Thursday February 18th

What we learned from 2009 that may have come as a surprise: Grumpy people think more clearly because negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking.



Olympic schedule …





The first Academy Awards are announced.



Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.

Elm Farm Ollie's milk was sealed into paper cartons which were parachuted to spectators below. Charles Lindbergh reportedly received a glass of the milk.



Stores in Saskatchewan and Alberta were prepared for the first sale of nylon stockings since the beginning of the Second World War. Most stores hired extra security and handed out tickets to be exchanged for nylons in an effort to control the crowds. Some local companies allowed their female employees time off so that they could take their places in the lineups. Although most stores ran out of stock within 20 minutes, all expected further shipments by the end of the month.



Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.



During the Daytona 500, NASCAR phenom Dale Earnhardt crashes into the wall and dies instantly. His widow later files a lawsuit to keep his autopsy photos sealed, and Florida subsequently passes a law to prevent them from ever being released.




A new type of computer virus is known to have breached almost 75,000 computers in 2,500 organizations around the world, including user accounts of popular social network websites, according Internet security firm NetWitness.

The latest virus -- known as "Kneber botnet" -- gathers login credentials to online financial systems, social networking sites and email systems from infested computers and reports the information back to hackers, NetWitness said in a statement.

A botnet is an army of infected computers that hackers can control from a central machine."







Judy Kay "Juice" Newton –58- A distant descendent of Sir Isaac Newton, she earns significant pop/country crossover during the early-1980s with "Queen Of Hearts," "Angel Of The Morning" and "Break It To Me Gently"


Molly Ringwald –42- Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink


Vanna White –53- puzzle-board presenter and co-host on the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune.White is an avid crochet and knitting enthusiast and has a line of yarns called "Vanna's Choice" through Lion Brand Yarns.


John Travolta –56- Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, Ladder 49 and Wild Hogs.


Dr. Dre is 45 as well….





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