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This Week in History

A Powerful Purse, a Memorable Message, and "Play Ball!"

-- On Feb 15, 1933: President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt while at Bayfront Park in Miami. Guiseppe Zangara fired five shots toward Roosevelt. Bystander Lillian Cross hit Zangara's arm with her purse affecting his aim, and other people in the crowd tackled Zangara to the ground. Zangara ended up shooting five people, including Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. On March 6, Cermak died from the combination of his shooting injuries and complications from a medical condition. Zangara was executed for Cermak's death on March 20 that same year.

-- On Feb. 15, 1943: The famous World War II "We Can Do It" poster was first posted on the walls of Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. plants in Pennsylvania and throughout the Midwest. Created by J. Howard Miller, it was one of 42 posters designed and displayed at factories in order to raise worker morale. Each poster in the series was displayed for two weeks. Decades after World War II ended, the poster resurfaced and became an image strongly associated with the war effort even though only a relatively small group of people initially saw it.

-- On Feb. 18, 1943: Phillip K. Wrigley, Branch Rickey and Paul V. Harper chartered the All-American Girls Softball League (although the name changed several times throughout the years). Tryouts for the new league began in May 1943. The inaugural season consisted of four teams and 60 athletes. The teams included the Racine Belles, South Bend Blue Sox, Kenosha Comets and Rockford Peaches with the Racine Belles winning the first championship. The league eventually grew to include 10 teams but ended in 1954 due to decreased profits. In 1992, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis starred in a fictional movie about the league called A League of Their Own.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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