#TDIH – February 25

Happy Birthday to Bruce Playfoot and Roger Buis

Roger Buis at the controls  of Otto the helicopter at Oshkosh 2013
Roger Buis at the controls of Otto the helicopter at Oshkosh 2013

1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.

1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.

1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

1933 – The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.

1940 – Montreal Canadiens lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Gardens in the world’s first televised hockey game; on Westinghouse station W2XBS-TV.

1950  – Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premiere their comedy program Your Show of Shows on NBC; writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.

1951 – The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1965 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9

Ex Air Canada DC-9  at the Canadian Aviation Museum
Ex Air Canada DC-9 at the Canadian Aviation Museum

1963 – First flight of the Transall C-160

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C-160 Transall at 2014 Thunder Over Michigan

 

1975 – Brig. General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, flies his final US Air Force sortie.

1983 – Tennessee Williams dies at age 71; chokes to death on a bottle cap; US playwright known for A Streetcar Named Desire.

1990 – Smoke-free flights become mandatory throughout North America for all US airlines.

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