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Fifty years ago, on February 25th, 1950, the
comedy-variety program "Your Show of
Shows," starring Sid Caesar,
Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and, later, Howard
Morris, debuted on NBC TV.
On this date:
In 1570, Pope Pius the Fifth excommunicated
England's Queen Elizabeth the First.
In 1793, the
department heads of the US government met with
President Washington at his home for the first
Cabinet meeting on record.
In 1836, inventor
Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
In 1901, United
States Steel Corporation was incorporated by J.P.
In 1919, Oregon
became the first state to tax gasoline.
In 1940, a hockey
game was televised for the first time, by New
York City station W2XBS, as the New York Rangers
defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-to-2, at
Madison Square Garden.
Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
In 1986, President
Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20
years of rule in the wake of a tainted election;
Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.
In 1991, during
the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed
when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a US barracks in
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein
opened fire inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in
the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was
beaten to death by worshipers.
Ten years ago:
Nicaraguans went to the polls in an election that
resulted in an upset victory for the alliance
opposed to the ruling Sandinistas.
Five years ago:
Former President Jimmy Carter wound up a 54-hour
visit to Haiti, denying he'd been given a chilly
reception by Haitians whom he'd helped save from
a potentially bloody US-led intervention.
One year ago: A
jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white
supremacist John William King to death for
chaining James Byrd Junior, a black man, to a
pickup truck and dragging him to pieces. Israel's
Supreme Court blocked the extradition of American
teenager Samuel Sheinbein to the US to face
charges stemming from a grisly slaying in
Maryland, a move that threatened to revive a
strain on US-Israeli relations.
strongest where there is least regard for human
Herbert Spencer, British philosopher (1820-1903).