On this day.... February 2

FEBRUARY 2ND

  • TODAY IS GROUNDHOG DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BUBBLE GUM DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL HEAVENLY HASH DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • SOLOMON GUGGENHEIM (1861-1949)
  • JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941)
  • AYN RAND (1905-1982)
  • LIZ SMITH (1923-2017)
  • ELAINE STRITCH (1925-2014)
  • TOM SMOTHERS (1937, 81)
  • BARRY DILLER (1942, 76)
  • GRAHAM NASH (1942, 76)
  • FARRAH FAWCETT (1947-2009)


  • INA GARTEN (1954, 64)
  • CHRISTIE BRINKLEY (1954, 64)
  • SHAKIRA (1977, 41)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1653, NEW AMSTERDAM BECOMES A CITY (LATER RENAMED NEW YORK CITY)
  • IN 1709, ALEXANDER SELKIRK, THE INSPIRATION FOR THE STORY OF ROBINSON CRUSOE, IS RESCUED FROM AN ISLAND AFTER FIVE YEARS
  • IN 1798, THE FEDERAL STREET THEATRE IN BOSTON BURNS DOWN
  • IN 1802, THE FIRST LEOPARD IS EXHIBITED IN THE US IN BOSTON FOR 25 CENTS
  • IN 1848, THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO ENDS THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR AND THE US ACQUIRES TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, UTAH, NEW MEXICO & ARIZONA
  • IN 1852, THE FIRST PUBLIC TOILET OPENS IN LONDON
  • IN 1870, MARK TWAIN MARRIES OLIVIA LANGDON
  • IN 1876, THE NATIONAL LEAGUE FORMS IN BASEBALL WITH EIGHT TEAMS
  • IN 1887, THE FIRST GROUNDHOG DAY IS OBSERVED IN PUNXSUTAWNEY
  • IN 1901, ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL HOSTS THE FUNERAL OF QUEEN VICTORIA
  • IN 1913, GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY


  • IN 1914, THE FIRST CUB SCOUT MEETING IS HELD IN ENGLAND
  • IN 1922, JAMES JOYCE PUBLISHES “ULYSSES” ON HIS 40TH BIRTHDAY
  • IN 1927, THE ZIGFIELD THEATRE OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1933, HITLER DISSOLVES THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT TWO DAYS AFTER TAKING OFFICE AND BANS ANY COMMUNIST MEETINGS IN GERMANY
  • IN 1934, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ESTABLISHES THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK
  • IN 1940, FRANK SINATRA SINGS PUBLICLY FOR THE FIRST TIME AS PART OF THE TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA
  • IN 1942, AMERICAN AUTO FACTORIES SWITCH FROM COMMERCIAL TO WAR MODE
  • IN 1943, GERMANY SURRENDERS TO RUSSIA IN THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD
  • IN 1944, ALLIED TROOPS ENTER JAPAN
  • IN 1950, CBS DEBUTS “WHAT’S MY LINE”
  • IN 1952, BB KING GOES TO #1 WITH “3 O’CLOCK BLUES”
  • IN 1955, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER GIVES THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL NEWS CONFERECE AIRED ON NETWORK TV
  • IN 1957, ELIZABETH TAYLOR MARRIES HER THIRD HUSBAND AT 24
  • IN 1959, BUDDY HOLLY PERFORMS FOR THE LAST TIME BEFORE HIS DEATH
  • IN 1963, HELEN SHAPIRO BEGINS TOURING IN EUROPE. THE BEATLES ARE HER OPENERS
  • IN 1969, BORIS KARLOFF DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 81
  • IN 1969, YOKO ONO DIVORCES HER HUSBAND TONY COX TO MARRY JOHN LENNON
  • IN 1971, THE US CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FORMS
  • IN 1971, IDI AMIN APPOINTS HIMSELF PRESIDENT OF UGANDA
  • IN 1974, BARBRA STREISAND GOES TO #1 WITH “THE WAY WE WERE”


  • IN 1974, THE CLEVELAND CAVELIERS SET A RECORD BY DRAWING ONLY 1,641 PEOPLE FOR A GAME AGAINST THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
  • IN 1976, NBC DEBUTS “THE RICH LITTLE SHOW”
  • IN 1979, SID VICIOUS DIES OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE AT 21
  • IN 1980, THE FBI RELEASES DETAILS OF THE ABSCAM SCANDAL WHICH ENSNARED 31 ELECTED OFFICIALS
  • IN 1985, O.J. SIMPSON MARRIES NICOLE BROWN
  • IN 1992, WILLIE NELSON AGREES TO PAY $9 MILLION OF THE $16.7 MILLION HE OWES IN BACK TAXES
  • IN 1996, GENE KELLY DIES AT 83
  • IN 2001, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG MARRIES BARRY DILLER
  • IN 2003, JENNIFER LOPEZ GOES TO #1 WITH “ALL I HAVE”
  • IN 2014, SEATTLE’S SEAHAWKS DEFEAT THE DENVER BRONCOS IN SUPER BOWL 48  AND SET A RECORD FOR MOST VIEWED TELEVISION EVENT IN US HISTORY (111 MILLION)
  • IN 2014, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN DIES OF A DRUG OVERDOSE AT 46
  • IN 2016, THE FIRST US CASE OF ZIKA IS REPORTED IN TEXAS

TRIVIA

IN 1943, THE CHICAGO CUBS ENDED A SHORT AND DISASTROUS CHANGE TO THEIR UNIFORMS. WHAT WAS IT?                                         

THEY ADDED VESTS



IN 1964, HASBRO RELEASES WHAT ICONIC TOY FOR BOYS?    


             

    G. I. JOE

IN 2014, THE BAND SKINNY PUPPY SENT THE US GOVERNMENT A BILL FOR UNAUTHORIZED USED OF THEIR MUSIC. WHAT WAS THE GOVERNMENT USING IT FOR?



TORTURING PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO BAY

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