Today in history
In 1924: The suggestion made Thursday by some residents along First avenue that the street be named “Wilson Boulevard” has brought forward the suggestion by another citizen that the street, if re-named, should be given the name of “Washington Boulevard.” He declared Friday that he had no objection to honoring the country’s great war president but that he felt the father of this country should be honored first. He pointed out that Holland has a “Lincoln avenue” but that the name of Washington has not been honored in the naming of the streets or parks or anything else. The citizen who made the suggestion agrees that the name of “First Avenue” is rather colorless and means very little but he thinks that before Wilson or Harding or other latter-day men are honored Holland should do something to perpetuate the name of Washington.
On this day
In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earned him the moniker “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”
In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City.
In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.
In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
In 1961, the United States launched the Explorer 9 satellite.
In 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama, as the speaker of the Alabama House, Rankin Fite, placed a call from the mayor’s office in City Hall to a red telephone at the police station (also located in City Hall) that was answered by U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill.
In 1996, 11 people were killed in a fiery collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Maryland commuter train in Silver Spring, Md.
In 2002, authorities in Noble, Ga., arrested Ray Brent Marsh, who’d been operating a crematory where hundreds of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered in the woods behind it. (Marsh later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.)
In 2005, the NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap — the flash-point issue that had led to a lockout.
In 2006, the U.S. Army said goodbye to its last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, handing over equipment from the MASH unit to doctors and nurses in Pakistan, the scene of an Oct. 2005 earthquake.
Ice-T is 62.
LeVar Burton is 63.
John McEnroe is 61.
Elizabeth Olsen is 31.
Zeeland Hospital/Spectrum Health
Feb. 2, 2020
A daughter, Nora Elaine, to Naomi and Jacob Huisinga of Hudsonville.
Feb. 4, 2020
A son, Ezra Meade, to Dynelle and Noah Prins of Zeeland.
A daughter, Addison Renee, to Rachel and John Mallery of Hudsonville.
A son, Micah Love Tyson, to Sable Brown and Antwan Tyson of Holland.
A daughter, Avery Jean, to Natasha and Bradley Grew of Dorr.