#TDIH – February 20

Happy Birthday to Clément Gosselin  and Mark Williams

1472 – Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

1816 – Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.

1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer is born. (d. 1984)

1942 – Lieutenant Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace.

1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1971 – The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert. Bet that left a mark in a lot of underwear

2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.

2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author dies.  (b. 1937)

National Handcuff Day