ON THIS DAY: February 26, 2017

February 26th is


Tell a Fairytale Day

Levi Strauss Day *

Pistachio Day


58th Daytona 500

89th Academy Awards

MORE! Christopher Marlowe, Sharyn McCrumb and Alanis Morissette, click



Christianity – Shrovetide: The two days before plus Shrove Tuesday, which are the three days before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday

Belgium – Binche: Carnaval de Bincheinternational Flags

Italy –
Venice: Carnevale Venezia
Ivrea: Battaglia delle Arance
(battle of the oranges) 

Kuwait – Liberation Day

Mongolia – Bituun
(Lunar New Year’s Eve)

Tibet – Eve of Losar (New Year)

Trinidad & Tobago – Port of Spain:
SOAKA Street Festival

On This Day in HISTORY

747 BC – Epoch of Ptolemy’s Nabonrassar Era, starting point used to study the works of Ptolemy, which record the history of Assyria and Babylon; also an important source used by astronomers to date celestial events


1361 – Wenceslas born, will be crowned Wenceslas IV, King of Bohemia

1564 – Christopher Marlowe born, English playwright, poet and sometime spy


1616 – Galileo Galilei is formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun


1802 – Victor Hugo born, French author, poet, and playwright


1808 – Honoré Daumier born, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor


1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba, begins 2nd conquest of France

1829 – Levi Strauss born, American clothing manufacturer, founder Levi Strauss & Co

1842 – Camille Flammarion born, French astronomer and author


1846 – Buffalo Bill Cody born, American scout, hunter and showman


1848 – The second French Republic is proclaimed

1852 – John Harvey Kellogg born, developer of corn flakes as dry breakfast food

1857 – Emile Coue born, French pharmacist, autosuggestion advocate; repetition 15 to 20 times twice a day: “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better”

1858 – Lavinia Lloyd Dock born, American nurse, feminist and social activist; author of four-volume history of nursing and a pioneering nurse’s manual of drugs

1863 – U.S. President Lincoln signs the National Currency Act, aka the National Banking Act, to create a single national currency, eliminating problem of notes having varying values in different states; issuing banks are subject to regulation in some states but not in others; establishes federal banks backed by the U.S Treasury, and all paper money to be produced by the government; the U.S. Mint is sole producer of coinage since 1792

1870 – NYC’s first pneumatic-powered subway line opens to the public, the Beach Pneumatic Transit

1876 – Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese itizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state  of Qing dynasty China

1877 – Rudolph Dirks born, American cartoonist, Katzenjammer Kids


1881 – S.S. Ceylon begins first round-the-world-cruise, from  Liverpool, England

1893 –  Dorothy Whipple born, English novelist and children’s author


1895 – Michael Joseph Owens patents an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time

1907 – The U.S. Congress raises their own pay to $7500, from $5000 in 1874; by comparison, the average worker earns 22 cents an hour; an accountant makes about $2000 a year; a mechanical engineer about $5,000 a year; there are 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads in all of America; 90% of U.S. doctors had no college education, but attend “medical schools” which were frequently found to be “substandard”; average life expectancy is 47 years due to the high infant mortality rate – 95% of all births happen at home; just 6% of adult Americans are high school graduates, and 20% of the population can’t read or write; only 230 murders are reported in the entire U.S.

1908 – Leela Majumdar born, prolific Bengali Indian author

1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the public at the Palace Theatre in London

1914 – HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland

1916 – Mutual Film Corporation signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract to make 12 two-reel comedies for the largest annual salary yet for a motion picture star: $670,000

1918 – Theodore Sturgeon born, American author and critic


1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs into law an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

1928 – Fats Domino born, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1929 – U.S. President Coolidge signs a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park

1930 – New York City installs traffic lights

1932 – Johnny Cash born, American Country-Western singer-songwriter-guitarist

1933 – A ground-breaking ceremony is held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge

1935 – Adolf Hitler orders Luftwaffe re-formed, violating Treaty of Versailles provisions

1935 – Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of radar in the United Kingdom

1945 – A nationwide midnight curfew goes into effect in the U.S.

1948 – Sharyn McCrumb born, American Appalachian “Ballad” novelist, and author of Elizabeth MacPherson mystery series


1950 – Helen Clark born, first woman elected (not appointed) to the office of Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008); first woman Administrator of the UN Development Programme (since 2009), and chair of the UN Development Group

1952 – Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces Britain has an atomic bomb

1952 – Vincent Massey is sworn in, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada

1953 – Michael Bolton born, American singer-songwriter

1954 – U.S. Congresswoman Ruth Thompson (R-MI) introduces bill to ban mailing of “obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy” recordings, aimed at rock n’ roll

1957 – The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is established by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1965 – Jimmy Page releases his first solo single “She Just Satisfies”

1970 – The Beatles release “Hey Jude” in the U.S.


1970 – National Public Radio (NPR) is incorporated

1987 – The Tower Commission rebukes U.S. President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair

1987 – The U.S.S.R. conducts its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium

1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announces on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops are being withdrawn from Kuwait

1993 – Six people are killed and more than a thousand injured when a van containing a bomb built by Islamic extremists explodes in the New York World Trade Center’s underground parking garage

1995 – Britain’s oldest investment banking firm, Barings PLC, collapses after a securities dealer loses more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices

1998 – A Texas jury rejects an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen, blaming Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease

2001 – A U.N. tribunal convicts Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes, because they ordered systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war

2002 – Alanis Morissette’s third album “Under Rug Swept” is released

2008 – The NY Philharmonic performs in Pyongyang, North Korea; the first performance of its kind in North Korea

2009 – Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic is acquitted of war crimes during the Kosovo War by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
2009 – The Pentagon reverses its 18-year policy of banning media from covering returning war dead, allowing some media coverage if the family approves

2012 – Trayon Martin, 17, is shot to death in Sanford FL during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman

2013 – Pink’s single “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess is released



  • Pistachios
  • Fairy Tales illustration
  • International flags
  • Figure of the heavenly bodies — illustration of Ptolemaic geocentric system by Portuguese cosmographer/cartographer Bartolomeu Velho, 1568
  • Christopher Marlowe, armed with justice quote
  • Galileo Galilei, all truths quote
  • Victor Hugo, music quote
  • The First-Class Carriage, by Honoré Daumier
  • Camille Flammarion, man’s vanity
  • Buffalo Bill Cody, restless spirit quote
  • Katzenjammer Kids
  • Dorothy Whipple, thinking quote
  • Theodore Sturgeon, I quit my job quote
  • Sharyn McCrumb, life choices 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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11 Responses to ON THIS DAY: February 26, 2017

  1. I really like Sharyn McCrumb. If you read her “true fiction” novel, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, you will find me listed as working with her on it. At book readings, she introduces me to the audience as, “Ann Melton’s therapist.”

    • Russell says:

      Hang down your head….. and …I like the ballads.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I’ve only read some of her mysteries, which I liked. Will have to discover her other work one of these days. She’s on my ever-growing TBR list.

      • I believe her best work was She Walks These Hills. I talked to her about and she said it was her “best balanced” work. She uses real places and names for some of her work. One of the characters is an old fellow who was an inmate who wanders off from Northeast Correctional Complex near Mountain City, TN. It is a real place; I used to work there. He has Korsakoff’s Dementia and wanders all over Roan Mountain looking for people who are now long dead. Another character in the book is a geology professor from East Tennessee State University.

        By far, her most interesting recurring character is Nora Bonesteel, a woman of Scottish descent who has the gift of “Second Sight.”

  2. Russell says:

    Yes you are the new LM Boyd. I really appreciate your time and effort.

    I’ll comment on Kellogg, he developed a process of flattering corn by boiling, then baking. It was originally for his patients at the sanitarium in Battle Creek, MI. The elite would pay big bucks for the time to be cured by the various ailments they suffered. Once they left the facility they wanted some flakes to take home and mail ordered them as well. Thus began the Kellogg Brothers Dynasty.

    I understand Christopher Marlows’ “Justice of my Quarrels.”

    Dantes’ Truth’s. Ones truth is always undeniable. It seems that others truth must catch up. In this case it did.

    I was alive for most of the 60s, 70s and 80’a music. What a treat, I can say the best music for myself ever. However, in college I took classes to validate my existence. It was easier than working. Plus you have a whole lot of free time and many people to meet. The world awaits.

    I am now in my mind reminded of music I heard as a youth, growing up, we had a day nanny and night. They would listen to music that they liked. I was exposed to great artist, later to learn they were of color. I liked it, I am enriched for them.

    I remember some good country and western growing up as well. I recall a great artist that everyone liked. When they found out that Charley Pride was black, oh my, that song had to go. As a young child you never really understand what was the matter. You get older, you have choices. You can either follow the narrow minded people or you can expand your knowledge. I chose the latter. I think is a good choice.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I’m the daughter of Goldwater Republicans who raised me to think for myself, but were very upset when I actually did.

      It took about 30 years, but my dad, an avid outdoorsman and photographer, did leave the Republican Party during the Bush One years over their abuse of our National Parks and the environment during the Reagan-Bush-Bush administrations. He wrote some classic letters to all concerned, and then heaped even more scorn on the boiler-plate responses he got back. If he were alive today, he’d be writing scorchers to the Orange Man in the Oval Office.

      My mother never changed.

      • Russell says:

        You win some you lose some. I as a youth will say that I was not eligible to vote. However, the Vietnam War was going on. I was only 14, but I did not like the idea of going overseas, my brother had to register. Nixon campaigned on ending the War. I worked my tail off and did my part. Nixon, upheld his promise. I was watching TV when the show was interrupted. I was 16, I was happy. I did not have to worry. A bonus, I did not have to register. My brother did not have to go.

        Then a few months later, the watergate thing happened. I was done.

        A few years later, I had a friend running for office. I helped the family and he was elected. That was when it was safe to be a democrat. I went to work in the office and I got lesson in party affiliation. It was a learning curve for me.

        Later in life, I realized no one party had the answer. For a few years I was apathetic and did not vote. Then I discovered a truth, do bitch about a candidate unless you voted. Well, I did start to vote, and I voted my conscious. I have to say, sometimes when I vote, its not about the candidates or campaign its the lesser of two evils. Which is a shame to say. I had done business in NY at the World Trade Center in the Public Bonds arena, Trump got his share. I did not trust him then, I do not trust him now.

        To say one is allianced with one party smacks of narrow mindedness, however sometimes you can’t help the results of your voting, it just turns out that way.

        Another thing that used to eat at me was term limits because some think that the elders need to be gone. Well, all you will have left is special interest candidates that are bought and paid for. I think this is worse.

        • wordcloud9 says:

          I have major issues with the Democrats, but I usually vote that way for Congress and the President because they are mostly better than Republicans on the environment (at least they are willing to say there’s a problem) and because Democrats put better judges on the Supreme Court.

          After Clarence Thomas, nobody can tell me Republicans care about the quality or qualifications of those they nominate to the Court.

          • websterisback says:

            Thomas is a Shill. There have been a few decisions that I wanted to call him an Uncle Tom. The essence of one was as follows in a criminal appeal, and he was the lone vote, he was the dissenter and stated that a defendant had obtained all of the Due Process he was entitled to.

            Then today I was read about a Per Curiam decision that freed a black man in Alabama after 30 years. I almost dropped my coffee. Thomas was part of the unanimous decision.

            However there are some civil cases coming up to the court for oral arguments and I think he should step aside as his wife was a lobbyist for one of them I am certain about, maybe two. But he sees no conflict of interest.

          • pete says:

            With Fat Tony gone who is going to tell Clarence what his opinion is.

          • Russell says:


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