On this day... February 13

FEBRUARY 13TH

  • TODAY IS MARDI GRAS / FAT TUESDAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • BESS TRUMAN (1885-1982)
  • TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD (1919-1991)
  • KIM NOVAK (1933, 85)
  • PETER TORK (1942, 76)
  • JERRY SPRINGER (1944, 74)
 


  • STOCKARD CHANNING (1944, 74)
  • HENRY ROLLINS (1961, 57)
  • ROBBIE WILLIAMS (1974, 44)
 


  • RANDY MOSS (1977, 41)
  • MENA SUVARI (1979, 39)
  • MICHAEL JACKSON JR (1997, 21)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1601, THE BRITISH EAST INDIA COMPANY SENDS ITS FIRST SHIPS FROM LONDON
  • IN 1633, GALILEO ARRIVES IN ROME TO STAND TRIAL IN THE INQUISITION FOR HIS BELIEF THAT THE EARTH REVOLVES AROUND THE SUN
  • IN 1635, BOSTON LATIN PUBLIC SCHOOL OPENS, THE FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE US
 


  • IN 1689, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT ADOPTS ITS BILL OF RIGHTS PUTTING LIMITS ON THE CROWN AND SETTING A BALANCE OF POWER
  • IN 1693, THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY IN VIRGINIA OPENS
  • IN 1728, COTTON MATHER DIES AT 65 AMIDST THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS
  • IN 1777, THE MARQUIS DE SADE IS ARRESTED AND IMPRISONED IN VINCENNES
  • IN 1795, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA OPENS. ITS THE FIRST STATE COLLEGE
  • IN 1799, MASSACHUSETTS IS THE FIRST STATE TO REGULATE INSURANCE
  • IN 1832, THE FIRST CASE OF CHOLERA IS ACCOUNTED FOR IN LONDON
 


  • IN 1861, ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS DECLARED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1866, JESSE JAMES WINS ROBS HIS FIRST BANK, STEALING $15,000 IN LIBERTY, MO
  • IN 1917, FRANCE CAPTURES GERMAN SPY MATA HARI. SHE IS LATER EXECUTED
  • IN 1935, BRUNO HAUPTMANN IS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KIDNAPPING THE BABY OF CHARLES LINDBERGH
  • IN 1937, THE BOSTON REDSKINS MOVE TO WASHINGTON, DC
  • IN 1942, HITLER CANCELS OPERATION SEA LION, THE INVASION OF ENGLAND
  • IN 1945, 22,000 PEOPLE DIE IN THE ALLIED BOMBING ATTACK OF DRESDEN, GERMANY
  • IN 1952, ROCKY MARCIANO DEFEATS LEE SOVOLD FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
 
  • IN 1960, FRANCE EXPLODES ITS FIRST TEST ATOMIC BOMB
  • IN 1961, FRANK SINATRA LAUNCHES REPRISE RECORDS WITHIN WARNER BROTHERS
  • IN 1965, PEGGY FLEMING WINS THE US FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1970, 48 PEOPLE ARE KILLED BY A MAN EATING TIGER IN NEW DEHLI, INDIA
  • IN 1970, BLACK SABBATH RELEASES THEIR SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
  • IN 1971, THREE PEOPLE ARE INJURED WHEN VICE PRESIDENT SPIRO AGNEW HITS GOLF BALLS OFF THE TEE INTO A CROWD OF FANS AT THE BOB HOPE CLASSIC
  • IN 1971, THE OSMONDS HIT #1 WITH “ONE BAD APPLE”
 


  • IN 1972, “GREASE” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1972, “CABARET” IS RELEASED IN THEATRES
 


  • IN 1973, THE US DOLLAR LOSES 10% OF ITS VALUE IN ONE DAY
  • IN 1976, DOROTHY HAMILL WINS THE GOLD MEDAL FOR FIGURE SKATING IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
  • IN 1979, THE GUARDIAN ANGELS FORM IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1992, JOSE CANSECO IS ARRESTED AFTER REPEATEDLY RAMMING HIS PORSCHE INTO HIS WIFE’S BMW
  • IN 1996, “RENT” OPENS OFF BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1996, TUPAC SHAKUR RELEASES “ALL EYEZ ON ME”
  • IN 1996, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SETS UP COUNSELING HOTLINES AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE BOYBAND “TAKE THAT” IS OFFICIALLY BREAKING UP
  • IN 1996, THE FUGEES RELEASE “THE SCORE”, BILLBOARD’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • IN 2000, THE LAST “PEANUTS” COMIC APPEARS IN NEWSPAPERS THE DAY AFTER CREATOR CHARLES SHULZ DIES
 
  • IN 2002, WAYLON JENNINGS DIES OF DIABETES AT 64
  • IN 2015, DRAKE RELEASES “IF YOU’RE READING THIS, IT’S TOO LATE”
  • IN 2016, ANTONIN SCALIA DIES. HIS SEAT IS LEFT VACANT ON THE SUPREME COURT FOR ALMOST A YEAR BEFORE BEING FILLED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
  • IN 2017, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ACCEPTS THE RESIGNATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN OVER HIS DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA
  • IN 2017, HARRISON FORD NEARLY MISSES ANOTHER AIRCRAFT WHILE FLYING HIS PRIVATE PLANE IN CALIFORNIA
 

 TRIVIA:    IN THE ELECTION OF 1860, LINCOLN WON WITHOUT CARRYING A SINGLE SOUTHERN STATE. AT THE TIME THE 15 SOUTHERN STATES HAD 996 COUNTIES. HOW MANY SOUTHERN COUNTIES DID LINCOLN WIN?    

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