ON THIS DAY: February 6, 2017

February 6th is


Canadian Maple Syrup Day

Chopsticks Day


UN World Interfaith Harmony Week *

Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Day *

MORE!  Christopher Marlowe, Mary Leakey and Bob Marley, click



Finland/Norway/Sweden – Sami Nation Day
(also called Laplanders)

international Flags

Jamaica – Bob Marley Day

Mexico – Constitution Day

New Zealand – Waitangi Day
(national day)

Niue – Waitangi Day

Wales – Llandudno:
Film Festival at Venue Cymru

United States – Durham NC: Duke University
‘Beyond Bridges’ World Interfaith Art Exhibit


On This Day in HISTORY

1564 – Christopher Marlowe born, major English dramatist and likely part-time spy for his country (the Privy Council avowed to Cambridge that he had been engaged in unspecified “affaires” on “matters touching the benefit of his country” during a long absence from university)


1577 – Beatrice Cenci born, victim of ongoing incestuous assault by her father Francesco, who beat the rest of the family; she reports him to authorities, but they do nothing, so she, her mother and two brothers plot his murder, but carry it out so ineptly they are quickly arrested, tried, found guilty and all but the youngest son are executed, his entire inheritance going to the Pope’s family while he is condemned to life at forced labor. Beatrice became a heroine to Rome’s common people for her courage in reporting her father, seen as symbol of resistance against an arrogant aristocracy

1579 – The Archdiocese of Manila in the Philippines is created by a papal bull

1649 – Claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland declared King of Great Britain, by Scotland’s Parliament, but not approved by the English or Irish Parliaments

1685 – James II of England and VII of Scotland becomes King upon the death of his brother Charles II

1756 – Aaron Burr born, U.S. Vice President (1801-05), but mostly remembered for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804

Burr Shoots Hamilton

1778 – In Paris, the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce are signed by the U. S. and France, signaling official recognition of the new republic

1788 – Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society depart New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia

1838 – Henry Irving born, English actor-manager, preeminent Shakespearean actor and producer of his day


1840 – Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony

1842 – Mary Rudge, English chess master, first woman accepted as a member of the Bristol Chess Club; winner of the first Women’s International Chess Congress (1897); in a simultaneous display, world champion Emmanuel Lasker concedes his unfinished game against her when he runs out of time because he would have lost against best play; her highest rating: 2146

1843 – The first minstrel show in the U. S., The Virginia Minstrels, opens at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City

1866 – Annie Warburton Goodrich born, chief nursing inspector for US Army hospitals; organizes US Army School of Nursing; first Dean of Yale School of Nursing


1899 – The 1899 Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the U. S. and Spain, is ratified by the United States Senate

1900 – The Permanent Court of Arbitration, an international arbitration court at The Hague, is created when the Senate of the Netherlands ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree

1911 – The first old-age home for pioneers opens in Prescott, AZ

1913 – Mary Leakey born, British paleoanthropologist


1918 – The Representation of the People Act 1918 grants British women over the age of 30 the right to vote if they “were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register, a property owner, or a graduate voting in a University constituency.” Because over 700,000 British men were killed in WWI, this meant that the women who qualified under the act became 43% of the electorate

1922 – The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy

1932 – Dog sled racing becomes an Olympic event for the first time

1934 – Far-right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France

1937 – Kuma Elizabeth Ohi becomes the first Japanese American woman lawyer when she receives her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago IL


1942 – Thailand, allied with Japan in hopes of expanding their territory into China, had declared war on the U.S. and U.K. on January 25.  The United Kingdom responds by declaring war on Thailand, which is being used by the Japanese as a staging area

1942 – Sarah Brady born, gun control activist

1945 – Bob Marley born, Jamaican singer-songwriter

1951 – The Canadian Army enters combat in the Korean War

1952 – Elizabeth II becomes queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, but the news of her father’s death did not reach the remote hotel until some time later 


1956 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 112, recommending to the General Assembly that the Sudan be admitted as a member nation, is adopted

1959 – Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit

1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile

1962 – Axl Rose born, American singer-songwriter, Guns N’ Roses

1970 – John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” is released in the U.K.

1971 – NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard uses a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft to swing at three golf balls on the surface of the moon

1976 – In testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Lockheed President Carl Kotchian admits that the company paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka

1987 – Justice Mary Gaudron becomes the first woman to be appointed to the High Court of Australia

1989 – The Round Table Talks start in Poland, marking the beginning of the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe

1998 – Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

1999 – Jordan’s King Hussein transfers political power to his son Crown Prince Abdullah

2000 – Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile

2000 – Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen is elected as Finland’s first woman president


2000 – Hillary Clinton formally declares her candidacy for U.S. Senator from New York

2001 – Ariel Sharon is elected Israeli prime minister

2002 – Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” gets a limited release

2003 – The first Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Day * is sponsored by the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the global movement Every Woman, Every Child; Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian First Lady, spokesperson for the campaign, announces the Zero Tolerance effort at the Inter-African Committee (IAC)  Conference on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children


2011 –The first United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week * is celebrated


  • Holding chopsticks
  • Interfaith symbol
  • International flags
  • Christopher Marlowe quote from Edward II
  • Aaron Burr shoots Alexander Hamilton
  • Henry Irving with Ellen Terry as Benedict and Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
  • Annie Warburton Goodrich
  • Mary Leakey with quote about her work
  • Kuma Elizabeth Ohi
  • Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Treetops, before news reaches them
  • Tarja Halonen, president of Finland
  • Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Day logo


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: February 6, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Don’t worry, be happy.

    Excellent post.

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