February 6 in Pop Culture History

06February 6 in Pop Culture History

Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia. (He was born on Feb. 6, 1945)

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1891 – The Dalton Gang’s first attempt at train robbery failed. Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsuccessfully tried to rob a Southern Pacific train near Alila, California.

1926 – The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.

1928 – A woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence indicated she was not the Russian princess.

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect, making the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

1937 – John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men was published.

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne.

1959 – The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments.

1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.

1965 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1965 – February 19, 1965: Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1971 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. He said it went for “miles and miles.”

1978 (Blizzard) The Blizzard of 1978 – One of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.

1982 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1982 – March 19, 1982: The J. Geils BandCenterfold

1985 – The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.

1988 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1988 – February 19, 1988: TiffanyCould’ve Been

1998 – Washington National Airport was renamed the Ronald Reagan National Airport.

2000 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.

2005 – American Dad premiered on FOX

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February 5 in Pop Culture History


February 5 in Pop Culture History

Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries.

62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79)

1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts” in Philadelphia.

1846 – The Oregon Spectator became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast, in Oregon City.

1883 – The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California.

1917 – The Congress of the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1917. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, and it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.

1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1929 – A runner’s ‘starting blocks’ (Foot Support) patent (#1,701,026) was issued to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa

1936 – The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was released by Charlie Chaplin.

1953 – Walt Disney film Peter Pan opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.

1955 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1955 – February 11, 1955: The Fontane SistersHearts Of Stone

1958 – A hydrogen bomb, known as the Tybee Bomb, was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, and was never found.

1966 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1966 – February 18, 1966: Petula ClarkMy Love

1972 – Bob Douglas became the first African America to be inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1977 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1977 – February 18, 1977: Mary MacGregorTorn Between Two Lovers

1983 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1983 – February 18, 1983: TotoAfrica

1988 – Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.

2000 – Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis Philbin on Live!

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February 4 in Pop Culture History


February 4 in Pop Culture History

World Cancer Day

1703 – In Edo (Japan), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin committed seppuku (ritual suicide) for avenging their master’s death.

1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its American colonies, the United States.

1789 – George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States by the Electoral College.

1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

1825 – The Ohio Legislature authorized the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal

1826 – The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper was published

1922 – Ford Motor Company acquired the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.

1932 – The Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.

1935 – Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch premiered on CBS radio.

1936 – Radium (Ra) became the first radioactive element to be synthetically made.

1938 – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs was released by Walt Disney.

1941 – Roy Plunkett received the patent (#2,230,654) for Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers’ (Teflon)

1941 – The USO (United Services Organization) was founded.

1957 – Smith-Corona began selling portable electric typewriters.

1961 – The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift, was released by United Artists

1965 (Earthquake) Rat Islands, Alaska

1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army abducted 19 year-old Patty Hearst.

1978 – # 1 Hit February 4, 1978 – March 3, 1978: Bee GeesStayin’ Alive

1979 (Earthquake) Riobamba, Ecuador

1983 – Singer Karen Carpenter died of anorexia.

1984 – # 1 Hit February 4, 1984 – February 24, 1984: Culture ClubKarma Chameleon

1985 – President Ronald Reagan’s defense budget called for a tripling of the expenditure on the “Star Wars” research program.

1989 – # 1 Hit February 4, 1989 – February 10, 1989: SheriffWhen I’m with You

1991 – Pete Rose (aka Charlie Hustle) was banned ‘for life’ from the Baseball Hall of Fame due to the fact that he used to illegally gamble on games.

1992 – A coup d’état was led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.

1997 – A civil jury in California found O.J. Simpson liable in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Goldman’s parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages.

2004 – Facebook launched as “TheFacebook.com

2006 – # 1 Hit February 4, 2006 – March 10, 2006: Beyoncé featuring Slim ThugCheck on It

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February 3 in Pop Culture History


February 3 in Pop Culture History

1690 – The first paper money in America was issued today, in the Colony of Massachusetts.

1834 -Wake Forest University was established in North Carolina.

1870 – The 15th Amendment was ratified in the US, granting every citizen, regardless of race, the right to vote

1891 – The official electrical lighting of London streets commenced.

1889 – Outlaw Belle Starr was murdered in Oklahoma, shot twice in the back.

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1923 (Volcano Eruption) Kamchatka.

1943 – The SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survive; the event is described in the the Four Chaplains Story.

1947 – The coldest weather ever recorded in the North America was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.

1953 – Jacques Cousteau’s book The Silent World was published.

1959 – The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a cornfield near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1968 – # 1 Hit February 3, 1968 – February 9, 1968: The Lemon PipersGreen Tambourine

1973 – # 1 Hit February 3, 1973 – February 23, 1973: Elton JohnCrocodile Rock

1984 – The Challenger (STS-10) launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

2001 – # 1 Hit February 3, 2001 – February 16, 2001: Shaggy featuring Ricardo ‘Rikrok’ DucentIt Wasn’t Me

2008 – The Naked Brothers Band premiered on Nickelodeon.

2009 – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was made a knight of the Légion d’Honneur, which is France’s highest civilian award.

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February 2 in Pop Culture History


February 2 in Pop Culture History
It’s Groundhog’s Day.

1046 – The “Little Ice Age” began in Europe.

1653 – New Amsterdam (now the City of New York) was incorporated.

1876 – National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball was founded

1887 – The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA

1892 – The bottle cap with cork seal was patented (#468,226) by William Painter, from Baltimore.

1893 – The Record of a Sneeze was filmed by Thomas Edison. It was the first filmed ‘close up.’

1914 – Charlie Chaplin’s first film appearance, Making a Living premiered in early theaters.

1922 – Ulysses by James Joyce was published.

1925 – Dog sleds, led by Gunnar Kasson, reached Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod Race.

1925 – Sears & Roebuck opened their first retail store, in Chicago.

1928 – Great Fall River Fire, Massachusetts

1950 – What’s My Line debuted on CBS.

1961 -Nearly 600 passengers aboard the hijacked Santa Maria liner were finally landed and released in Brazil.

1964 – G.I. Joe action figures (they are not ‘dolls’!) went on sale for the first time, featuring the four branches of the US military.

1967 – The American Basketball Association (ABA) was established. It only had four teams (New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) and later merged with its competition, the National Basketball Association (NBA)

1979 – Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City.

1980 – An FBI operation called ABSCAM, an undercover operation regarding US congressional corruption was made known to the public.

1989 – Sky Television began broadcasting in the UK.

1990 – President De Klerk of South Africa lifted the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress (ANC).

2000 – Oxygen debuted on cable.


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February 1 in Pop Culture History

00February 1 in Pop Culture History
February 1st is Decorating With Candy Day.
It is also Robinson Crusoe Day.

1790 – First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City

1851 – Evaporated milk was invented by Gail Borden.

1884 – The Oxford Dictionary debuted

1887 – The area known as Hollywood was founded.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1896 – Puccini’s La bohème premiered in Turin, Italy.

1898 – Travelers Insurance Company began issuing car insurance.

1911 – Thomas Jennings was found guilty in Illinois with the first use of fingerprint evidence in the US.

1913 – Grand Central Terminal opened in New York as the world’s largest train station

1938 (Volcano Eruption) Banda Sea, Indonesia.

1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the US, begans broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers (later at the communist block).

1953 – You Are There premiered on CBS radio.

1960 – The Greensboro ‘Sit In’ took plane in North Carolina, protesting discrimination.

1964 – I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was number 1 on the Billboard music charts.

1974 – Good Times premiered on CBS.

1978 – Director Roman Polanski fled the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

1982 – Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC.

1996 – The Communications Decency Act was passed by the US Congress.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard over Texas.

2004 – The Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show Wardobe Malfunction controversy occurred

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