ON THIS DAY: February 6, 2018

February 6th is

Chopsticks Day

Frozen Yogurt Day

Lame Duck Day

International Day of Zero Tolerance
to Female Genital Mutilation *

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MORE! Robert Tanner Jackson, Bob Marley and Stella Obasanjo, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Finland/Norway/Sweden – Sámi
National Day * (also called Laplanders)

Jamaica – Last day of
Bob Marley Birthday Bash

New Zealand and Niue –
Waitangi Day (national day)

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On This Day in HISTORY

AD 60 – The earliest date on which the day of the week is known now, from a graffito at Pompeii

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

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

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 (originally called the Society for the Colonization of Free People of Color of America), depart from New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia

1838 – Henry Irving born, English actor-manager, leading Shakespearean of his day


Ellen Terry and Henry Irving as Benedict and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing


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



1867 – Robert Tanner Jackson, member of Harvard’s first graduating Dentistry class,  becomes the first African-American to earn a degree as dentist



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

1903 – Claudio Arrau born, Chilean pianist and composer



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

1913 – Mary Leakey born, British paleoanthropologist; discoverer of first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct ape believed to be ancestral to humans



1917 – Sámi National Day * – the first Sámi Congress is held in Trondheim, Norway

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

1933 – Walter E. Fauntroy born, Civil rights leader, District of Columbia delegate to the U.S House of Representatives (1971-1991)



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 reggae singer-songwriter



1950 – Natalie Cole born, American singer, daughter of Nat King Cole



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


Holiday snapshot, before Elizabeth learns of her father’s death


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

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, thus 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 full political power to his oldest 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 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital
Mutilation * is sponsored by the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the global movement Every Woman, Every Child; Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian First Lady and 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


Stella Obasanjo

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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 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 and a bewildered Border Collie.
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