Happy birthday and many happy returns Dennis Jensen,Allison Phan and Ngan Faye Leung. Born on the same day, across the years as William of Edu-Kingdom Bankstown. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. Feel free to prove me wrong.
- 1874 – In one of the longest cases ever heard in an English court, the defendant was convicted of perjury for attempting to assume the identity of the heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
- 1893 – USS Indiana (pictured), the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, was launched.
- 1972 – Japanese police stormed a mountain lodge near Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture, to end a ten-day siege by members of the paramilitary group United Red Army.
- 1975 – In London an underground train failed to stop at Moorgate terminus station and crashed into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.
- 2002 – During the 2002 Gujarat violence in India, mobs of Hindus attacked Muslims in Naroda Patiya and Chamanpura, resulting in 166 deaths.
- 202 BC – coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China.
- 870 – The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
- 1525 – The Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed by Hernán Cortés's forces.
- 1638 – The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
- 1700 – Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 1710 – In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. This is the last time Swedish and Danish troops meet on Swedish soil.
- 1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
- 1811 – Cry of Asencio, beginning of the Uruguayan War of Independence
- 1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 1838 – Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
- 1844 – A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
- 1849 – Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
- 1870 – The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
- 1874 – One of the longest cases ever heard in an English court ends when the defendant is convicted of perjury for attempting to assume the identity of the heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
- 1883 – The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
- 1893 – The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
- 1897 – Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
- 1900 – The Second Boer War: The 118-day "Siege of Ladysmith" is lifted.
- 1914 – The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
- 1922 – The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
- 1925 – The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake strikes northeastern North America.
- 1928 – C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
- 1933 – Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
- 1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1939 – The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
- 1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
- 1942 – The heavy cruiser USS Houston is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth which lost 375 men.
- 1947 – 228 massacre: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of estimated 30,000 civilians.
- 1953 – James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's Nature (pub. April 2).
- 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
- 1958 – A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history.
- 1959 – Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit.
- 1972 – Sino-American relations: The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
- 1975 – In London an underground train fails to stop at Moorgate terminus station and crashes into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.
- 1980 – Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
- 1985 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
- 1986 – Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
- 1991 – The first Gulf War ends.
- 1993 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
- 1997 – An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
- 1997 – The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
- 1997 – GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
- 1998 – First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
- 1998 – Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
- 2001 – The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
- 2001 – Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
- 2002 – During the religious violence in Gujarat, the 97 people killed in the Naroda Patiya massacre and 69 in Gulbarg Society massacre.
- 2004 – Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (310 mi) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
- 2005 – A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
- 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI formally retires from the papacy – the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years.
- 1155 – Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)
- 1261 – Margaret of Scotland, Queen of Norway (d. 1283)
- 1533 – Michel de Montaigne, French writer (d. 1592)
- 1552 – Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker (d. 1632)
- 1573 – Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
- 1612 – John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
- 1616 – Kaspar Förster, German singer and composer (d. 1673)
- 1619 – Giuseppe Felice Tosi, singer, organist and composer (d. 1693)
- 1670 – Benjamin Wadsworth, American President of Harvard University (d. 1737)
- 1675 – Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (d. 1726)
- 1683 – René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (d. 1757)
- 1704 – Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)
- 1712 – Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)
- 1714 – Gioacchino Conti, Italian soprano castrato (d. 1761)
- 1724 – George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, English field marshal (d. 1807)
- 1792 – Karl Ernst von Baer, German biologist, meteorologist, and geographer (d. 1876)
- 1812 – Berthold Auerbach, German poet and author (d. 1882)
- 1820 – John Tenniel, English illustrator (d. 1914)
- 1823 – Ernest Renan, French philosopher (d. 1892)
- 1824 – Blondin, French tightrope walker (d. 1897)
- 1827 – Édouard-Charles Fabre, Archbishop of Montreal (d. 1896)
- 1833 – Alfred von Schlieffen, German field marshal (d. 1913)
- 1838 – Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)
- 1840 – Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)
- 1841 – Adrien Albert Marie de Mun, French politician (d. 1914)
- 1851 – Samuel W. McCall, American politician (d. 1923)
- 1858 – Tore Svennberg, Swedish actor, theatre director (d. 1941)
- 1860 – Basil Spalding de Garmendia, American tennis player (d. 1932)
- 1865 – Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary (d. 1940)
- 1866 – Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov, Russian poet (d. 1949)
- 1873 – William McMaster Murdoch, Scottish 1st Officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
- 1876 – John Alden Carpenter, American composer (d. 1951)
- 1878 – Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
- 1878 – Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (d. 1952)
- 1881 – Fernand Sanz, French racing cyclist (d. 1925)
- 1882 – Pádraic Ó Conaire, Irish writer (d. 1928)
- 1882 – Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (d. 1967)
- 1882 – José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer (d. 1959)
- 1893 – Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1979)
- 1894 – Ben Hecht, American playwright (d. 1964)
- 1895 – Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and film director (d. 1974)
- 1896 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
- 1900 – Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)
- 1901 – Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
- 1903 – Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)
- 1906 – Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)
- 1907 – Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (d. 1988)
- 1908 – Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
- 1908 – Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
- 1909 – Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
- 1911 – Otakar Vávra, Czech film director (d. 2011)
- 1912 – Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)
- 1915 – Ketti Frings, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1981)
- 1915 – Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
- 1915 – Zero Mostel, American actor (d. 1977)
- 1916 – Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist
- 1916 – Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (d. 1984)
- 1917 – Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director and producer (d. 2007)
- 1917 – Odette Laure, French actress and singer (d. 2004)
- 1918 – Alfred Burke, English actor (d. 2011)
- 1920 – Jadwiga Piłsudska, Polish aviator, Józef Piłsudski's daughter
- 1921 – Pierre Clostermann, French pilot (d. 2006)
- 1922 – Joyce Howard, British actress (d. 2010)
- 1923 – Charles Durning, American actor (d. 2012)
- 1925 – Harry H Corbett, English actor (d. 1982)
- 1926 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet daughter of Joseph Stalin (d. 2011)
- 1928 – Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (d. 1976)
- 1929 – Hayden Fry, American football coach
- 1929 – Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
- 1929 – John Montague, Irish poet
- 1929 – Joseph Rouleau, Canadian bass opera singer
- 1930 – Leon Neil Cooper, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1930 – Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
- 1931 – Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi politician, 13th President of Bangladesh (d. 2012)
- 1931 – Gavin MacLeod, American actor
- 1931 – Dean Smith, American basketball coach
- 1932 – Don Francks, Canadian actor
- 1933 – Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
- 1933 – Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
- 1933 – Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician
- 1934 – Willie Bobo, American jazz percussionist (d. 1983)
- 1938 – Foge Fazio, American college football coach (d. 2009)
- 1938 – Mike Wofford, American composer and jazz pianist
- 1939 – Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor (d. 1987)
- 1939 – Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-born physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1939 – Tommy Tune, American dancer
- 1939 – John Fahey, American steel-string acoustic guitarist (d. 2001)
- 1940 – Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
- 1940 – Joe South, American singer (d. 2012)
- 1941 – Suzanne Mubarak, former First Lady of Egypt
- 1942 – Frank Bonner, American actor
- 1942 – Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
- 1942 – Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
- 1943 – Barbara Acklin, American singer (d. 1998)
- 1943 – Charles Bernstein, American composer
- 1944 – Win Aung, Burmese politician
- 1944 – Kelly Bishop, American actress
- 1944 – Sepp Maier, German footballer
- 1945 – Mimsy Farmer, American actress
- 1945 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
- 1946 – Robin Cook, English politician (d. 2005)
- 1946 – Don Francisco, American songwriter and musician
- 1947 – Stephanie Beacham, English actress
- 1948 – Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1948 – Mike Figgis, English director
- 1948 – Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
- 1948 – Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
- 1948 – Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo littérateur and religious figure (d. 2000)
- 1949 – Ilene Graff, American actress and singer
- 1951 – Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)
- 1951 – Roseanna Vitro, American jazz singer and educator
- 1951 – Jim Wohlford, American baseball player
- 1951 – Karsan Ghavri, Indian cricketer
- 1952 – William Finn, American composer
- 1953 – Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
- 1953 – Paul Krugman, American economist, Nobel laureate
- 1953 – Ricky Steamboat, American professional wrestler
- 1954 – Brian Billick, American football coach
- 1954 – Manuel Torres Félix, Mexican drug trafficker (d. 2012)
- 1955 – Gilbert Gottfried, American comedian
- 1956 – Adrian Dantley, American basketball player
- 1956 – Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
- 1956 – Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
- 1956 – Guy Maddin, Canadian film director
- 1957 – Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
- 1957 – Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
- 1957 – John Turturro, American actor
- 1957 – Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52's)
- 1958 – Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
- 1958 – Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (d. 2009)
- 1958 – Ginette Harrison, British mountaineer (d. 1999)
- 1958 – Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
- 1958 – David R. Ross, Scottish historian and writer (d. 2010)
- 1959 – Megan McDonald, American children's author
- 1960 – Dorothy Stratten, Canadian actress (d. 1980)
- 1961 – Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
- 1961 – Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian actress
- 1961 – Mark Latham, Australian politician
- 1961 – Barry McGuigan, Irish boxer
- 1961 – René Simard, Canadian singer and TV host
- 1963 – Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
- 1964 – Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
- 1964 – Fernando del Valle, American tenor
- 1964 – Lotta Lotass, Swedish writer
- 1965 – Park Gok-ji, South Korean film editor
- 1966 – Vincent Askew, American basketball player
- 1966 – Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
- 1966 – Archbishop Jovan VI of Ohrid
- 1967 – Colin Cooper, English footballer
- 1968 – Stéphan Lebeau, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1969 – Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
- 1969 – Robert Sean Leonard, American actor
- 1969 – Patrick Monahan, American singer (Train)
- 1969 – Tor Øivind Ødegård, Norwegian middle distance runner
- 1970 – Daniel Handler, American writer
- 1970 – Noureddine Morceli, Algerian athlete
- 1971 – Maxine Bahns, American actress
- 1971 – Tristan Louis, American writer
- 1971 – Junya Nakano, Japanese composer
- 1971 – Peter Stebbings, Canadian actor
- 1972 – Rory Cochrane, American actor
- 1973 – Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1973 – Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
- 1973 – Masato Tanaka, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1974 – Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
- 1974 – Moana Mackey, New Zealand politician
- 1974 – Tangi Miller, American actress
- 1975 – Greg Simkins, American painter
- 1975 – Mike Rucker, American football player
- 1976 – Kaido Külaots, Estonian chess player
- 1976 – Ali Larter, American actress and model
- 1976 – Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
- 1976 – Adam Pine, Australian swimmer
- 1977 – Jason Aldean, American country singer
- 1978 – Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter
- 1978 – Yasir Hameed, Pakistani cricketer
- 1978 – Benjamin Raich, Austrian skier
- 1978 – Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
- 1978 – Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
- 1979 – Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
- 1979 – Srikanth, South Indian film actor
- 1979 – Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
- 1979 – Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
- 1979 – Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
- 1980 – Bada, South Korean singer
- 1980 – Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
- 1980 – Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Canadian boxer
- 1980 – Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
- 1980 – Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
- 1980 – Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
- 1980 – Esquerdinha, Brazilian footballer
- 1981 – Brian Bannister, American baseball player
- 1981 – Florent Serra, French tennis player
- 1982 – Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel
- 1984 – Ben Fagan, American musician
- 1984 – Noureen DeWulf, American actress
- 1984 – Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel
- 1984 – Christian Müller, German footballer
- 1985 – Tim Bresnan, British cricketer
- 1985 – Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
- 1985 – Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
- 1985 – Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
- 1986 – Mark Sztyndera, German rugby player
- 1986 – Min Hyo-rin, South Korean actress
- 1986 – Tendai Mzungu, Australian rules footballer
- 1987 – Antonio Candreva, Italian footballer
- 1988 – Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player
- 1988 – Jorge Gastélum, Mexican footballer
- 1988 – Steeve Gerard Fankà, Cameroonian footballer
- 1988 – Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
- 1988 – Maikol Negro, Italian footballer
- 1989 – Charles Jenkins, American basketball player
- 1990 – Naomi Broady, British tennis player
- 1991 – Sarah Bolger, Irish actress
- 2007 – Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco
- 468 – Pope Hilarius (approximate date)
- 1261 – Henry III, Duke of Brabant (b. c.1230s|1230)
- 1326 – Duke Leopold I of Austria (b. 1290)
- 1453 – Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine (b. 1400)
- 1485 – Niclas, Graf von Abensberg, German soldier (b. 1441)
- 1510 – Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer
- 1525 – Cuauhtémoc, Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan (b. c. 1495)
- 1572 – Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
- 1621 – Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
- 1648 – King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (b. 1577)
- 1746 – Hermann von der Hardt, German historian (b. 1660)
- 1786 – John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
- 1788 – Thomas Cushing, American politician (b. 1725)
- 1836 – Friedrich August Grotefend, German philogist (b. 1798)
- 1857 – André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)
- 1869 – Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer and poet (b. 1790)
- 1891 – George Hearst, American businessman and politician (b. 1820)
- 1913 – George Finnegan, American boxer (b. 1881)
- 1916 – Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
- 1925 – Friedrich Ebert, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1871)
- 1929 – Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician (b. 1874)
- 1932 – Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
- 1935 – Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
- 1936 – Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
- 1936 – Kamala Nehru, wife of Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru (b. 1899)
- 1941 – King Alfonso XIII of Spain (b. 1886)
- 1942 – Karel Doorman, Dutch admiral (b. 1889)
- 1956 – Emile Buisson, French murderer (b. 1902)
- 1959 – Maxwell Anderson, American playwright (b. 1888)
- 1963 – Rajendra Prasad, First President of India (b. 1884)
- 1966 – Jonathan Hale, Canadian-born actor (b. 1891)
- 1967 – Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)
- 1974 – Bobby Bloom, American singer and songwriter (b. 1946)
- 1977 – Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, American actor (b. 1905)
- 1978 – Philip Ahn, American actor (b. 1905)
- 1978 – Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
- 1978 – Eric Frank Russell, English author (b. 1905)
- 1979 – Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
- 1985 – David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)
- 1985 – Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
- 1986 – Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
- 1986 – Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1927)
- 1987 – Stephen Tennant, English socialite (b. 1906)
- 1991 – Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (b. 1916)
- 1991 – Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)
- 1993 – Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director (b. 1911)
- 1993 – Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress and dancer (b. 1910)
- 1998 – Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (b. 1952)
- 1998 – Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
- 1999 – Christine Glanville, British puppeteer (b. 1924)
- 2002 – Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
- 2002 – Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
- 2003 – Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
- 2003 – Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
- 2003 – Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
- 2003 – Rudolf Kingslake, English optical engineer (b. 1903)
- 2003 – Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
- 2004 – Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
- 2004 – Carmen Laforet, Spanish writer (b. 1921)
- 2004 – Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
- 2005 – Chris Curtis, English singer and musician (The Searchers) (b. 1941)
- 2006 – Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
- 2006 – John S. Lesmeister, American politician (b. 1955)
- 2007 – Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)
- 2007 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)
- 2007 – Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
- 2008 – Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
- 2008 – Joseph M. Juran, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1904)
- 2009 – Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster (b. 1918)
- 2011 – Annie Girardot, French actress (b. 1931)
- 2011 – Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
- 2011 – Jane Russell, American actress (b. 1921)
- 2012 – Jim Green, Canadian politician (b. 1943)
- 2012 – Bai Jing, Chinese actress (b. 1983)
- 2012 – Peter King, English footballer (b. 1964)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Kalevala Day, the day of Finnish Culture. (Finland)
- National Science Day (India)
- Peace Memorial Day (Taiwan)
- Teacher's Day (Arab countries)
- The third day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í Faith)
- Rare Disease Day (last day of February)
ABC science presenter Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is either stunningly ignorant or incredibly impervious to facts which counter his global warming faith.
Challenged on Brisbane ABC radio about his claim there has been no pause in global warming over the past 16 years, he both repeated his error and made yet more.
No matter that the IPCC chief, Rajendra Pachauri, this month conceded no warming for 17 years.
No matter that every one of the major measurements of global warming shows no statistically significant warming for between 16 and 23 years.
No matter that Dr Karl has had his errors brought repeatedly to his attention.
Dr Karl simply will not be told otherwise. Not only that, he once again misquotes a figure derived from the British Met Office, claiming a warming trend six times above what his source document says.
I’ve never seen such misinformation presented with such certainty by someone claiming to be a science presenter.
Listen to his response when a caller rings him on 612 ABC Brisbane (from 2:36 remaining) to ask him to comment on Pachauri’s admission.
Listen to his response when a caller rings him on 612 ABC Brisbane (from 2:36 remaining) to ask him to comment on Pachauri’s admission.
First, Dr Karl falsely claimed the reader was referring to a British Mail on Sunday article last year by David Rose, rather than a front-page story in The Australian this month.
Then he falsely claimed the Met had rebutted Rose’s claim, when it hadn’t, only disputing its significance.
Then he falsely claimed the world had warmed in this period by 0.3 degrees, or six times more than even what the Met itself claims.
Dr Karl presents science for the ABC. This presentation was staggeringly false, not least because he’s had the facts repeatedly drawn to his attention.
When Alan Jones, a sceptic, made an error on 2GB about carbon dioxide concentrations, he was pilloried on Media Watch and given a re-education session from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Will the same sactions be applied to a fervent warmist for stubbornly and repeatedly making even more fundamental errors?
Those interested in the answer may care to test our thought police by complaining at the links given here.
(Thanks to reader Graham Young of Online Opinion.)
I have also criticised Scott Morrison’s reported comments, but Sarah Hanson-Young is a bigger menace to human rights by calling in the speech police to punish opinions she doesn’t like:
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will file formal complaints with the Australian Communications and Media Authority over recent comments made by ‘’shock jocks’’ about asylum seekers.As the storm over opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison’s call for asylum seekers living in the community to be monitored by police and conform to ‘’behaviour protocols’’ entered its second day, Senator Hanson-Young also called for parliamentarians to stop vilifying asylum seekers and refugees.
The Greens’ eagerness to censor betrays the party’s totalitarian instinct.
HEAR that drumming on the roof? That’s nature laughing at the fools who said global warming had dried up the rain.
It’s nature also mocking the green-maddened politicians who banned new dams, saying they’d never fill anyway.
THE real problem with Julia Gillard’s five-day expedition to Rooty Hill is that she’s been there before.
See, voters remember. Even working-class ones in Sydney’s west, once Labor’s heartland.
This vulnerability doesn’t strike me as wise:
AUSTRALIA would grind to a halt within three weeks with almost no deliveries of food or medicine if its overseas oil and fuel supplies were cut off.An NRMA-commissioned report on the nation’s liquid fuel security released today says the government has allowed the country to become too dependent on foreign supply of liquid fuels.It says there are no coherent contingency plans to deal with the devastating impact of any cut to overseas supply because of war, economic turmoil or natural disasters, instead adopting a “she’ll be right” approach.
No, there’s no immediate danger. But how long would it take us to react if there were?
Old Labor policy on Sydney’s Warragamba Dam:
1994 An EIS is prepared for the augmentation of Warragamba Dam for flood mitigation purposes. This proposal involves raising the wall by 23 metres and other strengthening work, to enable short or indefinite storage of water above the present full storage level.1995 August: The Carr Government rejects the proposed mitigation projectand instructs Sydney Water to commence planning for an auxiliary spillway to safeguard the dam without increasing storage capacity.
New Labor policy:
INSURANCE premiums for tens of thousands of western Sydney homeowners will be slashed under a federal government plan to finally raise Warragamba dam and prevent a potential $8 billion flood disaster…Prime Minister Julia Gillard will announce $50 million a year in federal government terrorism re-insurance premiums will be diverted to flood protection across the country, with the plan to raise Warragamba dam by 23m listed as the major priority.
(Thanks to reader Mark S.)
Women’s Weekly forgets to mention one small detail in this piece defending the Prime Minister as the victim of sexism.
The author is in fact the wife of Craig Thompson, elected as a Labor MP and protected for years by Gillard from allegations of ripping off $400,000 from his former union. She is also a former adviser to a NSW Labor Minister.
Arnold’s piece actually goes on to accidentally rebut its own argument:
It’s true most Australians would struggle to think of a single achievement of the Gillard Government. Apart from the obvious, that is: imposing the carbon tax Gillard promised we wouldn’t get, crippling the live cattle trade, blowing the Budget and supervising the entry of record numbers of boat people.
That, I suggest, may be Gillard’s real problem.
Reader Phillip, puzzled by the failure of the Women’s Weekly to mention Arnold’s Labor connections, notes the magazine actually has a very cosy connection with the budding author:
For the second time I know of, the Communications Minister - once a friend - tries to stop Channel 10 from airing my show, plus now another with News Ltd links:
CABINET ministers have canvassed a startling intervention in news and current affairs to prevent television networks from striking partnerships with other media companies in a sign of last-minute changes to reforms due within weeks.Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is understood to have put the proposals to Julia Gillard on Monday night in an attempt to stop the Ten Network from working with News Limited to produce a Sunday current affairs program.As Wayne Swan joined the discussion, Senator Conroy suggested expanding his reform package to ban free-to-air TV networks from outsourcing news and current affairs to other media companies…And the high-level focus on the program appeared to ignore similar deals at the ABC in which Four Corners aired reports by journalists from Fairfax newspapers…While the Prime Minister rejected the minister’s idea, the talks about such a contentious new measure indicate the fluid state of a reform package…Greens leader Christine Milne accused News of exerting influence over Ten and singled out the creation of a Sunday TV program featuring News columnist Andrew Bolt and the agreement this month for the two companies to co-operate on Meet The Press…Meet The Press attracted 74,000 viewers in the five mainland state capitals last Sunday. The ABC’s Insiders show drew 99,000…Four Corners aired several programs by Fairfax journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie investigating alleged bribery at the RBA’s note-printing subsidiary and a program in 2008 by Fairfax journalist Marian Wilkinson on the impact of global warming on the Arctic.
Watch The Bolt Report while the Gillard Government still lets you. It is back on Ten from this Sunday, 10am. We’ve asked five Labor Ministers to appear, but it seems some would rather the program be made to vanish.
First up, Barnaby Joyce, Peter Costello and Michael Costa. We’ll cover everything from the Battle of Rooty Hill to what the Foreign Minister had for lunch. Tim Flannery might even get a guernsey.
I really was too gentle on Trade Minister Craig Emerson when he refused to admit he was wrong to deny the world hadn’t warmed for 16 years.
Someone who refuses to accept a clear, unambiguous fact, and in return offers only spurious and clearly irrelevant arguments is plainly not interested in the truth.
But let’s now see if Lord Lawson, Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer, has more luck getting the Royal Society’s Sir Paul Nurse to withdraw the same false claim. The question is whether Lawson can be even clearer than I was, or whether Sir Paul can show more intellectual integrity than Emerson.
Sir Paul Nurse
The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AGFebruary 25, 2013Dear Sir PaulMy attention has been drawn to a speech you gave last month at Melbourne University, in which you chose to criticise me by name in terms which bear no relation to the truth. In the interests of accuracy, I have obtained a full transcript. I recognise that, as a distinguished geneticist, you are not a climate scientist, and may therefore feel ill at ease discussing the complex issue of climate policy. But that is no excuse for wanton misrepresentation both of the issues involved and of my own position.So far as the latter is concerned, you claim that I “would choose two points and say ‘look, no warming’s taking place’, knowing that all the other points that you chose in the 20 years around it would not support his case”. That is a lie. I have always made clear that there was a modest degree of recorded global warming during the 20th century (see, for example, my book An Appeal to Reason, which you have clearly not taken the trouble to read). However, so far from choosing any arbitrary ‘two points’, I was drawing attention to the fact that this warming trend appears to have ceased, since – contrary to the predictions of what you describe as “consensus scientific opinion” – there has been no further recorded global warming at all for at least the past 15 years, as even the IPCC Chairman, Dr Pachauri, has now conceded. Whatever the precise reason for this, it cannot simply be dismissed or denied.Again, you assert that the reason I do not share your position is that I am one of those “who have political or ideological views that lead them to be unhappy with the actions that would be necessary [sic] should global warming be due to human activity… Because these actions are likely to include measures which involve greater concerted world action, curtailing the freedom of individuals or companies and nations, and curbing some kinds of industrial activity, potentially risking economic growth.”There is nothing ‘political or ideological’ about my dissent from your position. It is true that I value individual freedom, and consider it immoral to be recommending measures which would hold back growth in the developing world and condemn hundreds of millions to avoidable poverty. But my objection to the policy you favour (see, again, my book, where it is clearly set out) is that it is not cost-effective…In conclusion, I hope that, on reflection, you will recognise that there should be a difference between the behaviour appropriate to a President of the Royal Society and acting as a shop steward for some kind of scientists’ closed shop. Not to do so can only bring the Royal Society into further disrepute, which cannot be in the public interest.Yours sincerely,
The Rt Hon Lord Lawson
The Global Warming Policy Foundation
The full letter at the link.
Former Greens leader Bob Brown this week claimed Sea Shepherd was just upholding the law against Japanese whalers:
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: ... Bob Brown, looking at the video, it doesn’t appear to be so much a case of the Japanese boat deliberately ramming; it’s more that the Sea Shepherd is putting itself in a position where it can’t avoid being rammed. Why is Sea Shepherd engaging in this dangerous behaviour?BOB BROWN, DIRECTOR, SEA SHEPHERD: Because both those Japanese ships are there illegally. One’s breaching international law as a whaling factory ship in a global whale sanctuary… The Japanese are there illegally. Sea Shepherd’s there to uphold the Australian law - the Federal Court has ruled that the Japanese whaling is illegal - and international law; it is an international whale sanctuary. So it’s Sea Shepherd that’s upholding the law and nonviolent against this violent, illegal and very dangerous operation by the Japanese whaling fleet.
Bob Brown, now Sea Shepherd’s chief shill, is completely wrong. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court decision and granted the Cetacean Institute (representing Japanese whalers) a preliminary injunction against Sea Shepherd. Judge Alex Kozinski lays into Sea Shepherd:
Ahoy there, Pirate Bob:
My wife and I learned to our cost that Ben Naparstek, then editor of The Monthly, could and did say things to his advantage that were factually untrue, inventing even my wife’s tears.
We also learned he would not apologise when challenged.
No matter how far the man once billed as a wunderkind may rise in Fairfax, where he now works, I will know this of his character - and more.
It turns out that the man who has replaced him as editor of The Monthly now knows this, too. John van Tiggelen, who I found to be fair, now writes to Naparstek:
Dear Ben,It’s probably time to put a few things down in writing. Till now I’ve cut your sense of professional ethics a lot of slack. After all, we were friendly; you helped me get this job; I couldn’t help but feel affection for you and your oddball ways. But I no longer find the latter quite so cute.
The lustre that came from commissioning a smear article about me, even defaming my wife and trashing my late mother, seems to have dimmed for young Naparstek:
Since Naparstek’s appointment, Good Weekend—once seen as the Fairfax crown jewel—has seen an exodus of award-winning writers including Fenella Souter and Greg Bearup. Naparstek last night told The Australian he did not want to enter into a slanging match with van Tiggelen, other than to say, “John’s assertions about our word rates are totally incorrect.”The central accusation by van Tiggelen is that Naparstek has attempted to poach writers from The Monthly by offering them an inflated word rate for their work, an amount as high as $2.50 per word for one unnamed writer. This is a very high word rate for an Australian journalist, especially given Fairfax’s financial woes and its cuts to staff and budgets.Naparstek is accused of telling female writers 80c a word is as high as they can be paid.
Julia Gillard hasn’t even started her expedition to Rooty Hill to make peace with the natives, has already got one more thing to apologise for:
JULIA Gillard wants to be taken seriously in western Sydney but one of her ministers thinks her week-long stay in the region is all a bit of a joke.Mental Health Minister Mark Butler told Adelaide radio this morning that he preferred not to stay at the Rooty Hill RSL because it sounded a bit too “Benny Hill”.“I stay at the Penrith Panthers when I’m in western Sydney because I’m not sure I could check into the Rooty Hill RSL with a straight face,” the urbane South Australian said.”It just conjures up all these sort of Carry On films and Benny Hill episodes and Carry On Governing filmed at the Rooty Hill RSL,” he said, referring to past British comedy acts.
(Oops. Thanks to readers who pointed out I’d blamed the wrong MP.)
A huge canyon, more than 800-foot-deep, has been discovered on the floor of the Red Sea, using an echo sounder that rendered 3D images of the feature, as seen below. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2mza
Lights on Bixby
I spent a couple of cold nights at Bixby Bridge waiting for the right moment that combined headlights, tail-lights and lights on the hill in the distance before I got this one. It was almost completely dark as I took this shot, and a long exposure created the light lines.
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In November, one of the most powerful tribal figures in northern Sinai told CNN that it was likely that long-range missiles had been smuggled through the tunnels "most likely hidden among other merchandise that is loaded onto big trucks that go through the big tunnels."
Ibrahim Menai, who reportedly owns several of the smuggling tunnels that connect Sinai with Gaza, said Bedouin smugglers got weapons from Sudan by sea on small fishing boats and by land through rugged mountain terrain.
"The weapons that are smuggled to Gaza are mostly Grad missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, and recently during the Libyan revolution, advanced shoulder-held anti-tank missiles came through," Menai said." - excerpt
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