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Calendar for February 15th, 2014

Susan B. Anthony's Birthday

The Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, New York, was the home of this women's rights leader during the most politically active period of her life. It was here that she was arrested for voting in 1872, before women had the right to vote. Today the house is a National Historic Landmark and museum. Anthony, born in 1820, is best known as an advocate for woman suffrage, but she began her career as an outspoken proponent of temperance. She was not allowed to speak publicly, however, because she was a woman. In response to this outrage, she teamed up with Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1852 and dedicated her life to winning voting rights for women. She died in 1906 without realizing her dream. (Women didn't get the right to vote nationally until 1920, with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.) Connect with the Ken Burns/PBS documentary Not for Ourselves Alone, which examines Anthony's and Stanton's roles in the early women's movement. The Web site also features their original writings and speeches.

Every Year

  • National Flag of Canada Day

  • 1560s

  • Born 1564: Galileo Galilei (astronomer)

  • 1760s

  • 1768: First mustard manufactured in U.S. advertised in Philadelphia, PA

  • 1790s

  • Born 1797: Henry E. Steinway (piano manufacturer)

  • 1800s

  • Born 1803: John Sutter (pioneer)

  • 1820s

  • Born 1820: Susan B. Anthony (reformer)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1951: Melissa Manchester (singer)

  • Born 1951: Jane Seymour (actress)

  • Born 1954: Matt Groening (cartoonist; creator of The Simpsons)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1964: Chris Farley (actor)

  • 1965: Canada officially adopted a new flag; the Red Maple Leaf became the new symbol, replacing the Union Jack

  • Died 1965: Nat King Cole (singer)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1984: Ethel Merman (singer & actress)

  • 1990s

  • 1995: Rare sighting of yellow-billed loon, Lake Powell, Utah

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Howard K. Smith (newscaster)

  • Died 2004: Jan Miner (actress who gained fame as Madge, the manicurist in Palmolive television ads)

  • 2005: Kyoto Protocol global climate treaty took effect

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