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RussianThunder February 4th, 2019 2:15am

On this day (3 February) in history....see comments for events that took place. HIGHLIGHTS: Today is the day the music died in 1959 and Karla Faye Tucker is executed in 1998.

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JamesAndersonMD La Jolla, CA
02/03/19 9:56 pm

2019 - Patriots win 6th Super Bowl in team history; Tom Brady is the GOAT.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/04/19 4:01 am

Goat? What does that mean? I’ve never heard it?

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
02/03/19 9:23 pm

Buddy holly always kinda inspired me a bit for guitar.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 8:09 pm


Of all historical events today, this one does not rank high on the radar but it’s still interesting. Not for the crime, she killed two people with a pickaxe while she and her friends were robbing them.
The product of an extra-marital affair, no supervision as a kid, fell into drink and drugs, no education.....she was convicted of murder in Texas and sentenced to death to 1984. However, those 15 years between conviction and execution were important. In that time, she reformed. Appeals from everyone from the pope to the warden and the brother of a victim to the US Speaker of the House fell on deaf ears. In the end, she was executed.
This interested me because it brings up what punishment is and what prison is. Is it to reform people or an eye for an eye style of justice. Can a condemned person reform? Are we then executing what they were or what they are? Can it be both? George W Bush refused to pardon her. Does he believe in redemption?


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 8:16 pm

One man on her execution team became not only anti-death penalty after her execution but does not deal with executions any longer.

As a society, the US seems somewhat schizophrenic regarding the death penalty (I fully admit I am). Texas, Florida and Oklahoma seem to be in great favor of it. California, oddly, has a large death row too. Illinois is against it. So, a person can be rehabilitated (though not released and the good they do is in the prison) in some states and killed in others.

Is capital punishment a deterrent, an eye for an eye or somehow immoral....or something else entirely? I’m not sure but of all the cases I am aware of, none make me question it, more than this case.


shygal47 Florida east coast
02/08/19 6:56 pm

When she was executed I determined that I did not like GWB. If Anne Richards had still been Governor, Karla would have had her sentence commuted to Life. She is also the primary reason I did not vote for GWB for president - if he could not help a born-again Christian, I sure didn’t want him in the Oval Office.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/08/19 11:08 pm

I guess my question is, are we not to be concerned with justice. If she was proud of her role or tried to deny it, I would be less interested. Some people are so evil they cannot live but others change. Jeffrey Dahmer was not truly repentant. He seemed to go through the motions.Tucker was apparently truly changed and she herself was not sure she didn’t deserve death due to the horrible nature of her crime?
Her case is fascinating but for me, helps me solidifies my stance as anti-death penalty.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:41 pm


Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson board a plane in Mason City, Iowa. Disgruntled with their buses breaking down and impatient, Holly had chartered the plane. There seem to be several versions of what happened but most agree that Ritchie Valens got the flu and took a seat on the plane. Some versions have this seat originally belonging to Waylon Jennings. Others have Dion DiMucci flipping a coin with Valens or Richardson. However, the end result was three rock stars and a 21 year old pilot named Roger Peterson took off from Mason City bound for the next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The plane took off normally from runway 17 (today's runway 18) at 12:55 am Central Time on Tuesday, February 3. The planes owner, Hubert Dwyer witnessed the take-off from a platform outside the control tower.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:44 pm

He was able to see clearly the aircraft's tail light for most of the brief flight, which started with an initial left turn onto a northwesterly heading and a climb to 800 ft. The tail light was then observed gradually descending until it disappeared out of view. Around 1:00 am, when Peterson failed to make the expected radio contact, repeated attempts to establish communication were made, at Dwyer's request, by the radio operator, but they were all unsuccessful.

Later that morning, Dwyer, having heard no word from Peterson since his departure, so he took off in another airplane to retrace the planned route. Within minutes, at around 9:35 am, he spotted the wreckage less than 6 mi (9.7 km) northwest of the airport. The sheriff's office, alerted by Dwyer, dispatched Deputy Bill McGill, who drove to the crash site, a cornfield belonging to Albert Juhl.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:45 pm

The plane had impacted terrain at high speed, estimated to have been around 170 mph, banked steeply to the right and in a nose-down attitude. The right wing tip had struck the ground first, sending the aircraft cartwheeling across the frozen field for 540 feet (160 m), before coming to rest against a wire fence at the edge of Juhl's property. The bodies of Holly and Valens had been ejected from the torn fuselage and lay near the plane's wreckage. Richardson's body had been thrown over the fence and into the cornfield of Juhl's neighbor Oscar Moffett, while Peterson's body was entangled in the wreckage. With the rest of the entourage en route to Minnesota, Anderson, who had driven the party to the airport and witnessed the plane's takeoff, had to identify the bodies of the musicians. County coroner Ralph Smiley certified that all four victims died instantly, citing the cause of death as "gross trauma to brain" for the three artists and "brain damage" for the pilot.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:54 pm

These musicians were up and coming to careers perhaps in the stratosphere. To lose one rock star shakes the public but to lose 3 in one day was somehow mournful and apparently many alive then remember where they were when they heard the news.
Sadly, Buddy Holly’s wife remembered. She heard it on the TV news and subsequently miscarried their child. Holly’s mother heard about it on the radio. The tour did continue, even as the funerals were taking place.
The NTSB blamed the pilot.

Don McLean wrote “American Pie” in response to the crash (I honestly had no idea that was what that song was about). The songs of all three are still played on the radio. They live on in music infamy. It’s interesting to wonder, how high their careers would have gone.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:16 pm

3 February

Emperor Ping passes away in 6 CE. In 1377, more than 2,000 people of the Italian city of Cesena are killed by the Condottieri (papal armed forces) in the "Cesena Bloodbath". In 1488, Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, becoming the first known European to travel so far south. The colony of Massachusetts, in 1690, issues the first paper money in the Americas. Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily in 1840. In 1783, Spain recognizes United States independence. Militia led by General Benjamin Lincoln crush the remnants of Shays' Rebellion in 1787 in Petersham, Massachusetts. A British military force, in 1807, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the Spanish Empire city of Montevideo, now the capital of Uruguay.


02/03/19 7:17 pm

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:18 pm

The Territory of Illinois is created by the 10th United States Congress in 1809 (though the territory includes part of modern day Wisconsin) The London Protocol of 1830 establishes the full independence and sovereignty of Greece from the Ottoman Empire as the final result of the Greek War of Independence. Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in 1863, in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise".The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified in 1870, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race. Russia closes down the Volozhin Yeshiva, a Lithuanian talmudical college in 1892. In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax (wasn’t that supposed to be temporary?). In 1916, the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada burns down with the loss of 7 lives.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:19 pm

The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany in 1917, two days after the latter announced a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. Rabbi Shlomo Goren is born in 1917. The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California begins service in 1918, as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long. The Bolshevik army is defeated in 1919 in a series of clashes with the White Russians, who are fighting to reclaim the government after the 1917 revolution.Woodrow Wilson dies in 1924. William Howard Taft resigns as US chief justice for health reasons in 1930 (someone should point this out to RBG). In 1933, Adolf Hitler announces that the expansion of Lebensraum into Eastern Europe, and its ruthless Germanisation, are the ultimate geopolitical objectives of Third Reich foreign policy. In 1944, during the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, U.S. Army and Marine forces seize Kwajalein Atoll from the defending Japanese garrison.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:20 pm

As part of Operation Thunderclap, 1,000 B-17s of the Eighth Air Force drop 3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin in 1945, a raid which kills between 2,500 and 3,000 and dehouses another 120,000. Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges in 1950. In 1953, the Batepá massacre occurred in São Tomé when the colonial administration and Portuguese landowners unleashed a wave of violence against the native creoles known as forros. Nathan Lane is born in 1956. Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959. The United States Air Forces begins Operation Looking Glass in 1961, and over the next 30 years, a "Doomsday Plane" is always in the air, with the capability of taking direct control of the United States' bombers and missiles in the event of the destruction of the SAC's command post (well, ok.... that’s a bit disconcerting).


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:21 pm

US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs in 1962.The Soviet Union's Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon in 1966, and the first spacecraft to take pictures from the surface of the Moon (meaning we didn’t crash....well done us). Warwick Davis is born in 1970.The first day of the seven-day 1972 Iran blizzard, which would kill at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history. In 1984, John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth. In 1989, a military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954. Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Aangeles, California in 1993. STS-60 is launched in 1994, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard the Shuttle.


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:23 pm

Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas in 1998. She is the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle in 2005, as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339 in 2007. Two people are shot and killed and 29 students are taken hostage in 2014, at a high school in Moscow, Russia. Lord Lucan's death certificate is granted in 2016, 42 years after he disappeared following the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett (let me tell you though, the wife was insane). Moscow has its heaviest recorded one day snowfall, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees (though parents saw no need for a “snow day” and were livid when, for the first time in Russian history, one was called).


RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 7:25 pm

Our lives are the same pretty much regardless. Nothing I post will ever change lives. Never said I was trying to do that.

historylover Navy Seawolves
02/03/19 7:39 pm

Thanks for posting the information. I enjoy it. If people aren’t interested, no one is forcing them to read it.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
02/03/19 8:18 pm

Thank you
That’s what I figure. I enjoy doing them and kind of do them just for my enjoyment and if others read them, comment or not, then that’s great.