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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

HOLIDAYS 2.28

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Public Sleeping Day
Action Line Day
Magha Puja (Buddhist All Saints Day)
Floral Design Day
Kalevala Day (Finland)
Burgsonnieg (Luxembourg)
St. Oswald of York’s Day
National Chocolate Souffle Day
Ponce Carnival (Puerto Rico)
St. Romanus’ Day (patron against drowning, insanity)

BIRTHDAYS 2.28

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Linus Pauling
Colette
Dorothy Stratton (Pb 8/79)
Milton Caniff
Ben Hecht
John Tenniel
Charles Blondin
William Coldstream
Vincente Minnelli
Frank Gehry
Michel De Montaigne
Gavin McLeod
Brian Jones
Mario Andretti
Charles Durning
John Turturro
Mary Lyon
Robert Sean Leonard
William Zorach
Cindy Wilson
John Tenniel
Stephen Spender
Tommy Tune
Vaslav Nijinsky
Adrian Dantley
Mercedes Ruehl
Robert Sean Leonard
Bernadette Peters
Zero Mostel
Charles “Bubba” Smith
Joseph Metcalfe (1813)
Rae Dawn Chong
Frank Bonner
Joe South
Svetlana Allilueva

EVENTS 2.28

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Red Spots of Jupiter discovered
Tarters sacked Baghdad
Yellowstone became 1st US National Park (1871)
Pretty in Pink premiered
Amazon River discovered
Basketball game 1st televised
Transportation Act passed
Liverpool’s Cavern Club closed
1st Vaudeville Theatre opened (1883)
Final episode of M*A*S*H aired (1983)
Pontiac Firebird debuted (1967)
USS Princeton’s gun exploded (1844)
Wesleyan faith founded (1784)
1st Parachute Jump (1912)
Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water reached No. 1 (1970)
U.S.S. Supply crew observed a formation of meteors flying horizontal to the sea & then veer upward at a 45 degree angle before disappearing into the clouds (1904)
Cody’s Books in Berkeley, California bombed for stocking Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses (1989)
1st New World victims of Spanish Inquisition burned at the stake (1574)
War Food Order #66 began rationing of malt and hop supplies and imposed quotas (1943)
Boston Beer Co. took possession of Hudephol-Schoenling Brewery (1997)
Carmel Brewing opened (California; 1995)
Coast Range Brewing opened (California; 1995)
Muddy River Brewery opened (Nevada; 1996)
Williamsville Brewery opened (Florida; 1996)
Cottrell Brewing opened (Connecticut; 1997)
Cannon Brewpub opened (Georgia; 1999)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

HOLIDAYS 2.27

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International Day
Polar Bear Day
Runic half-month of Tyr (cosmic pillar) begins
Dominican Republic Independence Day
Equirria (Old Roman Cavalry Horse Festival)
St. Galmier’s Day (patron of locksmiths)
Majuba Day (Boers; South Africa)
St. Kitts-Nevis Statehood Day
National Kahlua Day
The Hop (Fairy)
St. Leander’s Day
Feast of St. Gabriel Possenti (patron of college students)
Insipid Day (according to Jonathan Swift)

BIRTHDAYS 2.27

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John Steinbeck
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Elizabeth Taylor
Constantine the Great
Lawrence Durrell
Ralph Nadar
Peter De Vries
Alan Guth
Howard Hesseman
Gene Sarazen
James Farrell
Sveinn Bjornsson
Rudolf Steiner
Jeanne Woodward
David Sarnoff
William Demarest
Barbara Dare
Irwin Shaw
Chili (of TLC)
Antoinette Sibley
Ray Berry
Jay Silvester
Adam Baldwin
Chelsea Clinton
Neal Schon
Ellen Terry
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Mary Frann
Grant Show
Roderick Clark
Barbara Babcock
Mike Cross
James Ager Worthy
Bobby Wilson
Malcolm Wallop

EVENTS 2.27

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Tower of Pisa 1st leaned
Beethoven’s 8th Symphony premiered
1st American died in World War I
Battle of Wounded Knee (1973)
15th US Amendment passed (”right to vote”; 1869)
Lincoln gave his “might makes right” speech (1860)
Anabaptist “New Jerusalem” began (Germany; 1534)
Gulf War ended (1991)
Saccharine discovered (1879)
Cigar-rolling Machine patented by Oscar Hammerstein (1883)
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O), 1st US passenger railroad, chartered (1827)
Kuwait City liberated as 100-Hour War ended (1991)
Shanghai Communique held between Richard Nixon and Chou En-Lai (1972)
Emergency Powers introduced in Yugoslavia as Serbs attempted to assert rule over ethnic Albanians (1989)
God received an American Family Publishers’ Sweepstakes entry mailed to the Bushnell Assembly of God, which began “God, you may already be a sweepstakes winner” (Florida; 1997)
22nd Amendment ratified limiting President to 2 terms (passed by Republican Congress after FDR; later Republicans tried to get rid of it to allow Reagan to run again but were unable to undo their own knot; 1950)
Brewery Cellar Lamp patented (1877)
Newcastle Breweries opened (England; 1890)
Chicago Brewpub opened (South Carolina; 1995)

Monday, February 26, 2007

FEBRUARY, Sunday before Ash Wednesday

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Carnival Week begins (Italy)
Shrovetide begins

FEBRUARY, 1st Monday in Lent

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Blue Monday
Green Monday (Cyprus)

HOLIDAYS 2.26

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Tournament of Hearts (Scotland)
Festival of Mihr (God of Fire; Armenia)
Bun Day
St. Alexander’s Day
National Pistachio Day
Sourdough Rendezvous
Dance of the Known Places (Fairy)
Runic half-month of Sigel ends
St. Porphyrius’ Day
Swamp Buggy Races (@)

BIRTHDAYS 2.26

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Tex Avery
Johnny Cash
Frank Bridge
Jackie Gleason
Brittany York (Pb 10/90)
Johnny Cash
Levi Strauss
William “Buffalo Bill” Cody
Honore Daumier
Edward Bellamy
Victor Hugo
Christopher Marlowe
Elihu Vedder
Will K. Kellogg
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Antoine “Fats” Domino
Vitas Geralitus
Jose Luis Cuevas
Geofrey Cambridge
Jean Vercors
Richard Gatling
Betty Hutton
Robert Alda
Tony Randall
Laura Anderson
Mason Adams
Rolando Blackman
Michel Bolton

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