On Feb. 25, 1991, according to the University of Minnesota's math department, a U.S. Patriot Missile battery at a base in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War "failed to track and intercept an incoming Iraqi Scud missile. The Scud struck an American Army barracks, killing 28 soldiers and injuring around 100 other people." The culprit, it turned out, was "computer arithmetic errors." A government report gets a lot more detailed from here, but suffice to say we often forget how much our lives depend on technology.
1. The School Committee meets at 7 p.m. at Ross Elementary School. The agenda includes a tribute to Anthony King, a memo about improvements to East Middle School and Ross School initiatives.
2. The Board of Library Trustees meets at 7 p.m. in the Logan Auditorium at Thayer Public Library.
3. Braintree Youth Hockey is hosting representatives from Mass Hockey upstairs at the Sons of Italy this evening at 7 p.m. to talk about upcoming changes at the mite level. More info: http://www.braintreeyouthhockey.org
4. The Nonfiction Book Club meets at Thayer Library in Conference Room B at 7 p.m. This month's selection is Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent.
For more activities at the library today, go to http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=THAYER
5. Activities today at the Senior Center on Cleveland Avenue include:
10 a.m. Scrabble
11 a.m. QiGong/Tai Chi
Noon Pool Players and Poker
12:30 p.m. Line Dancing
1 p.m. Trivia & Coffee