History of the World

By Mark Andrews

Feb. 7: ON THIS DATE in 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. In 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's Kennedy International Airport.

Feb. 8: ON THIS DATE in 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began. In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.

Feb. 9: ON THIS DATE in 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces in the Pacific.

Feb. 10: ON THIS DATE in 1763, France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War. In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.

Feb. 11: ON THIS DATE in 1809, Robert Fulton patented the steamboat. In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II.

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Rolling in the dough

Tim Nickos presents the scholarship named after his son to Oak Lawn High School 2012 graduate Angela Roti (left) during the school's annual Spring Sports Award Night last year. The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of Timothy L. Nickos, an Oak Lawn High student who died when he suffered a cardiac arrhythmia caused by an enlarged heart that had gone undiagnosed. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn High varsity swim team his senior year, and also played in the school's band.

The $2,500 college scholarship was awarded for the first time last year. Funds come from the Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship Candlelight Bowl, to be held Saturday, March 23 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road in Wheaton. The scholarship honoree will be announced at the School's Spring Sports Award Night on May 8.

Tickets are $30 per adult, $25 per student and include three games of bowling and dinner. Raffle prizes and a cash bar will also be available. Reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 22.

Church Corner

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn will offer "ashes to go" on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Oak Lawn Metra station from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Pilgrim Faith Pastor Peggy McClanahan will impose ashes on the foreheads of any who wish to receive them. She will assisted by Joe Wachowski and Ron Stancik.

Pilgrim Faith will also offer an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. at the church, 9411 S. 51st Ave. Service will include times of reflection, confession and communion around the theme "Relish the Feast." The service does not include imposition of ashes.


A new group that will aid persons who have experienced the loss of a loved one, job, home or marriage will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17, and March 3 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. The group is for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one, a job, a home or a marriage. Pastor Yvette Eber of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park will co-lead the group along with Pastor Peggy McClanahan of Pilgrim Faith. The public is invited, regardless of faith. For more information contact Mc- Clanahan at 422-4200 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Benefits & Fundraisers

Caring for Quigleys, a tribute to Jimmy Quigley and a fundraiser for the Quigley family, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Tickets are $25 in advance and include buffet, wine and soft drinks. There will be raffle drawings and a silent auction. For more information visit

Project blue ribbon

Students from Koraes Elementary School eighth-grader Alexandra Tsiakopoulos took first place in the school's annual science fair. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade presented class projects, and the fifth- through eighth-graders presented projects for judging.