Today in strangeness for 2/16/2020-2/22/2020

Here’s this week’s today in strangeness. Hope you enjoy!

February 16th/17th:

Today in strangeness, It was on this date in 1795 that a man yanked a 17 lb. potato from his garden in Chester, England. Hello tater tots!… Drifting back further to the year 1600, Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for his heretical views on the plurality of worlds.

Crop Circle Discoveries:

February 18th:

Today in strangeness, The dwarf planet Pluto was discovered on the same day in 1930 as a cow flew– in an airplane, that is. The creature known as Elm Farm Ollie was milked in mid-flight, with her milk sealed in paper containers and dropped by parachute over St. Louis.

Rare Phenomenon of ‘Ice Volcanoes’ Seen on Lake Michigan:

February 19th:

Today in strangeness, Born on this date in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus is said to be the founder of modern astronomy with his heliocentric model that displaced Earth as the center of the universe. In 1847, the first rescuers reached the Donner Party in Northern California.

‘Demonic Sounds’ Prompt Call to Police:

Inside the fast food restaurant.

February 20th:

Today in strangeness, On this date in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, circling the globe three times at more than 17,000 mph. In 1934, the Utopian Society in Los Angeles started a chain-letter campaign proclaiming that “profit is the root of all evil.”

Pair of Mystery Booms Heard in Arizona:

February 21st:

Today in strangeness, This is the time of Roman Feralia where spirits of the dead are said to hover over their graves. On this date, Donald Davis ran one mile backwards in six minutes and 7 seconds (1983), and the man said to be the world’s oldest, Shigechiyo Izumi, died at 120 (1986), though this age was later claimed to be exaggerated.

‘UFO’ Cloud Spotted Near Mt. Shasta:

February 22nd:

Today in strangeness, On this date in 1997, Scottish scientists revealed that they had successfully cloned a sheep. The animal, dubbed “Dolly,” was the first mammal to be cloned and the news set off a feverish debate over the ethics of cloning. Also, in 2006, six robbers in England pulled off the largest bank heist in that nation’s history. The elaborate scheme netted the crooks 53 million pounds (approximately $92.5 million US dollars). Despite a lengthy investigation and a number of arrests, the perpetrators of the crime remain at large.

Tailless Mystery Creature Filmed in Vancouver:

Today in history 2/7/2020

Today in history, A Thracian officer by the name of Leo is proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian in 0457.

Today in history, The Netherlands, England and Sweden conclude an alliance directed against Louis XIV of France in 1668.

Today in history,  The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted in 1783.

Today in history, The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City in 1818.

Today in history, The Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli in 1913.

Today in history, The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat in 1917.

Today in history, The Germans launch a second attack against the Allied beachead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea in 1944.

Today in history, The Mona Lisa is put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1963.

Today in history, The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport in 1964.

Today in history, Iran opens an invasion in the southeast of Iraq in 1983.

Today in history 1/30/2020

Today in history, Charles I of England is beheaded at Whitehall by the executioner Richard Brandon in 1649.

Today in history, Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University in 1844.

Today in history, The USS Monitor is launched at Greenpoint, Long Island in 1862.

Today in history, Women Prohibitionists smash 12 saloons in Kansas in 1901.

Today in history, The British House of Lords opposes the House of Commons by rejecting home rule for Ireland in 1912.

Today in history,  The United States awards civil government to the Virgin Islands in 1931.

Today in history, Field Marshal Friedrich von Paulus surrenders himself and his staff to Red Army troops in Stalingrad in 1943.

Today in history, The Allies launch a drive on the Siegfried line in Germany in 1945.

Today in history, President Dwight Eisenhower announces that he will pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China in 1953.

Today in history, British troops shoot dead 14 Irish civilians in Derry, Ireland. The day is forever remembered in Ireland as ‘Bloody Sunday in 1972.’

Today in history, The first-ever Chinese Olympic team arrives in New York for the Winter Games at Lake Placid in 1980.

Today in history 8/22/2017


Today in history, Henry Tudor defeats Richard III at Bosworth. This victory establishes the Tudor dynasty in England and ends the Wars of the Roses in 1485.

Today in history, Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham in 1642.

Today in history, Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe in 1942.

Today in historyDevil’s Island‘s penal colony (see picture below) is permanently closed in 1956.

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Today in history, OAS (Secret Army Organization) gunmen unsuccessfully attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle; the incident inspires Frederick Forsyth’s novel, The Day of the Jackal in 1962.

Today in history, The first complete ring around Neptune (see picture below) is discovered in 1989.

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Today in history, In an art heist, a version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway in 2005.

Today in history, The most runs scored by any team in modern MLB history is recorded as the Texas Rangers thump the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 in 2007.

Today in history 8/6/2017


Today in historyJohn Cabot (see picture below) returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.

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Today in history, The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope in 1863.

Today in history, The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria in 1904.

Today in history, Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, (see picture below) drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender in 1945.

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Today in historyPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South in 1965.