This Day in History: Feb. 5

In 1981, an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) study committee urged Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes to take advantage of the new technology. The committee believed that the energy conversion process would bring an “economic bonanza” to the state through new businesses and jobs; however, a pilot vessel would cost $9.3 million to build, and a full-size vessel (shown above) would take another $61 million. Today, Bethesda’s Lockheed Martin is set to build a 10-megawatt OTEC facility with China’s Reignwood Group – if successful, it will be the world’s largest OTEC project. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1981)

1631: The founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrived in Boston from England.

1897: The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a measure redefining the area of a circle and the value of pi; the bill died in the state Senate.

1949: The “Merci Train” arrived in Baltimore, bringing gifts of thanks for food and other supplies that the U.S. sent France and Italy after WWII.

1966: The 12th Annual Chesapeake Bay Boat Show opened at the 5th Regiment Armory on 29th Division St.

1967: “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premiered on CBS.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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