The World Almanac E-Newsletter


Volume 1, Number 3 - March 2001

 

 

March Events

 

March is Women's History Month

 

March 3 - Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins

March 3 - WBA heavyweight title fight (Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz)

March 4 - Los Angeles Marathon; U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships

March 15 - Ides of March - Beware!

March 15 - April 1 - Women's NCAA Division I basketball Tournament

March 16 - April 2 - Men's NCAA Division I basketball Tournament

March 20 - 1st day of Spring (in Northern Hemisphere)

March 25 - Academy Awards presentation

March 25 - April 8 - Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC

March 28 - Qing Ming Festival, China, Korea

 

 

Holidays

 

March 8 - International Women's Day

March 12 - Commonwealth Day, Canada, Great Britain

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, U.S.

March 21 - Benito Juarez's Birthday, Mexico

March 23 - Carnival, Brazil

March 25 - Independence Day, Greece

March 26 - Islamic New Year (Muharram 1)

 

 

March Birthdays

 

01    Harry Belafonte, singer, 1927

02    John Irving, novelist, 1942

03    Herschel Walker, football player, 1962

04    Mary Wilson, singer and member of the Supremes, 1944

05    Penn Jillette, magician, 1955

06    Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, 1926

07    Ivan Lendl, tennis champion, 1960

08    Cyd Charisse, actress/dancer, 1921

09    Bobby Fischer, chess champion, 1943

10    Shannon Miller, champion gymnast, 1977

11    Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, 1936

12    Edward Albee, playwright, 1928

13    Walter H. Annenberg, publisher/philanthropist, 1908

14    Hank Ketcham, cartoonist and creator of Dennis the Menace, 1920

15    Fabio, actor/model, 1961

16    Bernardo Bertolucci, director, 1941

17    Mercedes McCambridge, actress, 1918

18    Queen Latifah (Dana Owens), rap singer/actress, 1970

19    Glenn Close, actress, 1947

20    Fred Rogers ("Mr. Rogers"), children's entertainer, 1928

21    Rosie O'Donnell, TV personality/actress, 1962

22    Marcel Marceau, mime, 1923

23    Chaka Khan, singer, 1953

24    Bob Mackie, costume/fashion designer, 1940

25    Gloria Steinem, author/feminist, 1934

26    Bob Woodward, journalist, 1943

27    Quentin Tarantino, actor/director, 1963

28    Lucy Lawless, actress, 1968

29    John Major, British prime minister, 1943

30    Eric Clapton, musician/singer/songwriter, 1945

31    Al Gore Jr., former vice president of the United States and presidential candidate, 1948

 

 

This Day in History

 

01    1932    The 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh is kidnapped.

02    1877    A special Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the disputed presidential election of 1876.

03    1820    Congress passes the Missouri Compromise bill, allowing slavery in Missouri but not in Maine, and banning slavery in areas west and north of Missouri.

04    1933    Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt appoints Frances Perkins the secretary of labor, making her the 1st woman cabinet member.

05    1946    Winston Churchill popularizes the phrase "iron curtain" in a speech that lays the boundaries of the Cold War.

06    1836    Mexican troops under Santa Anna capture the Alamo in Texas, killing the entire garrison of defenders.

07    1792    In the French Revolution, France's National Assembly adopts the guillotine as a method of execution.

08    1913    The Internal Revenue Service begins to levy and collect the 1st U.S. income tax.

09    1933    The "100 Days" special session of Congress begins for the passage of New Deal social and economic measures.

10    1876    Alexander Graham Bell transmits the 1st telephone message--"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you"--to his assistant in the next room.

11    1888    A huge blizzard begins to pound the eastern United States, eventually dumping 40-50 inches of snow and causing more than 400 deaths.

12    1993    Janet Reno becomes the 1st woman attorney general.

13    1907    A financial panic and depression begin when the stock market drops.

14    1794    Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.

15    44BC   Julius Caesar is assassinated in Rome, on the Ides of March.

16    1945    The Marines win control of Iwo Jima after heavy casualties.

17    1917    Russia becomes a republic when Czar Nicholas II abdicates.

18    1965    Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov makes the 1st space walk.

19    1977    The final episode of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" is aired.

20    1976    Heiress Patty Hearst is convicted of bank robbery performed with the Symbionese Liberation Army.

21    1965    Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begins his march from Selma to Montgomery, AL, to demand federal protection of blacks' voting rights.

22    1972    The Senate approves the Equal Rights Amendment and sends it to the states for ratification.  

23    1755    In a speech to the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry says, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

24    1603    England's Queen Elizabeth I dies and is succeeded by James I.

25    1911    A New York City building containing the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory catches fire, killing 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women.

26    1979    Israeli Prime Min. Menachem Begin and Egyptian Pres. Anwar Sadat sign the Camp David peace accord.

27    1977    In the world's worst airline disaster, 2 Boeing 747s collide on the runway in the Canary Islands, killing 582.

28    1979    Radioactive material is released when a partial meltdown occurs on Three Mile Island near Middletown, PA.

29    1951    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell are found guilty of conspiracy to commit wartime espionage.

30    1867    The United States buys Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.

31    1889    The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated in Paris.

 

 

Featured Location of the Month:    Los Angeles, California

 

Site of:    Academy Awards presentation, March 25, 2001

 

Location:    seat of Los Angeles County, SW California, on the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles River

 

Population:    3,633,591

 

Name origin:    named El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Poricuncula (the Village of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Poricuncula)

 

Mayor:    Richard Riordan

 

March Temperatures:    Normal high of 69 degrees; Normal low of 50 degrees

 

Colleges & Universities:    California State University at Los Angeles; Los Angeles City College; Loyola Marymount University; Mount St. Mary's College; Occidental College; University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA); University of Southern California (USC)

 

Museums:    Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center; Autry Museum of Western Heritage; California Science Center; Getty Center; Griffith Observatory and Planetarium; Guinness World of Records Museum; Hollywood Entertainment Museum; Japanese American National Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Movieland Wax Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Television & Radio; Museum of Tolerance; National History Museum of Los Angeles County; Skirball Cultural Center; Southwest Museum

 

Zoos:    Los Angeles Zoo

 

Events:    Los Angeles Marathon (March 4)

 

Sports teams:    Los Angeles Dodgers (baseball), Los Angeles Lakers (basketball), Los Angeles Clippers (basketball), Los Angeles Kings (hockey), Los Angeles Galaxy (soccer)

 

Places to visit:    Disneyland; Magic Mountain; Universal Studios; Knott's Berry Farm; Hollywood Walk of Fame; Hollywood Bowl; Greek Theatre; Rancho La Brea tar pits; Griffith Park; The Queen Mary; Mexican shops of Olvera Street; Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive; Venice Boardwalk; Farmers Market; Chinatown; Little Tokyo; Hollyhock House; El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park

 

Tallest Building:    Library Tower (73 stories)

 

History:    Founded by Spanish in 1781; captured by the U.S. in 1846; incorporated as a city on April 4, 1850; main growth began after the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885; new discoveries enriched the oil industry, and Hollywood became the center of the motion picture business in the 1920s; it became the second most populous city in the U.S. in the mid-1980s

 

Birthplace of:    Christina Applegate (1972); Drew Barrymore (1975); Tyra Banks (1973); Jeff Bridges (1949); James Brolin (1940); Natalie Cole (1950); Coolio (1963); David Crosby (1941); Jamie Lee Curtis (1958); Leonardo DiCaprio (1974); Jenna Elfman (1971); Mia Farrow (1945); Bridget Fonda (1964); Melissa Gilbert (1964); Barbara Hershey (1948); Dustin Hoffman (1937); Helen Hunt (1963); Ice Cube (1969); Angelina Jolie (1975); Ashley Judd (1968); Julie Kavner (1951); Val Kilmer (1959); Jennifer Jason Leigh (1962); Heather Locklear (1961); Mike Love (1941); Liza Minnelli (1946); Megan Mullaly (1958); Ryan O'Neal (1941); Tatum O'Neal (1963); Haley Joel Osment (1988); Gwyneth Paltrow (1973); Charlie Sheen (1965); Tori Spelling (1973); Madeleine Stowe (1958); Jaleel White (1976); Esther Williams (1923)

 

Websites:    http://www.ci.la.ca.us    http://www.lachamber.org

 

 

Obituaries in February 2001

Earnhardt, Dale, 49, legendary stock car driver who won NASCAR Winston Cup Championships, crashed during the Daytona 500; Daytona Beach, FL, Feb. 18, 2001.

Evans, Dale, 88, star of western movies and television with her husband, Roy Rogers; Apple Valley, CA, Feb. 7, 2001.

Kramer, Stanley, 87, Oscar-winning director with a strong social conscience; his films include "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967) and "Inherit the Wind" (1960); Woodland Hills, CA, Feb. 19, 2001.

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 94, aviation pioneer, best-selling author, and wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh; Passumpsic, VT, Feb. 7, 2001.

Masters, William H., scholar and author who teamed with colleague Virginia E. Johnson to revolutionize American attitudes about sex; Tucson, AZ, Feb. 16, 2001. 

Mathews, Eddie, 69, Hall of Fame third baseman for the Braves who hit 512 home runs in the 50s and 60s; San Diego, CA, Feb. 18, 2001.

Muhammad, Khallid Abdul, 53, controversial Nation of Islam leader who was dismissed in 1993 after an inflammatory speech; Marietta, GA, Feb. 15, 2001.

 

Science in the News

 

    On Feb. 11, Celera Genomics and the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium both announced their independent publications of the sequence of the human genome, the blueprint for human biology. Placing in order all the letters that represent chemical bases of DNA, the two groups discovered that the human genome seems to consist of only about 30,000 to 40,000 genes, compared to previously projected numbers near 100,000. Genes are sections of DNA that are used to make proteins that build, maintain, and operate cells. The low number of genes in humans means that we are not genetically much more complex than worms or fruit flies. In fact, the researchers found at least 113 genes that seem to come directly from bacteria. What is different about human genes, however, is that each can often create up to five times as many proteins as genes in less complex organisms. Celera simultaneously announced their sequencing of the mouse genome, which will aid in deciphering gene structures and functions in humans.

    On Feb. 12, scientists from Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, working for NASA, successfully completed America's first ever controlled landing of a spacecraft on a celestial body other than the moon. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) satellite (now called NEAR Shoemaker in honor of legendary asteroid scientist, Gene Shoemaker), which had been orbiting the asteroid Eros for almost exactly one year, was never designed to actually land on any surface. Nonetheless, its descent onto Eros was so soft that the satellite continued to transmit data from the asteroid's surface, revealing rocks and space debris the size of a human hand. It was a needed success after recent embarrassing and expensive failures in programs to Mars. (See http://near.jhuapl.edu/ for details

    Is there life in space? The debate raged this month, as researchers from NASA, California Institute of Technology, McGill University and institutions in Spain and Germany announced compelling evidence of extraterrestrial life in a Martian meteorite. Magnetite crystals embedded in the meteorite ALH84001 are arranged in long chains, which the researchers say could only have been formed by once-living organisms. Otherwise, they argue, the crystals would have clumped together in magnetic lumps, instead of stretching out in a line. The crystals' shape is also specific to organic processes, at least on Earth. The researchers suggest that the meteorite at one time encountered water or ice containing the dead bacteria that then washed into its cracks. Other researchers disputed the conclusions.

 

    Upcoming Astronomical Events

 

    March flaunts one of the year's most interesting meteor-shower complexes: the Virginids. This group of meteor showers, first recognized more than a century ago, encompass at least a half dozen minor showers. There are indications that these meteor streams may be linked to some near-Earth asteroids.

    Venus puts on its best show in eight years, at its brightest early this month. Watch for it after sunset, when the planet will still be up for another 3 hours. Towards the end of the month, Venus will get dimmer as its dark side turns toward us. But it is also nearing Earth, so it will be visible as a long crescent.

    On Mar. 8, the Space Shuttle Discovery is set to take off with the Expedition Two crew, replacing the crew currently aboard the International Space Station.  The second crew will include Russian Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers, Jim Voss and Susan Helms, both American astronauts.


    The Mir space station has orbited Earth more than 85,000 times, but in early March it will come crashing down in the South Pacific Ocean, much of it probably burning up in the atmosphere.

 

Special Feature:    Spotlight on Women's History
Beth R. Ellis, Editor

Until fairly recently, most societies placed women in a subsidiary role as men's spouses and helpmates, occupied mainly with child-rearing and housekeeping.  Women were, in some ways, second-class citizens in the United States.  By the late 20th century, however, women had made strides in the U.S. political system, and held high state and federal offices and Cabinet posts.

In the U.S., a milestone in women's rights took place August 18, 1920, when all women won the right to vote with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.  (The Wyoming territory had been first in the nation to give its women the right to vote, in 1869.) This could never have been achieved without the efforts of campaigners (most notably Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony) for women's rights, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.  Around the same time, women were also gaining access to higher education and in some cases entering the professions.  But working women were still the exception rather than the rule at the turn of the century, and most of those who did work had low-paying service or factory jobs.

Women's political progress has been very much a product of increased presence in the workforce, particularly during and just after World War II, when the number of women working outside the home increased by 60%. A prominent champion of women during this period was first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. After the war, however, many women found themselves relegated to lower-paying jobs, as returning veterans swelled the workforce. Betty Friedan published her landmark book "The Feminine Mystique" in 1963, and in 1966 joined with other feminists to found the National Organization for Women (NOW) http://www.now.org/ . Their top concerns were political and economic equality for women. 

 

The significance of the equal-rights movement may be underrepresented in schools and history books. According to the National Women's History Project (NWHP) http://www.nwhp.org/ , only 3% of educational materials focus on the contributions of women to U.S. history, and studies show that most people cannot identify the leaders of the women's movement and their achievements.  The NWHP was founded in 1980 to "make history accurate by continuing to recognize and celebrate women's authentic contributions." In 1987 it successfully lobbied  Congress to designate March as National Women's History Month.  The theme for 2001 is "Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision." That is also the purpose of the National Women's Hall of Fame http://www.greatwomen.org/, located in Seneca Falls, NY, site of the first women's rights convention, in 1848.

As the 21st century gets under way, American women can be found in every profession.  The 107th Congress has more women than ever before--61 in the House and 13 in the Senate, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.  There are more female professors, doctors, lawyers, military personnel, astronauts, scientists, and sports stars than ever before.  Still, the Equal Rights Amendment, passed by Congress in 1972, was defeated in 1983 after it failed to get ratification by a sufficient number of state legislatures; and women continue to lag behind men in pay and promotions.

 

 

Chronology - Events of February 2001

 

NATIONAL
   

    The Senate, Feb. 1, approved John Ashcroft as the next U.S. attorney general. 

 

    A U.S. appeals court ruled, Feb. 13, that Napster users were infringing on copyrights and that an injunction against the song-swapping service was "not only warranted but required."


    Federal prosecutor Mary Jo White confirmed, Feb. 15, that her office and the FBI had opened an investigation into President Bill Clinton's last-minute pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. Senate and House committees launched similar probes of the Rich pardon, one of 176 pardons and commutations granted by Clinton on Jan. 20, his final day in office.


    Veteran FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested Feb. 18 on charges of espionage; he was accused of being a double agent, spying for Moscow for more than 15 years.


    It was disclosed Feb. 21 that Hugh Rodham, President Clinton's brother-in-law, received nearly $400,000 in fees to lobby for presidential pardons of two felons, a cocaine trafficker and a businessman convicted of mail fraud.

 

    In a nationally televised address from the House chamber, Feb. 27, President George W. Bush sought to promote his legislative agenda, stressing a proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut.

   

    An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale jolted the Northwest, Feb. 28.  Centered 35 miles southwest of Seattle, it was felt across the region and into Canada.  Damage was estimated to be in the billions.  There was a report of one fatality.

 

INTERNATIONAL
   

    Ariel Sharon, 72, won a landslide election victory, Feb. 6, to become prime minister of Israel. Sharon, known as a hawk, and a member of the newly reinvigorated Likud Party, defeated Labour Party Prime Minister Ehud Barak by the largest margin in Israeli electoral history - 62.5 to 37.4 percent.


    In a return to power after five years, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as president of Haiti, Feb. 7.


    The USS Greeneville, a submarine on routine operations, surfaced and hit a Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb.  9.  Twenty-six people were rescued; 9 others were missing and presumed dead.


    A powerful earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck El Salvador, Feb. 13, killing nearly 300 people and injuring 1,200 others. A month earlier, a 7.6-magnitude quake there killed more than 1,200.


    Eight people were killed and 20 wounded, Feb. 14, when a Palestinian driving a bus plowed into a hitchhiking stop packed with soldiers and civilians south of Tel Aviv.


    Pope John Paul II bestowed the cardinal's red biretta on 44 priests, including 4 Americans, during a ceremony at the Vatican, Feb. 21, increasing the number of voting-age cardinals from 120 to 135.


    At least 13 people died and many more were hurt, Feb. 28, when a British passenger train slammed into a crashed car before being hit by a freight train speeding in the opposite direction, near the Yorkshire village of Great Heck, about 160 miles north of London.

GENERAL

 

    The Oscar nominations, announced Feb. 13, included, for best picture, Chocolat; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Erin Brockovich; Gladiator; and Traffic.  Steven Soderbergh, who directed both Erin Brockovich and Traffic, received Best Director nominations for both films. (Additional award nominees listed below.)


    Steely Dan, a veteran rock group that had never won a Grammy, took home four awards, including top honors at the Grammy Awards, Feb. 21, when it won Album of the Year for "Two Against Nature," the group's first album in 20 years. (A list of selected Grammy winners can be found below.)

 

SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

 

    In Basel, Switzerland, playing without Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, the U.S. was knocked out of the Davis Cup in the first round by Switzerland, 3-2, on Feb. 11.  It was the first time the U.S. had been eliminated in the first round since 1993. Defending champion Spain was also ousted in the first round, by the Netherlands, 3-0, on Feb. 10.

    On Feb. 13, Ch. Special Times Just Right, a Bichon Frise, won Best in Show at the 125th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

    Michael Waltrip earned the first victory of his 15-year racing career at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. Waltrip's win was overshadowed by the death of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, a 7-time Winston Cup champion, whose car struck the wall nearly head-on during the final lap of the race. 

    At the 75th Nissan Open, Feb. 25, Australian Robert Allenby sank a 6-foot putt on the first extra hole to win only the 2d six-man playoff in PGA history, and the first ever for a 72-hole event.

 

Oscar Nominees for the 73rd annual Academy Awards to be held March 25:

Picture: "Chocolat;" "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon;" "Erin Brockovich;" "Gladiator;" "Traffic."

Actor: Javier Bardem, "Before Night Falls;" Russell Crowe, "Gladiator;" Tom Hanks, "Cast Away;" Ed Harris, "Pollock;" Geoffrey Rush, "Quills."

Actress: Joan Allen, "The Contender;" Juliette Binoche, "Chocolat;" Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream;" Laura Linney, "You Can Count On Me;" Julia Roberts, "Erin Brockovich."

Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, "The Contender;" Willem Dafoe, "Shadow of the Vampire;" Benicio Del Toro, "Traffic;" Albert Finney, "Erin Brockovich;" Joaquin Phoenix, "Gladiator."

Supporting Actress: Judi Dench, "Chocolat;" Marcia Gay Harden, "Pollock;" Kate Hudson, "Almost Famous;" Frances McDormand, "Almost Famous;" Julie Walters, "Billy Elliot."

Director: Stephen Daldry, "Billy Elliot;" Ang Lee, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon;" Steven Soderbergh, "Erin Brockovich;" Ridley Scott, "Gladiator;" Steven Soderbergh, "Traffic."

Foreign Film: "Amores Perros," Mexico; "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Taiwan; "Divided We Fall," Czech Republic; "Everybody Famous," Belgium; "The Taste of Others," France.

 

 

Selected Grammy Awards for 2000


Record of the Year (single): "Beautiful Day," U2
Album of the Year: Two Against Nature, Steely Dan
Song of the Year: "Beautiful Day," U2, songwriters (U2)
New artist: Shelby Lynne
Pop vocal perf., female: "I Try," Macy Gray
Pop vocal perf., male: "She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa)," Sting
Pop vocal perf., duo/group: "Cousin Dupree," Steely Dan
Pop vocal album, traditional: Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell
Pop album: Two Against Nature, Steely Dan
Dance recording: "Who Let the Dogs Out," Baha Men
Rock vocal perf., female: "There Goes the Neighborhood," Sheryl Crow
Rock vocal perf., male: "Again," Lenny Kravitz
Rock vocal perf., duo/group: "Beautiful Day," U2
Hard rock perf.: "Guerrilla Radio," Rage Against the Machine
Metal perf.: "Elite," Deftones
Rock song: "With Arms Wide Open," Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti,
songwriters (Creed)
Rock album: There Is Nothing Left to Lose, Foo Fighters
R&B song: "Say My Name," LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney Jerkins, Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia
Roberson, and Kelendria Rowland, songwriters (Destiny's Child)
R&B album: Voodoo, D'Angelo
Rap solo perf.: "The Real Slim Shady," Eminem
Rap album: The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
Country song: "I Hope You Dance," Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)
Country album: Breathe, Faith Hill
Bluegrass album: The Grass Is Blue, Dolly Parton
Jazz album, vocal: In The Moment-Live In Concert, Dianne Reeves
Blues album, traditional: Riding With The King, B.B. King & Eric Clapton
Folk album, traditional: Public Domain - Songs From the Wild Land, Dave Alvin
Reggae album: Art and Life, Beenie Man
Latin pop album: Shakira - MTV Unplugged, Shakira
Opera recording: Busoni: Doktor Faust; Kent Nagano, Kim Begley, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich Henschel, Markus Hollop, Eva Jenis
Classical vocal perf.:  The Vivaldi Album (Dell'aura al sussurrar, Alma oppressa, Etc.); Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo soprano)
Classical album: Shostakovich: The String Quartets; Emerson String Quartet; Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, producers


 

Offbeat News Stories

 

The world's most infamous shoe collector must have finally run out of closet space. Former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos, who reportedly left behind about 1,200 pairs of shoes when she and her late husband ex-president Ferdinand Marcos fled the country in disgrace in 1986, has opened a museum dedicated to - you guessed it - footwear.  Located in Manila, the Marikina City Footwear Museum has hundreds of pairs of shoes donated by Imelda, as well as others shed by local politicians and film stars. The former first lady, accused of extravagance for her vast collection, has said that the real reason she bought so many shoes was to help support the Marikina shoe industry.

Boxer Darrin Morris, 32, passed away in October 2000, from HIV-related meningitis, but it didn't adversely affect his career. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) had ranked him 7th in their super middleweight division at the time of his death. Darrin moved up to 6th in December, and up again to 5th in January 2001. The comment next to his name read "no recent activity." His posthumous prosperity was finally halted in February, when the WBO ratings committee finally became aware of Darrin's demise. Much to
the relief of James Butler, a living boxer who had trailed Morris for months, the WBO finally dropped him with the notation, "Darrin Morris (27-2-1)-USA-Dropped from the ranking due to inactivity."

Police in Danville, Kentucky, are still looking for a woman who paid for her $2.12 order at a Dairy Queen drive-thru with a $200 bill.  The novelty "Moral Reserve Note" bears the likeness of President George W. Bush and credits Ronald Reagan as political mentor and Bush's father as campaign manager and mentor.  On the back, the White House is shown with a gushing oil derrick, and signs reading "We like broccoli" and "Rooms not for rent" on the lawn. The idea that the bill in question might not be legal tender apparently did not occur to the cashier until sometime after the $197.88 in change had been disbursed and the motorist had driven away.

A new public art project OK'ed by the Milwaukee County Public Art Committee has failed to impress a number of county supervisors, who are rolling up their sleeves for a fight.  The offending piece of art is New York artist Dennis Oppenheim's sculpture "Blue Shirt," a 34-foot-high, 40-foot-wide, translucent plastic blue shirt with a $220,000 price tag.  Some supervisors
are offended by what they see as the "blue-collar" implications of the shirt, while others don't feel it represents Milwaukee. The two-story piece will adorn a new parking structure scheduled to be completed in 2003 at General Mitchell International Airport--if the art committee and the supervisors can iron out their differences.


 

100 Years Ago in the WORLD ALMANAC

 

Below is a record of legislation attempts on the issue of Women's Suffrage in the year 1901:

 

In 1901 the New York Legislature passed a law providing that "a woman who possesses the qualifications to vote for village or town officers, except the qualification of sex, who is the owner of property in the village assessed upon the last preceding assessment roll thereof, is entitled to vote upon a proposition to raise money by tax or assessment."

 

California, March 9. - A bill permitting women to vote for the issuance of school bonds or levy of school taxes was defeated by a vote in the House of 21 nays, 14 yeas.

 

New Mexico, February 24. - The House voted 21 nays, 2 yeas on a women suffrage resolution.

 

Arizona, March 9. - A woman suffrage bill was defeated in the House by a vote of 18 nays, 7 yeas.

 

South Dakota, February 14. - A resolution to submit the question of woman suffrage to the people was shelved in the Senate by a vote of 26 nays, 17 yeas.

 

Kansas, March 20. - A bill giving the women the right to vote for Presidential electors was defeated by a vote of 23 nays, 14 yeas.

 

Indiana - The House passed a bill for an amendment giving women the suffrage, which was killed by the Senate on the claim that "less than 10 per cent of the women care to exercise it!"

 

Wisconsin, March 12. - A bill for woman suffrage was killed in the Senate without debate.

 

Illinois, April 27 - The House of Representatives killed the measure framed to extend woman suffrage to township elections.

 

Connecticut, June 6. - A bill for woman suffrage was rejected in concurrence with the Senate by a vote of 119 nays, 53 yeas.

 

Massachusetts, March 15. - The House defeated a proposition for woman suffrage by a vote of 156 nays, 53 yeas.

 

 

Notable Quotes:    Life

 

"Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect."    -    Marcus Aurelius Antoninius, "Meditations"

 

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after."    -    Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "Gift From the Sea"

 

"Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."    -    Eleanor Roosevelt, "Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt"

 

"The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy."    -    Eudora Welty, "The Wide Net"

 

"The best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love"    -    William Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey"

 

 

Links of the Month

 

When I was in school, Spanish was referred to as one of the "romance" languages.  So you've made eye contact with that special someone on the subway everyday and discover that he only speaks Spanish.  What are you to do?  By visiting http://www.freetranslation.com you will be able to type text in English and have it translated into Spanish.  And when he returns notes to you in Spanish, guess what, it can translate them back.

 

You just returned from your vacation in Egypt and all of your fellow travelers want to share their pictures; however, you live throughout the United States.  If you visit http://www.myfamily.com you will be able to set up your own website where you can post news, e-mail and chat, share photos, and for the genealogist in the family, build a family tree.

 

Whether you are a garage sale junkie or collect World's Fair memorabilia, a new site called http://www.whaticollect.com will get you in touch with other people who share your interests.  You'll have the ability to talk about what you collect, ask questions, purchase and sell your holdings.

 

"Dormitory = Dirty Room" and "Vacation Time = I'm not as active" are just two examples of anagrams, which are words or phrases formed by reordering the letters of another word of phrase.  Visit http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/ and see what comes up for your name.  Okay, all the phrases may not make sense; for example, for Edward A. Thomas, the best of the lot was "A drama we'd host."

 

Douglas Kiesling of Minneapolis, MN, also known as "Lightning Boy," has been photographing and videoing lightning for several years now.  If you'd like to see an impressive collection of pictures with this meteorological phenomenon, visit http://www.lightningboy.com/ .

 

The 73rd Academy Award show will be held in Los Angeles on March 25th.  Visit http://www.oscar.com/oscars_home.html for a complete listing of current nominees, plus a database of past nominees and winners.

 

 

 

 

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