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.
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.
On Feb. 7, 1497, Friar Girolamo Savonarola and his followers piled objects, books, art, cosmetics, and other “sinful” items, for a bonfire of the vanities.
On Feb. 6, 1756, Aaron Burr was born in Newark, N.J. A political star, his reputation was destroyed when he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
On Feb. 4, 1941, the United Service Organizations was founded. The USO still provides programs, services and entertainment to U.S. troops and their families.
On Feb. 2, 1905, Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She chose the pen name Ayn Rand, and after immigrating to the U.S. in 1925, became one of the world’s most polarizing authors.
On Jan. 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is the only man to have served more than two terms as President of the United States, and the legacies of his presidency still shape our debates.
On Jan. 28, 1841, John Rowlands was born in Denbigh, Wales. He took the name Henry Morton Stanley when he made his way to America in 1859, where he became a journalist and explorer.
On Jan. 20, 1986, after 18 years of effort, the U.S. celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and his leadership in the American civil rights movement.