February 17 2003
Ridge: Terror Alert Likely to Be Lowered
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, FL - 2-17-03
... The secretary said on ABC's "This Week" that US intelligence officials were evaluating
a new tape, purportedly of Osama bin Laden saying American war plans ...
'Anti-US' trinkets are a sell-out in Bahrain
Independent Online, South Africa - 2-17-03
Crammed between plastic toys and fake designer watches in Manama's busy merchant
district, the souvenir hunter can find Osama bin Laden T-shirts, items ...
Suddenly, it's US and rest of the world
Toronto Star, Canada - 2-17-03
... Bush or Powell that the French said their intelligence agencies found no support
for the US claim of a strong connection between Baghdad and Osama bin Laden's ...
Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences
by US Senator Robert Byrd
Senate Floor Speech - Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Women's Pre-emptive Strike for Peace
Bush's Niece Flirts With Joe Millionaire
New York Daily News
Today in History February 17
1817 - The first gas lit streetlights appeared on the streets of Boston, MA.
1924 - Swimmer (and later Tarzan) Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 52-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.
1934 - The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, PA. Maybe that’s why Penn State’s students are all such good drivers (just a guess).
1958 - Former New York Giants football star Frank Gifford signed a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers in a film deal that didn’t make him the movie star the studio expected. So, Giff went into broadcasting instead. His first job was as a sportscaster for WCBS-TV in New York. He then moved to WABC-TV in New York and on to network television as primary play-by-play announcer and then to color commentator on ABC’s Monday Night Football. Frank is married to Kathie Lee Gifford of Regis and Kathie Lee morning TV fame.
1962 - The Beach Boys started making waves with their first Southern California hit, Surfin’. Their new musical style swept the U.S. like a tidal wave when they hit nationally with Surfin’ Safari in August of this same year.
1966 - Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler received a gold record from RCA Victor, for both the album and the single of The Ballad of the Green Berets.
1972 - President Richard M. Nixon departed Washington, D.C. on his historic trip to China. Thousands gathered on the White House lawn for a big send-off. What’s the big deal, you ask? He was the first U.S. president to go to China, that’s what.
1985 - Postage stamp prices were hiked to 22 cents for first-class mail in the U.S.
2000 - Windows 2000 Professional Edition was released. Windows 2000 was an “the next generation NT operating system” that Microsoft said took four years and cost over $1 billion to develop.