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February, 2016

  • 12 February

    Earthquake devastates Moroccan city

    Earthquake devastates Moroccan city

    The city of Agadir in Morocco is lowered to ruins by an earthquake with this day in 1960. Northeastern Africa had not been generally an region known for earthquakes, although there have been a deadly tremor in Algeria six years earlier. Agadir, located south of Casablanca on the Atlantic Ocean, …

  • 12 February

    A pregnant teenager is shot while riding the bus to school

    A pregnant teenager is shot while riding the bus to school

    After boarding a college bus on the morning of February 29, Malik Nettles shoots the bus driver and fires five bullets into 15-year-old Kyunia Taylor, a freshman from Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Taylor was later pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The motivation for the shooting became clear …

  • 12 February

    Lattimore admits inaccuracies in previous testimony

    Lattimore admits inaccuracies in previous testimony

    Owen Lattimore, 1 of the much more famous figures of the “Red Scare” in the United States through the entire 1950s, testifies right before a Senate subcommittee he might have been inaccurate in a few of his preceding testimony. Lattimore’s admissions led to his being charged with perjury and years …

  • 12 February

    Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid splits

    Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid splits

    Union General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick’s cavalry raiders put into two wings on the way south to Richmond. Colonel Ulrich Dahlgren and 500 troopers swung out additional west as Kilpatrick and 3,000 guys rode to the outskirts of Richmond. The raid stalled there, and Dahlgren was killed within an ambush. The …

  • 12 February

    McDaniel wins Oscar

    McDaniel wins Oscar

    On February 29, 1940, Gone with the Wind is honored with eight Oscars by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An epic Southern romance set throughout the hard instances of the Civil War, the film swept the prestigious Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Film Editing, …

  • 12 February

    Test pilot Reitsch pitches suicide squad to Hitler

    Test pilot Reitsch pitches suicide squad to Hitler

    Hannah Reitsch, the 1st female test pilot in the world, suggests the creation of the Nazi exact carbon copy of a kamikaze squad of suicide bombers whilst likely to Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden. Hitler was significantly less than enthusiastic about the idea. Reitsch was created in 1912 in Hirschberg, Germany. …

  • 12 February

    German Cameroons surrenders to Allied forces

    German Cameroons surrenders to Allied forces

    On today in 1916, Allied forces total their conquest of the Cameroons, a German protectorate on the coast of western Africa. Drawn by the rich trade of slaves, ivory and rubber established in the 17th century, German and British settlers began to discover inland Africa beginning around 1860. In 1884, …

  • 12 February

    Wheeler says Westmoreland will need more troops

    Wheeler says Westmoreland will need more troops

    Gen. Earle Wheeler, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, returns from his current round of talks with Gen. William Westmoreland in Saigon and instantly delivers a written are accountable to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Wheeler stated that regardless of the heavy casualties incurred through the Tet Offensive, North Vietnam …

  • 12 February

    Basketball coaching legend Dean Smith born

    Basketball coaching legend Dean Smith born

    On February 28, 1931, legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith exists in Emporia, Kansas. Smith retired in 1997 with 879 wins, producing him probably the most productive coach in college basketball history. A talented high college and school athlete, Smith attended the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship. He …

  • 12 February

    Tyler narrowly escapes death on the USS Princeton

    Tyler narrowly escapes death on the USS Princeton

    On today in 1844, President John Tyler cruises the Potomac with 400 other individuals aboard the U.S. Navy’s new steam frigate USS Princeton, not realizing that his life will undoubtedly be in peril quickly. In attendance that day have now been political dignitaries and their guests, including the wealthy New …