just over the horizon....
Today is the 4th day of the 7th week, the 12th day of the 2nd month, the 43rd day of 2020, and:
- Hug Day
- International Darwin Day
- Lincoln's Birthday
- NAACP Day – formed in 1909
- National Freedom to Marry Day
- National Lost Penny Day ((Note: Lincoln's birthday and he's on the penny))
- National Plum Pudding Day
- Oglethorpe Day - (AKA Georgia Day - commemorates the 1733 landing of James Edward Oglethorpe and the first colonists in Georgia, settling in Savannah)
- Paul Bunyan Day (Born Feb. 12, 1834 in Bangor, ME)
- Red Hand Day (AKA International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers)
- Safety Pup Day
ON THIS DAY IN:
1502 - Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India
1818 - Chile gains independence from Spain
1825 – The Creek cede the last of their lands in Georgia to the United States government by the Treaty of Indian Springs, and migrate west.
1850 - Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300 [$74,193.55 in 2019]
1873 - US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1873, abolishing bimetallism and placing the country on the gold standard
1878 - Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
1912 - China adopts Gregorian calendar
1914 - "The Squaw Man", the first feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US
1915 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
1924 – George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue received its premiere in a concert titled "An Experiment in Modern Music", in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano.
1935 - First secret demonstration of radio signals detecting aircraft by Robert Watson-Watt at Daventry, England
1947 – The largest observed iron meteorite until that time creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union.
1947 – Christian Dior unveils a "New Look", helping Paris regain its position as the capital of the fashion world.
1949 - Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
1959 - The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
1961 – The Soviet Union launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
1963 – Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
1965 - Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1994 – Four thieves break into the National Gallery of Norway and steal Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream.
1998 - Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
2001 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
2014 - Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years
2016 – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill sign an Ecumenical Declaration in the first such meeting between leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches since their split in 1054.
2016 - Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
2019 - US national debt tops 22 trillion for the first time according to US Treasury
2020 - NASA Voyager is 20 hrs 35 mins 53 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Back when I was growing up, long before holidays were moved to Mondays to enable long weekends back in 1968, February was a welcome relief because we would get off for both Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays on the 12th [at least in Maryland] and the 22nd. It was nice having two days to look forward to! I have to admit though, despite the fact I was one of those who griped that we should celebrate things on the actual date we were commemorating, I have rather gotten used to the idea of a three day weekend
Of course, if I had my druthers, we would all switch to a 32 – hour work week [at the same rate of pay of course] and every weekend would be three days, but I’m afraid that is a pipe dream….
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