Jan 18: Smooth Landings and Mighty Falls



First Landing on an Aircraft Carrier


Eugene Burton Ely landed his Curtiss pusher airplane on a platform on the armored cruiser  USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay


Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapses

From the Hartford Courant

On January 18, 1978, the Civic Center roof collapsed six hours after the University of Connecticut defeated the University of Massachusetts, 56-49. It collapsed into the arena below with a prolonged rumble at 4:19 a.m. The roof collapse was attributed to the weight of accumulated snow and ice from a 10-day storm. Miraculously, no one was hurt because the center was in the midst of an unusual three-day run of basketball games; no crews were inside making the changeover from basketball to hockey. “


DC Mayor Barry Arrested in Drug Sting

From Wikipedia:

On January 18, 1990, Barry was arrested with a former girlfriend, Hazel Diane “Rasheeda” Moore, in a sting operation at the Vista Hotel by the FBI and D.C. police for crack cocaine use and possession. Moore was an FBI informant when she invited Barry to the hotel room and insisted that he smoke freebase cocaine before they had sex, while agents in another room watched on camera, waiting for Barry to accept her offer. During the videotaped arrest, Barry says of Moore, “Bitch set me up…I shouldn’t have come up here…goddamn bitch”.

Barry was charged with three felony counts of perjury, 10 counts of drug possession, and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to possess cocaine, even though the cocaine belonged to the government informant. The criminal trial ended in August 1990 with a conviction for only one possession incident, which had occurred in November 1989, and an acquittal on another. The jury deadlocked on the remaining charges. . . .

Barry was sentenced to six months in federal prison shortly before the November election, which he lost – the first and only electoral loss of his career – receiving 20 percent of the overall vote.

Barry would return to the Mayor’s office in 1995 and serve on the City Council until his death in 2014.


The Internet Goes on Strike

See prior post.


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