February 1 in Pop Culture History

February 1st History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 1st History Highlights

  • 1790 – The United States Supreme Court held its first session.
  • 1898 – Travelers Insurance issued the first automobile accident insurance.
  • 1960 – The Greensboro ‘Sit-In’ took place in North Carolina, protesting discrimination.
  • 1964 – Hasbro introduced the G.I. Joe action figure (retail price: $2.49)
  • 1982 – Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC.
  • If you were born on February 1st,
    You were likely conceived the week of… May 11th (prior year)

February 1st is…

Decorating With Candy Day
National Candy Making Day
Car Insurance Day
Change Your Password Day
Dark Chocolate Day
Freedom Day
National Get Up Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
Serpent Day

Change Your Password Day

In 2012, Matt Buchanan, who was writing for Gizmodo at the time, came up with the idea to make it easier for hackers to get into your accounts. He wrote that there had been a proliferation of password-protected accounts on the Internet, and he complained that he had seen his account hacked twice.

He thought it would be a good idea if everyone changed their passwords on the same day and “Change your Password Day” was born. He suggested adding symbols to the new passwords and using different root passwords for banking and e-mails than anything else. Online banking passwords, for example, are more sensitive than magazine subscription passwords.

The importance of protecting your personal data with strong passwords is well documented – documented in the Data Breach Investigation Report 2019, which shows that 80% of hacker attacks – which are associated with access data breaches – are associated with compromised or weak credentials

February 1st Birthday Quotes

“I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
– Clark Gable

“I’ll retire when the Good Lord calls me.”
– Ben Weider

“The Romans did not see (the tale of Romulus, Remus, and the she-wolf) as a charming story; they meant to show that they had imbibed wolfish appetites and ferocity with their mother’s milk.”
– Terry Jones

“Dissidents should be paid 13 months’ salary for a year, otherwise our mindless unanimity will bring us to an even more hopeless state of stagnation. It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.”
– Boris Yeltsin

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
– Clark Gable

“I can’t hang out as loose as I used to, but I can still go down Jefferson Avenue and look in the faces of winos, pimps and junkies, all the things I’m made of.”
– Rick James

“Some people are passionate about aisles, others about window seats.”
– Terry Jones

February 1st Birthdays

1859 – Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor (died in 1924)
1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (died in 1960)
1902 – Langston Hughes, American poet and playwright (died in 1967)
1908 – George Pal, Hungarian-American animator and producer (died in 1980)
1918 – Muriel Spark, American writer (died in 2006)
1923 – Ben Weider, Canadian businessman, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (died in 2008)
1931 – Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician, 1st President of Russia (died in 2007)
1937 – Don Everly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1937 – Garrett Morris, American actor and comedian
1938 – Sherman Hemsley, American actor and singer (died in 2012)
1942 – Terry Jones, English actor, Monty Python (died in 2020)
1946 – Elisabeth Sladen, English actress (died in 2011)
1947 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (died in 1983)
1948 – Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (died in 2004)
1965 – Brandon Lee, American actor and martial artist (died in 1993)
1965 – Sherilyn Fenn, American actress
1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer-songwriter and actress
1968 – Pauly Shore, American comedian and actor
1971 – Michael C. Hall, American actor
1983 – Heather DeLoach, American actress, Bee Girl
1986 – Lauren Conrad, American Reality TV personality
1987 – Rhonda Rousey, American fighter athlete
1994 – Harry Styles, English singer-songwriter

February 1st History

1790 – First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City

1851 – Evaporated milk was invented by Gail Borden.

1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1887 – The area known as Hollywood was founded.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finished the construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1896 – Puccini’s La bohème premiered in Turin, Italy.

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, began broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers (later at the communist block).

1953 – You Are There premiered on CBS radio.

1953 – General Electric Theater premiered on CBS.

1964 – # 1 Hit February 1, 1964 – March 20, 1964: The Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand

February 1, 19** – Willy Wonka took the Golden Ticket Winners on the famous tour of his factory

1968 – The New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad are merged to form Penn Central Transportation.

1969 – # 1 Hit February 1, 1969 – February 14, 1969: Tommy James & the Shondells – Crimson and Clover

February 1, 1971 Birthday (fictional) Dexter Morgan, Dexter, TV

1974 – Good Times premiered on CBS.

1975 – # 1 Hit February 1, 1975 – February 7, 1975: Neil Sedaka – Laughter in the Rain

1978 – Director Roman Polanski fled the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

2003 – Columbia Space Shuttle exploded after liftoff, killing all seven aboard.

1996 – The Communications Decency Act was passed by the US Congress.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard over Texas.

2003 – # 1 Hit February 1, 2003 – February 7, 2003: B2K featuring P. Diddy – Bump, Bump, Bump

2004 – The Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show Wardrobe Malfunction controversy occurred.

2013 – The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, was opened to the public.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

In a few billion years Narwhals could evolve into Unicorns.

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin

Ettorre’s Observation: The other line moves faster.

A really well-known trivia fact is not very good trivia.

Charles Gemora was a makeup artist and costume designer who played a gorilla in 40 films in the 1930s and 40s, including 1932, Island of Lost Souls.

“Anyone Can Cook.” – Ratatouille #moviequotes

Eric Clapton – Real Name: Eric Clapp

We should all strive to be the type of person you would want to serve at a restaurant.

Not Googling to check your facts before you post on the Internet is the online version of not thinking before you speak. #factcheck

Being famous on Twitter is like being rich in Monopoly.

In the movie Armageddon, it probably would have been easier to train astronauts to be drillers, rather than drillers to be astronauts.
#majorplothole

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” – President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964

Biggest film of 1995: Toy Story (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $192,000,000

Say the secret word and win $100. #TVCatchphrase

If there were people who could read minds, they would hear an awful lot of songs, sung with incorrect words, and likely very out of tune or rhythm.

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