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    Today is Sunday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2012. There are 309 days left in the year.

    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On Feb. 26, 1962, after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, astronaut John Glenn told a joint meeting of Congress, “Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run.”

    On this date:

    In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba.

    In 1861, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., received its initial funding from its namesake, businessman Matthew Vassar.

    In 1870, an experimental air-driven subway, the Beach Pneumatic Transit, opened in New York City for public demonstrations.

    In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

    In 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

    In 1940, the United States Air Defense Command was created.

    In 1942, “How Green Was My Valley” won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1941, beating out nine other films, including “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.”

    In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

    In 1970, National Public Radio was incorporated.

    Today’s Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 84. Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 69. Actor-director Bill Duke is 69. Singer Mitch Ryder is 67. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 62. Singer Michael Bolton is 59. Actor Greg Germann is 54. Former Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine is 54. Bandleader John McDaniel is 51. Actress Jennifer Grant is 46. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 44. Singer Erykah Badu (EHR’-ih-kah bah-DOO’) is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 40. Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 37. Actor Greg Rikaart is 35. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 33. Country singer Rodney Hayden is 32. Actress Taylor Dooley is 19.

    Thought for Today: “The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” — Isaac D’Israeli, English author (1766-1848).
    and on this date in 1962 our friend Jerry Cloft came into this world!
    Happy Birthday Jerry

  • #2
    They grow up so fast...

    A very happy birthday to you, Jerry. Why wasn't this on the events calendar?


    "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." -- George Harrison


    • #3
      Thanks for the birthday greeting.
      I must admit that of all the "famous" people listed with today as their birthdays, I only recognize a couple of names.
      In keeping with the aging theme, maybe we should list some of the "famous" people born on Feb 26 who are no longer with us.
      Jackie Geason and Tony Randall were a couple, I'm most of the old farts in the club will recognize those names.
      Thanks again. Have a great Mini day!
      Jerry C
      "You drive...I think there's something wrong with me"