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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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