Mardi Gras 2019

Alexandria-Mardi-Gras-ChildMardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.  It refers to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when many Christians begin to fast for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday.
The feast of The Epiphany or The Three Kings closes the Christmas season and opens up a season of carnival.  In some countries these carnivals are ongoing with parades dances, feasts and other forms of merry making.  The last day of Carnival is Mardi Gras …

Celebrate Tooth Fairy Day February 28

(PCM) Tooth Fairy Day was concocted as a way to pay homage to the delightful deity known as the Tooth Fairy who graciously leaves money or small presents under the pillows of those who have lost a tooth, particularly young children.

There is some debate as to whether the Tooth Fairy is celebrated in February or in August, however more signs point to Tooth Fairy Day being celebrated on February 28. The origins of the …

February 28 in Pop Culture History

February 28 in Pop Culture History

National Tooth Fairy Day

1784 – John Wesley chartered the first Methodist Church in the United States. An Anglican, Wesley wanted a church structure for his followers after the Anglican Church abandoned its American believers during the American Revolution.

1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated. It was the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.

1854 – The Republican Party was …

February 27 in Pop Culture History

February 27 in Pop Culture History

1703 – The first Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.

1801 – District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 – Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. ‘Taxation without representation.’

1827- Masked and costumed students danced through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the first of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

1879 – Saccharin, the artificial sweetener, was discovered by …

February 26 in Pop Culture History

February 26 in Pop Culture History

1616 – Galileo Galilei was formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Elba.

1829 – Levi Strauss was born. He never married, so, ironically, he didn’t get to pass his genes on to the next generation.

1870 – New York City’s first pneumatic-powered subway line, created by Alfred Beach, was opened …

February 25 in Pop Culture History

February 25 in Pop Culture History
National Chili Day

1836 – Samuel Colt was granted a United States patent (#9430X) for his Colt revolver.

1901 – J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel Corporation.

1919 – Oregon became the first US state to levy a gasoline tax by placing 1 cent tax on every gallon of gas.

1932 – Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 …

February 24 in Pop Culture History

February 24 in Pop Culture History

1582 – The Gregorian Calendar, which most of the world uses today, was introduced.

1711 – The London premiere of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel. It was the first Italian opera written for the London stage.

1863 – Arizona was organized as a United States territory.

1892 (Earthquake) Imperial Valley, California

1938 – A nylon-bristled toothbrush became the first commercial product to be made with nylon yarn.

1938 …

February 23 in Pop Culture History

February 23 in Pop Culture History

1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type. Ironically, if there were newspapers at the time, we could be more confident about the date.

1739 – Richard Palmer was identified by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.

1792 – The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.

1896 – The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield, …

International World Thinking Day February 22

International World Thinking Day is celebrated every year by both The Girl Scouts and The Girl Guides.  It is also celebrated by some boy organizations.

The point of International World Thinking Day is for Girl Scouts/Guides to think about their sister and brothers around the world.  In recent years the holiday has been themed.

There are other ways to celebrate this day and they include adults, both men and women. We need to start thinking …

February 22 in Pop Culture History

February 22 in Pop Culture History

2/22/22 falls on a Tuesday

1620 – Popcorn was introduced to the English colonists by an Indian named Quadequina.

1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published.

1759 – Today is the day that middle class 27 year old George Washington married rich widow (also 27) Martha Dandridge Custis, and became a wealthy man (he was already a war hero).

1819 – Spanish minister Do …

February 21 in Pop Culture History

February 21 in Pop Culture History

1848 – The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary known as the Communist League.

1866 – Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school.

1878 – The first telephone directory in the US, listing about 50 names, was issued by the New Haven Telephone Company, in New Haven, Connecticut.

1885 …

Ansel Adams Born February 20, 1902

(PCM) On this day we honor the birthday of famed photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. Adams is best known for his stunning black and white nature photographs and his work with national parks across the country.

Adams began his career selling photographs of Yosemite National Park in the early 2oth century and eventually fined tuned his photographic style to feature incredibly sharp contrasts and intense exposures. He used large-format cameras to capture his images and …