On this day... February 23

National Banana Bread Day

FEBRUARY 23RD

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TOAST DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST DAY OF SAINT DAMIAN

BIRTHDAYS:

  • GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
  • W. E. B. DU BOIS (1868-1963)
  • VICTOR FLEMING (1889-1949)
  • PETER FONDA (1940, 78)


  • PATRICIA RICHARDSON (1951, 67)
  • VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO (1954, 64)
  • HOWARD JONES (1955, 63)
  • KRISTIN DAVIS (1965, 53)
  • AZIZ ANSARI (1983, 35)
  • JEROD MAYO (1986, 32)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1455, JOHANNES GUTENBERG COMPLETES PRINTING HIS FIRST BIBLE
  • IN 1540, FRANCISCO CORONADO LEAVES MEXICO IN SEARCH OF THE SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA
  • IN 1813, THE FIRST COTTON MILL OPENS IN WALTHAM, MASS


  • IN 1821, THE FIRST COLLEGE OF PHARMACY OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA
  • IN 1821, JOHN KEATS DIES OF TUBERCULOSIS AT 25
  • IN 1847, FUTURE PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR DEFEATS THE MEXICANS IN THE BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA
  • IN 1848, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS DIES OF A STROKE AT 80
  • IN 1861, TEXAS IS THE 7TH STATE TO CECEDE FROM THE UNION IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1870, MISSISSIPPI IS READMITTED TO THE UNION AFTER THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1874, MAJOR WALTER WINGFIELD PATENTS THE GAME OF TENNIS
  • IN 1886, THE TIMES OF LONDON STARTS INCLUDING CLASSIFIED ADS
  • IN 1893, RUDOLF DIESEL IS GRANTED A PATENT ON HIS COMBUSTIBLE ENGINE, NOW KNOWN AS A DIESEL ENGINE
  • IN 1903, THE US AND CUBA COME TO AN AGREEMENT GIVING GUANTANAMO BAY TO THE UNITED STATES FOR NAVAL USE
  • IN 1904, THE US TAKES OVER CONTOL OF THE PANAMA CANAL FOR $10 MILLION
  • IN 1905, THE FIRST ROTARY CLUB MEETS IN CHICAGO
  • IN 1910, THE FIRST RADIO CONTEST IS HELD IN PHILADELPHIA
  • IN 1919, BENITO MUSSOLINI FORMS THE FASCIST PARTY OF ITALY
  • IN 1938, JOE LOUIS KNOCKS OUT NATHAN MANN FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
  • IN 1940, WALT DISNEY RELEASES “PINOCCHIO”
  • IN 1940, WOODY GUTHRIE WRITES THE LYRICS TO “THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND” IN A HOTEL ROOM IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1945, US TROOPS RAISE A FLAG ON TOP OF MT SURIBACHI ON IWO JIMA. THE PHOTO TAKEN BY JOE ROSENTHALL WOULD INSPIRE THE MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL
  • IN 1954, THE MASS INOCULATION OF JONAS SALK’S POLIO VACCINE BEGINS
  • IN 1960, EBBETS FIELD IN BROOKLYN IS DEMOLISHED
  • IN 1963, LUCIANO PAVAROTTI DEBUTS AT THE VIENNA STATE OPERA
  • IN 1967, THE 25TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IS ADOPTED
  • IN 1968, WILT CHAMBERLAIN IS THE FIRST PLAYER TO PASS 25,000 POINTS IN THE NBA
  • IN 1971, THE BOSTON BRUINS BEGIN A THIRTEEN GAME WIN STREAK
  • IN 1972, PRISCILLA PRESLEY MOVES OUT OF ELVIS’S MANSION INTO A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT
  • IN 1974, JEB BUSH MARRIES HIS WIFE COLUMBA AT 21 YEARS OLD
  • IN 1974, SISTER JANET MEAD ENTERS THE BILLBOARD SINGLES CHART WITH HER RECORDING OF THE LORD’S PRAYER. SHE EVENTUALLY HITS #4 AND IS CERTIFIED GOLD
  • IN 1975, THE UNITED STATES MOVES UP DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BY TWO MONTHS IN RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL ENERGY CRISIS
  • IN 1980, THE THIRTEENTH WINTER GAMES IN LAKE PLACID, NY CLOSE
  • IN 1985, INDIANA COACH BOBBY KNIGHT THROWS A CHAIR DURING AN NCAA GAME
  • IN 1990, EN VOGUE RELEASE THEIR DEBUT SINGLE “HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE)”
  • IN 1991, PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARES A 24 HOUR DEADLINE FOR IRAQ TO PULL OUT OF KUWAIT OR FACE WAR
  • IN 1991, WHITNEY HOUSTON HITS #1 WITH “ALL THE MAN I NEED”


  • IN 1996, DANNY BOYLE’S “TRAINSPOTTING” OPENS
  • IN 1997, 65 MILLION PEOPLE WATCH THE UNCENSORED VERSION OF SCHINDLER’S LIST SHOWN ON NBC
  • IN 1998, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT MEGAN’S LAW, REQUIRING SEX OFFENDERS TO BE REGISTERED, IS LEGAL
  • IN 1998, OSAMA BIN LADEN DECLARES JIHAD AGAINST ALL JEWS WORLDWIDE
  • IN 1999, EMINEM RELEASES HIS DEBUT ALBUM “THE SLIM SHADY LP”


  • IN 2001, PRESIDENT BUSH SITS DOWN WITH VLADMIR PUTIN AT THE SLOVAKIA SUMMIT AND “LOOKS INTO HIS SOUL”
  • IN 2006, DUBAI PORTS WORLD PULLS OUT OF ITS AGREEMENT TO TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF SIX U.S. PORTS AFTER CRITICISM FROM CONGRESS ON THE DEAL
  • IN 2014, THE 22ND WINTER GAMES CLOSE IN SOCHI, RUSSIA
  • IN 2016, DONALD TRUMP WINS THE NEVADA REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

TRIVIA:

ON THIS DAY IN WHAT YEAR DID BOSTON BECOME OFFICIALLY INCORPORATED AS A CITY? 

         

THE MEXICAN SIEGE OF THE ALAMO BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1836. HOW MANY DAYS DID THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO LAST BEFORE THE AMERICAN GARRISON WAS KILLED?    

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