On this day, President Bush signed the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990 into law, which established 38 new wilderness areas and expanded the Aravaipa Canyon wilderness.  The bill also established the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area featured here.

The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian NCA is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.

Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery desert refuge worth the short drive from Safford, Arizona.

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM 


#OnThisDay in #1992 #Sade performed on #SaturdayNightLive, with #Sinbad as the show’s host. She performed “#NoOrdinaryLove” #TWIMH

14 February 1349 St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Strasbourg sees 900 Jews burnt alive #onthisday #otdimjh

From Ha’aretz

On February 14, 1349 – St. Valentine’s Day – the Jewish residents of Strasbourg, in Alsace, were burned to death by their Christian neighbours. Estimates of the number murdered range from several hundred to more than 2,000.

The Strasbourg massacre was one of a string of pogroms that took place during this period in a number of towns in Western Europe – 30 alone in the Alsace…

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Happy Birthday, Oregon!

They say that “Virginia is for lovers.”  But it’s Oregon that was born 156 years ago today, on Valentine’s Day.  Maybe that’s why there are so many things to love about BLM-managed lands in Oregon, more than 15 million acres of forests, rangelands, beaches, mountains and more!


“The energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.”

Nikola Tesla - 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

- Tesla was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

If you don’t know about Tesla, you should look him up because he’s amazing. Apparantly, when Einstein was asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive, he replied ‘I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla’

[The patron saint of geeks?] [wikipedia] [He’s in this film]

On this day in 2002, Red Hot Chili Peppers released their eighth studio album, By The Way.

Produced by Rick Rubin.

1. By The Way

2. Universally Speaking

3. This Is The Place

4. Dosed

5. Don’t Forget Me

6. The Zephyr Song

7. Can’t Stop

8. I Could Die For You

9. Midnight

10. Throw Away Your Television

11. Cabron

12. Tear

13. On Mercury

14. Minor Thing

15. Warm Tape

16. Venice Queen 

Happy 270th Birthday Alessandro Volta!

From October 1813 to April 1815, Humphry Davy, along with Michael Faraday, left the Royal Institution in London to tour the continent taking the opportunity to visit the major laboratories in Europe. In June 1814 they met Alessandro Volta in Milan where he gave Faraday one of his original Voltaic Piles, the worlds first electric battery. 

This was as if the inventor of the electric battery passed on the torch of electrical research to Faraday. Faraday continued his electrical research work at the Ri and kept the Voltaic Pile in his laboratory as a constant memento, where it can still be seen today.

In the February 18, 1961 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, James M. Stewart ‘32 wrote of his time at Princeton, “In the end I was graduated in architecture with honors. I even won a scholarship, pointing toward a master’s degree in architecture if I wanted to accept. But my first Triangle show led me to another career.” We think it worked out well for him.

Stewart is pictured here charming cross-dressing classmate H. H. Dunham ‘32 in the Triangle Club’s 1930 production of The Tiger Smiles.

On This Day
26 August 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

In 1789 the people of France brought about the abolishment of the absolute monarchy and set the stage for the establishment of the first French Republic. Just six weeks after the storming of the Bastille, and barely three weeks after the abolition of feudalism, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted by the National Constituent Assembly as the first step toward writing a constitution for the Republic of France.

© ullstein bild - Roger-Viollet
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