Today in History, February 23

The first interstate airmail-delivery-by-rocket-powered-airplane-flight took place 80 years ago today from Greenwood Lake, NY, into New Jersey. Two unmanned, single-wing planes were launched straight up into the air and crashed soon after and not many yards away. Five years ago, a writer for described the experiment as “quite possibly the most spectacularly unsuccessful delivery in the history of post.”

The United States was lagging in rocket development, and other countries were investing time and effort in sussing out what needs in society rockets could meet. Austria had flung mail from one city to another by rocket in 1931 and rumors of efforts in other countries followed.

An article in Popular Mechanics (the photo above is the cover) described the Greenwood Lake experiment as being “as significant as that first historic flight of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.”

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“Pinocchio,” the animated film from Walt Disney Productions, and featuring the voice of Dickie Jones as the puppet-turned-boy, opened in theaters on this date in 1940. Jones would later take over the role of Henry Aldrich in “The Aldrich Family” on radio.

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“Trainspotting,” the film directed by Danny Boyle and staring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, opened in British theaters 20 years ago today.

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John Keats died on this date in 1821. President John Quincy Adams died on this date in 1848. He died moments after casting a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives—he and Andrew Johnson are the only two former Presidents to serve in Congress after their White House years.

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W. E. B. Du Bois was born on this date in 1868.

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Peter Fonda is 76 today. Ed “Too Tall” Jones is 65 today. Patricia Richardson is 65. Howard Jones is 61 today. “Things Can Only Get Better”:

Michael Dell, who personally and with his own hands made your computer, is 51 today. Melinda Messenger is 45 today. Emily Blunt is 33. Dakota Fanning is 22 today.

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  1. abodyofhope · February 23, 2016

    What a day! Thank you for dropping some knowledge on us, once again. I hope you are doing as well as you possibly can today, Mark. Wishing you the very best. Hugs coming at you!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rogershipp · March 4, 2016

    I LOVE Pinocchio!

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