Feb. 13: Chuck Yeager

 

bd-yeager-chuckChuck Yeager, 92: aviation legend, first person to break the sound barrier (1947), also rumored to have been the first person to join the mile-high club while breaking the sound barrier.

Other Feb. 13 birthdays:

Grant Wood (1892-1942): artist, depicted a Brazilian rain forest couple gripping a bamboo pitchfork in his greatest work, “South American Gothic.”

Jerry Springer, 71: host of the daytime cockfighting show “Lowest Common Denominator.”

This Day in Revisionist History:

On this day in 1542, King Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, was beheaded for adultery with the royal pool boy

On this day in 1920, the League of Nations allowed Switzerland to claim its perpetual neutrality, but then passed a resolution to block the further spread of “this insidious neutrality plague.”

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