Welcome to today's BDB. There will be a special edition today for the arts. Check back at noon for a complete listing of theatre, music, and art openings.
TODAY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
WEATHER from The National Weather Service
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south.
Friday Night: Rain likely, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Low around 36. Southeast wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
QUOTE OF THE DAY from Brainy Quotes
The love we give away is the only love we keep. Elbert Hubbard
Bethel Chiropractic and Sports Therapy will send an individual from their Massage Advantage therapist to give you and your team a free chair massage. Contact Brandi Shelton at 203-748-9900
Planetarium Show and Telescope Viewing: On March 3, WCSU will host a 6 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8672 or visitwww.wcsu.edu/starwatch. Free.
Teen Decorated Frames. March 3, from 10:15 until 11:30. For grades 6-12. Get Creative! We'll supply the frames and decorations. This can get messy, so dress accordingly! Space is limited. Registration is required to ensure we have enough materials. Location: Library Seelye Room, Bethel, Ct
Bethel’s Joseph W. Tarrant, Jr. American Legion Memorial Post 100 has finalized plans to host its inaugural 5K War Memorial Tribute Run in honor of our nations fallen war heroes.The event is scheduled to start at 8am, Saturday May 19th 2012 at the Bethel Municipal Center. For more information, click the link.
WCSU will host the Western New England Home Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at the Feldman Arena in the William O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Home improvement companies will display their products and answer questions during the two-day event. Tickets will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Call (860) 563-2111 or visit www.osbornejenks.com/wnehome.html for more information.
TODAY IN HISTORY from On This Day
1836 - Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed.
1861 - The U.S. Congress created the Territory of Nevada.
1866 - Excelsior Needle Company began making sewing machine needles.
1877 - In the U.S., Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
1887 - The American Trotting Association was organized in Detroit, MI.
1897 - U.S. President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants entering the country.
1899 - Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress.
1899 - U.S. President McKinley signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for the U.S.Navy. The first admiral was George Dewey.
1901 - The first telegraph company in Hawaii opened.
1903 - The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel had 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women.
1908 - In New York, the Committee of the Russian Republican Administration was founded.
1917 - Citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.
1925 - State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker.
1929 - The U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals was created by the U.S. Congress.
1933 - The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York.
1939 - The Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. These first ten amendments had gone into effect 147 years before.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
1949 - The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.
1962 - Wilt 'The Stilt' Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks 169-147. Chamberlain broke several NBA records in the game.
1969 - In Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight.
1974 - Postage stamps jumped from 8 to 10 cents for first-class mail.
1984 - The first McDonald's franchise was closed. A new location was opened across the street from the old location in Des Plaines, IL.
1985 - The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply.
1986 - Corazon Aquino was sworn into office as president of the Philippines. Her first public declaration was to restore the civil rights of the citizens of her country.
1987 - The U.S. government reported that the median price for a new home had gone over $100,000 for the first time.
1989 - Representatives from the 12 European Community nations all agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.
1998 - Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.
2004 - NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past.
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