Monthly Archives: February 2017

Regan fired, replaced by Baker as White House chief of staff 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 27 1987)

(Friday, February 27, 1987, afternoon EST) — President Ronald Reagan moved dramatically today to revive his troubled presidency by replacing Donald T. Regan with former Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. as the White House chief of staff (click here to watch Baker’s news conference).

Reagan announced the change a day after a special presidential review commission harshly criticized his detached style of management and blamed Regan for “chaos” in the White House after disclosures of the secret Iran policy.

‘Company Man’ episode airs on ‘Heroes’ 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 26 2007)


Video: 'Heroes - Season 1 Episode 17 - Company Man'

(Monday, February 26, 2007, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) — Matt and Ted take the Bennet family hostage and Ted loses control of his powers and burns the Bennets’ house on tonight’s episode of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes. Continue reading ‘Company Man’ episode airs on ‘Heroes’ 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 26 2007)

Original Dixieland Jass Band records first commercial jazz recording 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 26 1917)


Video: 'Dixie Jass Band One -Step -Original Dixieland Jass Band Victor 18255-A Original Record 1917'

(Monday, February 26, 1917) — The Original Dixieland Jass Band (an all-white group) made what’s generally regarded as the first commercial jazz recording, “Dixie Jass Band One-Step” and “Livery Stable Blues,” today in New York for the Victor label. Continue reading Original Dixieland Jass Band records first commercial jazz recording 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 26 1917)

Tower report: President Reagan, chief advisers responsible for ‘chaos’ in Iran arms deal 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 26 1987)


Video: ‘2/26/87: Tower Commission Report’

(Thursday, February 26, 1987, 11:00 a.m. EST) — The Tower Commission, which investigated the Iran-Contra affair, portrayed U.S. President Ronald Reagan today as a confused and remote figure who failed to understand or control the secret arms deal with Iran, and who thus had to “take responsibility” for a policy that in the end caused ”chaos” at home and embarrassment abroad. Continue reading Tower report: President Reagan, chief advisers responsible for ‘chaos’ in Iran arms deal 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 26 1987)

‘The Departed’ wins Best Picture, Scorsese Best Director 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 2007)


Video: '2007 Oscars' (34 videos)

(Sunday, February 25, 2007, 5:30-9:21 p.m. PST) — Martin Scorsese’s mob epic The Departed won Best Picture tonight at the 79th Academy Awards at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and earned the filmmaker the directing prize that had eluded him throughout his illustrious career. Continue reading ‘The Departed’ wins Best Picture, Scorsese Best Director 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 2007)

Buddy Holly and the Crickets record ‘That’ll Be The Day’ 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 1957)


Video: '1957 HITS ARCHIVE: That’ll Be The Day - Buddy Holly & The Crickets (his #1 version)'

(Monday, February 25, 1957)“That’ll Be The Day,” a song written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison was re-recorded today by Holly and his new band, the Crickets at Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Continue reading Buddy Holly and the Crickets record ‘That’ll Be The Day’ 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 1957)

Escaped ‘Boston Strangler’ Albert DeSalvo captured 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 1967)


Video: 'Serial Killer | Albert DeSalvo | The Boston Strangler | Crime Documentary' (escape and capture at 33:46)

(Saturday, February 25, 1967, 2:43 p.m. EST)Albert DeSalvo, the 35-year-old self-proclaimed “Boston Strangler,” was captured today after he entered a clothing store in Lynn, Massachusetts, to make a telephone call. Continue reading Escaped ‘Boston Strangler’ Albert DeSalvo captured 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 25 1967)