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About February

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Birthstone: Amethyst
Flower: Violet

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

More February lore here

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Before 2002, Super Bowl Sunday was held the last Sunday in January, but since 2002 it is more commonly held the first Sunday of February.


1st week of February: African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
American Heart Month
Bird-Feeding Month
Black History Month
Canned Food Month
Cherry Month
National Children's Dental Health Month
Chocolate Lovers Month
Creative Romance Month
Grapefruit Month
Hot Breakfast Month
Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
Snack Food Month

"The word February is believed to have derived from the name 'Februa' taken from the Roman 'Festival of Purification'. The root 'februo' meaning to 'I purify by sacrifice'. As part of the seasonal calendar February is the time of the 'Ice Moon' according to Pagan beliefs, and the period described as the 'Moon of the Dark Red Calf' by Black Elk. February has also been known as 'Sprout-kale' by the Anglo-Saxons in relation to the time the kale and cabbage was edible."
-Mystical WWW

The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar. January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period.

They were added by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC. February remained the last month of the calendar year until the time of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), when it became the second month. At certain intervals February was truncated to 23 or 24 days, and a 27-day intercalary month, Intercalaris, was inserted immediately after February to realign the year with the seasons. Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar, Intercalaris was abolished, leap years occurred regularly every fourth year, and in leap years February gained a 29th day. Thereafter, it remained the second month of the calendar year, meaning the order that months are displayed (January, February, March, etc) within a year-at-a-glance calendar.

Even during the Middle Ages, when the numbered Anno Domini year began on March 25 or December 25, the second month was February whenever all twelve months were displayed in order. The Gregorian calendar reforms made slight changes to the system for determining which years were leap years and thus contained a 29-day February.

The original 10 month, 304-day Roman calendar didnít work for long because it didnít align with the seasons. King Numa Pompilius reformed the calendar around 700 BC by adding the months of January (Ianuarius) and February (Februarius) to the original 10 months, which increased the year's length to 354 or 355 days.

After a few hundred years, the 365 day Julian calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC and replaced the Roman calendar.

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February Quotes

"The day is ending,
The night is descending;
The marsh is frozen,
The river dead.
Through clouds like ashes
The red sun flashes
On village windows
That glimmer red."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Afternoon in February

The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

cold winds,
biting chills, and
white snow fluffed hills
Valentines day, oh how gay!
presidents' day is coming our way.
February, sweet and small, greatest month of all."
- Eric Lies - 28 Word Poem for February


February In Pop Culture History

Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, came about because of a German superstition. They thought if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on February 2nd that winter would last for another six weeks. If there was no shadow, spring would come early.

February 1
1790 - First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City

1884 - The Oxford Dictionary debuted

1887 - The area known as Hollywood was founded.

1896 - Puccini's La bohème premiered in Turin, Italy

1913 - Grand Central Terminal opened in New York as the world's largest train station

1938 (Volcano Eruption) Banda Sea, Indonesia

1964 - I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was number 1 on the Billboard music charts

1982 - Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC

2003 - Columbia space shuttle mission ended in disaster, killing all seven aboard.

2004 - The Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy occurred

February 2
1876 - National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball wasfounded

1887 - The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA

1928 - Great Fall River Fire, Massachusettes

1950 - What's My Line debuted on CBS

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 City

2000 - Oxygen debuted on cable

February 3
1690 - The first paper money in America was issued today, in the Colony of Massachusettes

1870 - The 15th Amendment was ratified in the US, granting every citizen, regardless of race, the right to vote

1889 - Outlaw Belle Starr was murdered in Oklahoma, shot twice in the back

1923 (Volcano Eruption) Kamchatka

1947 - The coldest weather ever recorded in the North America was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.

1959 - The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in an Iowa cornfield.

2008 - The Naked Brothers band premiered on Nickelodeon

February 4
1789 - George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States by the Electoral College

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 acquires the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million

1938 - Snow White and thr 7 Dwarfs was released by Walt Disney

1961 - The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgonery Clift, was released by United Artists

1965 (Earthquake) Rat Islands, Alaska

1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army abducted 19 year-old Patty Hearst

1979 (Earthquake) Riobamba, Ecuador

1983 - Singer Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia

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

February 5
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1883 - The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental "Sunset Route" from New Orleans to California

1936 - The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was released by Charlie Chapman

1972 - Bob Douglas became the first African America to be inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame

2000 - Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis on Live!

February 6
Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamacia and Ethiopia

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.

1928 - Awoman 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 we was not the Russian princess.

1937 - John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men was published

1959 - The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments

2005 - American Dad premiered on FOX

February 7
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1904 - 1500 buildings, in an 80block area of the downtown Baltimore was destroyed in a fire. Noone 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."

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 science

1982 - Superman: The Movie was broadcast on American television for the first time. It was in two parts, continued the following night.

1988 - America's Most Wanted premiered on FOX

February 8
1692 - Adoctor in Salem Village claimed three teenaged girls were possessed by Satan, which then lead to the chaotic Salem Witch Trials

1915 - The Birth of a Nation, DW Griffith's controversial film, premiered. It was originally titled "The Clansman."

1960 - Elvis Presley was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1998 - The first female hockey game in Olympic history took place. Finland defated Sweden 6-0

February 9
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

1960- Joanne Woodward recieved the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1960 - Adolph Coors was kidnapped and later killed by Joe Corbett while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado, home.

1961 - The Beatles debuted at Liverpool's Cavern

1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time

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
1870 - The YWCA was founded today in New York City

1933 - In Round 13 of a infamous boxing match at Madison Square Garden; Primo Carnera knocked out Ernie Shaaf, killing him.

1953 - Romper Room premiered, in syndication

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.

1993- Oprah Winfrey interviewed Michael Jackson at his home The Neverland Ranch. It was Jackson's first televised interview since 1979.

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
1752 - The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital, opened

1808 - As an experiment, anthracite coal was burned as a fuel

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

1990 - Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years

1990 - Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

2006 - Vice President Dick Cheney accidently shot good 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 factors.

February 12
1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in Madison Square Garden in NYC

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.

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 Ken

February 13
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.

1915 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), headed by Victor Herbert, was founded.

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 newspapers

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
278 - Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was beheaded for performing (illegal at the time) marragige ceremonies.

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

1912 - Arizona was admitted at the 48th state of the United States

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

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.

February 15
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.

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.

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

February 16
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 sleeping snorer.

1923 - In Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters 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

1983 - The Ash Wednesday brushfires in Southern Austalia took the lives of 71 people, becoming Australia's worst fire ever

February 17
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

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.

1995 - Colin Fergson was convicted of the 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings and recieved a 200+ year sentence to jail

1996 - In the final game of a six-game match, world chess champion Garry Kasparov defeated Deep Blue, IBMís 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
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 Congress.

1885 - Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckberry Finn was published for the first time

1929 - The first Academy Awards were announced in 1929 for 1928's films

1930 - ex-planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh

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
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

1878 - U.S. Patent No. 200,521Thomas Edision earned U.S. Patent No. 200,521, for his device called the phongraph.

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.

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 becomes the first articifial heart patient to leave the hospital.

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
1792 - The United States Post Office became a cabinet postion under President George Washington. In 1971, the Post Office became an indepedendent corporation.

1872 - the Metropolitain Museum of Art opened in New York City

1931 - San Franciso got approval from the US Congress to build the world- known San Franciso - Oakland Bay Bridge

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 - 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 in 1994

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 lives.

2005 - Robot Chicken premiered on Adult Swim

February 21
1848 - The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx andFriedrich Engels, was published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary known as the Communist League.

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..

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

1997 - The all digital Wheel of Fortune board was introduced

February 22
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.

1956 - Elvis Presley debuted on the music charts with 'Heartbreak Hotel'

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
1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg

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

1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the third time.

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 April.

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.

February 24
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 Baumís beloved childrenís novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as reported by Variety magazine.

1952 - The Reputed 'Battle of LA' in Los Angeles, California

1970 - The National Public Radio was founded in the US

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 figures.

1993- Michael Jackson received the Grammy Legend award which was presented to him by his sister Janet at the 35th annual Grammy Awards

February 25
1919 - Oregon became the first US state to levy a gasoline tax by placing 1 cent tax on every gallon of gas.

1964 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), age 22, defeated champion Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight boxing crown.

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.

2000 - Max Steel premiered on Kid's WB

2004 - The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibsonís film about the last 44 hours of Jesus of Nazarethís life, opened in theaters, eventually earning over $370,700,000.

2006 - The world's population reached an estimated 6.5 billion people

February 26
1919 - 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon, already a national monument, was designated a national park under President Woodrow Wilson

1929 - President Calvin Coolidge signed into law a bill establishing the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming.

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 Hollywoodís 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
1703 - The first Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703

1827- Masked and costumed students danced through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the first of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

1936 - Shirley Temple received a new contract from 20th Century Fox that paid the seven-year-old star $50,000 per film.

1960 - The S 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.

1974 - People Magazine was published for the first time

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
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.

1935 - Wallace Carothers discovered Nylon

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



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pop, as in 'popular' : (adjective) Pertaining to the common people, or the people as a whole as distinguished from any particular class.
Having characteristics attributed to the common people and intended for or suited to ordinary people.

culture: (noun) That which is excellent in the arts.
A particular stage of civilization. The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.

madness: (noun) The state of being mad. insanity, senseless folly, intense excitement or enthusiasm.

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