February 3 in Pop Culture History

February 3rd History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 3rd History Highlights

  • 1959 – The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a cornfield near Clear Lake, Iowa.
  • 1943 – Four Chaplains Memorial Day (in honor of George Fox, Alexander Goode, Clark Poling, and John Washington). Each gave their life belts to other sailors when the SS Dorchester was torpedoed near Greenland.
  • February 3 is Sesame Street’s Elmo’s birthday.
  • If you were born on February 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… May 13th (prior year)

Now You Know…

Richard Dorson Invented the words:
“Fakelore” – “a synthetic product claiming to be authentic oral tradition but actually tailored for mass edification” (in 1950) and
“Urban Legend,” originally called “city tales” in the 1940s. (in 1968)

February 3rd is…

American Painters Day
Four Chaplains Memorial Day
Golden Retriever Day
Missing Persons Day
National Carrot Cake Day
National Cordova Ice Worm Day
Women Physicians Day

Four Chaplains Memorial Day.

The Four Chaplains (aka Immortal Chaplains or the Dorchester Chaplains), include Rabbi Shlomo Schachter, Rabbi Yosef Zalman Schuchter, and Rabbi Joseph Pole of the Chabad-Lubavitch Synagogue in New York City.

The four chaplains died when the SS Dorchester, a military transport with 902 American soldiers and civilian workers, was torpedoed by a German submarine. The four deceased gave up their life jackets and remained on board to comfort and pray for the hundreds of men who lost their lives on the ship when it sank on February 3, 1943. They are considered one of the greatest heroes of World War II and a symbol of America’s courage and bravery.

February 3rd Birthday Quotes

“Sure I think it is healthy to speak the truth, and be who you are, and be proud of that.”
– Nathan Lane

“What is the answer? In that case, what is the question?”
– Gertrude Stein

“I make sure I always surround myself with good, down to earth, fun, real people, who always keep me grounded.”
– Sean Kingston

“I have to accept the fact that, no matter what I do, it’s going to annoy someone.”
– Nathan Lane

“The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.”
– Norman Rockwell

“Being on Batman allowed me to do something we actors are taught never to do: overact.”
– Victor Buono

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.”
– Gertrude Stein

February 3rd Birthdays

1809 – Felix Mendelssohn, German pianist, composer, and conductor (died in 1847)
1811 – Horace Greeley, American journalist, abolitionist and politician (died in 1872)
1821 – Elizabeth Blackwell, English/American abolitionist (died in 1910)
1874 – Gertrude Stein, American novelist, poet, playwright, (died in 1946)
1894 – Norman Rockwell, American painter and illustrator (died in 1978)
1895 – John Ford, American film director (died in 1973)
1904 – Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster (died in 1934)
1907 – James A. Michener, American author and (died in 1997)
1914 – Mary Carlisle, American actress, singer and dancer (died in 2018)
1914 – George Nissen, American gymnast. The inventor of the Trampoline (died in 2010)
1916 – Richard Mercer Dorson, American writer (died in 1981)
1918 – Joey Bishop, American actor (died in 2007)
1920 – Henry Heimlich, American physician and author (died in 2016)
1935 – Johnny “Guitar” Watson, American blues, soul, and funk singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1996)
1938 – Victor Buono, American actor (died in 1982)
1943 – Blythe Danner, American actress
1945 – Johnny Cymbal, Scottish-American singer-songwriter (died in 1993)
1950 – Morgan Fairchild, American actress
1956 – Nathan Lane, American actor and comedian
1965 – Maura Tierney, American actress
1969 – Beau Biden, American soldier and politician (died in 2015)
1976 – Isla Fisher, Omani-Australian actress
1990 – Sean Kingston, American-Jamaican singer-songwriter

February 3rd History

1690 – The first paper money in America was issued today, in the Colony of Massachusetts.

1783 – During the American Revolutionary War, Spain recognized the United States independence.

1809 – The Territory of Illinois was created by the 10th United States Congress.

1834 -Wake Forest University was established in North Carolina.

]1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race.

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1931 – The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake, New Zealand’s worst natural disaster, killed 258 people.

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 commenced.

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 North America was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.

1953 – Jacques Cousteau’s book The Silent World was published.

1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1968 – # 1 Hit February 3, 1968 – February 9, 1968: The Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine

1971 – New York Police Officer Frank Serpico was shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survived to testify against police corruption.

1973 – # 1 Hit February 3, 1973 – February 23, 1973: Elton John – Crocodile Rock

1984 – The Challenger (STS-10) launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

2001 – # 1 Hit February 3, 2001 – February 16, 2001: Shaggy featuring Ricardo ‘Rikrok’ Ducent – It Wasn’t Me

2008The 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 civilian award.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon

“You still wake up sometimes, don’t you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.” – Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs 

TV Quotes… “I love it when a plan comes together” (Hannibal) on The A-Team

If dogs had the ability to speak to humans, we still would have no idea what Scottish Terriers would be trying to tell us.

I do not know for sure that every single night I am not abducted by extraterrestrials for experimentation followed by a complete wipe of my memory and then gently placed back in my bed.

The computer you are using is the product of a long series of tools making newer tools that go back to a caveman using a rock.

US President #7 Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) He was also the first president to ride a train. A quote: “It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.” Jackson threw a large party when he was inaugurated and his friends trashed the White House. An assassination attempt was made on him in 1835 by the deranged Richard Lawrence on the steps of the Capitol building; his pistols did not fire and Jackson beat the disarmed attacker with his cane.

Biggest film of 1994: The Lion King (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $423,000,000

A group of Kangaroos is called a Troop or Mob or Herd.

If every toy suddenly turned into the real version of itself, life would be much more dangerous with the major increase in weapons, dinosaurs and marbles.

If you have something to do, and you put it off long enough, chances are someone else will do it for you.

“Give me a minute, I’m good. Give me an hour, I’m great. Give me six months, I’m unbeatable.” – Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith #moviequotes

“Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” – Tony Montana (Al Pacino) in Scarface, 1983

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