Tag: February

Mardi Gras 2019

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.  It refers to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when many Christians begin to fast for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. The feast of The Epiphany or The Three Kings closes the Christmas season and opens up a season of carnival.  In some countries these carnivals […]

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February 26 in Pop Culture History

February 26 in Pop Culture History 1616 – Galileo Galilei was formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun. 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba. 1829 – Levi Strauss was born. He never married, so, ironically, he didn’t get to pass his genes […]

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February 25 in Pop Culture History

February 25 in Pop Culture History National Chili Day 1836 – Samuel Colt was granted a United States patent (#9430X) for his Colt revolver. 1901 – J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel Corporation. 1919 – Oregon became the first US state to levy a gasoline tax by placing 1 cent tax on every gallon […]

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February 24 in Pop Culture History

February 24 in Pop Culture History 1582 – The Gregorian Calendar, which most of the world uses today, was introduced. 1711 – The London premiere of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel. It was the first Italian opera written for the London stage. 1863 – Arizona was organized as a United States territory. 1892 (Earthquake) Imperial […]

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February 23 in Pop Culture History

February 23 in Pop Culture History 1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type. Ironically, if there were newspapers at the time, we could be more confident about the date. 1739 – Richard Palmer was identified by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick […]

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February 22 in Pop Culture History

February 22 in Pop Culture History 2/22/22 falls on a Tuesday 1620 – Popcorn was introduced to the English colonists by an Indian named Quadequina. 1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published. 1759 – Today is the day that middle class 27 year old George Washington married rich widow (also […]

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February 21 in Pop Culture History

February 21 in Pop Culture History 1848 – The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary known as the Communist League. 1866 – Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school. 1878 – The first telephone directory in […]

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Ansel Adams Born February 20, 1902

(PCM) On this day we honor the birthday of famed photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. Adams is best known for his stunning black and white nature photographs and his work with national parks across the country. Adams began his career selling photographs of Yosemite National Park in the early 2oth century and eventually fined tuned […]

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February 20 in Pop Culture History

February 20 in Pop Culture History 1792 – The United States Post Office became a cabinet position under President George Washington. In 1971, the Post Office became an independent corporation. 1816 – Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premiered at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. 1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New […]

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February 19 in Pop Culture History

February 19 in Pop Culture History 1600 (Volcano Eruption) Huaynaputina 1848 – Donner Party Found. Of the 89 original members of the Donner Party, only 45 reached California. They had been trapped, with no provisions and little survival skills since late October of 1847, about 13 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe. 1864 – The Knights […]

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February 18 in Pop Culture History

February 18 in Pop Culture History 1856 – The “Know-Nothing Party,” convened in Philadelphia to nominate its first presidential candidate. The Know-Nothing movement began in the 1840s, when an increasing rate of immigration led to the formation of a number of groups to combat “foreign” influences in American society. 1861 – Jefferson Davis became the […]

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February 17 in Pop Culture History

February 17 in Pop Culture History 1621 – Myles Standish was appointed as first commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America. 1859 – Dmitri Mendeleev began creating what we now call The Periodic Table. 1904 – Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premiered at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. It was one […]

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February 16 in Pop Culture History

February 16 in Pop Culture History 1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company was established. 1883 – Ladies Home Journal magazine began publication. 1894 – Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin is pardoned after spending 15 years in a Texas prison for murder. Hardin shot and killed a man just for snoring, by firing through the wall at […]

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Happy Singles Awareness Day (February 15th)

(PCM) Forget all the hearts and flowers stuff. Valentine’s Day is yesterday’s news. Today is Singles Awareness Day! Singles Awareness Day (February 15th) was originally created in response to the famous saintly holiday celebrated the day before. As with most modern holidays, many people see Valentine’s Day as a marketing showcase of saccharine-sweet romantic notions […]

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February 15 in Pop Culture History

February 15 in Pop Culture History 1758 – Mustard was first advertised for sale in America, by Benjamin Jackson, in Philadelphia, PA. 1764 – The city of St. Louis was established in Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA). 1898 – An explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, killing 260 of the […]

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Valentine’s Day, February 14

(PCM) Valentine’s Day, a day for romance and love, a day to take that special someone out for dinner buy them chocolates or get a special card or gift that would mean something to that person only. Valentine’s day, which in actuality, Saint Valentine’s Day is a day that commemorates the life or Saint Valentine.  […]

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February 14 in Pop Culture History

February 14 in Pop Culture History Ferris Wheel Day, named after George Ferris, born Feb. 14, 1859. It is also National Donor Day & St. Valentine’s Day. ~270 – Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was beheaded for performing (illegal at the time) marriage ceremonies. 1779 – Captain James […]

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February 13 in Pop Culture History

February 13 in Pop Culture History It’s World Whale Day Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day 1633 – Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face charges of heresy by the Catholic Church for advocating Copernican theory, which held that the Earth revolved around the Sun. 1741 – The first magazine was published in America – The American […]

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February 12 in Pop Culture History

February 12 in Pop Culture History Feb 12 is Darwin Day, named after the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth (Feb 12, 1813) 881 – Charles the Fat was declared the Holy Roman Emperor. 1809 – Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were both born on February 12th, 1809 1870 – Women were given the right to […]

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February 11 in Pop Culture History

February 11 in Pop Culture History It’s National Pro Sports Wives Day 660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. 1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England. 1752 – The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital, opened. 1808 – […]

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February 10 in Pop Culture History

February 10 in Pop Culture History 1763 – The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War and France ceded Canada to England. 1840 – Queen Victoria and her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, married. They had 9 children – Victoria, Bertie, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, and Beatrice. 1863 – General […]

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February 9 in Pop Culture History

February 9 in Pop Culture History 1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president since no candidate had received a majority of electoral votes. 1870 – The weather service, now named the National Weather Service (NWS) was authorized by Congress. 1889 – The United States Department of Agriculture was established 1895 […]

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February 8 in Pop Culture History

February 8 in Pop Culture History 1587 – Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded. 1692 – A doctor in Salem Village claimed three teenage girls were possessed by Satan, which then lead to the chaotic Salem Witch Trials. 1693 – The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia was granted a charter by King […]

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February 7 in Pop Culture History

February 7 in Pop Culture History 1497 – The Bonfire of the Vanities occurred in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burned thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy. 1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy 1817 – The first public gas street light in the was lit in Baltimore, Maryland, the first in the […]

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February 6 in Pop Culture History

February 6 in Pop Culture History Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia. (He was born on Feb. 6, 1945) 1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. 1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia. 1843 […]

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February 5 in Pop Culture History

  February 5 in Pop Culture History Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries. 62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79) 1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy 1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the […]

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