Blast from the Past

Today is May 10. It was back on this date in 1940 that Nazi Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands -- swinging 89 army divisions around France's so-called "impregnable" Maginot Line.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is May 6. "Oh, the humanity!" The dream of mass transportation via dirigible ended on this date in 1937 when the German dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames while docking in Lakehurst, N.J.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, March 9, the 68th day of 2002 with 297 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its new phase.
By United Press International
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Leland Stanford
The California Hall of Fame 2008 inductees pose for a photo at a ceremony hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver in Sacramento, California on December 15, 2008. From left to right, Dave Brubeck; Jane Fonda; Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Geisel (for Theodor Geisel); Steven Graham, son of Robert Graham (for Robert Graham); Quincy Jones; Jack LaLanne; Daniel Dixon, elder son of Dorothea Lange (for Dorothea Lange); Ellen North, great niece of Julia Morgan (for Julia Morgan); Jack Nicholson; Dr. Linus Pauling, Jr., eldest son of Linus Pauling (for Linus Pauling); Tom Stanford, great grandfather was Leland Stanford's brother (for Leland Stanford) and Alice Waters. (UPI Photo/The California Museum)

Amasa Leland Stanford (9 March 1824 – 21 June 1893) was an American tycoon, politician and founder of Stanford University.

Stanford was born in the town of Watervliet, New York in 1824; in what is now the town of Colonie. He was one of eight children of Josiah and Elizabeth Phillips Stanford. His immigrant ancestor, Thomas Stanford, settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the 17th century. Later ancestors settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York about 1720. Stanford's father was a farmer of some means. Stanford attended the common schools until 1836 and was tutored at home until 1839. He attended Clinton Liberal Institute, in Clinton, New York, and studied law at Cazenovia Seminary in Cazenovia, New York in 1841-45. In 1845 he entered the law office of Wheaton, Doolittle & Hadley in Albany.

Stanford was admitted to the bar in 1848 and then moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin, where he began law practice with Wesley Pierce. His father presented him with a law library said to be the finest north of Milwaukee. On September 30, 1850, he married Jane Elizabeth Lathrop in Albany. She was the daughter of Dyer Lathrop, a merchant of that city, and Jane Anne (Shields) Lathrop. The couple were the parents of one son, Leland Stanford, Jr., born in 1868 when both were middle aged.

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