March 3, 1951: 1st Rock and Roll Song Ever Recorded

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From the Series Lil’ History Chips On March 3, 1951, music history was made when the first song deemed to be “rock and roll” was recorded.  Called “Rocket 88,”  the lively song was recorded by Chess Records at Sam Phillip’s studio in Memphis and is credited to Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats who were actually Ike Turners’s band, the Kings
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10 Great Comebacks

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A Brief History On March 1, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, returned to France from exile on the island of Elba to reclaim his empire.  Of course, his great comeback only lasted about 100 days, but in that time he reshook Europe.  Other people, teams and companies have also made impressive comebacks from near defeat,
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Censorship, the Enemy of Free People

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A Brief History In February 2014, the headlines were of censorship, the enemy of free people.   Digging Deeper In Australia, censors had banned the Swedish film Children’s Island because it contains scenes of naked children.  Far from pornographic, the film was first released back in 1980 and had won the most prestigious Swedish movie awards and was
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February 25, 1336: Largest Mass Suicide in Human History (Pilénai)

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From the Series Lil’ History Chips On February 25, 1336, the 4,000 defenders of the medieval Lithuanian fortress of Pilénai felt they had no other choice but to make the horrible decision to kill themselves and their families after torching and destroying everything they had of value to deny their Teutonic besiegers the spoils of victory and the opportunity to kill
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Newsflash! Novelty Songwriter Rolf Harris Guilty of Indecent Assault Charges Going Back to 1969!

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This Just In! In February 2015, news broke that singer-songwriter and comedian Rolf Harris would be stripped of his Order of Australia honors amidst revelations that he is still under investigation for alleged sexual offenses.  He has also had his two honorary doctorates rescinded, and he has been removed from the Australian Recording Industry Association
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10 of the Greatest Candy Treats of All Time

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A Brief History On February 23, 1896, dentists all over the world must have felt the Earth shake, for on that day the Tootsie Roll was introduced.  A delicious, chocolate-flavored candy roll similar to but not quite like caramel or taffy, these obviously popular treats have been around for well over 100 years now.  Here the
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February 22, 2014: Norwegian Woman Becomes Most Successful Female Winter Olympian

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From the Series Lil’ History Chips On February 22, 2014, the Headlines trumpeted the success story of Marit Bjørgen of Norway as she won the 30 km freestyle cross-country skiing event at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, giving her her 10th Olympic medal. Born in 1980, this remarkable athlete has so far won 6
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10 Incredible Athletic Feats

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A Brief History On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, center for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored an National Basketball Association (NBA) single-game record of 100 points against the New York Knicks.  To put this in perspective, at that time, the only other player to have scored 70 or more points in a single game was Elgin
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February 28, 1893: The U.S. Launches its First Battleship, the USS Indiana BB-1

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  A Brief History On February 28, 1893, the United States Navy made an enormous step toward eventually ruling the seas by launching its first ever battleship commensurate with those of other great naval powers.  Though the USS Indiana BB-1 was launched on this date, she would not be commissioned until 2 years later. Digging Deeper Designed for coastal
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February 24, 1942: The U.S. vs. UFOs, the Battle of Los Angeles

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From the Series Lil’ History Chips On February 24, 1942, less than 3 months after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the city of Los Angeles seemed to be under attack from a mysterious flying object.  Later claimed by the government to have been a false alarm, something had to have caused numerous air raid alerts to
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Newsflash Update! Bigfoot Knocked Out!?

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This Just In! Yesterday, we reminded our readers about mixed-martial artist Bigfoot Silva’s heavyweight main event versus former Ultimate Fighting heavyweight champion Frank Mir.  Well, the results are in, and Mir has emerged triumphant! On one hand, Mir’s victory essentially saved his career.  Mir went into the bout on a four-fight losing streak, the longest
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February 21, 1973: Israel Shoots Down Passenger Airliner!

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A Brief History On February 21, 1973, the Israeli Defense Force sent American-built F-4 Phantoms to shoot down a Boeing 727 operated by Libyan Arab Airlines.  Flight 114 had taken off from Tripoli and was headed to Cairo when it got lost over Egypt due to weather and equipment malfunction.  Digging Deeper The 2 Phantoms intercepted the jet liner over the Sinai desert
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