February 1 in Pop Culture History
February 1st is Decorating With Candy Day.
It is also Robinson Crusoe Day.
1790 - First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City
1851 - Evaporated milk was invented by Gail Borden.
1884 - The Oxford Dictionary debuted
1887 - The area known as Hollywood was founded.
1893 - Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first
motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange,
1896 - Puccini's La bohème premiered in Turin,
1898 - Travelers Insurance Company began issuing car insurance.
1911 - Thomas Jennings was found guilty in Illinois with
the first use of fingerprint evidence in the US.
1913 - Grand Central Terminal opened in New York as the world's
largest train station
1938 (Volcano Eruption) Banda Sea, Indonesia.
1942 - Voice of America, the official external radio
and television service of the US, begans broadcasting with
programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers (later
at the communist block).
1953 - You Are There premiered on CBS radio.
1960 - The Greensboro 'Sit In' took plane in North Carolina,
1964 - I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was
number 1 on the Billboard music charts.
1974 - Good Times premiered on CBS.
1978 - Director Roman Polanski fled the United States to
France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with
a 13-year-old girl.
1982 - Late Night with David Letterman debuted on
1996 - The Communications Decency Act was passed by the US
2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated
during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven
astronauts aboard over Texas.
2004 - The Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII
halftime show Wardobe Malfunction controversy occurred
February 2 in Pop Culture History
It's Groundhog's Day.
1046 - The "Little Ice Age" began in Europe.
1653 - New Amsterdam (now the City of New York) was incorporated.
1876 - National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball
1887 - The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney,
1892 - The bottle cap with cork seal was patented (#468,226)
by William Painter, from Baltimore.
1893 - The Record of a Sneeze was filmed by Thomas
Edison. It was the first filmed 'close up.'
1914 - Charlie Chaplin's first film appearance, Making
a Living premiered in early theaters.
1922 - Ulysses by James Joyce was published.
1925 - Dog sleds, led by Gunnar Kasson, reached Nome, Alaska
with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod Race.
1925 - Sears & Roebuck opened their first retail store,
1928 - Great Fall River Fire, Massachusetts
1950 - What's My Line debuted on CBS.
1961 -Nearly 600 passengers aboard the hijacked Santa Maria
liner were finally landed and released in Brazil.
1964 - G.I. Joe action figures (they are not 'dolls'!)
went on sale for the first time, featuring the four branches
of the US military.
1967 - The American Basketball Association (ABA) was established.
It only had four teams (New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana
Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) and later merged with its competition,
the National Basketball Association (NBA)
1979 - Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York
1980 - An FBI operation called ABSCAM, an undercover operation
regarding US congressional corruption was made known to the
1989 - Sky Television began broadcasting in the UK.
1990 - President De Klerk of South Africa lifted the 30-year
ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress
2000 - Oxygen debuted on cable
February 3 in Pop Culture History
1690 - The first paper money in America was issued today,
in the Colony of Massachusetts.
1834 -Wake Forest University was established in North Carolina.
1870 - The 15th Amendment was ratified in the US, granting
every citizen, regardless of race, the right to vote
1891 - The official electrical lighting of London streets
1889 - Outlaw Belle Starr was murdered in Oklahoma, shot
twice in the back.
1913 - The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
was ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose
and collect an income tax.
1923 (Volcano Eruption) Kamchatka.
1943 - The SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only
230 of 902 men aboard survive; the event is described in the
the Four Chaplains Story.
1947 - The coldest weather ever recorded in the North America
was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.
1953 - Jacques Cousteau's book The Silent World was
1959 - The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie
Valens and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a cornfield near
Clear Lake, Iowa.
1984 - The Challenger (STS-10) launched from the Kennedy
2008 - The Naked Brothers Band premiered on Nickelodeon.
2009 - Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was made a knight
of the Légion d'Honneur, which is France's highest
February 4 in Pop Culture History
World Cancer Day
1703 - In Edo (Japan), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin committed
seppuku (ritual suicide) for avenging their master's death.
1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities
with its American colonies, the United States.
1789 - George Washington was elected as the first president
of the United States by the Electoral College.
1801 - John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the
1825 - The Ohio Legislature authorized the construction of
the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal
1826 - The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore
Cooper was published
1922 - Ford Motor Company acquired the failing luxury automaker
Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.
1932 - The Winter Olympics were held in the United States
at Lake Placid, NY.
1935 - Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch premiered on
1936 - Radium (Ra) became the first radioactive element to
be synthetically made.
1938 - Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs was released by
1941 - Roy Plunkett received the patent (#2,230,654) for
Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers' (Teflon)
1941 - The USO (United Services Organization) was founded.
1957 - Smith-Corona began selling portable electric typewriters.
1961 - The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark
Gable and Montgomery Clift, was released by United Artists
1965 (Earthquake) Rat Islands, Alaska
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army abducted 19 year-old
1979 (Earthquake) Riobamba, Ecuador
1983 - Singer Karen Carpenter died of anorexia.
1985 - President Ronald Reagan's defense budget called for
a tripling of the expenditure on the "Star Wars"
1991 - Pete Rose (aka Charlie Hustle) was banned 'for life'
from the Baseball Hall of Fame due to the fact that he used
to illegally gamble on games.
1992 - A coup d'état was led by Hugo Chávez
against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.
1997 - A civil jury in California found O.J. Simpson liable
in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Goldman's parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory
2004 - Facebook launched as "TheFacebook.com"
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 State of Pennsylvania
for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts" in Philadelphia.
1846 - The Oregon Spectator became the first newspaper
published on the Pacific coast, in Oregon City.
1883 - The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental
"Sunset Route" from New Orleans to California.
1917 - The Congress of the United States passed the Immigration
Act of 1917. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act,
and it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast
1919 - Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks,
and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.
1929 - A runner's 'starting blocks' (Foot Support) patent
(#1,701,026) was issued to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City,
1936 - The last silent film of the era, Modern Times,
was released by Charlie Chaplin.
1953 - Walt Disney film Peter Pan opened at the Roxy
Theatre in New York City.
1958 - A hydrogen bomb, known as the Tybee Bomb, was lost
by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, and
was never found.
1972 - Bob Douglas became the first African America to be
inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
1988 - Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and
money laundering charges.
1999 - Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting
two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson
was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation,
and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.
2000 - Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis Philbin on Live!
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 - The first minstrel show in the United States, The
Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre
in New York City.
1891 - The Dalton Gang's first attempt at train robbery failed.
Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsucessfully tried to rob a Southern
Pacific train near Alila, California.
1926 - The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule
that made players ineligible for competition until their college
1928 - A woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and
claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar
of Russia arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence
indicated she was not the Russian princess.
1933 - The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared
in effect, making the start of presidential, vice-presidential
and congressional terms from March to January.
1937 - John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men was
1952 - Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne.
1959 - The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer
chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments.
1959 - At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing
of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.
1971 - Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he
had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf
balls on the surface of the moon. He said it went for "miles
1978 (Blizzard) The Blizzard of 1978 - One of the worst Nor'easters
in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds
of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.
1985 - The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted
its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water
with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.
1998 - Washington National Airport was renamed the Ronald
Reagan National Airport.
2000 - First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared
that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state
of New York.
2005 - American Dad premiered on FOX
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 United States.
1904 - 1500 buildings, in an 80block area of the downtown
Baltimore was destroyed in a fire. No one was killed.
1914 - The silent film Kid Auto Races at Venice premiered
in theaters, featuring Charlie Chaplin in his first screen
appearance as The Little Tramp.
1932 - The 'neutron' was mentioned in an article in the journal
Nature by its discoverer, James Chadwick,
1935 - 'Monopoly' was first sold by Charles Darrow. In December
he sold the patented (#2,026,082) game to Parker Brothers.
1940 - The second full-length animated Walt Disney film,
1962 - The United States banned all Cuban imports and exports.
1964 - The Beatles first arrive in the United States.
1964 - Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow
landed at New York's Kennedy Airport, bring The Beatles to
America for the first time.
1979 - Ex-planet Pluto moved inside real planet Neptune's
orbit for the first time since both planets were known to
1982 - Superman: The Movie was broadcast on American
television for the first time. It was in two parts, continued
the following night.
1984 - STS-41-B Challenger Mission: Astronauts Bruce McCandless
II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk
using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
1985 - New York, New York became the official anthem
of New York City.
1988 - America's Most Wanted premiered on FOX.
1990 - Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee
of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly
February 8 in Pop Culture History
1587 - Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.
1692 - A doctor in Salem Village claimed three teenaged girls
were possessed by Satan, which then lead to the chaotic Salem
1693 - The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg,
Virginia was granted a charter by King William III and Queen
1855 - The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appeared
around the Exe Estuary in East Devon and South Devon, England.
After a heavy snowfall, trails of two-legged hoof-like marks
appeared overnight in the snow covering a total distance of
1865 - Delaware voters rejected the Thirteenth Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice
of slavery, although in practice, it did not exist.. (Delaware
finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.)
1898 - The first envelope folding and gumming machine patent
(#598,716) was issued to John Ames Sherman of Worcester, Mass.
1910 - The Boy Scouts of America were founded.
1915 - The Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith's controversial
film, premiered. It was originally titled The Clansman.
1924 - The first state execution in the United States by
gas chamber took place in Nevada.
1936 - The first National Football League (NFL) draft was
held. The Philadelphia Eagles chose Jay Berwanger, the first
to be selected.
1946 - The first portion of the Revised Standard Version
of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity
of the Authorized King James Version, was published.
1950 - The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, was
1952 - Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.
1960 - Ground-breaking for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The initial stars were Joanne Woodward, Olive Borden, Ronald
Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward
Sedgwick, and Ernest Torrence.
1969 - Pieces of the large Allende meteorite were recovered
in Chihuahua, Mexico. They were estimated to be over 4.6 billion
1969 - The last issue of the "Saturday Evening Post"
was published. It was revived in 1971 as a quarterly publication
and eventually 6 times a year.
1971 - The NASDAQ stock market index opened.
1998 - The first female hockey game in Olympic history took
place. Finland defated Sweden 6-0
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 - William G. Morgan, a Holyoke, MA, YMCA physical education
director, invented the game of volleyball.
1900 - The Davis Cup tennis competition was established.
1902 - Doctor Eugène-Louis Doyen of Paris, performed
a successful operation separating Siamese freakshow twins
(Radika and Dodika), from the Barnum and Bailey Circus, apart.
1913 - The 1913 Great Meteor Procession took place
over the eastern section of North America.
1942 - 'War Time' Daylight-savings went into effect in the
1960 - Adolph Coors was kidnapped and later killed by Joe
Corbett while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado,
1961 - The Beatles debuted at Liverpool's Cavern
1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show
for the first time.
1969 - The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.
1971 - Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player
to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1997- The Simpsons made television history with their
episode "The Itchy, Scratchy and Pootchie Show"
which they then surpassed the Flintstones as the longest running
prime-time cartoon series in terms of episodes aired
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 Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren were married
1870 - The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) was
formally founded in New York City.
1897 - All The News That's Fit To Print Day - the
phrase began permanantly on the front page of The New York
1933 - In Round 13 of a infamous boxing match at Madison
Square Garden; Primo Carnera knocked out Ernie Shaaf, killing
1933 - The singing telegram was introduced by the Postal
Telegraph Company of New York City.
1942 - The first gold record was presented to Glenn Miller
for Chattanooga Choo Choo for selling 1.2 million copies.
There was no official rule set at the time to qualify.
1949 - Death of a Salesman by American playwright
Arthur Miller, opened at the Morocco Theatre in New York City.
1953 - Romper Room premiered, in syndication.
1956 - My Friend Flicka debuted on CBS
1962 - Roy Lichtenstein's first solo art exhibition opened
at the Castelli Gallery in NYC.
1962 - The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U2 pilot
Francis Gary Powers for the Soviet spy Rudolph Ivanovich Abe
with the US.
1966 - Ralph Nader, the author of Unsafe at Any Speed:
The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile, testified
before Congress for the first time about unsafe practices
in the auto industry.
1992 - Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping
Desiree Washington, Miss Black American contestant.
1993- Oprah Winfrey interviewed Michael Jackson at his home
The Neverland Ranch. It was Jackson's first televised interview
1996 - World chess champion Gary Kasparov lost the first
game of a six-game match against Deep Blue. He won three,
and tied twice in the matchup.
February 11 in Pop Culture History
It's National Pro Sport's Wives Day
660 BC - Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by
1534 - Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head
of the Church of England.
1752 - The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania
1808 - As an experiment, anthracite coal was burned as a
fuel by Judge Jesse Fell in Pennsylvania.
1812 - Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry gerrymandered
for the first time.
1858 - Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant
girl, first claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary near
Lourdes, France. In 1933, she was canonized as St. Bernadette
by the Roman Catholic Church.
1928 - The La-Z-Boy reclining chair was invented by Ed Shoemaker.
1929 - The Vatican was officially independant from Italy
with the Lateran Treaty.
1939 - Nature published a theoretical paper on nuclear
fission by Lise Meitner and Otto Fritsch.
1940 - NBC radio debuted The Chamber Music Society of
Lower Basin Street.
1963 - The French Chef, starring Jula Child debuted
on WGBH in Boston, MA.
1989 - Rev. Barbara Harris became the first woman to be consecrated
as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
1990 - Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South
African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years
1990 - Buster Douglas (40 to 1 odds against him winning)
defeated Mike Tyson, to become the new undisputed heavyweight
champion of the world.
1994 - The 'rBGH' genetically engineered growth hormone for
cows goes on sale to dairy farmers under the name Posilac,
made by Monsanto. It was the first time altered genes were
allowed into live animals.
2006 - Vice President Dick Cheney accidently shot his friend
Harry Whittington while the two were hunting together
2012 - Singer Whitney Houston died in a hotel bathtub, the
result of accidental drowning. Heart disease and cocaine,
which was found in her system, were determined to be contributing
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.
1870 - Women were given the right to vote, in Utah.
1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in Madison Square
Garden in NYC.
1898 - The first car crash resulting in a fatality happened
to Henry Lindfield, in England.
1914 - The first stone of Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial
is put into place.
1924 - Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin, performed
for first time at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. Paul
Whitman conducted the now classic piece of American music.
1931 - Dracula premiered in theaters.
1935 - The patent (#1,991,236) was issued to Robert Jemison
Van de Graaff for his Electrostatic Generator.
1963 - Construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
1999 - President Bill Clinton was acquitted on both articles
of impeachment against him: perjury and obstruction of justice.
2004 - The city and county of San Franciso began to issue
marriage license to same-sex couples
2004 - Mattel officially announced the split of Barbie and
February 13 in Pop Culture History
It's World Whale 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
1906 -The patent (#812,554) was issued to Alfred Einhorn
for his synthesis of procaine, which was given the tradename
1914 -The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP ) was established to protect the copyrighted musical
compositions of its members.
1915 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP), headed by Victor Herbert, was founded.
1946 - The world's first electronic digital computer, ENIAC
(Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) was first
demonstrated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering
at the University of Pennsylvania, by John W. Mauchly and
J. Presper Eckert.
1993 - Double Dare game show ended
2000 - Two days after Charles M Schulz died, February 11,
the last original Peanuts comic strip was printed in
2004 - Astronomer Travis Metcalfe of the Harvard - Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics believed he discovered the largest
diamond in the known universe at the center of the white dwarf
star, BPM 37093. Observations claim that the core of the star
is a diamond crystal 4000km in diameter.
February 14 in Pop Culture History
Ferris Wheel Day, named after George Ferris, born Feb. 14,
It is also National Donor Day & St. Valentine's Day.
278 - Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius
II, was beheaded for performing (illegal at the time) marragige
1779 - Captain James Cook, the great English explorer and
surveyor in the Royal Navy, was murdered by natives of Hawaii
during his third visit to the Pacific island group.
1822 - The patent (#X003456) was issued for the first practical
grass mowing machine to Jeremiah Bailey of Chester county,
1876 - Both Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied
for a telephone patent. Alexander's was later approved.
1903 - The United States Department of Commerce and Labor
is established (it was later split into the Department of
Commerce and the Department of Labor).
1912 - Arizona was admitted at the 48th state of the United
1920 - The League of Women Voters formed in Chicago, IL.
1929 - Sir Alexander Fleming left a plate of staphylococcus
bacteria uncovered, and noticed the mold had killed much of
the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum,
and shortened the name to Penicillin.
1929 - Four men came in, dressed as police at Bugs Moran's
headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, killing seven
of Bugs's men in what is called the St. Valentine's Day
Massacre. Moran was a rival of of Al Capone.
1938 - Former silent film actress Hedda Hopper began her
gossip column in The Los Angeles Times.
1961 - Element 103, Lawrencium, was first synthesized at
the University of California.
1970 - Live at Leeds by The Who was recorded.
1989 - Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa encouraging
Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.
2000 - NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit
around an asteroid, 433 Eros
2002 - The final Family Guy episode aired after Fox
announced its cancellation. It came back after DVD sales indicated
a huge auduence for the show.
2005 - Youtube.com was launched.
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 fewer than 400 American
crew members aboard, sparking the Spanish-American war.
1903 - The first Teddy Bear was introduced in Brooklyn, NY.
1946 - ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer,
was formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in
1950 - Disney's Cinderella cartoon feature opened
in theaters. It was one of the biggest films of the year,
and was theatrically re-released several time s- 1957, 1965,
1973, 1981 and 1987.
1961 - The whole 18-member U.S. figure skating team was killed
in a plane crash in Berg-Kampenhout, Belgium. The team was
on its way to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships
in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1965 - The flag we know today, the red and white maple leaf
was designed as the new flag of Canada. Prior to that, the
official flag was Britain's Union Jack.
1992 - Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee
to life in prison.
2003 - It was estimated that between 8,000,000-30,000,000
people in 600 cities worldwide, the protest of the Iraq War
was the largest protest in the history of the world.
2005 - YouTube was activated online.
2013 - A meteor exploded in the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains,
near Chelyabinsk, shattering glass and setting off car alarms
for miles. Also, asteroid DA14 came with 18,000 miles of Earth.
February 16 in Pop Culture History
1852 - Studebaker Brothers wagon company was established.
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 the
1923 - In Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter
entered the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian
ruler King Tutankhamen. He had been looking for King Tut's
tomb since his first trip the Egypt in 1891. The outer chambers
were discovered in November, 1922.
1959 - Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba
after leading a Communist guerrilla campaign that forced dictator
Fulgencio Batista into exile.
1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show
for the second time.
1968 - Haleyville, Alabama was the first town to use the
911 emergency number.
1983 - The Ash Wednesday brushfires in Southern Austalia
took the lives of 71 people, becoming Australia's worst fire
2005 - The National Hockey League canceled the entire 2004-2005
regular season and playoffs.
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
1904 - Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly premiered
at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. It was one of the
firts world-wide pop culture event 'hits'.
1933 - The magazine Newsweek was published for the
first time. In October 2012, it was announced that Newsweek
would cease print publication with the December 31, 2012.
1958 - Pope Pius XII designated St. Clare of Assisi the patron
saint of television.
1959 - Vanguard 2 The first weather satellite waslaunched
to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1968 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened
in Springfield, MA
1972 - With the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle coming off
the assembly line, the VW Beetle broke the world car production
record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company's
Model T, which was in production from 1908 and 1927.
1979 - A Prairie Home Companion premiered on Minnesota
1995 - Colin Fergson was convicted of the 1993 Long Island
Rail Road shootings and received a 200+ year sentence to jail
1996 - In the final game of a six-game match, world chess
champion Garry Kasparov defeated Deep Blue, IBMs chess-playing
computer, and won the match, 4-2. But in 1997, Deep Blue defeated
Kasparov in a rematch.
2009 - 368 US Television stations permanently shut off their
analog transmission signals, becoming digital.
February 18 in Pop Culture History
1856 - The "Known-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 provisional president of
the Confederate States of America. He was 'provisional' becuase
he was not elected by the people, but appointed by the Confederate
1885 - Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckberry Finn
was published for the first time.
1913 - Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico
for 45 minutes, the shortest term to date of any person as
president of any country.
1929 - The first Academy Awards were announced in 1929 for
1930 - A cow named Ollie was milked over St. Louis, MO. Her
milk was cartoned and parachuted down.
1930 - Ex-planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh.
1954 - The first Church of Scientology was established in
1978 - The first Ironman Triathlon competition took place
on the island of Oahu and is won by Gordon Haller.
2001 - Race car legend Ralph Dale Earnhardt was killed in
a crash in the last lap of the Daytona 500 . Richard Petty
won the race.
February 19 in Pop Culture History
1600 (Volcano Eruption) Huaynaputina
1847 - 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 1848, about
13 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe.
1864 - The Kights of Pythias was established in Washington,
1884 - More than sixty tornadoes struck the Southern United
States in one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
1878 - The patent (#200,521) for Thomas Edision's phonograph
1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive
Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people from
military areas "as deemed necessary or desirable."
This was the basis for the Japanses Internment camps, which
held over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans until January
2, 1945. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to
repay every surviving internee with a tax-free payment of$20,000
and an apology from the U.S. government.
1963 - The Feminine Mistique by Betty Friedan was
1980 - AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning
1982 - Rock legend Ozzy Ozbourne was arrested for urinating
on the Alamo
1985 - William J. Schroeder became the first articifial heart
patient to leave the hospital.
1985 - The Eastenders premiered in the UK.
1986 - The US Senate approved a treaty that outlawed genocide
1994 - Martin Lawrence made a sexually explicit joke during
his opening monologue during his appearance on Saturday
Night Live. The joke was in reference to female genitalia
and feminine hygiene. He ended up being banned from the NBC
network for a year and from SNL for life. During re-broadcast
of the episode the joke is replaced by a title card read off-screen
and the joke nearly cost everyone at SNL their jobs.
2006 - The Rolling Stones performed in front of the largest
open show for the public in Copacabana Beach in Brazil,1.3
Million people attended
2010 - Golfer Tiger Woods admitted to having several affairs,
which were brought to light after an incident in Windermere,
Florida, an Orlando suburb, around 2:30 a.m. on November 27,
2009. His car crashed, reportedly, but several eyewitness
accounts said it looked like it was attacked by someone with
a golf club. Ironically, his wife, Elin Nordegren, was reportedly
informed about his infidelities shortly before the 'crash.'
February 20 in Pop Culture History
1792 - The United States Post Office became a cabinet postion
under President George Washington. In 1971, the Post Office
became an indepedendent 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 York
1872 - Luther Childs Crowell (#123,811) received the patent
for a machine for manufacturing square-bottom paper bags.
We still use the design today.
1877 - Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake gave its premiere
performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
1931 - San Franciso got approval from the US Congress to
build the San Franciso-Oakland Bay Bridge.
1943 - American movie studio executives agreed to allow the
Office of War Information to censor movies.
1962 - Launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel
Glenn Jr. successfully went into space aboard the Friendship
7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut.
1979 - This Old House premiered on PBS.
1986 - The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station into
1986 - After about a century of planning and a millennium
of wishing, it was announced that the "Chunnel"
bewteen the UK and France would be built. Construction began
in December 1987 and the "chunnel" was finally completed
1995- A short called "Changes" which was the pilot
for Dexter's Laboratory aired on Cartoon Network. It was a
huge success and is credited with helping launch the animation
careers of Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken and Seth McFarlane.
1996- VH1 Storytellers debuted on VH1
1998 - American figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest
gold-metal winner at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan
2001 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested and charged
with spying for the Russians for 15 years
2003 - Great White's pyrotechnics went out of control, burning
down Rhode Island's 'The Station' nightclub, and took 100
2005 - Robot Chicken premiered on Adult Swim.
2013 - The smallest extrasolar planet, Kepler-37b was discovered.
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.
1878 - The first telephone directory in the US, listing about
50 names, was issued by the New Haven Telephone Company, in
New Haven, Connecticut.
1885 - The Washington Monument was dedicated. It was opened
to the public about three years later. At 555 feet 5 1/8 inches,
it was the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel
Tower was completed in 1889. The 555-foot-high marble obelisk
was first proposed in 1783, and had countless delays, including
the American Civil War.
1925 - The New Yorker magazine began publication.
1948 - The National Association for Stock Car Racing - NASCAR
- was founded.
1953 - The structure of the DNA molecule was discovered by
Francis Crick and James D. Watson
1965 - Malcom X was assassinated by members of the Nation
of Islam in the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
1991 - Lost in Yonkers premiered in NYC at the Richard
1997 - The all digital Wheel of Fortune board was
February 22 in Pop Culture History
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 27) Martha Dandridge Curtis,
and became a wealthy man (he was already a war hero).
1819 - Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary
of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida Purchase Treaty,
giving the United States control of all of Florida.
1855 - Pennsylvania State University was founded in State
College, Pennsylvania (as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania)
1879 - The first F.W. Woolworth's 5 & Dime opened
in Utica, NY. It became the first chain store.
1934 - It Happened One Night premiered in theaters.
1956 - Elvis Presley debuted on the music charts with Heartbreak
1959 - Lee Petty defeated Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish
at the brand new Daytona International Speedway in Florida
to win the first-ever Daytona 500.
1974 - Samuel Byrck unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate
President Richard Nixon
1978 - Rock band The Police appeared in a television commercial
for Wrigley's chewing gum
1980 - The 'Miracle on Ice' - The US Men's Hockey Team won
a 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics
in Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, the Americans went
on to beat Finland and take home the gold medal.
1990 - Best New Artist Grammy was awarded to song and dance
performers Milli Vanilli.
2006 - iTunes sold it's BILLIONTH music download. 16 year
old Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, bought "Speed
of Sound" by Coldplay. He later got a phone call from
Steve Jobs and won a lot of iPod and Mac stuff.
2006 - At least six men staged Britain's biggest bank robbery
ever stealing the equilvalent of 92 million American dollars
from a security depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
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.
17389 - Richard Palmer was identified by his former schoolteacher,
as the outlaw Dick Turpin.
1896 - The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield,
in New York.
1903 - Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in
1905 - Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen
met for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world's
first service club.
1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn
1945 - During the Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from
the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of
the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's
highest peak, and raised the U.S. flag. The photo would later
become world-famous as well as win a Pulitzer Prize.
1947 - The International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) was founded.
1954 - The first mass inoculation of children against polio
with Jonas Salk's vaccine began in Pittsburgh, PA.
1955 - First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the
1967 - The Beatles made a taped appearance on American Bandstand,
where they premiered their new music videos for the songs
"Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever"
1975 - There was an energy crisis in the US in 1975, so daylight
savings time started two months early - Feb 23rd instead of
1978 -Both Barbra Streisand's Love Theme from A Star Is
Born (Evergreen) and Debby Boone's You Light Up My
Life were awarded the Best Song Grammy - the first and
only tie in that category in Grammy history.
1987 - Supernova 1987a was seen in the Large Magellanic
1991 - Operation Desert Storm began in Iraq.
1997 - Scientists announced the first successful cloning
of an animal, a lamb named Dolly.
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
1863 - Arizona was organized as a United States territory.
1892 (Earthquake) Imperial Valley, California
1938 - A nylon-bristled toothbrush became the first commercial
product to be made with nylon yarn.
1938 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) had bought the rights to
adapt L. Frank Baums beloved childrens novel The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as reported by Variety magazine.
1938 - DuPont began commercial production of nylon toothbrush
bristles for the so-called "Miracle Tuft Toothbrush."
1942 - In what may or may not have been a UFO attack, The
Battle of Los Angeles lasted into the early hours of February
1952 - The Reputed 'Battle of LA' in Los Angeles, California
1970 - The National Public Radio was founded in the US.
1980 - The United States Olympic Hockey team completed its
Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 42 to win
the gold medal.
1981- The engagement of Charles, Price of Wales and Lady
Diana Spencer was announced
1982 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 to overturn the $200,000
settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional
distress at being parodied in Hustler, a pornographic magazine.
Basically the Supreme Court ruled that you can mock public
1993- Michael Jackson received the Grammy Legend award which
was presented to him by his sister Janet at the 35th annual
2011 - The final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
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 of gas.
1932 - Adolf Hitler obtaind German citizenship by naturalization,
which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
1950 - Your Show of Shows, hosted by Sid Caesar and
Imogene Coca premiered on NBC.
1964 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), age 22, defeated champion
Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight
1967 - Gene Kelly starred in Jack and the Beanstalk on NBC(produced
by Hanna-Barbera) it was the first TV special to combine live
action and animation.
1991 - The Warsaw Pact officially disbanded.
2000 - Max Steel premiered on Kid's WB
2004 - The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibsons
film about the last 44 hours of Jesus of Nazareths life,
opened in theaters, eventually earning over $370,700,000.
2006 - The world's population reached an estimated 6.5 billion
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 on to the next generation.
1870 - New York City's first pneumatic-powered subway line,
created by Alfred Beach, was opened to the public.
1909 - Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture
process, was first shown to the general public at the Palace
Theatre in London with 21 short films.
1919 - 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon, already a national
monument, was designated a national park under President Woodrow
1929 - President Calvin Coolidge signed into law a bill establishing
the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming.
1946 - Finnish observers reported the first of thousands
of sightings of ghost rockets.
1993 - The first of the World Trade Bombings occured , the
bomb went off in a parked truck under the North Tower. The
bombing killed six and injured over a thousand people
1995 - Selena Quintanilla-Perez performed her last concert
in Houston before being shot by her manager.
2005 - Halle Berry accepted her Razzie Award at the 25th
annual ceremony at Hollywoods historic Ivar Theatre.
2012 - Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen walking home
from a trip to a convenience store, was fatally shot in an
altercation with George Zimmerman, a hispanic neighborhood
watch volunteer patrolling the townhouse community of the
Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida.
February 27 in Pop Culture History
1703 - The first Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama
1801 - District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 - Washington,
D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.
'Taxation without representation.'
1827- Masked and costumed students danced through the streets
of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the first of the city's famous
Mardi Gras celebrations.
1879 - Saccharin, the artificial sweetener, was discovered
by Constantin Fahlberg,
1900 - German chemist Felix Hoffmann was issued the patent
(#644,077) for 'Acetyl Salicylic Acid'. We now call it Aspirin.
1936 - Shirley Temple received a new contract from 20th Century
Fox that paid the seven-year-old star $50,000 per film.
1960 - The US Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet Union
in the semifinals at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California.
The next day, the US team beat Czechoslovakia to win its first-ever
Olympic gold medal in hockey.
1973 - The American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied Wounded
Knee, South Dakota.
1974 - People magazine was published for the first
1980 - There was only one Grammy for Best Disco Recording
ever, and it was awarded to Gloria Gaynor for I Will Survive.
1999 - Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record
after being in a hot air balloon for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
2010 (Earthquake) Coastal Maule, Chile
February 28 in Pop Culture History
National Tooth Fairy Day
1784 - John Wesley chartered the first Methodist Church in
the United States. An Anglican, Wesley wanted a church structure
for his followers after the Anglican Church abandoned its
American believers during the American Revolution.
1827 - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated.
It was the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation
of both people and freight.
1885 - The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)
was incorporated in New York, as the subsidiary of American
1935 - Wallace Carothers discovered Nylon while working at
1839 - The non-existent word "dord" was publsihed
in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition.
1940 - Basketball was televised for the first time. The game
was Fordam University vs. University of Pittsberg
1953 - Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and
Frances H.C. Crick announced that they had found the double-helix
structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes.
1983 - CBS sitcom M*A*S*H ended after 11 seasons,
airing a special two-and-a-half hour episode watched by 77%
of the television viewing audience.
1993 - Near Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, agents of the U.S.
Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
(ATF) launch a raid against the Branch Davidian compound.
At least 80 people, including 22 children, were killed.
1996 - KISS reunited at the Grammys in full makeup and costume.
2013 - Pope Benedict XVI resigned as the pope of the Catholic
Church - the first pope to do so since 1415.
February 29 in Pop Culture History
Leap Year Day
46 BC - Julius Caesar declared the first Leap Day.
1288 - The concept of allowing women to propose marraige
to men may have begun, in Scotland.
1692 - The first witches were arrested in Salem Massachusetts.
1936 - Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuted on the
radio show The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
1940 - Hattie McDaniel became the first African American
to win an Academy Award, for her role as Mammy in Gone
With The Wind. It won 8 Oscars overall.
1944 - Dorothy McElroy Vredenburgh of Alabama became the
first woman to be appointed secretary of a national political
party. She was appointed to the Democratic National Committee.
1960 (Eathquake) Agadir , Morocca, killed over 3,000 people.
1960 - The Family Circus comic strip by Bil Keane
1960 - The first Playboy Club opened, in Chicago.