On Mar. 7, 1875, Maurice Ravel was born in in the Basque town of Ciboure, France, near Biarritz, close to the border with Spain. He is most famous for “Bolero,” a work he dismissed as trivial.
On Mar. 6, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that because Dred Scott was black, he was not a citizen of the United States, arguably the worst ruling by our nation’s highest court.
On Mar. 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on his first full day in office, declared a Bank Holiday would begin on March 6, and depositors would not be able to withdraw their funds.
On Mar. 4, 1789, the first United States Congress met in Federal Hall in New York City, though it was not until April 1 that the House of Representatives had sufficient members present for a quorum, and April 6 for the Senate.
On Feb. 28, 1901, Linus Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon. He is one of the few two-time winners of the Nobel Prize.
On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Mass.; he became one of the most popular children’s book authors of all time.
On March 1, 1858, sociologist Georg Simmel was born in Berlin, Germany. He wrote extensively on the effects our modernizing world had on individuals and society.
On Feb. 27, 1951, Minnesota became the 36th state to ratify the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, setting a term limit for the office of the President.
On Feb. 26, 1866, Herbert Henry Dow was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. He founded the company that eventually became industrial giant, Dow Chemical Company.
When Union troops under the command of Gen. Don Carlos Buell entered Nashville on Feb. 25, 1862, one resident welcomed them with open arms, former sea captain William Driver, who unfurled “Old Glory,” and flew it from the state capitol.
On Feb. 21, 1794, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was born in Veracruz. He was president of Mexico eleven times during his career.
On Feb. 22, 1788, Arthur Schopenhauer was born in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). He was among the first to see the universe as essentially irrational.
On Feb. 20, 1902, Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco. He is known for the iconic photographs of America’s western landscapes.
On Feb. 19, 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Thorn, Poland. His theory placing the Sun at the center of our universe sparked the scientific revolution.
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I was raised Catholic. Served as an altar boy, went to Catholic schools, have told or heard all the Catholic jokes I think there are to tell and hear. We had crosses in all our bedrooms and a piece of that year's palm from Palm Sunday woven into the cross. ...
On Feb. 11, 1945, the heads of the Big Three Allied Powers – Great Britain, USA and USSR – concluded a conference in Yalta, Crimea, which divvied up the post-World War II world.
On Feb. 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia. He was elected president in the 1840 election and sworn in on Mar. 4, 1841; he died a month later, and John Tyler became president
On Feb. 8, 1883, Joseph Schumpeter was born in Třešť, Habsburg Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic. He became on the world’s most influential economists.