THE FIRST GREAT AMERICAN RACE IN 1959

Lee Petty No. 42 and Johnny Beauchamp No. 73 battle on the last lap of the 1959 Daytona 500.
Lee Petty No. 42 and Johnny Beauchamp No. 73 battle on the last lap
of the 1959 Daytona 500.


The 1959 First 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at Daytona
(now known as the 1959 Inaugural Daytona 500) was the second race
of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National Series season. It was held on
February 22, 1959, in front of 41,921 spectators. It was the first race
held at the 2.5-mile Daytona. The race lasted 3:41:22, with an average
speed of 135.521 mph.

It took NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. three days to decide the winner
the following Wednesday. In the end, with the help of photographs and
newsreel footage, Petty was officially declared the winner.

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Lee Arnold Petty
(March 14, 1914 – April 5, 2000)


Lee Petty was one of the pioneers of
NASCAR and one of its first superstars.
He is also the father of
Richard Petty,
who went on to become one of the
most successful stock car racing
drivers of all time.

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The original NASCAR logo.

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KING’S TOMB OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1923

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On February 16, 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter (above) entered the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.

Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs
containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the
19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where
they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken
into by robbers and stripped of their riches.

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THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA FOR NASCAR

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(FoxNews) – The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday will mark the
start of a new era for NASCAR, following its landmark offseason acquisition
of
International Speedway Corp.

NASCAR now owns the Daytona International Speedway, home of the
venerable season-opening race, as well as several other tracks included
in the $2 billion acquisition. While big changes related to the deal aren’t
expected until 2021, the transaction gives NASCAR unprecedented control
over its racing schedule as it reshapes its business to appeal to younger
fans.

“It makes a big difference,” NASCAR Chairman Jim France said of the merger.
“It gives us an opportunity to respond quicker to the changing environment
out here with the economy and all the things that are going on that impact motorsports. It was a major big step that we needed to make probably for
quite a while.”

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NASCAR Chairman Jim France.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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ROSS SIMPSON

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Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906).


Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights
activist who played a pivotal role in the
women’s suffrage movement.

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The Susan B. Anthony dollar is a United States dollar coin minted from 1979
to 1981, when production was suspended due to poor public acceptance,
and then again in 1999. Intended as a replacement for the cumbersome
Eisenhower dollar, the new smaller one dollar coin went through testing
of several shapes and compositions, but all were opposed by the vending
machine industry, a powerful lobby affecting coin legislation. Finally, a
round
planchet with an eleven-sided inner border was chosen for the
smaller dollar.

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ADMITTED TO THE UNION ON THIS DAY IN 1859

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Official seal of Oregon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEAVER STATE!


Mount Hood is the highest peak in Oregon.

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