Mamihlapinatapai – the wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.
Donald Trump has announced that now he’s President he’s going to ban the sale of pre-shredded cheese.
He wants to make America grate again.
The Pentagon is changing the nuclear codes to over 140 characters…
So Trump can’t tweet them.
Donald Trump was asked if he knew any bible verses.
He replied, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Deport him and you don’t have to feed him again.”
I’m too scared to make a political joke in case It ends up being elected President.
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.
I don’t believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you’re spending your time doing something worth while. Dame Helen Mirren,
3102 BC Epoch of the Kali Yuga.
1229 The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signed a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.
1478 George, Duke of Clarence, who was convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, was executed.
1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
1814 The Battle of Montereau.
1841 The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate began and lasted until March 11.
1846 Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.
1861 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
1873 Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski was executed in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.
1884 Mark Twain‘s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time.
1901 Winston Churchill made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.
1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician was born (d. 1980).
1911 The first official flight with air mail took place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away.
1913 Raymond Poincaré becomes President of France.
1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American editor, was born (d. 2012).
1929 The first Academy Awards were announced.
1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
1932 – The Empire of Japan declared Manzhouguo (the obsolete Chinese name for Manchuria) independent from the Republic of China.
1933 Yoko Ono, Japanese-born singer, was born.
1933 Mary Ure, Scottish actress, was born (d. 1975).
1936 Jean Auel, American writer, was born.
1943 – The Nazis arrested the members of the White Rose movement.
1946 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor, was born.
1948 – Eamon de Valera resigned as Taoiseach of Ireland.
1950 Cybill Shepherd, American actress, was born.
1953 Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), was born.
1954 John Travolta, American actor, was born.
1954 The first Church of Scientology was established in Los Angeles, California.
1955 Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot “Wasp” was successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons.
1957 Walter Bolton, a Wanganui farmer was the last man to be hanged in New Zealand.
1957 Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi was executed by the British colonial government.
1960 Greta Scacchi, Australian actress, was born.
1965 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1969 The Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 disaster occurred, killing all on board.
1977 The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle was carried on its maiden “flight” sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
1979 Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
1982 “Queen of Crime” Dame Ngaio Marsh died.
1983 Thirteen people die and one is seriously injured in the Wah Mee Massacre in Seattle, Washington. It is said to be the largest robbery-motivated mass-murder in U.S. history.
1991 The IRA exploded bombs in the early morning at both Paddington station and Victoria station in London.
2001 FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested for spying for the Soviet Union.
2003 Nearly 200 people died in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
2004 Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, died near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulphur, petrol and fertiliser caught fire and exploded.
2014 – At least 76 people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia