Monday, February 4, 2013

Weather, History, And More


The Sunday  morning TV News shows were just as boring and biased today as always. But I watched two of them anyway.

The third one I usually watch on CBS was replaced with a
Superbowl Special

Not being much of a sports fan, I was going to skip the game. But circumstances intervened and I watched it after all. And enjoyed it.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans


While walking West on Speedway Boulevard yesterday I noticed that one of the apartment complexes had a small but nice display of flowers at the East entrance.

Not Bad For Early February
Tucson, AZ


On this day in 1789, 69 members of Congress cast their ballots to elect George Washington the first president of the United States.

As the former leader of the Continental Army and chairman of the Continental Congress, Washington possessed the necessary credentials for the presidency, if not the enthusiasm. After months of appearing to sidestep, and even outright rejecting the idea of assuming the presidency, Washington reluctantly accepted Congress' decision. Runner-up John Adams became Washington's vice president.



The state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
Wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the atmosphere -- example: "his skin was weathered almost black".

The National Weather Service website can probably tell you all you want to know about weather.


Born: Feb. 4, 1902
Died Aug 26, 1974

Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Lucky Lindy, was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist.

As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, Lindbergh emerged suddenly from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of his Orteig Prize-winning solo non-stop flight on May 20–21, 1927, made from Roosevelt Field located in Garden City on New York's Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France, a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles, in the single-seat, single-engine purpose built Ryan monoplane Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh, a U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve officer, was also awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his historic exploit.

Born Feb. 4, 1945
Age:  67 years old

David Brenner is an American stand up comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker. Prior to beginning his stand up career, he wrote, produced, and directed over a hundred made-for-TV documentaries,
which garnered him many awards, including an Emmy. He is also the author of five books.

Born Feb. 4, 1913
Died Oct 24, 2005

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement".

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.

Parks' act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.

Born Feb. 4, 1947
Age   65 years old

James Danforth "Dan" Quayle served as the 44th Vice President of the United States, serving with President George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Indiana.

Quayle was born in Indianapolis but spent most of his childhood living in Arizona. He married Marilyn Tucker in 1972 and obtained his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1974. He practiced law in Huntington, Indiana with his wife before being elected to the United States Congress in 1976, aged 29. In 1980, Quayle was elected to the Senate.


"Too bad that all the people that know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."
--George Burns

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