ON THIS DAY: February 11, 2017

February 11th is


Get Out Your Guitar Day

Make a Friend Day

Peppermint Patty Day

Shut-in Visitation Day

Stress Awareness Day

White Shirt Day *

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Buddhism – Makha Bucha/Meaka Bochea: 1250 monks gather to hear Buddha preach

Judaism – Tu b’Shevat: the new year of the trees

Cameroon – Youth Dayinternational Flags

Germany – Dortmund:
Nature One EXODUS

Italy – Ivrea: Carnivale (ongoing)

Japan – Kenkokukinen no Hi
(foundation day)

Liberia – Armed Forces Day

North Korea – Cheeongwoldaeboreum
(Korean folk festival)

On This Day in HISTORY

660 BC (traditional) – Founding of Japan by first Emperor Jimmu, who launches a military expedition from Hyuga near the Inland Sea, and captures Yamato (now modern-day Nara Prefecture)


AD 55 – Death of Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus (called Britannicus), son of Claudius and Messalina, and heir-designate until the disgrace of his mother. Claudius marries Agrippina, and adopts her son Nero, who is older and a direct descendant of Augustus. When Nero in turn marries Claudia Octavia, sister of Britannicus, he is named joint-heir until Britannicus comes of age, but Claudius dies, quite possibly murdered, just months before his son assumes the toga virilis, symbol of adult male citizenship. Nero speaks the eulogy at the funeral of Claudius, and assumes sole power. Claudius’ new will, which either granted joint-rule to Britannicus and Nero or just Britannicus, is suppressed by the new emperor’s men in the senate. According to Tacitus, Agrippina falls out with Nero, threatening to take Britannicus to the Praetorian camp and declare that Claudius was murdered, so the Praetorians would proclaim Britannicus emperor. After a first attempt at poisoning Britannicus isn’t fatal, he is slipped a bigger dose at a dinner party, and dies on the spot. Nero dismisses the murder by declaring that Britannicus suffered from epilepsy.  Britannicus is dead one day before his 14th birthday, less than a month before his adulthood ceremony. Claudius had been dead four months

1534 – Henry VIII of England is declared supreme head of the Church of England

1657 – Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, French poet/author/playwright; Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes (1686); wrote extensively on the nature of the universe


1708 –  Egidio Duni born, Italian composer of both Italian and French operas

1764 – Joseph Chénier born, poet/dramatist/politician of French and Greek origin


1790 – The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for the abolition of slavery, becoming the first organization in America to take a collective stand against slavery and the slave trade

1794 – First session of United States Senate opens to the public.

1800 – Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and politician, invented the calotype photographic process

1802 – Lydia Maria Child, abolitionist, women’s rights and Native American rights activist, novelist, journalist, and opponent of American expansionism


1805 – Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, American explorer/military scout/gold prospector

1808 – Jesse Fell becomes the first to successfully burn anthracite on an open grate, opening the way for the widespread use of coal as an energy source

1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry is accused of colluding with his Republican-controlled state senate to re-draw the voting district boundaries to favor their party; the “gerrymander” will be coined in a Boston Gazette political cartoon printed March 26, 1812


1813 – Otto Ludwig, German author and pioneering modernist playwright

1821 – Auguste Mariette, French archaeologist; founder of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities

1826 – University College London is founded as University of London

1840 – Gaetano Donizetti’s opera La fille du régiment (Daughter of the Regiment) debuts in Paris at the Opéra-Comique

1843 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Lombardi alla prima crociata (The Lombards on the First Crusade) premieres at La Scala in Milan – it is later extensively revised and re-named Jérusalem for a Paris production

1847 – Thomas Alva Edison born, American inventor, holder/co-holder of 1,093 patents

1855 – Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam, ending the Era of Princes

1856 – The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta

1858 – Bernadette Soubirous’s first vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France

1861 – In a desperate attempt to coax the Southern states to stay in the Union, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passes the Corwin amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state: “No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.” It is never ratified.

1869 – Else Lasker-Schüler born, Jewish German poet and playwright, one of the few women affiliated with the Expressionist movement; fled Nazi Germany. living the rest of her life in Jerusalem

1872 – Hannah Mitchell born, English suffragette, socialist and pacifist. After WWII, elected to Manchester City Council and worked as a magistrate

1873 – Amid growing unrest, Italian-born King Amadeo I of Spain abdicates, returning to Italy, and the First Spanish Republic is declared

1889 – Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first National Diet convenes in 1890.

1902 – Arne Jacobsen, Danish Functionalist architect and comfortable chair designer


1903 – Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony’s premiere performance in Vienna, Austria

1906 – Pope Pius X publishes the encyclical Vehementer Nos to denounce the French law of 1905 separating church and state as a unilateral break of Napoleon’s 1801 Concordat, re-establishing Catholicism as the state religion after the French Revolution

1908 – Vivian Ernest Fuchs, English geologist-explorer; led expeditionary team on first overland crossing of Antarctica (1958)

1914 – Matt Dennis born, American singer-bandleader-composer; music for hit songs like “Angel Eyes” “Let’s Get Away from It All” and “Will You Still Be Mine”

1914 – Josh White born, American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist

1916 – Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control

1920 – King Farouk of Egypt is born

1925 – Virginia E. Johnson, American psychologist-sexologist, Masters and Johnson

1926 – Paul Bocuse born, French chef, a pioneer of nouvelle cuisine


1929 – Kingdom of Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty; Italy recognizes the   the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City

1934 – Mary Quant, English-Welsh fashion designer and 1960s Mod icon


1937 – White Shirt Day * marks the end of a union sit-down strike when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers.

1938 – The BBC produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”

1939 –Lockheed P-38 Lightning flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes

1939 – Jane Yolen born, American author, sci-fi/fantasy; The Devil’s Arithmetic


1941 – Sérgio Mendes born, Brazilian pianist and composer, Brasil ‘66

1943 – General Dwight D. Eisenhower assumes command of the allied armies in Europe

1944 – Joy Williams born, American author and essayist; The Quick and the Dead, The Changeling 


1945 – President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement

1953 – U.S.President Eisenhower denies appeals for clemency for the Rosenbergs

1953 – The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel

1959 – The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom

1962 – Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist

1963 – Julia Child’s The French Chef premieres on TV

1964 – Greeks and Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus

1971 – Eighty-seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, sign the Seabed Arms Control Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters

1973 – First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place

1975 – Margaret Thatcher is elected leader of the opposition Conservative Party, the first woman to head a major party in Britain

1978 – China lifts its ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare  and Charles Dickens

1979 – The Iranian Revolution establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, nine days after he returns from 15 years of exile

1981 – 100,000 US gallons (380 m3) of radioactive coolant leak into a TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant containment building in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers

1989 – Barbara Harris is ordained as the first woman Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.

1997 – Space Shuttle Discovery launches to service the Hubble Space Telescope

2009 – John Dingell (D-MI) becomes the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 53 years of service


2015 – A university student is murdered as she resists an attempted rape in Turkey, sparking nationwide protests and public outcry over violence against women


  • Woman in wheelchair
  • International flags
  • Emperor Jimmu (standing)
  • Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle with universe quote
  • Joseph Chénier, virtue quote
  • Lydia Maria Child, trampling people quote
  • The Gerry-Mander – Boston Gazette
  • Arne Jacobsen, chair quote
  • Paul Bocuse, new recipe
  • Mary Quant, fashion quote
  • Jane Yalen, brutal arithmetic
  • Joy Williams, nothing we do quote
  • John Dingell – worst administration quote


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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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4 Responses to ON THIS DAY: February 11, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    There’s a lot here to digest. First, if the South had agreed to the Corwin Amendment and stayed in the Union would we still have slavery today? At first, Lincolns plan was to send all back to Africa to Iberia. Then things changed all over.

    Oh, Joy, oh Joy Williams, where were your words when I needed them most. I had the knowledge but at the time, I had not the wisdom.” Nothing we do is inevitable, but everything we do is irreversible.”

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Russell –
      I had a fine time with all the qreat quotes for today.

      There are at least two views about the Corwin Amendment: one, that we would still have some form of legal slavery, or two, that the Amendment would have be repealed at some later time by a new Amendment as society’s attitudes toward slavery changed, just as the Prohibition was when people decided the cure was worse than the problems caused by drink.

  2. John Dingell needs to be our designated Tweeter. At age 90, he is still witty, succinct, and can wield 140 characters like a verbal rapier. His responses to some of the drivel coming out of the current occupant of the West Wing are priceless.

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