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    • Eddie C on February 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    On this day 1803 the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison ruled itself the final interpreter of constitutional issues. How’s that going so far?

    Back in 1863, Arizona, formerly part of the Territory of New Mexico, was organized as a separate territory. The U.S. acquired the region under the terms of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. Arizona became the 48th state in 1912. Link

    On Feb. 24, 1868, the United States House of Representatives impeached President Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate. (Go to article.)

    In 1903 The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

    On this day in 1920 the German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.

    In 1942 The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.

    In 1969, Johnny Cash recorded his second live prison performance. It followed a concert the previous year at Folsom Prison. The LP Johnny Cash at San Quentin, with the hit single A Boy Named Sue, was recorded live as part of a British TV.

    In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spence.

    in 1983 the Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1100 mark for the first time.

    In the news for 1988. the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award that Rev. Jerry Falwell, leader of the ‘Moral Majority’, had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt, the self-proclaimed ‘Duke of Raunch’. Hustler had run an ad parody of Falwell’s first sexual experience. Those were the days.

    In 1989, party time Iranian style. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini did not have a very good review for Salman Rushdie’s novel, “The Satanic Verses.” He sentenced the author to death. Talk about “2 thumbs down…”

    An American Moment. On this day in 1992 Geraldo Rivera has fat cells removed from his ass and injected into his forehead on a very special episode of “Geraldo.”

    In 1996,  The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits became the first LP in the US to be certified platinum – two-million copies sold. It rose to number one in the U.S. on March 13, 1976.

    On this day in 1980 Americans asked “Do you believe in miracles? The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

    In 1998 “Take my life, please.” Comedian Henny Youngman died at age 91 and that was a good run.

    On this day in 2006 NASA said 2005 was the warmest year in more than a century of record-keeping. Some people just don’t listen.

    Happy birthday Abe Vigoda. Still with us.


  1.     Henry was trying to help his son fly a kite in the backyard, but couldn’t get it to stay in the air.  His wife called from the back door, “Henry, you need more tail.”

        “I wish you’d make up your mind.  Last night you told me to go fly a kite.”

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