02 November 2006

This day in history: 2 Nov

1783: General George Washington gave his farewell address to the Army, in Rocky Hill, New Jersey.

1889: North and South Dakota were admitted to the US as the 39th and 40th states.

1930: Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia as Haile Selassie.

1947: Howard Hughes piloted the Hughes HK-1 "Spruce Goose" on its first - and only - flight.

1957: UFOs visited Levelland, Texas.

1959: Charles Van Doren admitted to the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce that his winnings on the tv game show Twenty-One had indeed been rigged.

2000: The first crew - Yuri Gidzenko, William Shepherd and Sergei Krikalev - arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). They remained onboard until 21 Mar 2001.

Matilda of Flanders (ca 1031-1083), Friedrich Graf von Wrangel (1784-1877), Jenny Lind (1820-1887), George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Paul Frees (1920-1986), Irwin Allen (1916-1991) and Hal Roach Sr (1892-1992) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Daniel Boone (1734-1820), Marie Antionette (1755-1793), Johann Graf Radetzky von Radetz (1766-1858), Burt Lancaster (1913-1994), and Steve Ditko (1927-TBD).

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