Okay, everyone back to work?
February 21 is upon us, so time to consider the happenings on this day prior to 2012…
This is interesting: if this were not a ‘leap year’, there would only be 313 days left. Because there are 29 days his February, there are 314 days until 2013…
Here’s what’s happened over the years…
1842 – John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
Of course, this writing has to be one of the biggest bunches of bullshit ever written…
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
1878 – The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
1885 – The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
This is cool…ever been up in the Monument? I’ve not, actually. But I’ve been ‘around’ it hundreds of times, probably. Always seems to be closed when I’m there…
1918 – The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
I met Marlin Perkins at the Cincinnati Zoo when I was a child. You remember, the host of ‘Wild Kingdom‘. He was minding his own business and in the insect zoo and I realized who he was. I had to only be 7 or 8 years old, at best. He autographed something for me – I’m not sure if we still have it…
1945 – World War II: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga.
1947 – In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first “instant camera“, the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.
1958 – The Peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.
I f’in hate the peace symbol. I’ve got a young daughter, and its pure Hell trying to find an article of clothing or a school accessory that doesn’t have the peace symbol on it…
1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1975 – Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
1995 – Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
Obviously, a lot of important people were born and died today. But not many noteworthy for American history or of interest to myself…
And who was born today (among others)?
1925 – Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)
Love his movies…when I was 7 or 8, his movie ‘Convoy‘ must have been on HBO hundreds of times…remember? Back in the days when HBO only ran between 6am and 12am or so? This and Smokey and the Bandit – saw them tons at 7 years old.
1927 – Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)
And who died?
1965 – Malcolm X, Black American civil rights leader (b. 1925)