February's First Friday
Today is the 6th day of the 6th week, the 7th day of the 2nd month, the 38th day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- "e" day [math]
- Ballet Day
- Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- Bubble Gum Day
- Give Kids a Smile Day
- Harry Potter Book Night
- Independence Day - Grenada from the United Kingdom in 1974.
- International Clash Day
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Day
- National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
- National Periodic Table Day
- National Wear Red Day
- Rose Day
- Send a Card to a Friend Day
- Wave A Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day
- Working Naked Day
1497 – In Florence, Italy, supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn cosmetics, art, and books, in a "Bonfire of the vanities"
1817 - Baltimore becomes the 1st American city lit by gas street lamps with the first turned on at Market and Lemon Streets (currently Baltimore and Holliday Streets)
1845 - The Portland Vase, thought to date to the 1st century BC is shattered into more than 80 pieces by a drunken visitor to the British Museum
1900 – A Chinese immigrant in San Francisco falls ill to bubonic plague in the first plague epidemic in the continental United States
1904 – A fire begins in Baltimore, Maryland; it destroys over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.
1914 - Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film character The Tramp in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"
1915 - the first wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
1928 - the first solo flight from England to Australia takes off from Croydon, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler (arrives 15 ½ days later)
1940 – The second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres
1944 - Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Originial Song)
1949 - Joe DiMaggio becomes the first $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees
1964 - Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
1974 - Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder
1976 - World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
1977 - Soyuz 24 launches with two cosmonauts
1979 – Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
1979 - Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
1984 – Space Shuttle program: STS-41-B Mission: Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
1997 – NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.
2006 - Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature
2013 - Azerbaijan launches its first satellite, Azerspace-1
2014 – Scientists announce that the Happisburgh footprints in Norfolk, England, date back to more than 800,000 years ago, making them the oldest known hominid footprints outside Africa.
2016 – North Korea launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 into outer space violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world.
2018 - DNA analysis of Chedder Man, UK's oldest complete skeleton shows he had dark skin and blue eyes
Today is FFF -- the First Friday of February! I’m not as happy as I usually am about it being Friday because I made the mistake of reading the news these past couple of days and need to get my social media feeds back to anime, science fiction, anthropology and archeology, gaming, and other things that I find interesting.
And I think it is time to bury myself with other narratives for a while
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