Today is Friday, March 1st, the 60th day of 2019. There are 305 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1995: Lawan Gwadabe was arrested, on a charge of plotting a coup against the Abacha government, and was jailed, tortured and later convicted of treason along with others.
Colonel Lawan Gwadabe was Military Administrator of Niger State in Nigeria from December 1987 to January 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He was accused of planning a coup against General Sani Abacha in 1995, for which he was jailed, tortured and convicted of treason. After Abacha’s death he was granted a state pardon.
Gwadabe served as Chief of Staff of the Gambian Army, succeeding Brigadier Abubakar Dada. On his return to Nigeria after the July 1994 Yahya Jammeh coup in Gambia, he was briefly Principal Staff Officer to General Sani Abacha before being appointed commander of 23 Armored Brigade in Yola.
On 1 March 1995 he was arrested on a charge of plotting a coup against the Abacha government, and was jailed, tortured and later convicted of treason along with others. He was on death row when Abacha died unexpectedly in June 1998. Years later, Abacha’s chief of staff Lt-Gen. Oladipo Diya said that he considered that the claimed coup plot was non-existent.
1932: Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)
1781: The Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation to be in force, following ratification by Maryland.
1790: President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first United States Census. (Census Day was Aug. 2, 1790.)
1867: Nebraska became the 37th state as President Andrew Johnson signed a proclamation.
1893: Inventor Nikola Tesla first publicly demonstrated radio during a meeting of the National Electric Light Association in St. Louis by transmitting electromagnetic energy without wires.
1954: Four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators’ gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. The United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
I1961: President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.
1962: The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, Mich.
1966: The Soviet space probe Venera 3 impacted the surface of Venus, becoming the first spacecraft to reach another planet; however, Venera was unable to transmit any data, its communications system having failed.
1971: A bomb went off inside a men’s room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn blast.
1974: Seven people, including former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian, were indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in. (These four defendants were convicted in Jan. 1975, although Mardian’s conviction was later reversed.)
1981: Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.
1990: The controversial Seabrook, New Hampshire, nuclear power plant won federal permission to go on line after two decades of protests and legal struggles
Actor Robert Clary is 93.
Actor Robert Conrad is 84.
Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) is 75.
Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 75.
Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 75.
Actor Dirk Benedict is 74.
Actor-director Ron Howard is 65.
Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 65.
Actress Catherine Bach is 64