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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri February 6th, 2009, 6:17 am

[quote=""chuck""]Breaking the thread rule, but...."The Day The Music Died"....Feb.3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper and their pilot perished on a Iowa cornfield.....A sad note....These musicians were so underpaid on these barnstorming tours....they all road school buses to their shows....The story goes Buddy, Richie, and the Bopper...were so frustrated they pooled their money and hired a small airplane to fly them to their next concert......Check out Buddy, Richie, the Bopper tributes on utube and other sites....Their music still lives....Rave On....[/quote]
They should have waited until morning, when the snow cleared up. The pilot of that plane, a V-tailed Bonanza, was only 21 and unfamiliar with the new instrumentation. There is also some speculation that the audio equipment the musicians brought would have overloaded that plane. Definitely it was at capacity with that many people.

Which just goes to show that a young pilot overawed by flying celebrities doesn't have what it takes to say "Not safe; won't fly."

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Post by Leyland » Sun February 8th, 2009, 4:11 pm

Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed at Fotheringhay Castle on Feb 8, 1587 as a result of being tried and convicted for her involvement in the Babington Plot to assassinate Elizabeth I.

http://www.history-magazine.com/babington.html
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Post by princess garnet » Tue February 10th, 2009, 12:26 am

1991--Lithuania votes overwhelmingly for secession from Russia

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Post by Susan » Tue February 10th, 2009, 2:14 am

February 10, 1840 - Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha at the Chapel Royal, St. James' Palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Victoria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert%2C_Prince_Consort
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._James%27_Palace

February 10, 2005 - Engagement of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles announced
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4252795.stm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Charles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camilla%2C ... f_Cornwall
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Post by emr » Tue February 10th, 2009, 8:54 am

1567 - An explosion destroys the Kirk o' Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland. The second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley is found strangled, in what many believe to be an assassination.

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Post by chuck » Tue February 10th, 2009, 3:25 pm

On this day 1996.....Garry Kasparov, the Russian World Chess Champion looses the first game; to a computer named Deep Blue....Kasparov ultimately wins the six game match.....4 -2 .....He retired in 2005...known for his swashbuckling style of play and had the ability to change tactics in the middle of a match....
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Post by Susan » Tue February 10th, 2009, 11:12 pm

February 11, 1466 - Birth of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, wife of Henry VII, at Westminster Palace
February 11, 1503 - Death of Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII, daughter of Edward IV, at the Tower of London; buried at Westminster Abbey

Elizabeth died on her 37th birthday from complications of childbirth. Her daughter Katherine was born on February 2, 1503 and died on February 18, 1503. Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward IV, the sister of Edward V, the niece of Richard III, the wife of Henry VII, the mother of Henry VIII and the grandmother of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_of_York
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London
http://www.westminster-abbey.org/

(I post royal dates on the royalty forum I moderate. I'll post some of the more well known ones here.)
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Post by Susan » Thu February 12th, 2009, 1:50 am

February 12, 1554 - Execution of Lady Jane Grey at the Tower of London; buried at St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
Jane is one of the most tragic figures in history. Horribly used by her father and father-in-law, she was executed at age 16. She was an intelligent girl and a brilliant scholar. We can only wonder what her life would have been like.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... ane%20Grey
http://www.englishhistory.net/tudor/exjane.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Grey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Peter_a ... 8London%29
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Post by annis » Thu February 12th, 2009, 2:32 am

Here's Delaroche's iconic painting of her execution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File :P au ... e_Grey.jpg

The story of the poor young girl blindly groping around in a panic looking for the chopping block and frantically crying, "What shall I do, where is it?" is a real heart-wrencher. Add to that the fact that she saw her husband being dragged off to his execution and his decapitated body returning before her turn came: "His (Guilford's) carcass thrown into a cart, and his head in a cloth, he was brought to the chapel within the Tower, where Lady Jane, whose lodging was in Partidge's house, did see his dead carcass taken out of the cart, as well as she did see him before alive on going to his death - a sight to her no less than death."
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu February 12th, 2009, 7:17 pm

I've updated my Lady Jane Grey Internet Museum with 113 more images:
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