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The Month of February in History - Each Date Illustrated
February 01, this day is the beginning of National Archive Your Files Month. During February, make a special effort to archive your important computer files and also set up a regular system of archiving files on a monthly basis (at the very minimum).
February 02, this day is Cardiff Giant Hoax Day? In 1870, the Cardiff Giant, supposed to be a petrified human, was exposed as a hoax by George Hull, the man who had carved the Giant out of gypsum. The Giant was named after the town where he was discovered: Cardiff, New York.
February 03, this day is the Birthday of the Flush Toilet. In 1837, Thomas Crapper invented the modern flush toilet. He patented an improved version of the flush toilet on January 17, 1861. Thank you, Thomas!
February 04, this day is the Festival of King Frost. This old English festival is designed to fight the boredom of winter with a celebration asking for a quick arrival of spring. There's a
lot of people who wish that this year!
February 05, this day is the Virtual Booksigning Birthday. In 1996, David and Tom Gardner, authors of The Motley Fool Investment Guide, held a live, interactive online meeting on America Online where AOL subscribers could meet the authors, buy their book, and ask for a personal inscription.
February 06, this day is Ronald Wilson Reagan's Birthday. Ronald Reagon, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Illinois, on February 6, 1911. At 73, he was the oldest person ever elected president. His administration saw the collapse of Communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union.
February 07, this day is Grenada Independence Day. Grenada gained its independence from Great Britain on February 7, 1974. Grenada is the smallest independent country in the western hemisphere. Because it has more spice per square mile than any other country in the world, Grenada is known as the Spice Isle. Add some spice to your life - check out Grenada!
February 08, this day is the Dawes Act Anniversary. In 1887, Congress passed the Dawes Act, a homestead act for Native Americans that granted U.S. citizenship to Native Americans who lived apart from their tribe. The allotment process was later terminated in 1934 due to lack of success.
February 09, this day is the birthday of the Hershey Chocolate Company. In 1894, the Hershey Chocolate Company was founded by Milton Hershey. Hooray for chocolate and hooray for Milton!
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February 10, this day is All the News That's Fit to Print Anniversary. On February 10, 1897, the New York Times slogan first appeared: All the News That's Fit to Print. It was the
winner of a contest organized by its new owner, Adolph Ochs. Trivia buffs: some of the entries included "Clean, crisp, bright, snappy; read it daily and be happy;" "Aseptic journalism up to date;" "Full of meat, clean and neat;" and "You do not want what the New York Times does not print."
February 11, this day is Anthracite Coal Day. In 1808, Judge Jesse Fell of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, burned anthracite coal in his home to show that such coal burned clean and could be used as a heating fuel. His successful experiment helped northeast Pennsylvania become a great coal mining area.
February 12, this day is 'These Old Broads Day'. In 2001, the TV movie "These Old Broads" premiered on ABC-TV. The movie starred Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine, and Joan Collins as three older, but still feisty women. Celebrate older women today! Heck, celebrate all women today! ;-)
February 13, this day is American Magazine Day. In 1741, Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published "The American Magazine," the first magazine in America (published three days before Ben Franklin's "General Magazine." "The American Magazine" lasted only three issues.
February 14, this day is Special Person Day. In 1997, a school district in Hillsborough, New Jersey, banned the celebration of Valentine's Day because it is actually a religious celebration of St. Valentine. They renamed the celebration Special Person Day. Regardless of what you might call it, Happy Valentine's Day to all!
February 15, this day is Susan B. Anthony Day. On the birthday of Susan B. Anthony (born 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts), work for women's issues and recognize women's rights. Susan B. Anthony was the first U.S. woman to have her likeness on a coin. Trivia fans: This day is a holiday in Florida and Wisconsin!
February 16, this day is the Elks Club Birthday. In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was first organized in New York City. The purpose of the Elks is to practice charity, justice, brotherly love, and faithfulness. Trivia buffs: Its original name was the Jolly Corks, a name derived from a bar trick introduced by the group's organizer. :-)
February 17, this day is Israeli Female Prime Minister Day. In 1969, Golda Meir was sworn in as Israel's first woman prime minister. Meir took office with the largest percentage of the vote ever won by an Israeli party. Meir is the only woman to have headed a Middle Eastern state in modern times.
February 18, this day is Actors in Control Day. In 1953, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract for $8 million to continue producing and starring in the "I Love Lucy Show" on CBS. It was the richest contract in television at that time.
February 19, this day is Bollingen Poetry Prize Day. The first Bollingen Poetry Prize was awarded to Ezra Pound on February 19, 1949. This prize, founded by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University, helps to support poets.
February 20, this day is African Queen Day. In 1952, John Huston's classic movie, "The African Queen," premiered at the Capitol Theater in New York City. Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn starred. Celebrate today by watching some good ol' late night television movies!
February 21, this day is the birthday of Erma Bombeck (1927). Erma was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life humorously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. She also published 15
books, most of which became best-sellers. And we still enjoy her writings today! :-)
February 22, this day is Gargantua's Wedding Day. In 1941, Gargantua the Great, "The world's most terrifying living creature," was married to Mitoto at the Ringling Brothers winter circus headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. And, of course, everybody threw bananas instead of rice at the happy couple.
February 23, this day is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. They say every dog has his day... today, they all get that day at once. Just imagine: dog biscuits without having to do tricks. We should all be so lucky!
February 24, this day is Big Pig Day. In 1979, someone in Stamford, Texas, paid $42,500 for one pig (the highest price ever for a pig). Now that's what I call pork!
February 25, this day is Let's All Eat Right Day. Celebrate the birthday of nutritionist Adelle Davis who was famous for advocating healthy eating, especially via her bestselling book, "Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit."
February 26, this day is the birthday of the Grand Teton National Park. In 1929, President Coolidge signed the Act that created the Grand Teton National Park. Trivia buffs: The park
encompasses approximately 310,000 acres of wilderness, approximately 100 miles of paved roads and nearly 200 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy.
February 27, that today is the birthday of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans? The first Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans was held in 1827. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolic of justice), green (symbolic of faith) and gold (symbolic of power). Celebrate by having your own party!
February 28, this day is the birthday of Pate de Foie Gras aux Truffes. In 1784, Jean-Joseph Clause, a French pastry chef, received a patent for his pate de foie gras aux truffes. He went on to begin his own business specializing in supplying pate to the gentry. Now aren't you glad you know that.