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Today In History – February 17, 2012

1913 – The Armory Show opened at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. The full-scale exhibition was of contemporary paintings and was organized by the Association of Painters and Sculptors.

1924 – Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.

1933 – “Newsweek” was first published.

1933 – Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted.

1934 – The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, PA.

1944 – During World War II, the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. U.S. forces won the battle on February 22, 1944.

1947 – The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

1964 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be approximately equal in population. (Westberry v. Sanders)

1965 – Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on ” The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” on NBC-TV.

1968 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, MA.

1985 – U.S. Postage stamp prices were raised from 20 cents to 22 cents for first class mail.

1992 – In Milwaukee, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison.

1995 – Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.

1996 – World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue” in Philadelphia, PA.

1997 – Pepperdine University announced that Kenneth Starr was leaving the Whitewater probe to take a full-time job at the school. Starr reversed the announcement four days later.

2005 – U.S. President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first national intelligence director.

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Today In History – February 16, 2012

1914 – The first airplane flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco took place.

1918 – Lithuania proclaimed its independence.

1923 – Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. The next day he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.

1932 – The first fruit tree patent was issued to James E. Markham for a peach tree which ripens later than other varieties.

1937 – Wallace H. Carothers received a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.

1938 – The U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.

1945 – During World War II, U.S. troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines.

1946 – The first commercially designed helicopter was tested in Connecticut.

1948 – NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, “The Camel Newsreel Theatre”, which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.

1959 – Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba after the overthrow of President Fulgencio Batista.

1960 – The U.S.S. Triton began the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip ended on May 10.

1962 – Jimmy Bostwick defeated his brother, Pete, to win the U.S. Open Court-Tennis championships for the third time.

1963 – Paul Anka married Marie-Ann DeZogheb in Paris.

1968 – In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.

1970 – Joe Frazier began his reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds. He lost the title on January 22, 1973, when he lost for the first time in his professional career to George Foreman.

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers) reached the 30,000-point mark in his NBA career during a game against the Phoenix Suns.

1977 – The Anglican archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum, was killed in automobile accident. Two other men were also killed.

1985 – “Kojak” returned to network television after an absence of seven years with the CBS-TV special, “Kojak: The Belarus File.”

1987 – John Demjanjuk went on trial in Jerusalem. He was accused of being “Ivan the Terrible”, a guard at the Treblinka concentration camp. He was convicted, but the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the ruling.

1989 – Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was the reason that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down the previous December. All 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground were killed.

1999 – A bomb exploded at the government headquarters in Uzbekistan. Gunfire followed the incident. The event apparently was an attempt on the life of President Islam Karimov.

1999 – Kurds seized embassies and held hostages across Europe following Turkey’s arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.

1999 – Testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.

2002 – The operator of a crematory in Noble, GA, was arrested after dozens of corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around in the surrounding woods.

2005 – The Kyoto global warming pact went into effect in 140 nations.

2005 – The NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute.

Tradition and Innovation of Tuscan Cooking School Comes to Maine’s Hartstone Inn

A week of great food and great times awaits visitors to Hartstone Inn & Hideaway, June 4-8 in Camden, Maine.

COLUMBUS, OH, February 16, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — A week of great food and great times awaits visitors to Hartstone Inn & Hideaway, June 4-8. The inn has partnered with Chef Benedetta Vitali, who comes all the way from Florence, Italy to share her Tuscan cooking heritage with inn guests during an intensive five-day immersion cooking school. Chef Vitali will share original family recipes, grown out of her Tuscan roots.

Each day, Vitali will provide hands-on instruction, where guests will cook 3-4 recipes for lunch and then sit down to eat and discuss the meal they’ve prepared. In addition to her cooking expertise, Vitali will demonstrate the importance of selecting quality ingredients. She’ll teach guests to use their sense of smell, touch and sight in order to pick the perfect ingredients for each of these time-honored dishes.

This one-of-a-kind cooking experience is only available to Hartstone Inn guests. The full five-day cooking school, including accommodations and most meals, starts at just $1250 for a Traditional Room (Superior Rooms are $1500; Suites, $1650). The value-laden package includes: – Five nights of deluxe accommodations (Sunday – Thursday) – Private Sunday welcome Maine lobster bake dinner on the beach at the home of Hartstone Inn Owner/Chef Michael Salmon and Wife/Innkeeper Mary Jo Brink – Hartstone Inn Apron and welcome gift – Breakfast for two each morning – Lunch each day – Six cooking courses and two tastings – Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Making class at the nearby State of Maine Cheese Company – Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar tasting at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars – Chef-led tour of Camden Farmers Market – Wine tasting and private tour of the Cellardoor Winery – *Priced based on one class participant. Additional guest (double occupancy room), offered for $525 supplement. This exclusive package is limited to just 14 participants.
A native of Florence, Chef Benedetta Vitali has taught cooking classes around the world and is an experienced restauranteur, award-winning chef and author of “Soffritto: Tradition & Innovation in Tuscan Cooking,” a James Beard Award finalist.

Owned by husband-wife team Chef Michael Salmon and Mary Jo Brink, Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is situated in mid-coast Maine in the historic and charming town of Camden. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Salmon has served as Chef at many four- and five-star hotels and resorts, including Hyatt, Caesar’s and Sonesta Resort Hotels. Lavish comfort welcome guests with luxe furnishings, fine amenities and a culinary experience unlike any other on this scenic slice of the East Coast. A Select Registry property, Harstone Inn is just steps from the picturesque harbor, with historic Windjammers, lighthouses, marine wildlife. Secluded islands, hiking, skiing, fishing and area attractions make Hartstone Inn the ultimate getaway for couples, girlfriends getaways or groups of friends. Complete information is found at or (800) 788-4823.

Crafting a Kinder World

Michaels celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Day with $100,000 in giveaways.

IRVING, TX, February 16, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Random Acts of Kindness Day is Friday, Feb. 17, and to celebrate the spirit of the day and encourage others to participate, Michaels will give away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its 1,060+ stores and on its Facebook page.

Throughout the day, Michaels will randomly hand out thousands of gift cards in its stores and through Facebook to inspire people to in turn do something kind for others, such as donating their gift cards to a school, church or hospital, or using the cards to buy supplies to make a special homemade gift for someone.

“This is a fun way for us to say thanks to our loyal customers and an opportunity for them to pay it forward with a DIY gift,” said Michaels Chief Marketing Officer Paula Puleo. “We hope that our participation in Random Acts of Kindness Day will inspire our customers throughout the year.”

The unofficial holiday falls during Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 13-19, founded by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization based upon the powerful belief in kindness, and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.

Customers who want to participate in the holiday with a hand-made gift can find suggested projects to share at

About Michaels Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall decor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,060 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada, and 136 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 10 exclusive private brands including Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artist’s Loft, Craft Smart and Loops & Threads. For more information visit

Get the Facilities of Excellent Accommodation at The Shaftesbury Hotels

When you look for accommodation, you can be assured that Shaftesbury is the leading choice of hotels. By booking your stay at this hotel, you can enjoy the best service.

LONDON, ENGLAND, February 16, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — If you come in the middle of February in London, not only would you be able to enjoy the best of London Olympic test event, but at the same time, you would also get one of the best facilities of accommodation at the most affordable rates. Wondering how! Well, you can now get excellent facilities of accommodation at the Shaftesbury hotels.
In fact, this is one of the leading choices when it comes to the selection of hotel properties in London. Since a long time, this group of hotel has been offering great facilities of lodging across the central London. Therefore, if you stay here, you would get the facilities of superior comfort in a luxurious and beautiful setting. Some of the locations of the hotel include Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Kensington, Paddington and Notting Hill.

The hotel authorities have currently decided to enhance the level of services and facilities that it offers to its customers. Being a guest at this hotel, you can expect to get some of the best services like high speed internet accessibility through broadband and Wi-Fi internet in the public areas of the hotel.
There are well appointed guest rooms, and each of the rooms has Plasma TV, along with tea and coffee making facilities right in the room. If you want to get pampered in the club rooms of the hotel, you can get so with certain extra facility like complementary mineral water and food as soon as you arrive at the hotel. On request, you can also get daily newspapers along with slippers and bathrobes, which in turn, can definitely make your stay special.
If you are into the club lounge, you can also get access to the executive facilities along with tasty nibbles with an additional charge for the guests of the club rooms. Being a guest, Shaftesbury Hotels would also let you get complementary access to the fitness centers. There are restaurants of the same property, and you can enjoy a hearty meal along with a sumptuous breakfast accompanied by the compliments.

For longer stays, you would get rewarded by the hotel. By staying here for at least 2 nights, you can save up to 10 %, while staying for 3 nights; you can get a discount of 15%. With a 5 night stay, you would have to pay only for 4 nights. Isn’t this amazing?
You can book your choice of hotels from the Shaftesbury, and you can pay later on your arrival. While you reserve the hotel room, your credit card would be used as a means of guarantee. At your arrival, you would have to make the full payment directly. Special terms and conditions are of course applicable in this case.

You can get the facilities of complementary breakfast, if you book through the central reservation system or the official website of the hotel. Moreover, if you book your stay in any of the clubrooms of the properties of Shaftesbury, you can get the experience of complementary club lounge.
From 16th to 19th February, at London Olympics Velodrome, the UCI track cycling world cup would take place, and you can be a part of this event by staying at the hotel. By participating in this event, you can get a taste of the things to be expected from the Olympics this year. Large numbers of people are coming to be a part of this event.

With the array of facilities that the hotel authorities that the hotel authorities would offer you, you should wait no longer. You should check out the official site of the company to check out the deals available, and make your booking as soon as possible. You can also avail the facility of special purchase offers from the hotel. If you book 10 days in advance, you can save up to 15% on the booking of the room. What can be a better way of spending a wonderful vacation at a home away from home with the best of comfort facilities?

About Shaftesbury Hotels:
The Shaftesbury group of hotel owns influential properties throughout central London. It has been known to provide wide range of services and facilities to different customers. You can check out for more information.
Shaftesbury Hotels offers hundreds of cheap hotels in London- Book now and get the best of London hotel deals Paddington hotels, hotels in Kensington, check out the details and book the hotels at discount prices.

Super Fast Link Building Launches New Link Building Services

After over 5 years of being private, super fast link building opens Up Their Private Blog Network!

SAN DIEGO, CA, February 16, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/Super Fast Link Building has been private for over 5 years now and has opened it’s doors to new members. Why? So they can grow beyond 5,000 websites to over 10,000 sites in their network. It takes a bit of cash to fund the growth of a solid, private blog network.

If you know anything about SEO, link building or Search Engine Optimization you know of the incredible value of being able to tap into a private blog network. That’s the beauty of Super Fast Link Building, they are NOT open to just anyone. They have limits on their network and will ONLY ever allow a certain number of members into the network.

There are 12 Primary Reasons to choose Super Fast Link Building over the rest of link building service like: linxboss, buildmyrank, linkvana, SEO Link Monster and the list goes on and on. All of these companies have their value for link building but none of these trumps Super Fast Link Building and here’s why:

Number 1 – Instant Credibility. You’ll be gaining links from healthy page rank sites up to PR 7 with a good range between 3 to 5 Page Rank.
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Number 3 – Increase Your Rankings. Their websites are hosted on Unique C-Class IPs. Your links get drip fed throughout their private network over the course of the month.
Number 4 – You get assorted destination Links and anchor text backlinks. You can provide unlimited Internal URLs, Home Page URLs and external URLs like squidoo, weebly, and any other web 2.0 or social media properties that link to your money site.
Super Fast Link Building is the single most powerful way to get your website to the top of Google or any search engine for that matter.
Number 5 – Their Network is Super Private. They have over 5,000 websites and their numbers are continuously growing. They limit the number of clients and websites to ensure the quality of their network and your backlinks.
Number 6 – Unique & High Quality Content. Their team of professional writers create unique content to go out to the private blogs over the course of a month. High quality, unique content is key to your SEO success.
Number 7 – High Crawl Rate. All of their domains get crawled by the search engines on a regular basis, ensuring that all of your links get indexed and indexed within 24 to 48 hours on average.
Number 8 – Videos Embed. They even allow you to embed youtube videos into your posts across the network. From an SEO perspective this adds dynamic rich media to your posts. Now, what makes each post unique is the fact that they dynamically and randomly change the size and placement of your videos!
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Number 12 – Monthly Link Reports. Depending on the package you choose you get monthly link reports to do with what you choose! You can send them to your clients or you can backlink boost them to add even more value to your back links. The choice is yours!
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Ten Green Bottles Hanging on the Window from Tuiss Blinds & Curtains

Have you ever imagined you could turn plastic bottles into window blinds?, the online blinds and curtains retailer, have done just that and announce the launch of a brand new collection.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND, February 16, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Have you ever imagined you could turn plastic bottles into window blinds?, the online blinds and curtains retailer, have done just that and announce the launch of a brand new collection of ‘Index’ roller blinds made from recycled plastic.
Each square metre of Index blind fabric is made from the equivalent of 6 thrown away bottles. PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is used to produce bottles for drinks and packaging for many products, after use these containers are often just simply thrown away. Index fabric is also Oeko-tex 100 certified which assures that no harmful substances are used during its production process.
The roller tube is made from aluminium, which can be recycled again and again without any loss of its inherent properties.
In addition there is a recycled cotton blind range called ‘Cotton’. The 100% recycled Cotton fabric originates from the clothing industry where a large percentage of fabric ends up on the cutting room floor. Tuiss uses fabric spun from this wasted material to make beautiful blinds. Fabric remnants are collected from the clothing manufacturers, they are grouped according to type and colour and then they are cut into strips with equal lengths. The strips of fabric are turned into fibres, which are spun into new yarn which are in turn woven into fabric.
Both the Index and the Cotton recycled roller blind range are available in a choice of 5 colours.
Prices start from just GBP31.95 for a made to measure Index roller blind measuring W40cm x D40cm.
Tuiss offers beautiful made to measure blinds and curtains for customers throughout Europe.
For more information on please contact, telephone: 07917786280.
To download digital images visit the press section at and enter password ‘recycle’.

Today In History – February 15, 2012

1900 – The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers.

1903 – Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.

1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.

1933 – U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.

1942 – During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.

1943 – “My True Story” was heard for the first time on ABC radio.

1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.

1953 – The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright.

1961 – A Boeing 707 crashed in Belgium killing 73 people.

1962 – CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.

1965 – Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.

1982 – During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.

1985 – The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay.

1989 – After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.

1991 – The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming thier countties to free-market economies.

1995 – The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation’s most protected computers. He served five years in jail.

2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.

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