ON THIS DAY: February 21, 2017

February 21st is


Sticky Bun Day


Mother Language
Day *


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Bangladesh –
Ekushey (Martyr’s Day)/Shahid Dibosh
(Mother Language Day)
*international Flags

Bhutan – Anniversary of His Majesty

India – Maharashtra: State Elections
Haryana: Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
(founder Vedic reform movement Arya Samaj)

Norway – Birthday of King Harald V

Vanuatu – Dr. W.H. Lini Day
(Father of Independence)

On This Day in HISTORY

1437 – James I of Scotland is assassinated, stabbed to death by Sir Robert Graham and other Scottish Lairds fed up with his iron rule

1440 – The Prussian Confederation is formed: 19 Prussian cities bands together to oppose the Teutonic Knights, who imposed high taxes on them to pay off reparations after their defeat by the Kingdom of Poland, and to re-arm for more war

1621 – Rebecca Nurse born, first victim of the Salem witch trials in America


1791 – Carl Czerny is born, Austrian composer; his piano study books still widely used

1804 – The first self-propelled locomotive on rails is demonstrated in Wales

1836 – Leo Delibes born, French opera and ballet composer; music for Coppelia

1842 – John J. Greenough patents a sewing machine

1846 – Sarah G Bagley, first recorded woman telegrapher, becomes superintendent of the Lowell MA telegraph office.

1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto


1855 – Alice Freeman Palmer born, advocate of higher education for women, President of Wellesley College, the first woman president of a nationally known college

1858 – The first electric burglar alarm is installed in Boston MA

1866 – Lucy B. Hobbs is the first woman to graduate from dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati

1874 – The Oakland Daily Tribune begins publication

1876 – Constantin Brancusi born, Romanian abstract sculptor


1878 – First U.S. telephone directory is distributed to residents in New Haven CT, a single page of fifty names

1893 – Andrés Segovia born, virtuoso Spanish guitarist

1895 – Carl Peter Henrik Dam born, Danish biochemist; discovers vitamin K (1939)

1903 – Anaïs Nin is born in France, Cuban-American author of journals and novels


1904 – The National Ski Association is formed in Ishpeming, MI

1907 –W.H. Auden is born in England, American poet and author


1916 – The WWI Battle of Verdun begins in France, ending on December 18, 1916

1925 – The first issue of  The New Yorker is published

1931 – Alka Seltzer is introduced

1932 – William N. Goodwin patents the camera exposure meter

1933 – Nina Simone born, American singer-songwriter, pianist and activist

1936 – Barbara Jordan born, first African-American woman in Texas elected to the U.S. Congress (1973-1979), Civil Rights leader


1947 – Edwin Land demonstrates the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City, the first camera to take, develop and print a black-and-white picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. It goes on sale in 1948 for $89.75

1947 – Olympia Snowe born, Republican U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013), cited extreme partisanship leading to Congressional dysfunction when she retired; now co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform


1950 – The first International Pancake Race was held in Liberal KS

1958 – The first Gibson Flying V guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo MI

1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated in New York City at age 39 by assassins identified as Black Muslims


1968 – McGraw-Hill outbids 8 other publishers for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies’ authorized biography of the Beatles, paying $150,000

1975 – Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman are sentenced to 2 ½ to 8 years in prison for the Watergate cover-up

1988 – In Baton Rouge LA, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confesses to his congregation  his guilt of an unspecified sin, and that he is leaving the pulpit temporarily – reports link him to a prostitute

1989 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush calls Ayatollah Khomeini’s death warrant against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie “deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior”

1995 – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada

1999 – International Mother Language Day * announced by UNESCO, commemorates the 1952 Bangladesh “language martyr” students* who were killed during a protest at the University of Dhaka over Urdu being made the sole official language for both areas of then-Pakistan even though 54% of the population of East Pakistan were Bengali; and to celebrate cultural diversity

2001 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft asks William H. Webster, former head of the FBI and CIA, to undertake a  “comprehensive independent review of FBI procedures” after allegations that an FBI agent has been spying for the Russians.

2005 – Great Britain’s Royal Navy announces that it will allow same-sex couples to live in family quarters if they are in registered partnership

2013 – Michael Edwards, British poet and professor of comparative literature, becomes the first English person elected to the Académie française




  • Sticky buns
  •  International Mother Language Day poster
  •  International flags
  • Stone marker on Rebecca Nurse’s grave
  • Karl Marx, workers unite quote 
  • Wisdom of the Earth, by Brancusi 
  • Anaïs Nin, choosing a man quote
  • W.H. Auden, measuring civilizations quote
  • Barbara Jordan, what the people want quote
  • Olympia Snowe, truths overshadowed quote
  • Malcolm X, the press quote
  • Michael Edwards, in glasses at center of photo, at the Académie française


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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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