February, 2008        --365  days of Google Answers
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    On this day:

     

    Friday, Feb. 1 (Day 32; 334 left):

      * First edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is published in 1884.  And it is still copyrighted because of the 1956 renewal:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=16644

    Born on this date: John Ford (1894); Clark Gable (1901); Langston Hughes (1902)

     

    Saturday, Feb. 2:

      * Idi Amin comes to power after ousting Pres. Milton Obote in a coup in 1971.  A noted film of his life, "The Last King of Scotland," would be made in 2006:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=439771

    Born: James Joyce (1882); George Halas (1895); Ayn Rand (1905) 

     

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    Sunday, Feb. 3:

      * 'The Day the Music Died' -- Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and "The Big Bopper" Richardson killed in plane crash early on this day in 1959.  The story behind American Pie,  the song that memorialized it:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=703222

    Born: Horace Greeley (1811); Elizabeth Blackwell (1821); Norman Rockwell (1894)

     

    Monday, Feb. 4:

      *  John Marshall sworn in as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1801, one of only 17 men to hold the job:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=426131

     Born: Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746): Charles Lindbergh (1902); Rosa Parks (1913)

      

    Tuesday, Feb. 5: Constitution Day-- Mexico (36)

      * King Leopold II of Belgium takes control of the Congo as a personal possession in 1885.   His first administrator was Sir Francis de Winton:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=234123

    Born: Williams S. Burroughs (1914); Robert Hofstadter (1915); Hank Aaron (1934) 

     

    Wednesday, Feb. 6: Ash Wednesday

    Waitangi Day -- New Zealand

      *  Jack Kilby, of Texas Instruments, files the first patent for an integrated circuit in 1959:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=342437

    Born: Nicolaus Bernoulli (1695);  Babe Ruth (1895); Mary Leakey (1913)

     

    Thursday, Feb. 7: Chinese New Year

      * Dwight Eisenhower resigns as Army Chief of Staff in 1948, later becoming . Supreme Commander of the NATO.    Eisenhower on leadership:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=435998

    Born: Sir Thomas More (1478); John Deere (1804);  Charles Dickens (1812)

     

    Friday, Feb. 8:

      * Boy Scouts of America founded in 1910 by William D. Boyce.  You can find Eagle scouts from their database, which dates to 1912:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=111556

    Born: William Tecumseh Sherman (1820); Jules Verne (1828); Dmitri Mendeleev (1834); James Dean (1931)  

     

    Saturday, Feb. 9:

      * U.S. Weather Bureau created in 1870 and it is placed in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=274167

    Born: William Henry Harrison (1773); Dean Rusk (1909); Bill Veeck (1914)

     

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    Sunday, Feb. 10:

      *  Queen Victoria (England) marries Prince Albert (Germany).  She would live until 1901, despite several attempts on her life:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=73176

    Born: YWCA (1870);  Boris Pasternak (1890); Lon Chaney, Jr. (1906)

     

    Monday, Feb. 11:

      * Thomas Alva Edison, born on this day in 1847, liked Morse code so much that he proposed to his wife in it -- and nicknamed his kids "Dot" and "Dash".  And you thought you were a geek?

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=739201

    Born: Paul Bocuse (12926); Leslie Nielsen (1926); Jeb Bush (1953)

      

    Tuesday, Feb. 12: Lincoln's Birthday -- U.S.

    National Foundation Day -- Japan

      *  Abraham Lincoln on the rights of states in an 1861 speech given after secession by the southern states:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=274390

    Born: Cotton Mather (1663); Charles Darwin (1809); Omar Bradley (1893); Lorne Greene (1915) 

     

    Wednesday, Feb. 13:

      * Agreement is reached for a two-stage reunification of Germany in 1990.  The impact, written by a German Google Answers researcher:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=580859

     Born: Georges Simenon (1903); William Shockley (1910); Chuck Yeager (1923)

     

    Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day (45)

      *It was Richard Cadbury who invented the heart-shaped Valentine's candy box in 1861:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=298180

    Born: Winfield Scott Hancock (1824); John Barrymore (1884); Michael Bloomberg (1942)

     

    Friday, Feb. 15:

      * ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, a possible start to the "Information Age" :

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=24430

    Born: Cyrus McCormick (1809); Ernest Shackleton (1874); Matt Groening (1945)

     

    Saturday, Feb. 16:

      *  Studebaker Brothers Wagon Company founded in 1852 to make wagons.  The Studebaker National Museum in South Bend tracks its history, including auto manufacturing:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=238167

    Born:  George F. Kennan (1904); Sonny Bono (1935); John McEnroe (1959)

     

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    Sunday, Feb. 17:

      *  Tie between Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson is resolved in the U.S. House of Representatives, with Jefferson being elected president in 1801.  How Jefferson came to write the Declaration of Independence:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=392606

    Born: Thomas Malthus (1766); The New Yorker Magazine (1925); Hal Holbrook (1925); Michael Jordan (1963)

     

    Monday, Feb. 18: President's Day -- U.S. (49)

      * Three months after his photograph, Clyde Tombaugh discovers the planet Pluto.  Which was a planet until its demotion in 2006:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=759099

    Born: Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848); Hans Asperger (1906); Wendell Wilkie (1892); Helen Gurley Brown (1922)

      

    Tuesday, Feb. 19:

       * Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer, born in 1473.  His "Copernican" world view may have been predated by Aristarchus of Samos:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=337524

    Born: Lee Marvin (1924); Smokey Robinson (1940); Andrew, Duke of York (1960)

     

    Wednesday, Feb. 20:

      * Lt. "Butch" O'Hare becomes America's first World War II "ace" in 1942.  Chicago's airport would be named for him.  His father was a partner of Al Capone's in Chicago racetracks:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=67605

    Born: Ansel Adams (1902); Sidney Poitier (1927); Gordon Brown (1951); Kurt Cobain (1967) 

     

    Thursday, Feb. 21:

     * The Washington Monument is dedicated in 1885.  What is written on the aluminum cap of the monument:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=279336

    Born: Carl Czerny (1791); Charles Scribner (1821); Andrés Segovia (1893); Anaïs Nin (1903)

     

    Friday, Feb. 22: Washington's Birthday -- U.S.

      *  The U.S. begins transcontinental air mail on this day in 1923.  But there had been an earlier attempt by balloon from Lafayette, Indiana 64 years earlier:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=392543

    Born: Robert Baden-Powell (1857); Heinrich Hertz (1857); Don Pardo (1918); Steve Irwin (1962)

     

    Saturday, Feb. 23: 

      * Guantanamo Bay leased in perpetuity from the Cuban government in 1903.  About its modern operation:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=732926

    Born: W.E.B. DuBois (1868); William L. Shirer (1904); Michael Dell (1965)

     

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    Sunday, Feb. 24:

      * Two months before dying, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of British author Salman Rusdie for his novel, "The Satanic Verses":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=555879

    Born: Wilhelm Grimm (1786); Winslow Homer (1836); Honus Wagner (1874); Steve Jobs (1955)

     

    Monday, Feb. 25:

      *  Muhammad Ali takes the heavyweight boxing crown for the first time by beating Sonny Liston at Miami in 1964:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=286067

     Born: John Foster Dulles (1888); Jim Backus (1913); George Harrison (1943); Julio Iglesias (1973)

     

    Tuesday, Feb. 26:

      * Tim Berners-Lee introduces the first web browser, initially named "WordWideWeb" in 1991.  The name was later changed to "Nexus":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=229777

    Born: Victor Hugo (1802); Levi Strauss (1829); "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846); Johnny Cash (1932)

     

    Wednesday, Feb. 27:

      * The first prisoners arrive at the infamous Andersonville prison in Georgia.  The prison may have a connection to the "Christmas pickle" hanging on a tree:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=424317

    Born: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807); David Sarnoff (1891); John Steinbeck (1902); Elizabeth Taylor (1932)

     

    Thursday, Feb. 28:

      * Though they wouldn't publish until April 25, 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they've determined the structure of DNA:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=197833

    Born: Linus Pauling (1901); Bugsy Siegel (1906); Frank Gehry (1929) 

     

     Friday, Feb. 29:

      * In the 1969 draft lottery, conducted for the Vietnam War, those born on this day were #285 in the draft order:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=309918

    Born: Herman Hollerith (1860); Jimmy Dorsey (1904); Dinah Shore (1916); Khaled (1960)

     

     

     

     

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