Love to be unknown, and to be valued as nothing. This will be more beneficial and useful than to be praised by other people.
-Thomas à Kempis.
A brief review of the “explosive” events that lead to the unconditional surrender of Japan in World War II.
This episode talks about the life and death of famous gunfighter, “Wild Bill” Hickok. Also, a bit of information about the first voyage of Christopher Columbus.
1717 – Henri d’Aguesseau’s 1st appointment as chancellor of France 1867 – Bricklayers start working 8-hour days 1962 – “New Faces of ’62” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances 1967 – WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting 1975 – Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security … Continue reading “Historical Events for 1st February 2023”
February 1, 1884: The first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million English words, past and present Plans for the dictionary began … Continue reading “Oxford Dictionary debuts”
On February 1, 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran in triumph after 15 years of exile. The shah and his family had fled the country two weeks before, and jubilant Iranian revolutionaries were eager to establish a fundamentalist Islamic government under Khomeini’s leadership. Born around the turn of the century, Ruhollah Khomeini was the … Continue reading “Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran”
In the Royal Exchange Building on New York City’s Broad Street, the Supreme Court of the United States meets for the first time, with Chief Justice John Jay of New York presiding. The U.S. Supreme Court was established by Article Three of the U.S. Constitution, which took effect in March 1789. The Constitution granted the … Continue reading “First session of the U.S. Supreme Court”
By the time the first of his three career-defining operas had its premiere, Giacomo Puccini was no longer living a life of impoverished artistic struggle. His previous opera, Manon Lascaut, had made his name in the world of Italian opera, and, more important, it had earned him a significant advance on his next work. With … Continue reading “Puccini’s “La Bohème” premieres in Turin, Italy”
A singular event occurred during the halftime show of the Super Bowl on February 1, 2004. While performing a duet with Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake briefly exposed one of her breasts in what was later described as a “wardrobe malfunction.” The performance was airing live all around the world—an estimated 143.6 million people tuned in … Continue reading ““Nipplegate” controversy at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show”
February 1, 1978: Antislavery crusader and Civil War veteran Harriet Tubman becomes the first African American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp, the first in the Post Office’s Black Heritage Series. Tubman’s appearance on stamps was emblematic both of the progress made in recognizing African Americans’ contributions to American history and of the ongoing … Continue reading “Harriet Tubman becomes the first African American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp”
By 2013, Netflix had already fundamentally changed the way Americans consumed movies and television. The service offered unlimited DVD rentals—and, starting in 2007, direct streaming of many of its titles—for a flat monthly fee, a wildly popular model that almost single-handedly drove Blockbuster and other video rental stores out of business. In February of 2013, … Continue reading ““House of Cards,” Netflix’s first original series, starts streaming”
On February 1, 1913, 25-year-old multi-sport star Jim Thorpe—who won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics—signs a Major League Baseball contract with the New York Giants. The signing comes on the same day Thorpe returns his Olympic medals to Sweden for a violation of amateur rules. Years earlier, he was paid to play minor league … Continue reading “Multi-sport star Jim Thorpe signs MLB contract with Giants”
On February 1, 2002, 38-year-old American journalist Daniel Pearl, the Southeast Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, is murdered by a terror group in Pakistan. Weeks later, a videotape of Pearl’s beheading was released, shocking millions and underscoring the threat of terrorism less than a year after the 9/11 attacks on the United … Continue reading “Journalist Daniel Pearl is murdered”