Happy birthday and many happy returns Toni Shouse Woroniak a compelling artist whose birthday falls on the day a compelling artist William Herschell discovered Uranus in his garden in Bath. True, and cleaner than it sounds.
An academic dismisses free speech and a free press as mere a concern of the “self interested”, whom he compares to dogs:
Self-interested critics have been incessantly arguing the media regulation plans are designed to shutdown a hostile media and are an attack on free speech. Andrew Bolt chews at this issue like a dog after its own fleas.
What makes this academic’s airy dismissal even more extraordinary is that he doesn’t include himself as one with a self interest in free speech:
Martin HirstMartin Hirst is a member of the journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
Witness how debased is our culture that even media professors cheer the muzzles put on the “dogs” of the press.
Hirst shames his profession as an academic and journalist. In my opinion, if I may still hold one.
Yet when the US Government allegedly puts Hirst on its watch list for being such a vehement opponent of its war on terror, hear him complain about then “trying to shut me up”:
Free speech for him, but not for you.
Is he is of the far Left, by any chance? A Trot?
News Ltd boss Kim Williams sounds the alarm while it’s still legal:
The Daily Telegraph fights back while it’s still free:
A GOVERNMENT-appointed enforcer would oversee press standards and have the power to apply sanctions, which critics said would stifle news reporting, under proposed draconian media changes.Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday announced a new proposed statutory position of Public Interest Media Advocate, among a raft of changes the government will attempt to ram through parliament by the end of next week.
The advocate would oversee the Press Council, the main vehicle for complaints about the print media, and could take back exemptions from privacy laws afforded to journalists to report valid news stories if the advocate deemed a breach of standards.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy does double speak on Lateline last night:
STEPHEN CONROY: What’s a sad day for democracy is the continued erosion of diversity of opinion. And nobody wants to see a further concentration of opinion and ownership is a vital factor in the diversity of opinion.
Don’t be fooled. What Conroy wants is not more diversity of opinion but less.
Where on earth is the evidence of a lack of diversity of opinion? For opinions of the Left, there is the gigantic ABC, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail, various columnists in News Ltd (Phillip Adams, David Penberthy, Malcolm Farr, Susie O’Brien etc), Crikey, Arena, The Green Left Weekly, The Conversation, Sky News, the Global Mail, The Project, and so many other radio and Internet outlets, from Mamamia to GetUp.
For conservatives and Right-wingers there are various News Ltd columnists, The Australian, 2GB, Chris Kenny on Sky News, Quadrant, The Bolt Report on Channel 10, Michael Smith News, my blog and some other outlets on radio and the Internet.
Where is this “erosion”?
Here are hints of the real problem, several drawn from Conroy’s unwittingly revealing interview last night on Lateline.
First, Conroy has already called an inquiry into what the Greens insisted was the “hate media” - an inquiry that focused on News Ltd and journalists reporting on climate change from a sceptical position. (Conroy really does believe there’s a News Ltd plot against the Gillard Government.)
Second, Conroy intervened to block News Ltd’s winning tender of the Australia Network, giving it back to the more friendly ABC.
Third, Conroy in this election year handed the ABC $10 million for news coverage.
Fourth, Conroy on Lateline cited as a benefit of the $37 billion NBN he’s building the ability to help Crikey, a hard-Left website:
I’m a huge supporter in trying to bring the National Broadband Network, which will allow all of those digital voices to come into people’s homes, but we’re not yet at the stage where Crikey, probably the most well-known blog/subscription model, actually only has about 15,000 customers.
Fifth, Conroy in citing the need for tougher rules against journalists just two examples of alleged error and bias that - surprise! - involve reports critical of the Gillard Government:
I think my colleague Anthony Albanese recently had an experience where a news report went to air on the nightly 6 o’clock news, he put in a complaint to the ACMA. He was upheld completely. All of the points made in the program were wrong....I myself had an experience where someone complained about the Daily Telegraph’s reporting of the National Broadband Network. And they made three complaints. All of them were upheld by the Press Council. And they were ordered to - by the Press Council, the Daily Telegraph, to correct it prior to Christmas a couple of Christmases ago, and not only didn’t they comply with that, they waited until 27th December and they put it on I think about page 42 in tiny print.
Sixth, in saying on Lateline laws were needed for more diversity of opinion, he in the next breath mentioned News Ltd as an opponent:
So it will be a sad day for democracy if there was a further reduction in the diversity of opinion. So, News Limited have at times been quite hysterical about this.
And, seventh, I know Conroy has threatened a media organisation about giving me a platform, and also know how another media organisation has seen his threats of controls as threats meant to make their coverage more government friendly.
No one, but no one, should doubt that however Conroy dresses up these changes, they are an assault against the freedom of journalists to say what they think, and against the freedom of the public to hear whom they want.
It is astonishing - revolting - that such attacks on free speech should be launched in Australia today.
Crikey.com.au and the plethora of blogs that aggregate content created elsewhere would not be regarded as significant media organisations under proposed new media laws unveiled yesterday by the federal government.
The IPA’s Chris Berg explains Conroy’s changes - giving government and its “independent” bureaucrats more control over what you are allowed to read and hear:
Mr Turnbull said appointing a government official to check on the press was a way to “bully the media” and a public interest test on ownership would also lead to political influence over the sector.“I have no doubt that we would seek to repeal any sort of public interest test on media takeovers,” he said.The statutory press oversight would also be repealed.“I do not see why there should be a government official, a public official, a bureaucrat no doubt, overseeing the Australian media,” Mr Turnbull said.“The press, now writ large courtesy of the internet, has always been free subject to the laws of defamation and contempt of court and so forth. And it should remain free. We should be enjoying more freedom, not less.”
ALL politicians are self-interested. But few are as shameless as Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.His proposed “media reforms” may be a thinly veiled response to a technologically driven changing media landscape, but we all know their real purpose: to punish and rein in the federal government’s critics in the media…
Conroy has been egged on by Labor backbenchers and the Greens for months about the evils of media companies such as News Limited, publisher of The Australian. Former Greens leader Bob Brown famously dubbed News as part of the “hate media” and called for licensing for newspaper proprietors. Current Greens leader Christine Milne called for a “fit and proper test” so the government could control who invested in the media.In November 2011 Labor senator Doug Cameron said reporting in News Limited paper The Daily Telegraph that Kevin Rudd might challenge for leadership of the ALP amounted to a “threat to democracy”. Of course, when Rudd did challenge less than six months later, Cameron was among his number-crunchers.
Steve Gibbons, another Labor backbencher, even called for individual journalists to receive fines to improve the “fairness of our media”.
Conroy has finally delivered in spades for the most deranged critics of the media.
I like Rinehart and do not understand the legal argument here, but this is not a good look for someone on the board of the company employing the journalist:
FAIRFAX MEDIA shareholder Gina Rinehart has taken aim at one of the news group’s most senior journalists over sources used in a biography of the mining billionaire.Mrs Rinehart, the chairman of Hancock Prospecting, has served a subpoena demanding Adele Ferguson hand over notes of conversations she had with Mrs Rinehart’s son, John Hancock.Ms Ferguson, author of an unauthorised biography of Mrs Rinehart, has until March 29 to provide “emails, text messages, notebooks and any recordings of interviews that may have been made” in relation to conversations the journalist had with Mr Hancock dating back to September 2011, Fairfax reports.
Rinehart’s lawyers says the report is sensationalist and inaccurate:
Ms Ferguson is, like many people are every day, the recipient of a subpoena as a third party with information relevant to legal proceedings on foot. The subpoena process is an integral part of the civil justice system, permitting litigants to seek information from third parties that is relevant to existing proceedings. The media is not excused from this integral part of the justice system.In Ms Ferguson’s case she has had extensive conversations with Mr John Hancock in her capacity as an author commissioned, we understand, by Fairfax and more recently as a Fairfax journalist. No one is seeking to force her to reveal her source. That source is acknowledged by Ms Ferguson as being Mr Hancock, who has been extensively quoted by her. Ms Ferguson sought and published information from Mr Hancock despite acknowledging in her book (at page 379) Mr Hancock’s “agreement not to speak to the media.”The contents of Mr Hancock’s communications to Ms Ferguson are relevant to the conduct of an arbitration the details of which are confidential. Any documents produced by Ms Ferguson under the subpoena to the arbitrator will also remain confidential.
(Thanks to readers Susan and Peter. Image via Catallaxy.)
Warmist epic ‘Greedy Lying Bastards’ bombs at the box officeEarns just $45,000.00 nationwide on opening weekend – film cost $1.5 million to make
“Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to oil industry front groups, to prominent politicians and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening democracy and the ability for future generations to survive on planet earth.
12 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel10 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel9 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel8 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel5 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
Oops. This one’s not on the Minister’s list:
A distressed boat carrying 103 would-be refugees and two crew was also intercepted on Sunday north of Christmas Island.
So nearly 300.
On 2GB tonight, Coalition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison told me what his “stop the boats” promise means. He tells me it is to cut boat arrivals to the Howard era levels within the next term.
When I pressed him on whether this means three boats a year on average, as we saw under Howard, he agreed. The audio up soon here.
Liberal leaders falling like ninepins. Now it’s Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills, thrown out by his party in favor of Adam Giles, the first Indigenous leader of a state or territory.
Good luck to him.
But it’s an ugly look - toppling the Chief Minister while he’s overseas, signing deals for the NT. Yuck. Three ministers weren’t even at the leadership meeting.
News Ltd head Kim Williams (yes, my boss) gets it said about the Gillard Government’s outrageous assault on free speech.
Why was Professor John Quiggin appointed to the Gillard Government’s Climate Change Authority to give “expert” advice on the carbon tax and other warmist policies?
It’s not just his ignorance of the effect of government policies on global temperatures(effectively zero) that should exclude him. There’s also his ideology, which shakes faith in how he’ll use his new power.
What was billed as Australia’s biggest Muslim conference - allegedly starring a parade of star speakers, including bigots and extremists - is collapsing into farce and claims of deceit.
The conference was promoted by even the Islamic Council of Victoria, but I did warn about the organiser, Wazeem Razvi, founder of the Melbourne-based Islamic Research and Education Academy:
Razvi talks big, and none of the overseas speakers he claimed in December he had asked is yet listed in the conference schedule.
But even I didn’t realise just how big this man talked. An observer I cannot identify notes the highest profile speaker advertised - the Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque who has called for the “annihilation” of Jews - has no intention of coming:
A friend of mine who was born and grew up in Mecca and who personally knows ‘the Imam of Makkah’ just contacted Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais’ office in Saudi Arabia. The office confirmed that “the Sheikh is currently in Saudi Arabia and has no plans to travel out of the country in the next week.” So Al-Sudais is definitely not coming to Australia for the IREA Peace Conference.
A notice placed on the web confirmed his non-attendance:
Community Awareness Notice about so Called Islamic Peace Conference 2013 by IREA
Imam Kabbah Sheikh Sudais is not coming to Melbourne on IREA Peace Conference in March 2013.I announce this with great pain and sorrow that the person named Wasim Razvi is holding fund raising dinners and programs in Melbourne and collecting thousands of dollars from the community in the name of Imam Kabbah Sheikh Sudais visit to Melbourne.One of the Muslim community senior Representative has today spoken to Mr. Suleman (Dawah Department) of Saudi Embassy in Canberra. Mr Suleiman has told that he is not aware of any visit of Sheikh Sudais Imam of Kabbah to Melbourne on IREA so called Peace Conference. Mr Suleiman forwarded the call to Saudi Ambassador Office and even the ambassador replied that there is no confirmation or answer from Imam Kabbah office that he is coming to Melbourne even though there is only few days left in the conference.Everyone in the community knows that Wasim Razvi has confirmed this in several gatherings that Imam Sudais has confirmed his attendance for Melbourne Islamic Peace Conference.
From Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor to Opposition spokesman Scott Morrison:
Thank you for your letter of 12 December 2012 to the former Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, regarding the proposed visit to Australia by Dr al-Sudais. I can confirm that Dr al-Sudais has not lodged a visa application.
Now even with increased labour force participation and increased skills we will need skilled migration. I believe we’ve got the visa settings right particularly with short term 457 visas.
We inherited from the previous government a 457 temporary foreign worker visa program that was totally out of control, and every step of the way we have been putting in place new conditions to crack down on the rorts… I also understand that there are too many times when people have got the skills to get the job and they don’t get the job.
The extreme rainfall during the 2012/2013 Australian summer, like all the other extreme weather events, occurred in a warmer and moister climate system compared to 50 years ago. Extreme rainfall is consistent with the type of events scientists expect to see more often in a warming climate.
Large kangaroo scrotums are in short supply for a souvenir-making taxidermist after the continuing rain drove kangaroos beyond the range of shooters.
(Thanks to reader Waxing Gibberish.)
Remember the disgraceful scaremongering over Fukushima, with Helen Caldicott (above) even warning Japan could become “uninhabitable”?
I want to see the following people lined up against a studio wall to be shot in close-up explaining how they got Fukushima so wrong.First, let’s ask Crikey writer Guy Rundle to show us his dead Fukushima pilots, stripped of flesh.Rundle is the alarmist who wrote: “As I write, the Japanese are conducting direct overflies to try and control the continuing damage most likely a suicide mission for the pilots and crew…“The Japanese crews will slough their skin and muscles, and bleed out internally under the full glare of the world’s media.”Then let’s have veteran nuclear hysteric Helen Caldicott, who warned on 3AW that the Fukushima reactor could blow (a scenario ruled out by nuclear experts).This, she wailed, meant “hundreds of thousands of Japanese will be dying within two weeks of acute radiation illness”, with countless more later suffering an “epidemic” of cancers.Explain yourself, Helen.Next let’s have Dr Tilman Ruff, actually a Nossal Institute infectious diseases expert and long-time anti-nuclear activist, who wildly claimed “we might be looking at a Chernobyl-type disaster or worse” and hungrily described the many ways people could get sick from the fallout that never really came.Such alarmists and more were given a red carpet entree into the news rooms of almost every big news organisation in the land back when fear sold.
And what of the lasting threat from radiation? Remarkably, outside the immediate area of Fukushima, this is hardly a problem at all. Although the crippled nuclear reactors themselves still pose a danger, no one, including personnel who worked in the buildings, died from radiation exposure. Most experts agree that future health risks from the released radiation, notably radioactive iodine-131 and cesiums-134 and – 137, are extremely small and likely to be undetectable.Even considering the upper boundary of estimated effects, there is unlikely to be any detectable increase in cancers in Japan, Asia or the world except close to the facility, according to a World Health Organization report. There will almost certainly be no increase in birth defects or genetic abnormalities from radiation.
I’m not keen on short term trends at all, they have a habit of flicking in and out of statistical significance with each month’s new data, or even switching from cooling to warming. But for what it’s worth, and only time will tell, perhaps the world entered the downswing of the PDO cycle in temperatures circa 2005.
If the world was entering a gently cooling phase, this is what it would look like..The cooling for the last eight years is statistically significant in 4 of the 5 major air temperature datasets. One, UAH, shows a small (statistically insignificant) rise since 2005.
And here’s the political point: how many of the policy makers, the media, or the public are even aware of the current trend? Approximately no one. I’ll bet even most skeptics didn’t know it.
(Thanks to reader Rocky.)
Too easy, and more illuminating than the actual “real” interview:
A Melbourne teenager who lied to Today Tonight about being a cyberbullying victim has revealed her deceit in a mocking video posted online last night.Jasmine Vanmidde told the Seven Network program that she was Jasmine Frost, a young woman harassed by Facebeef, a group of online trolls led by Australian youths Tristan Barker and Lewis Spears.But after the program aired last night, Ms Vanmidde appeared alongside Mr Spears, aka Nebz Adlay, bragging that she had fooled them.“And all it took was an email entitled ‘Tristan Barker cyberbullied me’ and then a three minute phone call,” Ms Vanmidde said.“When in reality I’m a member of the Facebeef team and have been so for the better part of a year.”The interview with Ms Vanmidde ran during an extended story about cyberbully Barker, who spoke to reporter David Eccleston before slapping him hard in the face without warning.
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Newspoll may have saved Julia Gillard this week by showing a remarkable recovery in Labor’s vote - with Labor 48 per cent to the Coalition 52.
How slavishly so many people - especially Labor - follow this poll above all others.
See, the Morgan Poll yesterday said the split was in fact Labor 42.5 per cent to the Coalition 57.5.
Essential Media on Monday said it was Labor 45 per cent to the Coalition 55.
Galaxy on Sunday said it was Labor 45 per cent to the Coalition 55.
Yet the Newspoll result, a clear outlier, determines Labor’s reaction.
Curious. But the Liberals will be glad if it means Gillard hangs on.
Why not add them up and get a huge sample?Newspoll 1200 polled, 48 52Morgan 4627, 42.5 57.5Essential 1948, 45 55Galaxy 1010, 45 55
Total 8785 polled, Labor 44.1, Coalition 55.9Of course it is dominated by the huge Morgan poll but the statistical error drops from 5% for Newpolls to 1%.
My friend, when you are going through a fiery trial, the Lord is not somewhere far away, saying, “Yep, from the comfort of My heavenly throne, I can see what you are going through. Even though I’m not with you, I can see you, so just hang in there, okay?”
No! He is right there with you in your trial. The Bible says that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1Cor 10:13).
So whatever the trial you are going through today, know that God is right there with you (Ps 46:1). He is protecting you, comforting you and making a way of escape for you!
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Celestial Magic in a Jovian Sky
the comet panSTARRS
Guy thinks he is jumping in a puddle, but actually..
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Addressing Australian Tamils outside of Parliament today with the Hon Phillip Ruddock, the Father of the House.
We are fortunate in the Liberal Party to have someone of Mr Ruddock’s great experience in Parliament to give guidance and advice to new members such as myself.
LABOR ……. A DANGER TO OUR ECONOMY & A DANGER TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH
“This government will go down in history as the first Australian government outside of wartime to attack freedom of speech by seeking to introduce a regime which effectively institutes government sanctioned journalism."
News Limited CEO Kim Williams
If anyone was even thinking of voting Labor at the next election, this should be wakeup call - for at the next election, not only is our economy at stake, so too is our democracy and freedom of speech.
Stop giving weight to negative words spoken about you and your situation. Instead, start honoring what God says about you and your situation!
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Fog City - San Francisco
The fog rolls into the bay. It was about the right amount of fog that it does not cover the whole city :) It is one of the reason people call it - fog city . One of my lucky snapshot of the day with the classic fog in the bay area.
#fogcity — at Marin Headlands.
Member for Higgins - Kelly O'Dwyer - This morning I joined colleagues from the Coalition and across the aisle for breakfast to celebrate last Friday's International Women's Day. Julie spoke on the terrific achievements of women throughout our region.
This morning I joined colleagues from the Coalition and across the aisle for breakfast to celebrate last Friday's International Women's Day. Julie spoke on the terrific achievements of women throughout our region.
SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."
SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"
The father was furious.
DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"
SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".
DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"
SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.
"Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.
Sierra Alpine Night Reflections — at Tioga Pass.
It was a pleasure to visit St Johns Park High School for one of Fair Trading's fantastic Revved Up programs, and thank you to Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan for asking me to come speak to the students.
The was some impressive knowledge among the year 11 students of the pitfalls to avoid when buying your first car.
While visiting St Johns Park High School I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to see the modern kitchen facilities that have recently been built.
What an amazing facility in which to train our next generation of masterchefs.
An IDF helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise in the early hours of this morning. Reserve officers, Lt. Col. Noam Ron (49) and Maj. Erez Flekser (31) were killed in the tragic accident. An investigation has been launched to discover the reasons for the accident.
The IDF and its soldiers join the grieving families in mourning their loss. http://www.idf.il/
David Cameron: Falkland Islanders couldn't have spoken more clearly. They want to remain British and that view should be respected by everybody.
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- 1781 – German-born astronomer and composerWilliam Herschel discovered the planet Uranus while in the garden of his house in Bath, Somerset, thinking it was a comet.
- 1884 – Mahdist War: Forces loyal to self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad began a 319-day siege of a combined Anglo-Egyptian force defending Khartoum, Sudan.
- 1920 – The Kapp Putsch briefly ousted the Weimar Republicgovernment from Berlin.
- 1943 – The Holocaust: Nazi German troops began liquidating theJewish Ghetto in Kraków, Poland, sending about 8,000 Jews deemed able to work to the Plaszow labor camp (deportation pictured), with the rest either killed or sent to Auschwitz.
- 1962 – Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Lemnitzerdelivered a proposal to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara calledOperation Northwoods to create public support for a war against Fidel Castro and Cuba, which was eventually rejected by President John F. Kennedy.
- 624 – Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad's army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraish of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia.
- 874 – The bones of Saint Nicephorus are interred in the Church of the Holy Apostles, Constantinople.
- 1138 – Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected Antipope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II.
- 1591 – Battle of Tondibi: In Mali, Moroccan forces of the Saadi Dynasty led by Judar Pasha defeat the Songhai Empire, despite being outnumbered by at least five to one.
- 1639 – Harvard College is named for clergyman John Harvard.
- 1697 – Nojpetén, capital of the Itza Maya kingdom, fell to Spanish conquistadors, the final step in the Spanish conquest of Guatemala.
- 1781 – William Herschel discovers Uranus.
- 1809 – Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden is deposed in a coup d'état.
- 1845 – Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto receives its première performance in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist.
- 1862 – American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers to return fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling theFugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
- 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African American troops.
- 1881 – Alexander II of Russia is killed near his palace when a bomb is thrown at him. (Gregorian date: it was March 1 in the Julian calendarthen in use in Russia.)
- 1884 – The Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins, ending on January 26, 1885.
- 1897 – San Diego State University is founded.
- 1900 – Second Boer War: British forces occupy Bloemfontein, Orange Free State.
- 1920 – The Kapp Putsch briefly ousts the Weimar Republic government from Berlin.
- 1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.
- 1933 – Great Depression: Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a "bank holiday".
- 1938 – World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.
- 1940 – The Russo-Finnish Winter War ends.
- 1943 – The Holocaust: German forces liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków.
- 1954 – Battle of Điện Biên Phủ: Viet Minh forces attack the French.
- 1957 – Cuban student revolutionaries storm the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista.
- 1962 – Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers a proposal, called Operation Northwoods, regarding performing terrorist attacks upon Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The proposal is scrapped and President John F. Kennedy removes Lemnitzer from his position.
- 1964 – American Kitty Genovese is murdered, reportedly in view of neighbors who did nothing to help her, prompting research into the bystander effect.
- 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
- 1979 – The New Jewel Movement, headed by Maurice Bishop, ousts Prime Minister Eric Gairy in a nearly bloodless coup d'etat in Grenada.
- 1985 – The Kenilworth Road riot takes place at an association football match at Kenilworth Road in Luton, England with disturbances before, during and after an F.A. Cup6th Round tie between Luton Town F.C. and Millwall F.C..
- 1988 – The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan.
- 1991 – The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
- 1992 – An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey.
- 1996 – Dunblane massacre: in Dunblane, Scotland, 16 Primary School children and 1 teacher are shot dead by a spree killer, Thomas Watt Hamilton who then committed suicide.
- 1997 – India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.
- 1997 – The Phoenix lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television.
- 2003 – Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
- 2008 – Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
- 1372 – Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans, brother of Charles VI of France (d. 1407)
- 1615 – Pope Innocent XII (d. 1700)
- 1683 – John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-British philosopher (d. 1744)
- 1700 – Michel Blavet, French flautist (d. 1768)
- 1719 – John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (d. 1797)
- 1720 – Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer (d. 1793)
- 1733 – Joseph Priestley, English scientist and minister (d. 1804)
- 1741 – Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1790)
- 1753 – Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon, great heiress and wife of Philippe Égalité (d. 1821)
- 1762 – Anine Frölich, Danish ballerina (d. 1784)
- 1763 – Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (d. 1815)
- 1764 – Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1845)
- 1770 – Daniel Lambert, Englishman famous for his obesity (d. 1809)
- 1777 – Charles Lot Church, Nova Scotia politician (d. 1864)
- 1781 – Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect (d. 1841)
- 1782 – Sir Robert Bateson, 1st Baronet, Irish nobility (d. 1863)
- 1798 – Abigail Fillmore, First Lady of the United States (d. 1853)
- 1815 – James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (d. 1911)
- 1825 – Hans Gude, Norwegian romanticist landscape painter (d. 1903)
- 1855 – Percival Lowell, American astronomer (d. 1916)
- 1857 – B. H. Roberts, Mormon leader, historian, and politician (d. 1933)
- 1860 – Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer (d. 1903)
- 1864 – Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (d. 1941)
- 1870 – Henri Étiévant, French actor, film director (d. 1953)
- 1870 – William Glackens, American artist (d. 1938)
- 1870 – Albert Meyer, member of the Swiss Federal Council in the 1930s (d. 1953)
- 1883 – Enrico Toselli, Italian composer and pianist (d. 1926)
- 1884 – Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist (d. 1941)
- 1886 – John Franklin "Home Run" Baker, Hall of Fame third baseman (d. 1963)
- 1886 – Albert William Stevens, United States Army Air Corps officer, balloonist and aerial photographer (d. 1949)
- 1888 – Paul Morand, French writer (d. 1976)
- 1890 – Fritz Busch, German conductor (d. 1951)
- 1892 – Janet Flanner, American writer and journalist (d. 1978)
- 1897 – Yeghishe Charents, Armenian poet, writer and public activist (d. 1937)
- 1898 – Henry Hathaway, American film director and producer (d. 1985)
- 1899 – Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (d. 1981)
- 1899 – John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1980)
- 1899 – Jan Lechoń, Polish poet (d. 1956)
- 1900 – Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
- 1902 – Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (d. 1991)
- 1907 – Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religions and writer (d. 1986)
- 1908 – Walter Annenberg, American publisher and philanthropist (d. 2002)
- 1910 – Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (d. 1985)
- 1910 – Sammy Kaye, American musician (d. 1987)
- 1911 – L. Ron Hubbard, American science fiction author and founder of Scientology (d. 1986)
- 1913 – William J. Casey, American CIA director (d. 1987)
- 1913 – Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor (d. 1985)
- 1913 – Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer (d. 2009)
- 1914 – Edward "Butch" O'Hare, American pilot and Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1943)
- 1914 – W. O. Mitchell, Canadian writer (d. 1998)
- 1916 – Lindy Boggs, American politician
- 1918 – Grigory Pomerants, Russian philosopher and author (d. 2013)
- 1920 – Ralph J. Roberts, co-founder of Comcast Communications
- 1921 – Al Jaffee, American cartoonist
- 1923 – William F. Bolger, 65th Postmaster General of the United States (d. 1989)
- 1923 – Dimitrios Ioannidis, Greek military officer (d. 2010)
- 1925 – Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer
- 1926 – Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (d. 2003)
- 1927 – Robert Denning, American interior designer (d. 2005)
- 1928 – Ellen Raskin, American writer and illustrator (d. 1984)
- 1929 – Peter Breck, American actor (d. 2012)
- 1929 – Joseph Mascolo, American actor
- 1930 – Jan Howard, American singer
- 1933 – Mike Stoller, American songwriter
- 1934 – Barry Hughart, American author
- 1935 – Leslie Parrish, American actress
- 1935 – Michael Walzer, American philosopher
- 1936 – Nana Meskhidze, Georgian artist-painter (d. 1997)
- 1938 – Erma Franklin, American singer (d. 2002)
- 1938 – Robert Gammage, American politician (d. 2012)
- 1938 – Tochinoumi Teruyoshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 49th Yokozuna
- 1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter
- 1940 – Christopher Gable, British dancer, choreographer and actor (d. 1998)
- 1940 – Jacqueline Sassard, French actress
- 1940 – Candi Staton, American singer
- 1941 – Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose (d. 2008)
- 1941 – Donella Meadows, American scientist (d. 2001)
- 1942 – Marshall Chess, American record producer, formerly of Chicago blues label Chess Records
- 1942 – Dave Cutler, American software engineer
- 1942 – Geoffrey Hayes, English television presenter and actor
- 1942 – Scatman John, American singer (d. 1999)
- 1942 – Herman Wijffels, Dutch economist and politician
- 1943 – André Téchiné, French film director and screenwriter
- 1945 – Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko, Russian mathematician
- 1946 – Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier (d. 1976)
- 1947 – Beat Richner, Swiss physician and cellist
- 1948 – Robert S. Woods, American actor
- 1949 – Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (d. 1974)
- 1949 – Julia Migenes, American soprano
- 1949 – Emmy Verhey, Dutch violinist
- 1949 – Sian Elias, First female Chief Justice of New Zealand
- 1950 – Charles Krauthammer, American political commentator
- 1950 – William H. Macy, American actor
- 1952 – Wolfgang Rihm, German composer
- 1953 – Ridley Pearson, American writer
- 1953 – Deborah Raffin, American actress (d. 2012)
- 1954 – Robin Duke, Canadian actress and comedienne
- 1955 – Bruno Conti, Italian footballer
- 1955 – Glenne Headly, American actress
- 1956 – Dana Delany, American actress
- 1956 – Jamie Dimon, American Banking executive
- 1956 – Davor Slamnig, Croatian writer and musician (Buldožer)
- 1957 – John Hoeven, American politician, 31st governor and junior senator from North Dakota
- 1957 – Steve Lake, American baseball player
- 1958 – Linda Robson, English actress
- 1959 – Kathy Hilton, American socialite, mother of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton
- 1960 – Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist
- 1960 – Adam Clayton, Irish bassist (U2 and Automatic Baby)
- 1960 – Joe Ranft, American animator (d. 2005)
- 1962 – Terence Blanchard, American jazz musician
- 1963 – Fito Páez, Argentine musician and songwriter
- 1964 – Will Clark, American baseball player
- 1964 – João Gordo, Brazilian musician (Ratos de Porão)
- 1965 – Cees Geel, Dutch actor
- 1965 – Gigi Rice, American actress
- 1967 – Andrés Escobar, Colombian footballer (d. 1994)
- 1968 – Christopher Collet, American actor
- 1968 – Akira Nogami, Japanese wrestler
- 1969 – Christopher Coke, Jamaican drug lord
- 1970 – Tim Story, American director
- 1971 – Annabeth Gish, American actress
- 1971 – Tracy Wells, American actress
- 1972 – Common, American rapper and actor (Soulquarians)
- 1972 – Khujo, American hip hop musician (Goodie Mob and The Lumberjacks)
- 1973 – Edgar Davids, Dutch footballer
- 1973 – David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed)
- 1973 – Bobby Jackson, American basketball player
- 1974 – Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player
- 1975 – Chris Ashworth, American actor
- 1975 – Glenn Lewis, Canadian singer-songwriter
- 1976 – James Dewees, American musician (The Get Up Kids and Reggie and the Full Effect)
- 1976 – Troy Hudson, American basketball player
- 1976 – Danny Masterson, American actor
- 1977 – Momo Sylla, Guinean footballer
- 1977 – Kay Tse, Hong Kong singer
- 1978 – Tom Danielson, American cyclist
- 1978 – Kenny Watson, American football player
- 1979 – Spanky G, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
- 1979 – Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1979 – Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete
- 1980 – Caron Butler, American basketballer
- 1980 – Molly Stanton, American actress
- 1981 – Toccara Jones, American fashion model
- 1981 – Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player
- 1981 – April Matson, American actress and singer
- 1982 – Jeremy Curl, British explorer
- 1982 – Nicole Ohlde, WNBA basketball player
- 1982 – Adam Thomson, New Zealand rugby player
- 1983 – Dan Lupu, Romanian actor
- 1983 – Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer
- 1983 – George Rose, Australian rugby league player
- 1984 – Rachael Bella, American actress
- 1984 – Pieter Custers, Dutch athlete
- 1984 – Steve Darcis, Belgian tennis player
- 1984 – Noel Fisher, Canadian actor
- 1984 – Chiaki Kyan, Japanese gravure idol
- 1984 – Yuuka Nanri, Japanese voice actress
- 1984 – Rieneke Terink, Dutch swimmer
- 1984 – Marc Zwiebler, German badminton player
- 1985 – Alcides Araújo Alves, Brazilian football player
- 1985 – Emile Hirsch, American actor
- 1985 – Ben Lowe, Australian rugby player
- 1985 – Austin Scott, American football player
- 1986 – Shunsuke Daito, Japanese actor
- 1987 – Marco Andretti, American race car driver
- 1987 – Andreas Beck, German footballer
- 1987 – Rosela Gjylbegu, Albanian singer
- 1987 – Chris Stark, English radio host
- 1988 – Furdjel Narsingh, Dutch footballer
- 1988 – Sadie West, American pornographic actress
- 1989 – Holger Badstuber, German footballer
- 1989 – Marko Marin, German footballer
- 1989 – Harry Melling, British actor
- 1991 – Kim Eli, American-Korean singer (U-KISS)
- 1991 – Lê Quang Liêm, Vietnamese chess player
- 1991 – Tristan Thompson, Canadian basketball player
- 1991 – Aaron Woods, Australian rugby player
- 1992 – Kaya Scodelario, English actress
- 1999 – Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Polish actress
- 600 – Leander of Seville, Catholic bishop (or 601)
- 1271 – Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235)
- 1395 – John Barbour, Scottish poet
- 1417 – Crown Prince Minyekyawswa of Ava (b. 1391)
- 1516 – King Ladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary (b. 1456)
- 1569 – Louis I de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, French Huguenot general (b. 1530)
- 1573 – Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman (b. 1507)
- 1604 – Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer (b. 1537)
- 1619 – Richard Burbage, English actor (b. 1567)
- 1711 – Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic (b. 1636)
- 1719 – Johann Friedrich Böttger, German alchemist (b. 1682)
- 1767 – Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France, mother of Louis XVI (b.1731)
- 1773 – Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist and explorer (b. 1727)
- 1778 – Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701)
- 1800 – Nana Fadnavis, influential minister and statesman of the Maratha Empire in India (b. 1742)
- 1803 – William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730)
- 1808 – King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749)
- 1842 – Henry Shrapnel, British soldier and inventor (b. 1761)
- 1854 – Jean-Baptiste de Villèle, French statesman (b. 1773)
- 1873 – David Swinson Maynard, Founder of Seattle, Washington, United States (b. 1808)
- 1879 – Adolf Anderssen, German chess player (b. 1818)
- 1881 – Tsar Alexander II of Russia (b. 1818)
- 1884 – Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate; Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)
- 1901 – Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (b. 1833)
- 1906 – Susan B. Anthony, American women's suffrage activist (b. 1820)
- 1911 – John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844)
- 1912 – Eugène-Étienne Taché, French Canadian civil engineer and architect (b. 1836)
- 1912 – Hugo Treffner, Baltic German pedagogue (b. 1845)
- 1914 – Hakeem Noor-ud-Din, Muslim scholar and 1st Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam.
- 1918 – César Cui, Russian composer (b. 1835)
- 1925 – Lucille Ricksen, American actress (b. 1909)
- 1938 – Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual (b. 1888)
- 1938 – Clarence Darrow, American attorney (b. 1857)
- 1941 – Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881)
- 1943 – Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
- 1949 – Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
- 1955 – King Tribhuvan of Nepal (b. 1906)
- 1960 – Yosef Zvi HaLevy, Israeli rabbi and judge (b. 1874)
- 1963 – Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
- 1964 – Kitty Genovese, American murder victim (b. 1935)
- 1964 – Friedrich Lahrs, German architect (b. 1880)
- 1965 – Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
- 1965 – Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (b. 1891)
- 1965 – Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
- 1972 – Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (b. 1941)
- 1975 – Ivo Andrić, Serbo-Croatian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1892)
- 1983 – Louison Bobet, French cyclist (b. 1925)
- 1983 – Paul Citroen, Dutch artist (b. 1896)
- 1988 – John Holmes, American porn star (b. 1944)
- 1990 – Bruno Bettelheim, American psychiatrist (b. 1903)
- 1990 – Karl Münchinger, German conductor (b. 1915)
- 1995 – Leon Day, American baseball player (b. 1916)
- 1995 – Odette Sansom Hallowes, French-born WWII heroine (b. 1912)
- 1996 – Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (b. 1941)
- 1998 – Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
- 1998 – Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911)
- 1999 – Lee Falk, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
- 1999 – Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
- 1999 – Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
- 2001 – Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
- 2002 – Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
- 2004 – Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
- 2004 – Vilayat Khan, Indian Sitar player (b.1928)
- 2006 – Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
- 2006 – Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer (b. 1944)
- 2006 – Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)
- 2006 – Peter Tomarken, American game show host (b. 1942)
- 2007 – Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
- 2009 – Betsy Blair, American actress (b. 1923)
- 2009 – Andrew "Test" Martin, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1975)
- 2010 – Jean Ferrat, French singer and songwriter (b. 1930)
- 2010 – He Pingping, Chinese dwarf; world's shortest man who was able to walk. (b. 1988)
- 2011 – Rick Martin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1951)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Kasuga Matsuri (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan)