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February 26, 2005

February the Twenty-Sixth

This day in history:

2/26/1616 - Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo

Galileo of course being the astronomer that disagreed that the earth was the center of the universe, instead insisting that the sun was the center of the universe, therefore being the inspiration for modern pseudo-scientists who think making idiotic claims with little evidence, is the “scienctific process” (most modern admirers of Galileo ignore the fact that his assertions were based on his claim that the sun was the center of the universe.)

2/26/1848 - Marx & Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto"

After spending their lives is worthless pursuits, Marx and Engels reprint ideas already in circulation, and claim them as their own. The basis of which is that the people who have money are mean because they don't give that money to people without it, including those like Marx and Engels, who'd really rather not have to work for it.

2/26/1895 - Michael Owens of Toledo OH patents a glass-blowing machine

I'm wondering if he's the same glass-blower who accidentally inhaled, and forever suffered from stomach panes.

2/26/1907 - US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500 a year.

An act repeated periodically so that today they get $158,100 a year, while the average income is about $37,800.

2/26/1935 - New York Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves

...for you baseball fans

2/26/1936 - Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's "Volkswagen"

Porsche invented the VW bug? Interesting.

2/26/1962 - US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation

Desegregation of busses and trains.

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama, and was arrested in December 1955, she set off a train of events that generated a momentum the civil rights movement had never before experienced. Local civil rights leaders were hoping for such an opportunity to test the city's segregation laws. Deciding to boycott the buses, the African American community soon formed a new organization to supervise the boycott, the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). The young pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was chosen as the first MIA leader.

In Bailey v. Patterson, 369 U.S. 31 (1962), decided on February 26th, 1962. the Supreme Court ruled that “no State may require racial segregation of interstate or intrastate transportation facilities”

2/26/1965 - Jimmie Lee Jackson civil rights activist, dies of injuries

On February 18, 1965, about 9:30 pm Jimmie Lee, his grandfather, Cager Lee, and his mother, Viola Jackson were participating in a nighttime demonstration in Marion which was a very dangerous thing to do, but they were only allowed to march at night because it wouldn't disturb the businesses.

The streets were completely surrounded by police and state troopers.
When the police began to attack the marchers, all of the streetlights went out. His grandfather who was 82 years old was badly beaten and was bleeding. Jimmie Lee rushed him over to a cafe, then he tried to leave the cafe to take his grandfather to the hospital. The state troopers pushed him back inside the cafe and began knocking out all of the lights and hitting those inside the cafe.

When Jimmie Lee saw the trooper hit his mother, he attacked the trooper and was hit in the face by another officer and pushed against a cigarette machine. Then another officer pulled out his pistol and shot him in the stomach.

As he escaped from the cafe the troopers chased him up the street beating him until he dropped.

It was two hours later before Jimmie Lee was taken to the hospital in Selma, because he was arrested and charged with assault and battery.
On February 26, 1965, Jimmie Lee Jackson died from an infection caused by the shooting.

 After Jackson's death the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) decided to hold the Selma to Montgomery protest march in March, 1965.

2/26/1984 - Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he called NYC, "Hymietown"

Somehow it seems ole Jesse didn't quite get what the Civil Rights Movement was really about, does it.

2/26/1993 - 2nd tallest building in world, NYC World Trade Center bombed, 7 die


2/26/1802 - Victor Hugo
2/26/1846 - William F "Buffalo Bill" Cody
2/26/1920 - Leonard Rosenberg [aka Tony Randall]
2/26/1928 - Antoine "Fats" Domino
2/26/1932 - Johnny Cash
2/26/1954 - Michael Bolton

2/26/1959 - Lou Costello ( of Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 26, 2005 08:31 AM

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