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Today in History-February 6 Letourneau sentenced, federal building smoking ban

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February 6th was the day in history when…

1998: Mary Kay Letourneau, 36 was sentenced for violating probation by seeing the 14 year old father of her baby. Letourneau, who was married and had four children at the time, was a middle school teacher when she fell in love with then 13 year old Vili Fualaau. The two had a secret sexual relationship which became public when Mary Kay’s husband Steve found her letters to Fualaau. He notified the school who then reported the situation to authorities. During this time the teacher had become pregnant with the teen’s child. Letourneau pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree rape and was sentenced to seven years in jail. After serving 80 days she was granted parole provided that she did not see Fualaau. Not long after, the two were discovered by police in a vehicle along with passports and $6,200 in cash. On this date Letourneau was sentenced to serve her entire seven year sentence. She was released in 2004 and the couple married shortly thereafter.

1990: Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" backwards. Briers became known as one of the fastest talkers on earth. His specific claim to fame was not only the rate of speed at which he could speak, but his ability to recite lengthy excerpts backwards. On this date Briers spoke all the lyrics from Queen’s album in nine minutes and 58.44 seconds.

1987: No-smoking rules took effect in federal buildings. Amidst growing concerns of the dangers of second hand smoke workers in federal buildings began expressing concerns regarding their health. Smoking bans became common in public buildings around the country. On this date smoking was banned from federal building and was only permitted 25 feet away from doors and intake ducts.

Famous Birthdays:

1976: Kim Zmeskal – U.S. gymnast
1962: Axl Rose – vocalist, Guns and Roses
1945: Bob Marley – Jamacian reggae vocalist
1940: Tom Brokaw – news anchor
1911: Ronald Reagan – 40th Presidentof the United States

Notable People Lost:

1998: Johann Hoelzel Falco – singer, 'Der Kommissar', 'Rock Me Amadeus'
1994
: Jack Kirby – cartoonist and co-creator X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Thor
1993: Arthur Ashe – professional tennis player

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

Pay a Compliment Day
National Popcorn Day (Always Super Bowl Sunday)
National Frozen Yogurt Day
African American Coaches Day

Thought for the day: If a doctor suddenly had a heart attack while doing surgery, would the other doctors work on the doctor or the patient?

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