Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champ she hadn't run entire course
1979 "Carmelina" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 17 performances
1977 "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 2377 performances
1977 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
1977 Broadway play "Annie" opens, 1st of 2,377 performances
1977 C Strouse and M Charnins musical "Annie," premieres in New York City
1977 Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh
1976 Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1975 4th Boston Women's Marathon won by Liane Winter of W Germ in 2:42:24
1975 79th Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:09:55
1975 Last South Vietnam president Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years
1975 Liane Winter wins world record female Boston marathon (2:42:24)
1974 28th Tony Awards: River Niger and Raisin win
1974 3rd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jo Ann Prentice
1972 John Young and Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
1972 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
1971 Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland
1970 Reds clout 7 home runs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 home runs, 6 for one team and 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
1969 73rd Boston Marathon won by Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan in 2:13:49
1968 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz and Guilderstern and Hallelujah Baby! win
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1967 Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games)
1967 EO, Evangelical Broadcasting, begins in Netherlands
1967 Josef Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, defects to U.S.
1967 Military coup in Greece, Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier
1967 Svetlana Alliluyeva (Josef Stalin's daughter) defects in New York City
1966 Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
1965 New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd and final season
1964 Pirates and Cubs combine for 9 home runs, Pirates win 8-5
1963 Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
1963 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open
1962 Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington
1961 Dirk U. Suffocated chosen as Secretary-General of NATO
1961 French army revolts in Algeria
1961 USAF Major Robert M. White takes X-15 to 32,000 m
1960 Brasilia becomes capital of Brazil
1959 1211-kg great white shark becomes largest fish ever caught on a rod
1959 Alf Dean using a rod and reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" white shark
1957 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum
1956 Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel," becomes #1
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
1955 J Lawrence and R E Lee's "Inherit the Wind," premieres in New York City
1955 Minas Gerais Argentina tunnel caves in; 30 die
1954 Gregori Malenkov becomes premier of U.S.S.R.
1954 USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
1952 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
1951 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 3
1951 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
1948 1st Polaroid camera was sold in US
1948 2nd NBA Championship: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
1946 SED, Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
1945 Allied troops occupy German nuclear laboratory
1945 He Shima Okinawa conquered in 5 days, 5,000 die
1945 Ivor Nivello's "Perchance to Dream," premieres in London
1945 Russia army arrives at outskirts of Berlin
1945 U.S. 7th Army occupies Neurenberg
1944 NFL Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
1941 Greece surrenders to nazi-Germany
1940 1st $64 Question, "Take It or Leave It," on CBS Radio
1940 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
1935 King Boris of Bulgaria forbids all political parties
1934 Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game
1930 Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322
1930 Vladimir Mayakovsky's "Moskva Golid," premieres in Moscow
1925 Chuvash Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Chuvash ASSR
1925 No baseball games played in NL due to Charles Ebbets' funeral
1925 Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels," premieres in London
1920 John Galsworthy's "Skin Game," premieres in London
1914 U.S. Marines occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico, stay 6 months
1913 German passenger ship Imperator runs aground
1913 Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper
1910 Cleveland Naps play 1st game at League Park, lose to Detroit Tigers 5-0
1908 Frederick A. Cook claims to reach North Pole, he didn't
1904 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
1898 Phillies' pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam on 1st at bat
1898 Spanish-American War begins
1894 George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man," premieres in London
1892 Black Longshoremen strike for higher wages in St. Louis Mo
1884 Potters Field reopened as Madison Park
1878 New York installs 1st firehouse pole
1878 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Inscrutabili
1878 Ship Azor leaves Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia
1865 Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington
1863 Declaration of Baha'u'llah; Baha'i Feast of Ridvan (Jalal 13, 20)
1862 Congress establishes U.S. Mint in Denver, Colorado
1862 Ellen Price Wood's "East Lynne, premieres in Boston
1857 Alexander Douglas patents the bustle
1855 1st train crosses Mississippi River's 1st bridge, Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport Iowa
1836 Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico
1828 Noah Webster publishes 1st American dictionary
1818 Franz Grillparzer's "Sappho," premieres in Vienna
1794 New York City formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect New York City from British
1789 John Adams sworn in as 1st U.S. Vice President (9 days before Washington)
1785 Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges
1739 Spain and Naples-Austria sign peace accord
1689 William III and Mary Stuart proclaimed king and queen of England
1654 England and Sweden sign trade agreement
1649 Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship
1600 1st date in James Clavell's novel Shogun
1572 France and England sign anti-Spanish military covenant
1526 Battle at Panipat: Mogol Emperor Babur beats sultan Ibrahim Lodi
1521 Battle at Villalar: Emperor Charles I beats Communards
1509 Henry the VIII becomes King of England
1477 Maximilian of Habsburg marries Maria of Bourgondie at proxy
1453 Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople
1420 Treaty of Saint Maartens Dike
953 Otto I the Great gives Utrecht fishing rights

Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:30 PM GMT on April 20, 2010

Today will be sunny with a north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. The high will be near 17C(63F).
Tonight will remain clear while the wind becomes light becoming light early this evening.The oveernight low will be -1C(30F).
I'm off to the city for an appointment with the CNIB today.

Warm and Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:38 PM GMT on April 19, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high near 23C(73F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 1C(34F).


I had a call from an old friend last night. I worked with the man for 25 yeara untill he retired in 1991. He's coming to Portage today stopping in for lunch.
Abbey hasn't caught a gopher yet that I have seen this year. She's got alot of catching up to do to beat her record 8 last year.
Today's Events in History from

2006 Han Myung-sook elected Prime Minister of South Korea
2005 Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, becomes the 265th pope
2000 Air Philippines flight 541 crashes into a hill near Davao, killing 131
1998 59th PGA Seniors Golf Championship
1997 Renee Slaughter, crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
1997 San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
1996 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
1996 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
1995 Chopper 4 1st used on WNBC TV (New York City) news
1995 Truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma City, kills 168
1994 15th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
1994 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election
1994 Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation of police beating
1994 Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
1993 22nd Boston Women's Marathon won by Olga Markova of Russia in 2:25:27
1993 97th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas N'deti of Kenya in 2:09:33
1993 Fire in psychiatric institute in South Korea, kills 40
1993 The Branch Davidian Compound near Waco, Texas, is destroyed in a fire after 51-day stand-off; 76 people die, including 24 British nationals and 20 children
1992 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont New York City after 38 perf
1992 Balki and Mary Ann wed on "Perfect Strangers"
1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Sega Women's Golf Championship
1991 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavywgt boxing title
1991 Greyhound Bus posts $195 million loss for 1990
1990 Contra guerrillas, leftist Sandinistas and incoming government agree to truce
1990 Marla Maples appears on ABC's Prime-Time
1990 Pistons and 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)
1990 Truce in Nicaragua's civil war
1989 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
1989 Kevin Elster (New York Mets), sets errorless shortstop mark at 73
1989 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
1987 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand )
1987 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 and record 12th straight AL win
1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver
1987 Jacqueline Blanc, sets women's downhill ski speed record, 124.9 mph
1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Santa Barbara Golf Open
1987 Los Angeles Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
1987 Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve
1987 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1986 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 16th Space Shuttle Mission (51-D)-Discovery 4 returns to Earth
1985 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1984 Nemesis, death star of dinosaurs 1st appears in Nature magazine
1983 France performs nuclear test
1982 11th Boston Women's Marathon won by Charlotte Teske of Germany in 2:29:33
1982 86th Boston Marathon won by Alberto Salazar of Oreg in 2:08:51
1982 Guinon Bluford announced as 1st black astronaut
1982 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
1982 Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut
1982 U.S.S.R. Salyut 7 space station put into orbit
1981 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf
1981 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
1981 William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos," premieres in New York City
1981 Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox play to 2-2 tie in 32 innings, game suspended at 4:07 AM (Pawtucket later wins in 33rd)
1979 Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, Yankees Goose Gossage and Cliff
1979 Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb
1978 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
1976 5th Boston Women's Marathon won by Kim Merritt of Wis in 2:47:10
1976 80th Boston Marathon won by Jack Fultz of Wash, DC in 2:20:19
1975 India launches 1st satellite with help of U.S.S.R.
1974 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park home run against New York Yankees
1973 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow"
1973 Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president
1973 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1972 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse New York City for 1,065 performances
1972 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1972 Hungary revises constitution
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 75th Boston Marathon won by Alvaro Mejia of Colombia in 2:18:45
1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)
1971 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
1971 U.S.S.R. Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit
1970 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 25 performances
1970 24th Tony Awards: Borstal Boy and Applause win
1970 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1968 72nd Boston Marathon won by Amby Burfoot of Connecticut in 2:22:17
1968 Belgian construction workers strike
1968 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
1967 "Casino Royale" premieres
1967 71st Boston Marathon won by Dave McKenzie of New Zealand in 2:15:45
1967 Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years
1967 U.S. Surveyor III lands on Moon
1967 Yugoslav author Mihaljo Mihaljov sentenced 4 years
1966 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic
1966 70th Boston Marathon won by Kenji Kimihara of Japan in 2:17:11
1966 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
1965 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in New York City) begins operating
1965 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in 2:16:33
1965 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
1965 At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
1964 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
1964 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma," premieres in West-Berlin
1963 "Hot Spot" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 43 performances
1963 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58
1962 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48
1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m
1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
1960 Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs
1960 Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating
1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1959 Uprising in La Paz Bolivia, fails
1958 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54
1956 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
1956 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
1956 U.S. actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III
1955 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
1954 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
1954 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
1953 WAFB TV channel 9 in Baton Rouge, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53
1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 267 performances
1951 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
1951 General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
1950 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39
1949 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8
1949 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
1948 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
1948 ABC-TV network begins
1948 Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
1947 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
1947 AAU record for a 25' rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds
1947 French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
1947 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
1947 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)
1946 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
1945 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:30:40.2
1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway
1945 U.S. aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
1945 U.S. offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa
1944 Allied fleet attack Sabang Sumatra
1943 Revolt in Warsaw Ghetto under Mordechai Anielewicz
1943 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8
1943 Jews attack Nazi occupation forces at Warsaw Ghetto
1942 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2
1941 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
1941 B Brecht's "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder," premieres in Zurich
1941 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
1941 Milk rationed in Holland
1940 "Lake Shore Ltd" derails speed killing 34 near Little Falls NY
1940 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
1940 Dutch prime minister De Geer declares state of siege
1939 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
1939 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
1938 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:35:34.8
1938 Phil Emmett Mueller and Dodger Ernie Koy both homer in their 1st at bat
1937 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
1936 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Palestine
1935 39th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:32:07.4
1934 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
1934 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up and Cheer"
1933 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:31:01.6
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt announces U.S. will leave gold standard
1932 36th Boston Marathon won by Paul de Bruyn of Germany in 2:33:36.4
1932 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week
1930 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:34:48.2
1929 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6
1928 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:37:07.8
1928 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
1928 Yankees are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
1927 "Vagabond King" opens in London
1927 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:40:22.2
1926 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
1924 "National Barn Dance" premieres on WLS Chicago
1924 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:29:40.2
1923 27th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:23:37.4
1923 New Egyptian law allows suffrage for men, except soldiers
1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:18:10
1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of New Jersey in 2:18:57.6
1921 Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
1920 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
1919 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder of Mass in 2:29:13.4
1919 French assembly decides on 8 hour work day
1919 Leslie Irvin of U.S. makes 1st parachute jump and free fall
1919 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
1917 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of New York in 2:28:37.2
1916 "Bing Boys are Here" opens in London
1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
1916 Italians troops conquer Col di Lana at Merano
1915 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2
1913 17th Boston Marathon won by Fritz Carlson of Minnesota in 2:25:14.8
1912 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan of New York in 2:21:18.2
1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:21:39.6
1911 George Bernard Shaw's "Fanny's First Play," premieres in London
1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Fred Cameron of Canada in 2:28:52.4
1910 Halley's comet seen by naked eye 1st time this trip (Curacao)
1909 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of New Hampshire in 2:53:36.8
1907 11th Boston Marathon won by Tom Longboat of Canada in 2:24:24
1906 10th Boston Marathon won by Tim Ford of Mass in 2:45:45
1906 Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
1905 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz of New York in 2:38:25.4
1904 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of New York in 2:38:04.4
1904 Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
1902 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of New York in 2:43:12
1901 5th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:29:23.6
1901 James J Caffrey wins Boston marathon (2:29:23.6)
1900 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4
1900 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
1899 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Mass in 2:54:38
1898 2nd Boston Marathon won by Ron McDonald of Mass in 2:42:00
1897 1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)
1897 1st Boston Marathon won by John McDermott of New York in 2:55:10
1897 1st performance of Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande"
1896 Herzl's "The Jewish State" is published
1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Werther," premieres in New York City
1892 Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass)
1890 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in Brussels
1877 Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris)
1874 Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire
1864 Naval Engagement at Cherbourg, FR: USS Kearsage vs. CSS Alabama
1863 Union troops/fleet occupy For Huger, Virginia
1861 Baltimore riots-4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed
1861 Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War)
1853 Netherlands Van Hall government forms
1852 California Historical Society forms
1839 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom and Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
1837 Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth
1836 Nikolai Gogol's "Revisor," premieres in St. Petersburg
1825 33 patriotic exiles return to Uruguay
1782 Netherlands recognizes U.S.
1775 Minutemen Captain John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon
1775 Revolution begins-Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
1774 CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis," premieres in Paris
1770 Amsterdam buys Van Aerssens family 1/3 part of Suriname
1770 Captain James Cook 1st sees Australia
1713 Emperor Karel VI ends Pragmatic Sanctions
1619 Theatrum Anatomicum opens in Amsterdam
1591 Chartres surrenders to king Henri IV in France
1587 Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain and sinks Spanish fleet
1552 Mauritius of Saksen captures Karel
1539 Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1529 2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism
1524 Pope Clemens VII fires Netherlands inquisitor-general French Van de Holly
1451 Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne
607 Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs of Earth

Warm and Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:53 PM GMT on April 18, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high near 21C(70F).
Tonight will see a few clouds and an overnight low of 5C(41F).
A Short Version of Todays History from
1995 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football
1994 Former President Nixon suffered a stroke and dies 4 days later
1978 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
1968 London Bridge is sold to U.S. oil company to be erected in Arizona
1909 Joan of Arc declared a saint

Warm and Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:25 PM GMT on April 17, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high of 18C(64F) expected.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 1C(34F).
Today in History from
2009 The 5th Summit of the Americas takes place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, thirty-four heads of government attend
1997 John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker
1997 New Jersey Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game
1995 24th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:25:11
1995 99th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:09:22
1994 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 30 performances
1994 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 72 performances
1994 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins
1994 Aruba government of Oduber falls
1994 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
1994 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
1993 Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney Kings civil rights
1993 STS-56, Discovery, lands
1991 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
1991 Railroad workers go on strike in U.S.
1990 Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
1989 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
1989 93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06
1989 Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
1989 Polish labor union granted legal status
1989 Soviet-U.S. agreement allows Soviets to fight U.S. pros
1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points
1987 New York Richard Wilbur appointed as U.S. poet laureate
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
1986 Netherlands and Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
1986 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
1984 Libyan embassy demonstration, 1 shot dead
1983 1st National Coin Week begins
1983 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
1983 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
1983 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
1983 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic
1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
1983 Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs Rangers Rangers 7-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-1 lead Wayne Gretzky scores 7 goals in one Stanley Cup playoff game
1982 Canada adopts its constitution
1982 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
1979 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?," premieres in London
1978 63,500,000 shares traded on New York stock exchange (record)
1978 7th Boston Women's Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Georgia in 2:44:52
1978 82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13
1978 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
1977 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 864 performances
1977 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1976 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phillies win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive home runs
1975 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)
1975 Penguins 6-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-0 lead
1974 Moslem fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis Egypt
1973 2nd Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Hansen of CA in 3:05:59
1973 77th Boston Marathon won by Jon Anderson of Oreg in 2:16:03
1972 1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of New York in 3:10:26
1972 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39
1972 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
1971 Egypt, Libya and Syria form federation (FAR)
1971 People's Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
1970 Apollo 13 returns back safely to Earth
1970 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
1969 Bernadette Devlin elected to British house of commons
1969 Czechoslovakia's Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed
1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
1968 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 72 performances
1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
1967 Shortwave Radio New York Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
1967 Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
1966 100th International soccer meet between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1964 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 3 performances
1964 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 375 performances
1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, New York Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
1964 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)
1964 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro
1961 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment," Burt Lancaster and Liz Taylor win
1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
1958 Brussel's (Belgium) World Fair opens
1956 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
1956 Kominform disbands
1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
1956 U.S.S.R.'s Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
1956 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) home run in Washington D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
1951 New York Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
1946 Syria declares independence from French administration
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 German occupiers flood Wieringermeer, Netherlands
1945 Mussolono flees from Salo to Molan
1945 U.S. troops lands in Mindanao
1943 Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
1942 12 Lancasters bombs MAN-factory in Augsburg
1942 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
1941 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
1941 Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy," premieres in New York City
1939 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-nazi pact
1937 Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Petunia Pig, debut
1935 Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%/44 chairs)
1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating New York Giants 23-21
1932 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1930 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
1927 Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
1925 New York Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery
1925 Paul Painleve follows Edouard Herriot on as French premier
1924 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer merged to form MGM
1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies and Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
1920 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
1912 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
1907 Ellis Island, New York - 11,745 immigrants arrive
1905 U.S. Supreme Court judges maximum work day unconstitutional
1900 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
1875 "Snooker" (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
1869 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cincinnati amateurs 15
1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
1864 Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina
1864 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
1864 Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
1863 R Grierson's: La Grange, Tennessee to Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1861 Indianola Texas - "Star of West" taken by Confederacy
1861 Virginia is 8th state to secede
1853 Thorbecke government resigns
1853 U.S. Marine Hospital at Presidio San Francisco forms
1839 Guatemala forms republic
1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54 degrees 40' N
1817 1st U.S. school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships
1793 Battle of Warsaw
1758 Francis Williams, 1st U.S. black college graduate, publishes poems
1747 French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
1711 Charles VI Habsburg becomes king of Austria
1704 1st successful U.S. newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
1629 1st commercial fishery established
1596 Arch duke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
1555 Siena surrenders for Spanish troops
1534 Sir Thomas Moore confined in London Tower
1524 Giovanni Verrazano, a florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1421 Dikes at Dort Holland breaks, 100,000 drown
858 Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

Sunshine and the Promise of a Warm Weekend

By: plapman, 1:53 PM GMT on April 16, 2010

Today will be sunny with a northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this morning. The high is expwctwd to be near 14C(57F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of 1C(34F).
From My Basement Window

April 16 Events in History from
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St. Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
1995 56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins
1994 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) and Matt Richardson (21) wed
1994 Singer Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30)
1993 Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against cop who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th
1992 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 13 performances
1992 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1992 Afghanistan president Najibullah resigns
1992 New York Rangers win team record 50th game
1991 M Leander and E Seago's musical "Matador," premieres in London
1991 St. Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
1990 "Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City for 320 performances
1990 19th Boston Women's Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:25:23
1990 94th Boston Marathon won by Gelindo Bordin of Italy in 2:08:19
1990 Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
1990 Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
1989 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
1989 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
1989 Costa Rica beats U.S. 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1989 Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
1989 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
1987 August Wilson's "Fences" wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama
1987 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
1987 Howard Stern and Infinity Broadcasting are warned by FCC
1987 Michael Jordon, becomes 2nd NBA to score 3000 points in a season
1987 Peter Taylor's "Summons to Memphis" wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
1987 Pulitzer prize awarded to August Wilson for "Fences"
1986 To dispel rumors he's dead, Moammar Gadhafi appears on TV
1986 West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England
1985 "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 79 performances
1985 Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals-Isle win series 3-2
1984 13th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lorraine Moller of New Zealand in 2:29:28
1984 88th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:10:34
1984 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 home runs including a grand slam
1984 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
1983 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
1982 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
1981 "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 13 performances
1981 Columbia space shuttle returns
1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
1980 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
1980 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees and Mets tie 1-1
1979 83rd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:09:27
1979 8th Boston Women's Marathon won by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2:35:15
1979 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport in Belgium
1979 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
1978 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA New York City after 21 performances
1978 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1978 St. Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
1977 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
1975 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
1974 "Words and Music" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 127 performances
1974 200,000 attend rock concert California Jam I in Ontario California
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1972 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 4 performances
1972 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
1972 2 giants pandas arrive in U.S., from China
1972 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
1972 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
1970 70 die in a snow crush (France)
1967 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 161 performances
1967 Yankees beat Boston 7-6 in 18 innings
1966 Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
1965 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
1964 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
1964 Geraldine Mock of U.S. is 1st woman to fly solo round the world
1962 Brazil nationalizes U.S. businesses
1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News
1961 15th Tony Awards: Becket and Bye Bye Birdie win
1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1961 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1959 "Party with Comden and Green" opens at John Golden New York City for 44 performances
1959 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
1959 New York Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
1959 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
1958 22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284
1958 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
1957 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1957 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1956 1st solar powered radios go on sale
1954 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
1953 British royal yacht Britannia taken out of service
1953 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open
1953 Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
1953 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1953 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1952 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 15 performances
1951 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
1949 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1948 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
1947 Explosions and fire on French ship Grandcamp
1947 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated in New York City
1947 Massive explosion and fire kills 522 in Texas City, Texas
1946 1st U.S. launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
1946 NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
1945 German troops in Groningen surrender
1945 Red Army begins Battle of Berlin
1945 U.S. troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II
1945 U.S. troops land on He Shima Okinawa
1943 40 German bombers attack Haarlem, Netherlands, 85 killed
1942 Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship
1942 King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
1941 Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
1940 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
1940 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
1940 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht," premieres in Rio de Janeiro
1939 Stalin requests British, French and Russian anti-nazi pact
1939 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
1938 Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
1935 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee and Molly"
1935 Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a home run
1929 Cleveland Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a home run on 1st at bat
1929 New York Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
1926 Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" and "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
1924 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Matthaus Passion
1924 Child labor laws strengthened in Holland
1922 Annie Oakley sets record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row
1922 German-Russia treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
1921 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
1917 Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution
1912 Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to cross English Channel
1912 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
1908 Natural Bridges National Monument forms near Lake Powell, Utah
1900 U.S. Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
1888 Drentse and Friese peat cutters go on strike
1883 Paul Kruger chosen president of Transvaal
1874 Dr. David Livingstones corpse arrives in Southampton
1871 German Empire ends all anti-Jewish civil restrictions
1870 Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London
1868 Louisiana voters approve new constitution
1866 Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
1866 Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo and Co office explodes
1865 Battle of Columbus and West Point, Georgia (Ft. Tyler)
1862 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
1862 U.S. Confederate Congress calls up all white males (18-35 years)
1861 U.S. president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states
1854 Franz Liszt's "Mazeppa," premieres
1854 San Salvador destroyed by earthquake
1854 Steamer "Long Beach" sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die
1849 Opera "Il Profeta," premieres in Paris
1818 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
1789 George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
1787 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in New York City
1777 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout Brits
1746 Battle at Culloden: Troops of "James VIII and III" defeat Charles Stuart
1724 1st Easter observed
1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed supreme commander
1521 Martin Luther arrives at Diet of Worms
1509 French army under Louis XII enters Alps
1346 King Stefanus IX of Serbia proclaims himself czar of Greece
556 Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

Clouds and Showers Today

By: plapman, 12:54 PM GMT on April 15, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. The wWind will be southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming northwest 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon. A High of High 13C(55F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing and a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph).The overnight low is expected to be near 1C(34F).

April 15 Events in HistoryFrom
2002 Air China flight 129 crashes into a mountain near Pusan, South Korea killing 128
1997 America On Line, begins service in Japan
1997 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charlotte North Carolina on WXRC 95.7 FM
1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 1 performance
1996 100th Boston Marathon won by Moses Tanui of Kenya in 2:09:15.9
1996 25th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:27:12.6
1994 Indians loses 1st game at Jacobs Field, Kansas City wins 2-1
1994 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (21 days after his divorce) weds Mary Richardson
1994 WMMS-FM's Jeff and Flash, and entire station staff, are fired
1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsly is sent to jail for tax evasion
1992 Jay Leno's final appearance as permanent guest host of Tonight
1992 Lincoln Hospital in Bronx loses its accreditation
1992 New York Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)
1992 William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
1991 "Secret Garden" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 706 performances
1991 20th Boston Women's Marathon won by Wanda Panfil of Poland in 2:24:18
1991 95th Boston Marathon won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya in 2:11:06
1991 East-Europe Bank forms in London
1991 Europe foreign ministers lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa
1991 Former child actor Adam Rich charged with burglary
1991 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 9,898
1991 Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $280 per week
1991 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
1991 Ton Sijbrands improves world record blind checker games (15 wins)
1990 "In Living Color" premieres on FOX-TV
1990 Greenidge and Haynes make 298 opening stand (v Eng), their best
1989 95 crushed to death at Sheffield Soccer Stadium in England
1989 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
1989 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
1989 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
1989 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois
1988 Meteorite exploded above Indonesia
1988 Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles," premieres in New York City
1987 "Barbara Cook: A Concert..." opens at Ambassador New York City for 13 performances
1987 Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy," premieres in New York City
1986 U.S. air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
1986 Viv Richards century off 56 balls vs. England in Antigua Test Cricket
1985 14th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 2:34:06
1985 89th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:14:05
1985 Challenger moves to launch pad for 51-B mission
1985 South Africa will repeal sex and marriage laws against whites and non-whites
1984 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater New York City after 13 performances
1984 48th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 277
1984 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1984 Extremist Sikhs plunder 40 stations in Punjab India
1984 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1983 Rangers 0-Isles 5-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens
1982 Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, and landscape display
1981 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story
1979 43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
1978 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
1978 Great Britain performs nuclear test
1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
1976 Yankee stadium reopens, Yankees beat Twins after trailing 4-0
1975 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
1975 Gabon amends constitution
1975 Penguins 3-Isles 1-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 2-0 lead
1974 3rd Boston Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman of California in 2:47:11
1974 78th Boston Marathon won by Neil Cusack of Ireland in 2:13:39
1974 Military coup in Niger, president Diori Hamani deposed
1973 2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
1973 Walt Disney Store opens
1972 Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President
1971 "70, Girls, 70" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 35 performances
1971 43rd Academy Awards - "Patton," George C Scott and Glenda Jackson win
1970 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 8 performances
1970 Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
1970 WMGZ TV channel 16 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, begins broadcasting
1970 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, begins broadcasting
1969 North Korea shoots at U.S. airplane above Japanese sea
1968 Houston Astros beat New York Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
1967 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 457 performances
1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
1965 James Baldwin's "Amen Corner," premieres in New York City
1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
1964 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
1964 Ian Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia
1963 "Sophie" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 8 performances
1962 U.S. national debt above $300,000,000,000
1961 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 1375 performances
1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
1959 Fidel Castro begins U.S. goodwill tour
1959 U.S. Secretary of States John Foster Dulles resigns
1958 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young and Jane Wyatt
1958 1st baseball game in California, San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0
1957 Congress gives Post Office $41M; restoring Saturday mail delivery
1957 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 Saturday mail delivery restored after Congress givs PO $41 million
1956 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1955 Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants in Illinois
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1954 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
1954 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
1953 Malans National Party wins South African elections
1953 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 1st B-52 prototype test flight
1952 Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
1952 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
1952 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1951 Michael Gorsira is 1st person in charge of Curacao
1949 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Redemptoris nostri
1948 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
1948 Indian territory of Himachal Pradesh created
1948 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
1947 Jackie Robinson goes hitless in his major league debut
1947 Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
1945 British Army liberates Belsen concentration camp
1945 British and Canadian troops liberate Nazi camp of Bergen-Belsen
1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt buried on grounds of Hyde Park home
1945 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Communium interpretes dolorum
1945 U.S. troops occupy concentration camp Colditz
1943 Metropolitan Life Insurances issues a $225 million check to Chase
1942 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hour duration, Stratford, Connecticut
1940 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
1939 Albert Lebrun elected president of France
1937 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, 3 games to 2
1931 1st walk across American backwards begins
1928 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco forms
1927 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 home runs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)
1927 Switzerland and U.S.S.R. agree to diplomatic relations
1925 NHL's New York Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1
1924 Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain Belgium, 1 dead
1924 WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmissions
1923 1st sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater (New York City)
1923 Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
1922 Banting, MacLeod and Best discover insulin
1922 Poodle Dog Restaurant closes
1921 Black Friday- Labour Party strike of mine workers fails
1920 New Canadian small cent coin is released
1918 Clemenceau publishes secret French/Austrian documents
1915 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo," premieres in Madrid
1915 New York Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
1912 Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on
1911 Jack Lawrence Theater (Playhouse) opens at 137 W 48th St. New York City
1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning
1910 Taft is 1st President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game
1909 Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo
1909 New York Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
1902 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
1901 1st British motorized burial
1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hours
1900 International Exposition opens in Paris
1896 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1895 Josephine Blatt (U.S.) makes hip-and-harness lift of 3564 lb (record)
1892 General Electric Company, forms and is incorporated in New York
1878 Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap
1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Massachusetts
1874 New York legislature passes compulsory education law
1870 Last day U.S. silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
1865 Otto von Bismarck elevated to earl
1864 General Steeles' Union troops occupies Camden, Arkansas
1861 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by President Lincoln
1853 Protestant church questions king Willem III RC bishops
1851 Earl G. Andrassy sentenced to death in Hungary
1850 City of San Francisco incorporated
1817 1st American school for the deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut
1800 James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole
1793 Bank of England hands out 1st 5 pound note
1788 England, Netherlands and Prussia sign peace treaty
1784 1st balloon flight in Ireland
1776 Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
1738 Bottle opener invented
1729 Johann S Bachs "Matthaus Passion" premieres in Leipzig
1716 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Wismar
1715 Uprising of Yamasse-indians in South Carolina
1697 Charles XII succeeds Charles XI as King of Sweden
1689 French king Louis XIV declares war on Spain
1654 England and Netherlands signs peace treaty
1632 Swedish and Saxon army beat Earl Tilly
1621 Hugo the Great arrives in France
1595 Willem I's daughter of Elisabeth of Nassau marries duke Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne of Broth
1594 Fleming Pieter Stevens appointed royal painter of Rudolf II (Prague)
1581 Cortes van Thomar accepts Philip II as king of Portugal
1450 French defeat English at Battle of Formigny in 100 Years' War
1250 Pope Innoncent III refuses Jews of Cordova Spain to build a synagogue
1205 Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople
69 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy

A Mixed Bag on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:20 PM GMT on April 14, 2010

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud wwith a 60% chance of showers this morning. The wind will be southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) late this afternoon. The high is expected to be near 17C(63F).
Tonight will be cloudy as the south wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) becomes southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this evening. An overnight low of 5C(41F) is forecast.
Abbey had a visit to the vet yesterday to get her shots. She didn't seem to mind as she licked the vets face when she was done.

Today's Events in History from

2002 66th Golf Masters Championship:
1996 "Apple Doesn't Fall" opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 1 performance
1996 60th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 276
1996 Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games
1995 India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah
1995 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Pinewild Women's Golf Championship
1994 Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announces plans to divorce
1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer
1994 New Jersey Devils end best regular season, 47-25-12 record for 106 points
1994 U.S. F-15 accidentally shoots 2 U.S. helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
1994 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript
1992 "Guys and Dolls" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 1143 performances
1992 "Les Miserables," opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
1992 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft
1992 UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc
1992 U.N. imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
1991 "Mule Bone" closes at Ethel Barrymore Theater New York City after 67 performances
1991 "Oh, Kay!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City
1991 55th Golf Masters Championship: Ian Woosnam wins, shooting a 277
1991 Chicago Blackhawks becomes 1st NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in 1st round of the playoffs (To Minnesota North Stars)
1989 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
1989 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
1988 "Mail" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 36 performances
1988 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
1988 U.S.S.R., U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
1987 Turkey asks to join European market
1986 21st Academy of Country Music Awards: G Strait, Alabama, R McEntire
1986 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican archbishop of Capetown
1986 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
1986 U.S. aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
1985 "Take Me Along!" opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City
1985 49th Golf Masters Championship: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 282
1985 Ahmed Salah wins 1st World Cup marathon (2:08:09)
1985 Alan Garcia wins elections in Peru
1985 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1985 Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Washington Caps 1st playoff penalty shot
1985 Caps 4-Isles 6-Patrick Div Semifinals-Series tied at 2-2
1985 Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart
1984 Farewell concert of "Doe Maar" in Den Bosch, Netherlands
1983 Isles tie own rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Ranger
1983 President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue
1983 Rangers 1-Isles 4-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1981 1st Space Shuttle-Columbia 1-returns to Earth
1980 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida
1980 52nd Academy Awards - "Kramer vs Kramer," D Hoffman and Sally Field win
1980 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)
1979 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year
1978 David Hare's "Plenty," premieres in London
1978 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
1978 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
1977 Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license
1974 38th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 278
1973 Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal
1972 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 4 performances
1971 Fort Point, San Francisco dedicated as a national historic site
1971 President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
1971 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies," premieres in New York City
1971 Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
1970 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 119 performances
1969 1st major league baseball game outside U.S. played (Montreal Canada)
1969 41st Academy Awards - "Oliver," C Robertson and K Hepburn/Striesand win
1969 KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
1969 Tornado strikes Dacca East Pakistan killing 540
1968 1st NBA game at Madison Square Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
1968 32nd Golf Masters Championship: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277
1968 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA O'Sullivan Golf Open
1968 Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card
1967 General Gnassingbe Eyadema becomes president of Togo
1967 In the Vietnam War, U.S. planes bombed Haiphong for 1st time
1967 Red Sox rookie Billy Rohome comes within 1 strike of a no hitter at
1967 Yankee Stadium, Elston Howard singles on a 3-2 pitch
1965 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk
1963 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones"
1962 Demonstration for sovereign status of New-Guinea in Amsterdam
1962 Georges Pompidou becomes president of France
1961 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
1961 Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
1961 U.S. element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered
1960 "Bye Bye Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 607 performances
1960 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
1960 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games
1959 KDIN TV channel 11 in Des Moines, IA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Sputnik 2 (with dog Laika) burns up in atmosphere
1957 Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women's singles ping pong championship
1957 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
1956 "Plain and Fancy" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 476 performances
1956 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
1955 Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to wear the Yankee uniform
1955 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
1955 WBRZ TV channel 2 in Baton Rouge, LA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for politics asylum in Canberra
1953 Viet-Minh offensive in Laos
1953 WHYN (now WGGB) TV channel 40 in Springfield-Holyoke, MA (ABC) begins
1950 1st edition of British strip "Eagle"
1950 Doorne's Auto factory opens in Netherlands
1949 International Military Tribunal at Neurenberg's last judgment
1948 A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
1948 New York City subway fares jump from 5 cents to 10 cents
1948 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1948 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1946 "Day Before Spring" closes at National Theater New York City after 167 performances
1946 Manager Mel Ott of Giants hits 511th and final home run
1945 American planes bombed Tokyo and damaged the Imperial Palace
1945 Arnhem/Zwolle freed from nazis
1945 U.S. 7th Army and allies forces captured Nuremberg and Stuttgart in Germany
1945 U.S. forces conquered Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
1945 U.S. Marines attack Yae Take on Okinawa
1944 1st Jews transported from Athens arrive at Auschwitz
1944 Freighter "Fort Stikene" explodes in Bombay India, killing 1,376
1944 General Eisenhower becomes head commander of allied air fleet
1944 Greek Colonel Venizelos forms government
1943 General Alexander, Eisenhower, Anderson and Bradley discuss assault on Tunis
1943 James Gow and A d'Usseau's "Tomorrow the World," premieres in New York City
1942 Destroyer Roper sinks German U-85 of U.S. east coast
1941 1st massive German raid in Paris, 3,600 Jews rounded up
1941 King Peter leaves Yugoslavia
1940 Allied troops land in Norway
1940 RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia
1939 John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" published
1935 Sandstorm ravages U.S. midwest (Dust Bowl)
1932 Bizet, Massine and Miro's "Jeux d'Enfants," premieres in Monte Carlo
1931 Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII
1931 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 3 games to 2
1930 Philip Barry's "Hotel Universe," premieres in New York City
1928 Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between San Francisco and LA
1928 Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 3 games to 2
1925 1st regular-season Cubs game to be broadcast on radio (WGN)
1923 Etienne Oehmichen sets helicopter distance record of 358 meters
1922 Republic rebels occupies 4 government courts in Dublin
1921 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St. Patricks in 2 games
1921 Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route
1920 Tornadoes killed 219 people in Alabama and Mississippi
1918 Douglas Campbell is 1st U.S. ace pilot (shooting down 5th German plane)
1917 Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits St. Louis Browns, 11-0
1915 A's Herb Pennock is within 1 out of pitching 1st Opening Day no-hitter
1915 Dutch merchant Navy ship Katwijk sunk by Germany torpedo
1914 Stacy G Carkhuff patents non-skid tire pattern
1913 Belgium begins general strike for voting rights
1912 Pan American Union forms
1910 President Taft begins tradition of throwing out ball on opening day
1909 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
1906 President Theodore Roosevelt denounces "muckrakers" in U.S. press
1904 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premiered in London
1903 Dr. Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid in New York City
1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium
1900 President Loubet opens International Fairs in Paris
1900 Veteran's Hospital at Ft. Miley forms
1896 John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan," premieres (New York City)
1895 1st performance of Gustav Mahler's (incomplete) 2nd Symphony
1894 1st public showing of Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)
1894 Thomas Edison presents "peep show" device
1890 Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Washington D.C.)
1887 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Reigate Squires"
1883 Leo Delibes' opera "Lakme," premieres in Paris
1872 Dominion Lands Act passed-Canada's Homestead Act
1872 San Francisco organizes Bar Association
1871 Canada sets denominations of currency as dollars, cents, and mills
1868 South Carolina voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228
1865 Mobile, Alabama is captured
1865 President Abraham Lincoln shot in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth
1863 William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press
1862 Battle of Ft. Pillow Tennessee
1861 Formal Union surrender of Ft. Sumter
1861 Robert E Lee resigns from Union army
1860 1st Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco from St. Joseph, Missouri
1859 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" published
1853 Harriet Tubman began her Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape
1847 Persia and Osmaanse sign 2nd Treaty of Erzurum
1841 Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue," published
1836 Congress forms Territory of Wisconsin
1828 18-gun sloop "Acorn" sinks off Halifax with 115 men aboard
1828 1st edition of Noah Webster's dictionary published
1818 U.S. Medical Corp forms
1814 Napoleon abdicated and was banished to Elba
1809 Napoleon defeated Austria in the Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1799 Napoleon called for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1792 France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars
1777 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
1775 1st abolitionist society in U.S. organizes in Philadelphia
1756 Governor Glen of South Carolina protests against 900 Acadia indians
1671 Cosaks capture Russian boer leader Stenka Razin
1629 England and France sign Peace of Susa
1614 Pocahontas, daughter of chief Powhatan, marries planter John Rolfe
1611 Word "telescope" is 1st used (Prince Federico Cesi)
1574 Battle of Mookerhei-D'Avila beats Louis of Nassau
1570 Polish Calvinists/Lutherians/Hernhutters unify against Jesuits
1544 Battle at Carignano: French troops under Earl d'Enghien beat Swiss
1536 English king Henry VIII expropriate minor monasteries
1471 Battle of Barnet-King Edward IV vs Earl of Warwick
1191 85-year old Giacinto Bobo becomes Pope Coelestinus III
1028 German emperor Conrad II the Sailor crowns his son Henry III, king
979 Challenge to throne of King Aethelred II of England
972 Notger becomes bishop of Liege
754 Pact of Quierzy: between Pope Stephen II, III, and Pippin the Korte
193 Lucius Septimus Severus crowned emperor of Rome

Wind and Rain for the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:08 PM GMT on April 13, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a few showers beginning this morning and ending this afternoon. There will be the risk of thunderstorms this morning. The wind becoming east at 20 km/h (12 mph) then southeast 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) this morning. A high of 17C(63F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of showers overnight. Wind The wind will remain from the southeast at 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) diminishing to 30 km/h (19 mph) after midnight.An overnight low of Low 10C(50F) is forecast.

Todays Events in History for

1997 "American Daughter" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 88 performances
1997 48th time opposing pitchers hit home runs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes
1997 61st Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods at 21 (270 18 under par)
1997 Hartford Whalers last NHL game
1997 NHL Pittsburgh Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game
1997 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets and Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
1996 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
1996 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs New Jersey Devils from playoff
1995 Yankees beat the Mets 2-0
1994 President guard at Kigali Rwanda, chops 1,200 church members to death
1994 United Arab Emirates' 1st official ODI, losing to India
1993 "3 Men on a Horse" opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 40 performances
1993 14th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1993 Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," premieres in London
1992 "2 Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City for 160 performances
1992 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
1992 American Airlines reduce its 1st-class fares 20%-50%
1992 Crystal Pepsi begins test marketing in Providence, Denver and Dallas
1992 Great Chicago Flood - Chicago's underground tunnels flood
1992 Lou Conaseca retires as coach of St. John's basketball team
1992 Nelson Mandela announces he will seek divorce from Winnie
1992 Longest 2 undefeated baseball teams to meet (New York Yankees 5-0 vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-0); Yankees score 3 in top of 9th to win 5-2
1991 BPAA U.S. Open by Pete Weber
1990 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
1990 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
1990 New York Rangers beat New York Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
1989 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 12 performances
1988 Italy government of De Mita forms
1987 1st 3 San Diego Padres hit home runs off San Francisco starter Roger Mason
1987 Portugal signs agreement to return Macau to China (in 1999)
1986 50th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 279
1986 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
1986 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1986 Pope John Paul II met Rome's Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff at Rome synagogue
1986 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second
1985 "TASS" denounced U.S. boycott of Moscow Olympics
1985 Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1985 Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals- Caps hold 2-1 lead
1985 Katrin Dorre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)
1985 Ramiz Alia succeeds Enver Hoxha as party leader of Albania
1984 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41C)-Challenger 5-returns to Earth
1984 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah
1984 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get get 4,000 hits in a career
1983 Harold Washington elected 1st black mayor of Chicago
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
1982 Penguins 3-Isles 4 (OT)-Preliminary-Isles win series (3-2)
1981 Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the Heart"
1981 Washington Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax)
1980 "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 3,388 performances
1980 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 21 performances
1980 44th Golf Masters Championship: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275
1980 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
1980 Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1980 U.S. boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow
1979 Christian Turks occupy St. Jansbasiliek
1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
1979 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
1978 Jackson slugs a 3-run home run in the 1st inning, and the field is showered
1978 New York Yankees defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
1976 1st NBA playoff game for Cleveland Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
1976 Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes
1975 39th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 276
1975 Chad military coup by General Odingar
1975 Christian Falange kills 27 Palestinians, begins Lebanese civil war
1975 Penguins 5-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 1-0 lead
1972 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
1970 34th Golf Masters Championship: Billy Casper wins, shooting a 279
1970 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed
1970 Apollo 13 announces "Houston, we've got a problem!" as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon
1970 Oakland uses gold-colored bases during the club's home opener Rules Committee subsequently bans this innovation
1969 33rd Golf Masters Championship: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
1966 Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
1965 Beatles record "Help"
1965 1st U.S. Senate black page, Lawrence W. Bradford, Jr., 16, appointed by New York Senator Jacob Javits
1964 36th Academy Awards - "Tom Jones," Sidney Poitier and Patricia Neal win
1964 Ian D. Smith becomes premier of Rhodesia
1964 New Zealand Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
1963 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit
1963 Pirate's Bob Friend balks 4 times in a game
1962 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record
1962 U.S. steel industry forced to give up price increases
1961 "Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 719 performances
1961 U.N. General Assembly condemns South Africa's apartheid
1960 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
1960 Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit
1959 USAF launches Discoverer II into polar orbit
1959 Vanguard SLV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
1959 Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics for voting for communists
1958 12th Tony Awards: Sunrise at Campobello and Music Man win
1957 "Shinbone Alley" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 49 performances
1957 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St. Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
1957 11th Tony Awards: Long Days Journey into the Night and My Fair Lady win
1957 Due to lack of funds, Saturday mail delivery in U.S. is temp halted
1956 KETA TV channel 13 in Oklahoma City, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)
1954 Baltimore Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0
1954 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game
1954 Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist
1953 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
1949 3rd NBA Championship: Minnesota Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 4 games to 2
1948 75 scientists ambushed on way to Mount Scopus
1946 Belgian premier Acker proclaims wage and price freeze over
1945 Canadian army liberates Teuge and Assen Netherlands from Nazis
1945 Red Army occupy Wien (Vienna)
1945 U.S. Marines conquer Minna Shima off Okinawa
1944 South Carolina rejects black suffrage
1944 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Chicago Blackhawks in 4 games
1944 Transport nr 71 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1943 Catholic University Nijegen closes
1943 Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Jefferson Memorial
1943 Nazi's discover mass grave of Polish officers near Katyn
1941 Heavy German assault on Tobruk
1941 Russian-Japan no-attack treaty goes into effect
1940 2nd battle of Narvik-8 German destroyers, destroyed
1940 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
1940 Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
1939 W Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands," premieres in New York City
1938 Clifford Goldsmith' "What a Life," premieres in New York City
1936 Metaxas proclaims himself dictator of Greece
1934 4.7 million U.S. families report receiving welfare payments
1934 U.S. Congress passes Johnson Debt Default Act
1933 1st flight over Mount Everest by Lord Clydesdale
1933 Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
1932 Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms
1928 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-U.S. (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Kohl)
1927 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, in 2 games and 2 ties
1926 At 41, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout
1926 Bicyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
1925 Virginia Theater (ANTA, Guild) opens at 245 W 52nd St. New York City
1924 Greek plebiscite for a republic
1923 Army wins 1st college three-weapon fencing championships
1920 1st woman U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Helen Hamilton appointed
1919 Amritsar Massacre-British Army fires on nationalist rioters in India
1919 British forces kill 100s of Indian Nationalists (Amritsar Massacre)
1918 Electrical fire kills 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital
1914 1st Federal League Game: Baltimore Terrapins beat Buffalo 3-2
1912 Royal Flying Corps forms (later RAF)
1911 Polo Grounds grandstand and left field bleachers go up in flames
1908 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's and Phillies)
1906 Mutiny on Portuguese battleships Dom Carlos and Vasco da Gama
1904 Battle at Oviumbo Africa: Herero's chase away German army
1904 Congress authorizes Lewis and Clark Expo $1 gold coin
1902 J C Penney opens his 1st store in Kemmerer, Wyoming
1895 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Solitary Cyclist"
1883 Alfred Packer convicted of cannibalism
1873 Colfax Massacre in Grant Parish Louisiana (60 blacks killed)
1870 Metropolitan Museum of Art forms in New York City
1869 Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse)
1865 Battle of Raleigh, North Carolina
1865 Sherman's march through Georgia begins
1863 Battle of Irish Bend, Louisiana (Ft. Bisland)
1863 Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled in New York is 1st orthopedic hospital
1861 After 34 hours of bombardment, Ft. Sumter surrenders to Confederates
1860 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California
1849 Hungarian Republic proclaimed
1842 Lord Rosse successfully casts 72" (183-cm) mirror for a telescope
1834 HMS Beagle anchors at river mouth of Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia
1829 English Emancipation Act grants freedom of religion to Catholics
1808 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
1796 1st elephant arrives in U.S. from India
1796 Battle at Millesimo Italy: Napoleon beats Austrians
1759 French beat European Allies in Battle of Bergen
1742 George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" performed for 1st time (Dublin)
1741 Dutch people protest bad quality of bread
1741 Royal Military Academy forms at Woolwich
1668 John Dryden (36) becomes 1st English poet laureate
1640 English Short Parliament forms
1598 Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots
1556 Portuguese Marranos who revert back to Judaism burned by order of Pope
1517 Osmaanse army occupies Cairo
1367 Battle at Najera Spain: Castilie and England beat Aragon and France
1346 Pope Clemens VI declares German emperor Louis of Bavaria, envoy
1241 Battle at Theiss: Mongols beat Hungarian King Bela IV
1204 Crusaders occupy Constantinople
1180 Republic day of Gelnhausen
1111 Pope Paschalis II crowns Roman catholics-German king Hendrik II
1055 Bishop Gebhard van Eichstatt named Pope Victor II
989 Battle at Abydos: Byzantine emperor Basilius II beats Bardas Phocas
837 Best view of Halley's Comet in 2000 years

A Mix of Clouds and Sunshine On the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:42 PM GMT on April 12, 2010

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and an east wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be near 13C(55F).
Tonight will be cloudy as the east wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light early this evening then swings to the southeast at30 km/h (19 mph) overnight. The overnight low will be Low 5C(41F).

April 12 Events in History From
1998 62nd Golf Masters Championship:
1992 "Streetcar Named Desire" opens at Ethel Barrymore New York City for 137 performances
1992 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, New York Knicks 61
1992 53rd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino
1992 56th Golf Masters Championship: Fred Couples wins, shooting a 275
1992 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz
1992 Earthquake rocks Germany
1992 Lynn Gunther of California threatens to blow herself up in front of U.N.
1992 Matt Young no-hits Cleveland, but loses 2-1
1992 New York Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
1992 Trump Shuttle becomes U.S. Air Shuttle
1991 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
1991 Nepalese Congress party wins general elections
1991 U.S. announces closing of 31 major U.S. military bases
1990 Greyhound Bus hires new drivers to replace strikers
1990 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months
1990 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust and asks for forgivenesss
1989 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker
1989 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
1988 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
1988 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Baltimore Orioles
1988 Harvard University patents genetically engineered mouse
1988 Sonny Bono elected mayor of Palm Springs California
1987 51st Golf Masters Championship: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285
1987 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1987 Texaco files for bankruptcy
1986 20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines
1985 16th Shuttle Mission (51D)-Discovery 4 launched-with Senator Jake Garn
1985 U.S. Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of Moscow games
1983 Harold Washington becomes Chicago's 1st black mayor
1983 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1982 3 CBS employees shot to death in New York City parking lot
1981 45th Golf Masters Championship: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280
1981 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
1981 Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1981 Maiden voyage of space shuttle Columbia
1980 BCMA, Black Consciousness Movement of Azania, forms
1980 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper and Money hit grand slams)
1979 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
1976 India set 403 to win by WI They get them, 6 wkts 7 overs spare
1975 Linda Ronstadt releases "When Will I Be Loved"
1973 France recognizes North Vietnam
1973 Sudan adopts constitution
1973 Swaziland suspends constitution
1970 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio
1969 Simon and Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
1966 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
1966 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
1966 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
1965 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
1964 28th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276
1964 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
1963 Beatles "From Me to You" is released in UK
1963 Birmingham police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
1962 San Mateo County withdraws from BART district, San Francisco Bay area
1961 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4
1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner
1961 Yuri Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth in Vostok 1
1960 Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"
1960 Bill Veeck and Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
1959 13th Tony Awards: J B and Redhead win
1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1959 France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
1958 12th NBA Championship: St. Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
1958 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
1957 Jim Spalding set a 2088 pin nine-game bowling record
1957 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1956 Bandaranaike government forms in Ceylon
1955 1st game in Kansas City, Kansas City A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
1955 Salk polio vaccine safe and effective; 4 billion dimes marched
1954 18th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289
1954 8th NBA Championship: Minnesota Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
1954 Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
1954 Bill Haley and Comets records "Rock Around Clock"
1954 Joe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle and Roll"
1953 17th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274
1953 KFDX TV channel 3 in Wichita Falls, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 Keizo Yamada runs fastest marathon to date, at Boston
1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament
1952 Salaheddine Baccouche forms Tunisian government
1951 Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
1946 Syria gains independence from France
1945 Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands
1945 Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd president
1945 Richard Strauss completes his "Metamorphosis"
1945 U.S. liberates Buchenwald concentration camp
1944 Lillian Hellman's "Searching Wind," premieres in New York City
1943 Allies conquer Soussa, North-Africa
1943 Dutch Catholic University Nijmegen closed
1942 9th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280
1942 Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
1941 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1941 Vichy-France's head of government Admiral Dalan consults with Hitler
1940 Italy annexes Albania
1940 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
1938 1st U.S. law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses
1938 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
1935 "Your Hit Parade," debuts on radio
1935 Germany prohibits publishing "not-Arian" writers
1935 Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada's new Jubilee Silver Dollar
1934 Highest velocity wind ever recorded on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, 231 mph
1933 Moffatt Field commissioned
1932 Emmanuel Chabriers and Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo
1931 Joe McCarthy debuts as New York Yankee manager
1931 Spanish voters reject the monarchy
1930 4th Test Cricket WI vs. England ends in a draw after nine days
1930 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
1928 Assassination attempt on king Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
1927 General Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
1926 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms
1919 British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
1917 Bijou Theater opens at 222 W 45th St. New York City (Demolished 1982)
1917 Domenico Scarlatti and Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome
1911 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)
1909 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
1908 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
1907 Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer, resigns
1905 French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
1905 Hippodrome arena opens in New York City
1898 Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay to Navy
1896 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
1894 British and Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa
1893 Battle at Hoornkrans Southwest-Africa: German Schutztruppen chases away Hottentotten under Hendrik Witbooi
1892 George C. Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
1887 Henrik Ibsen's "Rosmersholm," premieres in Oslo
1883 French troops under Lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal
1877 British annex Transvaal, in South Africa
1877 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
1872 Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)
1869 North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law
1864 Battle of Blair's Landing Louisiana
1864 Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tennessee
1862 James Andrews steals Confederate train (General) at Kennesaw, Georgia
1862 Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski Georgia
1861 Fort Sumter, South Carolina is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War
1859 Hibernia Savings and Loan Society of San Francisco incorporates
1858 1st U.S. billiards championship (Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit)
1857 Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" published
1844 Texas became a U.S. territory
1826 Weber's opera "Oberon," premieres in London
1811 1st U.S. colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA
1787 Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
1782 Battle at Les Saintes West-Indies: British fleet beats French
1776 Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
1770 Townsend Acts repealed
1713 Dutch State-General signs peace with France: Netherlands loses Orange Princedom
1709 1st edition of Tattler magazine in England
1654 England, Ireland and Scotland united
1648 University of Harderwijk Netherlands solemn opens
1606 England adopts Union Jack as its flag
1583 William of Orange marries Louise de Coligny
1545 French king Francois I orders protestants of Vaudois to be killed
1385 John without Fear marries Margaretha of Brabant
1385 Willem van Oostervant weds Philip the Stouts daughter Margaretha (10)
1229 Queen Blanche of Castilie and earl Raymond VII van Toulouse sign peace
1204 4th Crusade occupies and plunders Constantinople
1111 Pope Paschalis II crowns Henry V, Roman emperor
1065 Pilgrims under bishop Gunther of Bamberg reach Jerusalem

A Sunny Start to the Week

By: plapman, 12:53 PM GMT on April 11, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high near 12C(54F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness late this evening with an overnight low of 1C(34F).
From My Basement Window

Abbey and me decided to rake a different route yesterday. We walked along the service road for the CPR mainline. I could have started my bike repair booby again but decided against it. I gave 2 of the bikes I repaired to a guy for his kids and didn't want to start filling the garage again.
=============================================================Today's Events in History from

1999 63rd Golf Masters Championship:
1996 "King and I," premieres at Neil Simon Theater in New York City for 781 perform
1996 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
1993 57th Golf Masters Championship: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 277
1993 Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec)
1993 Kirsan Ilumzjinov installed as president of Kalmukkie
1992 BPAA U.S. Open by Robert Lawrence
1992 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee
1989 (Kimberly Payne)
1992 Euro-Disney opens near Paris
1992 Indians set team record for long game lose to Red Sox (19 inn - 6 hours)
1992 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3
1991 "Miss Saigon," opens at Broadway Theater New York City
1991 New York City's Museum of Broadcasting becomes "Museum of Radio and Television"
1991 Space Shuttle STS-37, Atlantis 8, lands
1991 U.N. Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
1990 Angels Mark Langston and Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle, 1-0
1990 New York Lotto pays $35 million to two winner (#s are 6-14-24-32-34-51)
1990 New York Rangers beat New York Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary
1989 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia
1989 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
1988 Royal Concert building in Amsterdam reopens
1987 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs Kansas City Royals
1987 Zoja Ivanova wins 2nd female World Cup marathon (2:30:39)
1986 A Canadain 1921 50 cent piece auctioned in New York City for $22,000
1986 Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days
1986 Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km
1986 KXA-AM in Seattle, Washington changes call letters to KRPM
1985 Caps 2-Isles 1 (OT)-Patrick Div Semifinals- Caps hold 2-0 lead
1984 Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair
1984 Chinese troops invade Vietnam
1984 General Sec Konstantin U Chernenko named President of Soviet Union
1984 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
1984 U.S.S.R. party leader Chernenko elected president
1983 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Inchon! wins
1983 47th Golf Masters Championship: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 280
1983 55th Academy Awards - "Gandhi," Ben Kingsley and Meryl Streep win
1983 NASA launches RCA-F
1982 46th Golf Masters Championship: Craig Stadler wins, shooting a 284
1982 Penguins 5-Isles 2-Preliminary-Series tied at 2-2
1981 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1981 Race riot in London area of Brixton
1981 Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him
1981 Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen
1980 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment
1980 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"
1979 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala
1977 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
1976 40th Golf Masters Championship: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271
1975 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee Brewer player
1975 JP Parise 11 sec OT goal-Isles 1st playoff advance eliminates Rangers
1974 WW II war criminal JP Philippa arrested
1972 Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC
1972 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1971 "Johnny Johnson" opens/closes at Edison Theater New York City for 1 performance
1971 35th Golf Masters Championship: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279
1971 WBFF TV channel 45 in Baltimore, MD (IND) begins broadcasting
1970 Apollo 13 launched to Moon; unable to land, returns in 6 days
1970 Beatles' "Let It Be," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 2 weeks
1970 San Francisco beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970
1969 South African president Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse
1968 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president
1968 President Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
1968 West Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
1968 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 "Illya Darling" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 320 performances
1967 Harlem (New York City) voters defy Congress and reelect Adam Clayton Powell Jr
1967 Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," premieres
1966 30th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288
1966 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire
1965 29th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271
1965 40 tornadoes strike U.S. midwest killing 272 and injuring 5,000
1964 "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 9 performances
1963 John XXIII encyclical On peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty
1963 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963 Warren Spahn beats Mets 6-1 for his 328th win (most by a lefty)
1962 New York Mets make a losing debut
1961 Bob Dylan's 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village
1961 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St. Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
1961 Austrian 4th and last government of Raab resigns
1961 Israel begins Adolf Eichmann WW II war crimes trial
1960 1st weather satellite launched (Tiros 1)
1959 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 558 performances
1959 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day home run
1959 Dutch prince Bernhard visits Lockheed factory
1958 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated in San Francisco
1957 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires
1957 Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes 1st jet to take-off and land vertically
1956 French government decides to sends 200,000 reservists to Algeria
1956 Singer Nat Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by whites
1955 Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted
1954 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open
1953 Oveta Culp Hobby becomes 1st at Health, Education, and Welfare
1951 President Truman fires General Douglas McArthur
1950 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
1950 U.S. B-29 bomber shot down above Latvia
1948 12th Golf Masters Championship: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in modern major-league baseball
1945 Allied troops liberate Basket-Compascuum
1945 SS burns and shoots 1,100 at Gardelegen
1945 U.S. captures Tsugen Shima
1945 U.S. soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp "Buchenwald"
1945 U.S. troops conquers Mulheim, Oberhausen, Bochum, Unna, Essen
1944 RAF bombs census bureau in The Hague
1943 Frank Piasecki, Vertol founder, flies his 1st (single-rotor) craft
1942 Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized
1941 Germany blitzes Conventry, England
1941 Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control by Nazis
1941 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands confiscate Jewish assets
1939 Hungary leaves League of Nations
1936 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "On Your Toes," premieres in New York City
1936 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
1933 Hermann Goering becomes premier of Prussia
1929 KLO-AM in Ogden, Utah begins radio transmissions
1929 Loetafoon celluloid film system demonstrated in Amsterdam
1927 Chilean General Carlos Ibanez names himself president
1926 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
1925 Abd el-Krims Rifkabylen beats French army in Morocco
1924 1st men's college swimming championships begin
1924 Socialists win Denmark's parliamentary elections
1924 WLS-AM in Chicago, Illinois begins radio transmissions
1921 Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax
1921 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
1921 Turkestan ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
1917 Babe Ruth beats New York Yankees, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox
1914 George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," premieres
1912 Cornerstone of Technion in Haifa Palestine laid
1907 New York Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards
1906 Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity
1902 Battle at Rooiwal, South Africa
1900 U.S. Navy's 1st submarine made its debut
1899 Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
1898 President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration
1895 Anaheim completes it's new electric light system
1891 8 year old Jewish tailor's daughter disappears in Greece, rumor spreads that she was a Christian girl ritually killed by Jews
1890 Ellis Island designated as an immigration station
1881 River ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks in Thames River Ont, 180 die
1881 Spelman College founded
1876 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks organizes
1876 Sir Charles Gordon ends religious tolerance in Sudan
1865 Battle of Mobile, Alabama - evacuated by Confederates
1865 Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction
1863 Battle of Suffolk, Virginia (Norfleet House)
1862 Rebels surrender Ft. Pulaski, Georgia-Rebels surrender
1856 Battle of Rivas; Costa Rica beats Wm Walker's invading Nicaraguans
1848 Hungary becomes constitutional monarchy under king Ferdinand of Austria
1830 Robert Schumann attends piano concerto by Paganini
1814 1st abdication of France by Napoleon; he is exiled to Elba
1801 Johann von Schiller's "Die Jungfrau von Orleans," premieres in Leipzig
1713 Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain - English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese and French peace treaty
1689 William III and Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain
1677 Battle at Montcassel, French troops beat Prince William III
1580 Drenthe joins Union of Utrecht
1579 Venlo joins Union of Utrecht
1567 Dutch prince William of Orange flees from Antwerp to Breda
1564 England and France sign Peace of Troyes
1564 Liege prince-bishop Robert van Bergen resigns
1551 English premier John Dudley appointed duke of Northumberland
1512 Battle at Ravenna: France under Gaston de Foix beat Spanish Army
1471 King Edward IV of England conquers London from Henry VI
672 Deusdedit III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

More Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:59 PM GMT on April 10, 2010

Today will be sunny with a west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). The high will be near 12C(54F). Tonight will remain clear with the wind west at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light this evening. An overnight low of -5C(23F) is forecast.
From My Basement Window

Todays evnents in history from
1998 Negotiators from various factions sign the Good Friday Agreement, a plan for peace in Northern Ireland.
1995 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 24 performances
1995 New York City bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more
1994 "Les Miserables," opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
1994 58th Golf Masters Championship: Jose M Olazabal wins, shooting a 279
1993 BPAA U.S. Open by Del Ballard Jr
1993 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
1993 Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak
1992 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
1992 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at Hague, Netherlands
1992 NHL strike ends after 10 days
1991 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138
1991 Los Angeles King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal
1991 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd and 42nd St, New York City)
1991 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
1990 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma Japan
1990 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown
1989 10th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1989 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama
1989 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip
1989 H. J. Heinz, Van Camp Seafood and Bumble Bee Seafood say they would not buy tuna caught in nets that also trap dolphins
1988 52nd Golf Masters Championship: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281
1988 8th Golden Raspberry Awards: Leonard Part 6 wins
1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
1988 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
1988 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
1986 "Big Deal" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 70 performances
1986 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan
1986 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 At 80 Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game
1985 Caps 4-Isles 3 (OT)-Patrick Division Semifinals-Caps hold 1-0 lead
1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS-51-B mission
1984 Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle
1984 John Long (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1984 U.S. Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors
1983 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit
1983 Caps 3-Isles 6-Patrick Div Semifinals-Isles win series 3-2
1983 Hennie Kuiper (Netherlands) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
1983 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
1983 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1982 Los Angeles Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
1982 Penguins 2-Isles 1 (OT)-Preliminary- Isles hold 2-1 lead
1981 "Caveman" with Ringo premieres
1981 Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded
1981 France performs nuclear test
1981 Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament
1979 J. R. Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome
1979 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian and a Bulgarian
1978 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
1977 41st Golf Masters Championship: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276
1977 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
1976 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed - Yankees win 9-7
1976 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title
1975 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
1974 American Boccaccio Association forms
1974 Magicians Penn and Teller 1st meet
1974 Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir
1973 BEA flight to Basel, Switzerland, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
1973 Kansas City opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with 12-1 rout of Rangers
1973 Pakistan suspends constitution
1972 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
1972 U.S., U.S.S.R. and 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
1971 1st baseball game at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
1971 U.S. table tennis team arrives in China PR
1968 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 435 performances
1968 40th Academy Awards - "Heat of the Night," Rod Steiger and K Hepburn win
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 39th Academy Awards - "Man For All Seasons," E Taylor and P Scofield win
1964 Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project
1964 Iranian motor launch catches fire and sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
1963 Thresher, U.S. atomic-powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston
1963 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1962 1st baseball game at LA's Dodger Stadium, they lose 6-3 to Reds
1962 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2
1962 New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th home run
1961 25th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280
1961 Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
1961 Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to John F. Kennedy about New Guinea
1961 New Washington Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
1960 24th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282
1960 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1960 Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
1959 Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries commoner Michiko Shoda
1958 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
1957 John Osborne's "Entertainer," premieres in London
1957 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
1957 Suez canal reopens for all traffic
1957 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1956 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs
1956 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
1955 19th Golf Masters Championship: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279
1955 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft. Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
1955 Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine
1955 Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely
1954 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 "House of Wax," 1st 3-D movie, released (New York City)
1953 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
1949 13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282
1948 Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st black in major league baseball (Dodgers)
1947 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
1946 1st election for Japanese Diet
1945 Allies liberate 1st Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald, Czechoslovakia
1945 Canadian troops conquer Deventer
1945 General Blaskowitz becomes nazi leader of "Fort Holland"
1945 German troops attack Ijsselbrug
1945 NFL's Boston Yankees and Brooklyn Tigers merge
1945 U.S. troops land on Tsugen Shima Okinawa
1945 U.S. troops liberate Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany
1945 William Schuman and Antony Tudors ballet premieres in New York City
1944 "Patrolling the Ether" is shown on 3 TV stations simultaneously
1944 Soviet forces liberate Odessa from Nazis
1943 12 Jewish patients of Herren Loo-Lozenoord escape nazis
1943 General Montgomery occupies Sfax Tunisia
1942 Cigarettes and candy rationed in Holland
1941 German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
1940 Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
1939 Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
1939 Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
1938 2nd government of Blum replaced by Daladier government in France
1938 Austria becomes a state of Germany
1938 New York makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license
1936 200" mirror blank arrives in Pasadena
1935 Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony premieres in London
1934 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1
1930 George Headley scores 223 vs. England at Kingston
1930 Synthetic rubber 1st produced
1925 Czarina re-christened Stalingrad (now Volgograd)
1925 Scribners publishes "The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald
1924 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
1923 Hitler demands "hatred and more hatred" in Berlin
1917 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone PA, kills 133 workers
1916 1st professional golf tournament held
1913 President Woodrow Wilson throws out 1st ball, Senators beat Yankees 2-1
1913 Walter Johnson begins string of 56 consecutive scoreless innings
1912 RMS Titanic sets sail for its 1st and last voyage
1896 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
1887 President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Illinois
1887 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
1884 U.S. Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo
1882 Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco and Hawaii)
1878 California St. Cable Car RR Co starts service
1877 1st human cannonball act performed in London
1877 Federal troops withdrawn from Columbia, South Carolina
1872 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans
1872 Arbor day 1st celebrated in Nebraska, later changed to Apr 22
1871 William Hammond Hall's maps and surveys of Golden Gate Park accepted
1869 Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9
1868 1st performance of John Brahms' "Ein german Requiem"
1868 Brits defeat King of Abyssinia at Magdala
1866 American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) forms
1865 At Appomattox, General Lee issues General Order #9, his last
1864 Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes emperor of Mexico
1863 Rebel General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tennessee
1849 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (New York City); sold rights for $100
1845 More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh Pa
1841 New York "Tribune" begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
1835 Charles Darwin returns to Santiago, Chile
1825 1st hotel in Hawaii opens
1825 Nicaraguan constituent assembly meets at Leon
1816 2nd Bank of U.S. chartered
1815 Austria declares war on realm of Naples
1790 Robert Gray is 1st American to circumnavigate the Earth
1790 U.S. Patent system forms
1741 Prussians defeat Austrians at Mollwitz
1739 Dick Turpin executed in England for horse stealing
1694 Duke Victor Amadeus of Savoye attacks Casale
1656 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
1589 Spanish troops conquer Geertruidenberg
1552 Henri II of France occupies Metz
1516 1st ghetto, Jews are compelled to live in specific area of Venice
1512 Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateranen
1500 France captures duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan
879 Louis III, crowned King of France
847 St. Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
837 Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth

Clouds, Sun and Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:30 PM GMT on April 09, 2010

Today will start cloudy with sunny periods then clearing early this afternoon. Thee wind will be southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming west 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 14C(57F) is forecast.

Tonight will be clear with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light after midnight. An overnight low of -2C(28F) is expected.
From My Basement Window

Todays enevts in history from
2005 Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are married
2000 64th Golf
Masters Championship:
1997 Major League Soccer announces Miami and Chicago expansion
1997 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL and possible "World Classic Bowl"
1995 "Translations" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 25 performances
1995 59th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 274
1994 BPAA U.S. Open by Justin Hromek
1994 STS-59, Endeavour, launches into orbit
1994 Singer Wayne Newton (52) weds attorney Kathleen McCrone (30)
1993 Colorado Rockies 1st home game and 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
1992 "Redwood Curtain" opens at Neiderlander theater on Broadway
1992 John Majors, (C) elected Prime Minister of England
1992 Noriega convicted on 8 of 10 drug and racketeering charges
1992 Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)
1992 U.S. Federal court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drug crimes
1992 William O. Studeman, becomes deputy director of CIA
1991 Date of Microsoft MS DOS 5.0
1991 Georgia SSR votes to secede from U.S.S.R.
1990 "Capital News" starring Lloyd Bridges premieres on ABC-TV
1990 Don Mattingly signs a $19.7 million 5-year contract with Yankees
1990 New York Islanders beat New York Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
1990 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
1989 53rd Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 283
1989 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car
1989 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1989 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in New York's 4-3 loss to Clev
1989 Scott Hoch chokes on 18 inch putt and loses Masters golf tournament
1989 Washington D.C. march supporting 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision
1988 "Les Miserables," opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
1988 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
1988 U.S. imposes economic sanctions on Panama
1987 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 goals in a Stanley Cup game Wayne Gretzky passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ
1986 "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character
1985 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game
1984 56th Academy Awards - "Terms of Endearment," R Duvall and S Maclaine win
1983 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
1983 Caps 2-Isles 6 -Patrick Semis-Denis Potvin fails on penalty shot
1982 Los Angeles Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0
1981 U.S. submarine George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
1980 Belgium's Marten's government resigns
1980 Kings tie NHL rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Isles
1980 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6
1979 51st Academy Awards - "Deer Hunter," Jon Voight and Jane Fonda win
1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match of 101 hours, begins
1978 42nd Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277
1978 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, and 13-5 (each with a grand slam)
1978 David Thompson scores ties 3rd highest total in the NBA - 73
1978 Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points and San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points in separate NBA games (33 in 1 quarter)
1977 Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years
1976 U.S. and Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use
1974 Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"
1973 37th Golf Masters Championship: Tommy Aaron wins, shooting a 283
1973 Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
1973 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme
1972 "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 506 performances
1972 36th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
1972 Glenn Turner (259) and Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand vs. WI
1972 U.S.S.R. and Iraq sign friendship treaty
1971 Ringo releases "It Don't Come Easy" in UK
1970 Paul McCartney announces official split of Beatles
1970 Paul McCartney announces official split of Beatles
1969 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
1969 Chicago Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
1968 East Germany adopts constitution
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., buried in Atlanta
1968 Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
1968 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
1967 "At the Drop of Another Hat" closes at Booth New York City after 105 performances
1967 1st Boeing 737 rolls out
1967 31st Golf Masters Championship: Gay Brewer, Jr. wins, shooting a 280
1967 Shortwave broadcaster Radio New York Worldwide's transmitter burns down
1966 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens
1966 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris
1965 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in U.K.
1965 India and Pakistan engage in border fight
1965 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun
1963 Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary U.S. citizen, posthumously
1962 26th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280
1962 34th Academy Awards - "West Side Story," Sophia Loren and Max Schell win
1962 John F. Kennedy throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
1960 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St. Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
1960 South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle
1959 Baltimore Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Washington Senators)
1959 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot
1959 NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
1959 13th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games Boston Celtics wins 8th straight title
1957 Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy," premieres in Washington D.C.
1957 Suez Canal cleared for all shipping
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1954 WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, North Carolina (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue
1953 Jomo Kenyatta sentenced to 7 years in Kenya
1952 Popular uprising in Bolivia
1950 14th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283
1950 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party and South Pacific win
1950 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance
1949 U.N. International Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel and awards Britain damages
1947 Atomic Energy Commission confirmed
1947 Baseball suspends Brooklyn Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year
1947 Tornadoes striking West Texas and Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
1946 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1945 Battleship Admiral Scheer sinks British aircraft carrier
1945 Liberty ship at Bari Italy carrying aerial bombs explodes, kills 360
1945 NFL requires players to wear long stockings
1944 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientals Ecclesiae
1942 Battle of Bataan, U.S. and Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
1941 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
1940 German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
1940 Germany invades Norway and Denmark during WW II, Denmark surrenders
1939 Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial
1935 Stanley Cup: Montreal Maroons sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 3 games
1932 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep New York Rangers in 3 games
1931 Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Mont Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period
1928 Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed," premieres in Pasadena
1928 Mae West's New York City debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"
1928 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
1928 Turkey passes separation of church and state
1927 Italy and U.S. anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti given death sentences
1925 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital
1923 Sean O'Casey's "Shadow of a Gunman," premieres in Dublin
1918 Latvia proclaims independence
1917 Battle of Arras begins
1917 Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops
1914 "World, the Flesh and the Devil," 1st color film, shown in London
1914 1st full color film shown "World, Flesh and Devil" in London
1914 Tampico incident - U.S. ship crew arrested in Mexico
1913 Brooklyn Dodger's Ebbets Field opens, Phillies win 1-0
1912 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs. Harvard)
1912 Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for New York
1906 3rd modern Olympic games opens in Athens
1894 1st performance of Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony in B in Graz
1878 1st Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn
1872 Samuel R. Percy patents dried milk
1870 American Anti-Slavery Society dissolves
1869 Hudson Bay Company cedes it's territory to Canada
1866 Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson's veto
1865 Federals capture Ft. Blakely, Alabama
1865 Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops, surrender to U.S. Grant at Appomattox
1864 Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, 2870 causalities
1838 National Galley opens in London
1833 1st tax-supported public library in Peterborough, New Hampshire
1831 Robert Jenkins loses an ear, starts war between Britain and Spain
1829 Danzig (Gdansk) dike break flood kills 1,200
1816 African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes in Philadelphia
1814 Elias Canneman (L) resigns as minister of Finance
1808 Mayor Wolters offers French king Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace
1783 Tippu Sahib drives out English from Bednore India
1770 Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay (Australia)
1691 French troops occupy Mons
1682 Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
1667 1st public art exhibition (Palais-Royale, Paris)
1621 Spain and Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
1609 Spain and Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact
1555 Marcello Cervini elected Pope Marcellus II
1538 Danish king Christian III enters Schmalkaldische Union
1483 Edward I (12) succeeds Edward IV as king of England
1474 Breisach land guardian Peter von Hagenbach throws out Walloon/Italians
1454 Milan/Venice signs peace of Lodi
1388 Battle of Nafels; Glarius Swiss defeat Habsburg (Austrian) army
1241 Battle of Liegnitz - Mongol armies defeat Poles and Germans
715 Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope

Still Warm and Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:09 PM GMT on April 08, 2010

Today will be sunny with a southeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning and a high of 13C(55F).
Tonight will start clear then increasing cloudiness after midnight. The wind will remain southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). An overnight low of 2C(36F) is forecast.
Today's Events in History From
2001 65th Golf Masters Championship:
1997 Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0
1997 STS-83, Columbia 22, lands
1996 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
1995 BPAA U.S. Open won by Dave Husted
1995 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0
1994 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
1994 Japans premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
1994 Smoking banned in Pentagon and all U.S. military bases
1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit home runs in same inn (vs Yankees)
1993 STS-56, Discovery, launches into orbit
1992 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 445 performances
1992 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
1991 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City for 88 performances
1991 Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
1991 Major league umpires and baseball reach a 4-year agreement
1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of pancreas
1991 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena to ban smoking
1990 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 377 performances
1990 "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV
1990 54th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278
1990 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
1990 Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1990 Norwegian Scandinavian Star catches fire; about 170 die
1989 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
1989 Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California
1985 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 120 performances
1985 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
1985 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
1984 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
1984 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins
1982 Penguins 2-Isles 4-Preliminary-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1982 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th U.S. swimming title
1981 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
1980 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings and set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
1979 "Carmelina" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 17 performances
1979 204th and final episode of "All in the Family"
1979 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
1979 People's Republic of China joins IOC
1977 Israel premier Rabin resigns
1975 47th Academy Awards - "Godfather II," Ellen Burstyn and Art Carney win
1975 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
1974 Discovery Island opens
1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, breaks Babe Ruth's record
1972 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. New Zealand
1971 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
1970 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 8 performances
1970 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
1969 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats New York Mets 10-9
1969 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres and Pilots win their 1st games
1968 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1968 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King assassination
1968 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
1968 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
1968 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner
1966 Leonid Brezhnev elected Secretary-General of Communist Party
1966 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
1963 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia," A Bancroft and G Peck win
1963 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000
1962 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
1961 "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 100 performances
1961 British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
1960 Netherlands and Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
1956 20th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Burke, Jr. wins, shooting a 289
1956 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
1956 M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
1954 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 270 performances
1952 President Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike
1950 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 308 performances
1948 Soen Nakagawa and Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
1947 Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
1946 League of Nations assembles for last time
1945 Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi general Christiansen flees Netherlands
1943 Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, founder of Sanbo Kyodan, receives dharma
1943 Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau
1943 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
1942 A Schoenberg and Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire," premieres in New York City
1941 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
1940 Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
1939 ACV soccer team forms in Axes
1939 King Zog I of Albania, flees
1935 2nd Golf Masters Championship: Gene Sarazen wins, shooting a 282
1935 Bartoks 5th String quartet premieres in Washington D.C.
1935 Works Progress Administration, WPA, approved by Congress
1933 Manchester Guardian warns of unknown nazi terror
1931 "White Horse Inn" opens in London
1931 Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "The Arrow," premieres
1920 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
1916 Norway approves active and passive female suffrage
1914 U.S. and Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
1913 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified
1913 Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
1912 Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200
1908 Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier
1904 Great Britain and France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
1898 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
1893 The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink
1879 Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French/British ministers
1879 Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time
1876 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda," premieres in Milan
1869 American Museum of Natural History opens (New York City)
1864 Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana Federals routed by General Richard Taylor
1862 John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
1861 U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia seized by Confederacy
1848 1st battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
1848 Battle at Xaquixaguana, Peru: Pedro de la Gasca beats Gonzalo Pizarro
1838 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol England to New York City)
1832 Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro
1802 French Protestant church becomes state-supported and -controlled
1801 Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews
1789 House of Representives 1st meeting
1783 Catharina II of Russia annexes the Krim
1781 Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379
1766 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley and chain
1759 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
1730 1st Jewish congregation in U.S. forms synagogue, "Shearith Israel, New York City"
1716 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia and marries Czar Peter the Great's niece
1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain
1500 Battle at Novara: King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza
1455 Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III
1378 Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI
1341 Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome
1195 Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaak II as Byzantine emperor

Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:25 PM GMT on April 07, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high of 10c. Tonight will remain clear with a low of -6c.

I accomplished another step in my recovery yesterday. I took a bike out of the garage and went for a short ride. I didn't encounter any problems so I now have more independence,at least for the warmer months. Tonight I have a meeting to attend for the visually impaired. I may be able to pick up a few more tips!
Today's events in history from
988 Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
1978 Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in New York City
1953 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight
1953 Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden elected 2nd United Nations general-secretary
1902 Texas Oil Company, Texaco, forms

Sunny and Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:48 AM GMT on April 06, 2010

Today will be sunny with the wind becoming northeast 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon.A high of 12C(54F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear as the north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becomes light late this evening. The overnight low is expected to be nearLow -4C(24F).
Me and Abbey had a good walk yesterday. She got to chase a bunny. She stlll is busy exploring gopher holes. I haven't I seen her catch one yet.
From My Basement Window

Todays Day in History from
1973 Pioneer 11 launched toward Jupiter and Saturn
1957 New York City ends trolley car service
1930 Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar
1925 1st film shown on an British Air flight
1909 North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson

Warm and Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:14 PM GMT on April 05, 2010

Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this afternoon. The high will be near 15C(59F).
\Tonight will bring a few clouds and an overnight low of -2C(28F).
=============================================================The youngest daughter turns 16 today. They sure grow up fast. She'll soon start forgetting all she knows now and start learning all over again. ;-)
Todays History from
1987 Fox TV network premieres showing Married With Children
1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
1923 Firestone puts their inflatable tires into production
1896 1st modern Olympic Games officially opens in Athens
1722 Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island

Warm On The Prairie

By: plapman, 12:04 PM GMT on April 04, 2010

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with the wind becoming southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. The high will be 14C(57F).
Tonight will be clear with the southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 1C(34F).
The daughter and her family from Winnipeg are expected out todayfor Easter dinner. The granddaughter is in charge of preparing the meal. With the good company, warm temperatures and good d food it looks like it will be a good day.
Todays History from
1994 Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications
1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle
1972 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
1949 Israel and Jordan sign armistice agreement
1850 City of Los Angeles incorporated

No Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:11 PM GMT on April 03, 2010

Today will start with flurries ending early this morning then clearing. The wind will be from the north at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) then becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning then light early this afternoon. A high of 9C(48F) is expected.
Tonight will start with a few clouds then increasing cloudiness after midnight as the overnight low drops to 0C(32F).
We never got the snow thst was in yesterdays forecast. It's nice when the weather error on the good side.

Todays Events in History from
1991 U.N. Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
1986 U.S. national debt hits $2,000,000,000,000
1982 U.N. Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
1941 Churchill warns Stalin of German invasion
1933 1st airplane flight over Mount Everest

Snow On The Prairie

By: plapman, 12:40 PM GMT on April 02, 2010

The lines which show up at times are reflections from Venetian Blinds on my window.

To see more detail and a seven day forecast click the weather linkWeather to Access Environment Canada Weather.
A summary of todays weather of todays weather on the Northern Edge.
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Snow changing to rain this morning. Risk of freezing rain early this morning. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm(1/8 to 1/4 inch) . Rainfall amount 5 mm.(1/4 inch) Wind northeast 30 km/h(18.6mph) gusting to 50(31mph). The high today will be 3C(37F).
Periods of rain or drizzle. Amount 5 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h(12.4moh) gusting to 40(25mph). The overnight low will be 2C(36F).
Woodlands Radar is Located NE of the Northern Edge

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The Woodlands and Foxwarren Environment Canada radar shows highways, rivers and city locations.
To Access Environment Canada WoodlandsWeather Radar Click Woodlands
Most of our storms and rain come in from the West. Foxwarren is about 85 mles west of the Northern Edge.
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Snow on the ground. I still have to find my winter boots. I usually store them under the bed but they have disappeared,
At 8am my radar was yellow and dark green.
My walks with Abbey will soon be getting a lot shorter. Our walking path isn't kept open in the winter.
I don't know why my ancestors stayed in Manitoba after their first winter.
The grand daughter starts working at a new job today. She's taken a course as a para-legal secretary and found a job in a lawyer's office.
My little great granddaughter messed up my watch. The little 2 year old has always played with the buttons. I got it Christmas. It's supposed to Bluetooth to a phone but my old cell won't take the app.

Clouds But Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:48 PM GMT on April 01, 2010

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods them becoming cloudy with sunny periods this afternoon. A high of 14C(57F) is expected.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers late this evening and overnight. An overnight low of 4C(39F) is forecast.

From My Basement Window

I snapped a picture of a couple of Canada's yesterday on our walk . I had my small camera and couldn't get a good shot.

April 1 Events in History from
2002 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Georgia Dome Atlanta
2001 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: at St. Louis
1998 World Ice Pairs Figure Skating Championship in Minn
1998 Paula Jones' sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton is thrown out of court
1997 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)
1996 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse 76-67
1995 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency begins charging $15 service fee
1995 New York Islanders retire Bobby Nystrom's uniform #23
1994 Bob Feller Statue on Indians Plaza, dedicated
1993 Alan Bennett's "Madness of George III," premieres in London
1993 Stephane Powers weds Patrick de la Chenais
1992 5th Largest wrestling crowd (64,287-Toronto SkyDome)
1992 Battleship USS Missouri, on which, Japan surrendered, decommissioned
1992 Last defendant in St. John sex assault case sentenced to 3 years prob
1992 NFL decides to stay with 17 week sched instead of expanded 18 games
1992 NHL players begin 1st strike in 75-year history
1992 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
1992 WA beat NSW by 44 runs to win the Sheffield Shield Final
1992 World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former U.S.S.R.
1991 53rd NCAA Mens Basketball Champion: Duke Bluedevils beats Kansas 72-65
1991 Dwight Goodin signs $5.15 million 3 year contract with New York Mets
1991 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
1991 Supreme Court rules jurors can't be barred from serving due to race
1991 U.S. minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
1991 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
1990 "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
1990 19th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King
1990 2nd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus wins
1990 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn 88-81
1990 CBS fires sportscaster Brent Mussburger
1990 Guns and Roses' Duff divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames
1990 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2' of nude dancers
1990 Jack Nicklaus wins 1st start on Senior PGA tour
1990 Wrestlemania VI, 67,678 in Toronto, Ultimate Warrior beats Hulk Hogan
1989 1st New York Mets - New York Yankee game in New York City since 1983, Yankees win 4-3
1989 A Bartlett Giamatti replaces Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of baseball
1986 Delhi beat Haryana by innings and 141 to win Ranji Trophy
1986 U.S. submarine Nathaniel Green runs aground in Irish Sea
1986 World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel
1985 47th NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: Villanova beats Georgetown 84-75
1984 14th Easter Seal Telethon raises $24,600,000
1984 3rd NCAA Womens Basketball Championship: Southern California beats Tennessee 72-61
1984 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours
1983 Anti-nuke demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England
1983 New York Islander Mike Bossy becomes 1st to score 60 goals in 3 cons seasons
1982 Anguilla, dependent territory of U.K., adopts constitution
1982 U.S. formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
1981 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)
1980 Baseball Players Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games
1980 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
1980 France performs nuclear test
1980 Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist
1979 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah
1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1977 Attempt for Moslem state in Chad fails
1977 NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games
1976 Stephen Wozniak and Steven Jobs founded Apple Computer
1975 Cambodia President Lon Nol flees for Red Khmer
1974 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
1974 Pioneer Hall opens
1973 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Classic
1973 Japan allows its citizens to own gold
1973 John and Yoko form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence
1972 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
1972 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
1971 U.S. and Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
1971 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
1970 Bud Selig becomes CEO of Milwaukee Brewers
1970 John and Yoko release hoax they are having dual sex change operations
1970 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases the Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000 Although negotiations were conducted over a period of months, it was not until March 13 when a federal bankruptcy referee declared the Pilots bank
1970 President Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements on January 1, 1971
1969 Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corp
1969 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
1968 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
1967 1st British ombudsman sir Edward Compton begins work
1966 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
1966 China premier Tsjoe en-Lai starts "Cultural revolution"
1965 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
1965 Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
1964 10 degrees F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
1964 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years
1964 Robert Lowell's "Benito Cereno," premieres in New York City
1963 New York Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
1963 New York City's newspapers resume publishing after a 114 day strike
1963 Soap operas "General Hospital" and "Doctors" premier on TV
1961 Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
1960 2nd French atom bomb explodes in the Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
1960 Mabry Harper catches a 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
1960 RCA TIROS (TV and Infra-Red Observation 'weather' Satellite) I launched
1960 U Nu elected premier of Burma
1958 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, California (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Marshal Boelganin becomes director of Russian Staatsbank
1957 Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
1957 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana (PBS) begins broadcasting
1957 World's biggest glass oven used
1956 10th Tony Awards: Diary of Anne Frank and Damn Yankees win
1956 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1956 Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380
1955 Armed military action taken against bureaucratic strike in Amsterdam
1955 EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
1955 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida (CBS) 1st broadcast
1954 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
1954 1st army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC
1954 Earthquake and tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed
1954 U.S. Air Force Academy forms
1954 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PBS) begins broadcasting
1953 J van Bale appointed governor of New Guinea
1953 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Walcott Worrell and Weekes all make centuries in innings vs. India
1952 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1948 H H H Johnson bowls WI to win vs. England 10-96 match on debut
1948 Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow
1947 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat
1946 400,000 U.S. mine workers strike
1946 Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo, Hawaii
1946 Van Acker forms Belgian government (without CVP)
1946 Weight Watchers forms
1945 1st edition of Indonesia Merdeka publishes
1945 Canadian troop free Doetinchem, Enschede, Borculo and Eibergen
1945 Ruhrgebied sealed off by U.S. 1st and 9th army
1945 Sons of Elburger Soccer team forms in Elburg
1945 U.S. forces invade Okinawa during WW II
1944 German Abwehr ends England spiel, after 132 killed
1944 Japanese troops conquer Jessami, East-India
1942 Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang Timor
1942 Mexico changes from 3 time zones to 2
1941 Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine," premieres in New York City
1941 Navy takes over Treasure Island, in San Francisco Bay
1941 Nazi's forbid Jews access to cafes
1941 Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
1939 U.S. recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco's victory in Spain
1938 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York
1938 Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1937 Aden becomes British crown colony
1936 Orissa constituted a province of British India
1935 1st radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, New York
1934 Bonnie and Clyde kill 2 police officers
1933 Hammond scores 336* vs. New Zealand at Auckland, 47 fours 10 sixes
1933 Heinrich Himmler becomes Police Commander of Germany
1933 Nazi Germany begins persecution of Jews boycotting Jewish businesses
1931 Earthquake devastate Managua Nicaragua, kills 2,000
1931 Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball
1930 "Blue Angel," starring unknown Marlene Dietrich, premieres in America
1929 Austrian government of Ignaz Seipel falls
1929 Doorne's trailer factory in Einsdhoven, Netherlands opens
1929 Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo
1929 Luis Bunuel releases "Un Chien Andalou," 24-minute film
1929 Morehouse College, Spellman College and Atlanta University affiliate
1928 Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse
1927 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master's Voice
1926 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
1925 1st transmission of Danish state radio
1925 Hebrew University, Jerusalem dedicated
1924 Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
1924 Hitler sentenced to 5 years labor but General Ludendorff acquitted
1924 Imperial Airways forms in Britain
1920 Church disforms in Wales
1920 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2
1918 England's Royal Flying Corps replaced by Royal Air Force
1918 Henry Miller's Theater opens at 124 W 43rd St. New York City
1916 1st U.S. national women's swiming championships held
1914 UVS Soccer team forms in Lead
1910 Dumitru Dan (Romania) completes a 62,137 mile (100,000 m) walk
1905 British East African Protectorate becomes colony of Kenya
1900 1st edition of Dutch newspaper "The People"
1899 North Carolina Mutual opens doors for business
1891 London-Paris telephone connection opens
1891 Painter Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti
1889 1st dishwashing machine marketed in Chicago
1888 Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
1881 Anti-Jewish riots in Jerusalem
1881 Kingdom post office in Netherlands opens
1876 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Philadelphia-5)
1873 British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 547 die
1873 Mehmed Kemals play "Vatan" premeres in Constantinople
1872 1st edition of The Standard
1868 Hampton Institute opens
1867 Blacks vote in municipal election in Tuscumbia, Alabama
1867 International Exhibition opens in Paris
1867 Singapore, Penang and Malakka become British crown colonies
1865 Battle of 5 Forks Virginia, signalling end of Lee's army
1863 1st wartime conscription law in U.S. goes into effect
1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, Jackson's Battle of Woodstock, VA
1853 Cincinnati became 1st U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary
1850 San Francisco County Government established
1836 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Cocos Islands
1826 Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine
1803 French law rules the use of intention
1793 Volcano Unsen on Japan erupts killing about 53,000
1792 Gronings feminist Etta Palm demands women's right to divorce
1789 House of Representatives 1st full meeting, New York City, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker
1778 Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, creates "$" symbol
1776 Friedrich von Klinger's "Sturm und Drang," premieres in Leipzig
1748 Ruins of Pompeii found
1724 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War
1724 Jonathan Swift publishes Drapier's letters
1663 Gemert fines unwed motherhood (50 guilder penalty)
1581 Portugese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II
1578 William Harvey of England discovers blood circulation
1572 Bloys van Treslong conquers Brielle
1504 English guilds/corp goes under state control
1064 Body of bishop Eleutherius of Blandain moved to Doornik
705 Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI
527 Justinianus becomes compassionate emperor of Byzantium
374 Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of

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Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)Ah

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