February 23rd was the day in history when…
1998: The Supreme Court let Megan's Law stand. Megan’s Law was passed in New Jersey in 1995 after the rape and murder of seven year old Megan Kanka. The perpetrator was a twice convicted sex offender. The statute requires that communities be informed of sex offenders living in their neighborhoods. By 1998 thirty six states had adopted similar statutes. A group of New Jersey sex offenders, who had been convicted before Megan’s Law was enacted, brought suit against the state alleging that the public announcement of their identities and whereabouts constituted a second punishment for the same crime. The case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices chose not to rule, but rather to uphold the decisions of the lower court which meant that Megan’s Law would not change.
1960: Demolition began on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. The ballpark was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 to 1957. The aging Ebbets Field had structural and plumbing problems. The team’s owner was doing battle with New York City regarding future sites for the team which resulted in the Dodgers eventually moving to California. After the team’s last game the land was bought by another developer who decided to demolish the park in favor of new construction.
1954: The first mass inoculation with Salk vaccine. The first effective Polio vaccine was developed by researcher Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburg in 1952. It was made by combining three strains of inactive or dead virus. On this date it was successfully tested on students at Arsenal Elementary and Watson’s Home for Children.
1994: Dakota Fanning – actress
1952: Brad Whitford – rock guitarist, Aerosmith
1940: Peter Fonda – actor
1939: Majel Barrett – actress
1883: Victor Fleming – director, Wizard of Oz, Gone With Wind
Notable People Lost:
2002: Gordon Matthews – inventor of voicemail
1994: Stuart Berger – doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40
1924: Thomas Woodrow Wilson – 28th U.S. President
Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):
National Rationalization Day
National Banana Bread Day
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Thought for the day: Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
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