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Saturday, February 25, 2006

by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II
February 24, 2006
Spc. Christopher Davis and Pfc. Justin Foster, from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, patrol Tal Afar, Iraq.

Today in History - February 25th

1095 - Council of Rockingham - bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus
1358 - Dalmatië flees Venice
1497 - Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France
1502 - Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
1540 - Francisco Vásquez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola México
1570 - Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1605 - Portuguese garrison on Ambon surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen
1623 - Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria becomes monarch of Palts
1634 - Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills duke Wallenstein
1643 - Dutch US colonists kill Algonquin-Indians
1667 - Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River
1746 - Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen
1791 - 1st Bank of US chartered
1793 - 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington's home)
1799 - 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
1799 - Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
1803 - 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
1804 - Jefferson nominated for President at Democratic-Republican caucus
1836 - Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1837 - 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1839 - Seminoles & Black allies shipped from Tampa Bay FL, to the West
1859 - First use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
1862 - Congress establishes the US Bureau of Engraving & Printing; Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln
1863 - Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency
1868 - Andrew Johnson impeached for violation of the Tenure of Office act
1870 - Hiram Revels, Mississippi, is sworn in as 1st Black member of Congress (Senator)
1875 - Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft Sill
1879 - Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1885 - US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds
1896 - Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
1901 - US Steel Corp organizes under directorship of J.P. Morgan
1905 - Netherlands Workers van Vakverenigingen, (NVV) political party forms
1907 - US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1913 - 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax
1916 - German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
1919 - Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1¢ per gallon); League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1921 - Georgian SSR proclaimed
1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
1926 - Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain; Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
1927 - Gdansk & Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
1930 - Check photographing device patented
1932 - Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1933 - 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
1938 - British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
1939 - 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
1941 - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
1943 - Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
1944 - US 1st Army completes invasion plan
1945 - US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
1948 - Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C. Gottwald becomes premier
1949 - WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
1951 - 1st Pan American Games open (Buenos Aires Argentina)
1952 - 6th Winter Olympics games close at Oslo, Norway
1954 - Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
1956 - Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
1957 - Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1962 - India Congress Party wins elections; Robert Kennedy visits Netherlands
1964 - Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
1966 - Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
1968 - Makarios re-elected President of Cyprus
1969 - Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
1974 - Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
1977 - Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons; Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
1979 - Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
1980 - Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
1984 - Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
1986 - Corazon Aquino becomes President of Philippines; Former Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos flees in defeat; Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
1986 - Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao
1987 - US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action
1988 - South Korea adopts constitution
1990 - Nicaraguans vote out Sandinistas
1991 - US barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia hit by SCUD missile - 28 are killed
1994 - Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron; Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
1995 - Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed); Moslem fundamentalists shoot 20 Shiite mosque goers dead
1998 - Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

1635 - Walraad the Elder, Dutch field marshall/earl of Nassau-Usingen
1643 - Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95)
1778 - José Francisco de San Martín, liberated Argentina, Chile & Perú
1794 - Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, Dutch earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam
1807 - George Alfred Trenholm, Secretary Treasurer (Confederacy)
1808 - James Bowen, Union Major General
1809 - George Washington Cullom, Union Brevet Major General
1815 - Robert Hall Chilton, Confederate Brigadier General
1833 - Clement Anselm Evans, Confederate Brigadier General
1881 - William Foster, Communist Presidential candidate (1924,28,32)
1888 - John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59)
1896 - John J. McClellan (Senator-AR)
1906 - Howard Zahniser, Father of the Wilderness Act
1910 - Millicent Fenwick (Representative-NJ 1975-82)
1923 - Roger Parker Lord Justice of Appeal
1928 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
1931 - Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP; J.R. Stephenson, Lieutenant-Colonel/Secretary (MCC)
1932 - Laurence New, Major-General
1937 - Bob Schieffer Austin, newscaster (CBS Weekend News)
1940 - Billy Packer Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
1941 - Stewart Sutherland, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Edinburgh University)
1947 - Lewis Moonie, British MP
1950 - Anthony Lloyd, British MP
1952 - James A. Barcia (Representative-D-MI)

1247 - Hendrik IV, Duke of Limburg/earl of Bergen (1226-47)
1601 - Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth
1634 - Albrecht von Wallenstein German Duke, murdered at 50; Van Friedland/Mecklenburg General-Admiral, dies at 50
1713 - Frederik I, King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55
1826 - Piotr A. von der Pahlen, military governor of St. Petersburg, dies at 60
1899 - Paul Julius von Reuter, founder of the news agency (Reuters)
1915 - George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934)
1960 - Everhardus J. van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
1968 - Camille Huysmans Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
1969 - Jan Zajic, Czechoslovakian student, self incinerates
1975 - Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, dies in Chicago at 77
1978 - Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., retired Air Force General, dies at 58
1983 - John Cowles, Sr., US publisher, dies at 84
1993 - Jean G.H. "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch PM (Social Democrat, 1965-69)
1994 - Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44

Reported Missing in Action
Causey, John Bernard, USAF (IL); RB66C shot down

Hart, Joseph L., USAF (WY); A1E shot down

Brellenthin, Michael, USMC (FL); KIA in ground action, body not recovered

Ridgeway, Ronald L., USMC (TX); captured in same ground action where Brellenthin was killed - released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Sabog, Mateo, US Army (HI); initially reported AWOL when he failed to report to duty stateside upon return from tour in Vietnam. Later changed to MIA, then located stateside in 1996

Morgan, William J., US Army (LA); UH1H shot down
OSWESAT OPERATION — U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division provide security around a weapons cache site discovered during an operation to capture terrorists and ordnance in Oswesat, Iraq, Feb. 19, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin L. Moses Sr.

In Today's News - Saturday, February 25, 2006

Quote of the Day
"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."

-- John Adams

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Violence Riddles Iraq
30 killed despite curfew
14 Commandos Bodies Found
Moving Vehicles Banned in Baghdad
Video: Daytime Curfew in Iraq
Photo Essay: Iraqis Enact Daytime Curfew
Deadly market blast in Kerbala - Play Video
Blast Shatters Shi'ite Shrine In Iraq
Main Iraq Sunni bloc considers return to govt talks
Gunmen Break Into Shiite Home, Kill 13
Gunmen Attack Mosque in Western Baghdad

Operation Enduring Freedom
Former Afghan Spy Chief Sentenced to Death

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Al Qaeda Threatens To Hit More Saudi Oil Sites
Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Saudi attack - Video

Dubai Port Proposal
White House: We Won't Reconsider Ports Deal
US welcomes port deal delay to brief Congress - Video

Troops on Trial
Cadet Kicked out Instead of Prosecuted

Hamas Rising
US to maintain vital aid to Palestinians: envoy

Worldwide Wackos
Iran promises answers on atomic work: diplomats
Venezuela to Bar Two U.S. Airlines
Russia Still Foresees Iran Nuke Resolution

XX Winter Olympics
Photos: Torino 2006 Winter Olympics - Day 14 (Reuters)

Unlikely dog tale tops U.S. best-seller list
Brazil bishops say go easy on Carnival sex, booze

Fox News
Ricin Found in Texas Dorm
China Busts Baby Traffic Ring
Sheryl Crow Recovers From Breast Cancer Surgery
S.D. House OKs Abortion Ban
U.K. Cops Find Heist Loot
Building Collapse in Bangladesh Kills 15
French Court Grants Parent Rights to Gay Partners

Reuters: Top News
Differences continue over US-India nuclear pact
Wal-Mart sees February same-store sales up
Iran to grant gas contracts to European firms
U.S. judge delays BlackBerry cutoff decision
US court grants Glaxo bid to halt generic Flonase
Ted Turner to leave Time Warner board
Trends and Innovation
Mexico prices GAP airport operator IPO
FTC settles with CardSystems over data breach
Iraq, oil's surge threaten stocks
Delta Air to cut Florida flights, JetBlue shares up
Dana shares drop 28 percent
RIM stock driven higher on delayed court ruling
Midway shares fall as analysts lower expectations
On the Radar: Finding sectors
On the Radar: Amgen's margins lead
Shaky geopolitics, booming economy
S. Dakota approves bill to restrict abortions
At New Jersey port, takeover dispute a world away
Schwarzenegger appeals to disaffected Republicans
Differences continue over US-India nuclear pact
Rival Oxford animal lab demos staged
Cases of crippling fever found in mainland France
s.beat combines MP3 player, tools of survival
Judge delays BlackBerry cutoff decision
Islamic singer aims to fill pop "spirituality" gap
Tempers fray in Bolivia over used clothing imports
Experts see medical ethics violations at Guantanamo
Calif. bill would bar toxins in cell phones, iPods
Bangladesh factory collapses
Philippine mudslide seach ends

AP World News
Philippine Police Detain Gov't Critics
Service for Philippine Victims Held
15 Die in Bangladesh Building Collapse
10 Sent to Prison for Baby-Trafficking
Criminal Complaints Filed Against Humala
Search for Trapped Mexican Miners Halted
France Broadens Gays' Parental Rights
Museveni Wins Uganda's Multiparty Election
Deadly Strain of Bird Flu Found in India
Colombia Suspends Rebels' Arrest Warrants
Serbia Still Trying to Capture Mladic
Some Cash From Big British Heist Recovered
U.S. Pushes for Sudan Peacekeepers
Marines Join Special Ops World
Iraqi Army has Gains, Losses
Port Deal Fight Continues
Paratroopers Charged With Having Web Sex
DoD Plans New Roads to Avoid Iraqi IEDs

CENTCOM: News Releases



Department of Defense
Bush: Iraqis Committed to Democracy - Story
President: Veterans Inspire Today’s Heroes - Remarks
Report Charts Progress in Security, Stability - Story
Iraqi Forces Have Risen to Security Challenge - Story
Iraqis Take Lead After Bombing Video Transcript
Iraqi Forces 'Stepped Up' Following Violence
Coast Guard Defends at Local, Global Levels - Story

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Bring First Aid, Supplies - Story
Posters Bridge Gap Between Iraqi Army, Locals - Story
New Graduates Ready to Join Afghan Workforce - Story

Coalition Priority: Restore Essential Services
U.S. Soliders Take to Water to Combat Terrorists

Team Brings Medical Care to Afghan Village
Commander Meets With Army, Police Leaders
10th Mountain Takes Command of Task Force

U.S. Soldier Moves Afghan Mountains - Story

Teens Keep Troops Calling Home - Story
Country Music, Rodeo Stars Entertain

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Raid
Bush Condemns Mosque Attack
Security Forces Continue Progress
Forces Detain 11 Insurgents
Iraqi Soldiers, Police Find Weapons
Police Add More Than 1,000 to Force
Attack Kills 21 Iraqis
Iraqis Assume Baghdad Duties
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghan Troop Wounded in Attack
Police, Coalition Respond to Attack
Afghanistan Update

Reagan Group Launches Missions
England Discusses Port Security
Flow of Info is Vital in Terror War
Bush: India, Pakistan Key Allies
Commitment to Mideast Continues
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Marine Special Ops Activated
Nine Charged With Stealing Gear
Domestic Violence Hotline Launched
Mom Pens Books to Help Kids
Efforts Help Change Image
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine Casualty - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


** A little under the weather today, so it's going to be a bit of a light blog - I'll try to get the history post up later **