Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Here's today's thought for the day, pic of the day and some history for your pleasure

Happy First Day of Spring. I think we should all write Mother Nature and nice letter and tell her to take a pill for her PMS because we're SICK OF WINTER

Here's my pic of the day-

The history is brought to you courtesy of Wikipedia 

235  Maximinus Thrax is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to hold the Roman throne.
1600 – The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
1602 – The Dutch East India Company is established.
1616  Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.
1760 – The "Great Fire" of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
1861 – An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
1913  Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
1922 – The USS Langley (CV-1) is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
1923 – The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso's first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.
1933  Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida's electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt againstPresident-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1933  Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler ordered the creation of Dachau Concentration Camp as Chief of Police of Munich and appointedTheodor Eicke as the camp commandant.
1942  World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return".
1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC.
1974 – Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outsideBuckingham PalaceLondon.
1985  Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
1985 – Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name ofspinal cord injury medical research.
1993 – The Troubles: A Provisional IRA bomb kills two children in Warrington, England. It leads to mass protests in both Britain and Ireland.
1995 – A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
1999 – Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

And here's our thought for this first day of Spring

“Curious that we spend more time
congratulating people who have succeeded
than encouraging people who have not.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

* Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson (born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. From 2006 to 2011 he hosted the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!.

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