Daily Calendar for Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February came from the Latin word februa, "to cleanse." The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement.

The new year is by far the most important festival of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is celebrated on the second new Moon after the winter solstice. The holiday is a time of renewal, with debts cleared, new clothes bought, shops and homes decorated, and families gathered for a reunion dinner. Chinese New Year is marked by fireworks, traditional lion dances, gift giving, and special foods. Learn more about Chinese New Year traditions.

Born

  • Thomas Cole(painter)–
  • Victor Herbert(cellist)–
  • Louis Stephen St. Laurent(Canadian Prime Minister)–
  • Clark Gable(actor)–
  • Langston Hughes(poet)–
  • John Hart(broadcast journalist)–
  • Don Everly(musician)–
  • Sherman Hemsley(actor)–
  • Rick James(singer)–
  • Brandon Lee(actor)–
  • Princess StΓ©phanie of Monaco–
  • Lisa Marie Presley(daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley)–
  • Lee Thompson Young(actor)–

Died

  • Mary Shelley(author)–
  • Pete(NY's hippo)–
  • Buster Keaton(actor)–
  • Heather O'Rourke(actress)–
  • Don Cornelius(creator of Soul Train)–
  • Edward Ed" Koch"(former mayor of New York City)–

Events

  • Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, was found on an island where he had been stranded for over 4 years. His experience was the basis for Daniel DeFoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe–
  • First U.S. dental dispensary opened, New York City–
  • The first dental college was incorporated, Baltimore, Maryland–
  • Texas seceded from the Union–
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, a poem written by Julia Ward Howe, was published in Atlantic Monthly–
  • Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary" was published"–
  • First automobile insurance policy issued–
  • First U.S. Marine Division activated–
  • Gordon Matthews received a patent for voice message exchange" system (better known as voicemail)"–
  • Space shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry, killing all seven astronauts onboard–
  • New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady became the youngest quarterback to lead his team to two Super Bowl victories–
  • During Super Bowl XLIII, Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison intercepted a pass on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest play in Super Bowl history–

Weather

  • Forty-five degrees below zero F in Pittsburg, New Hampshire–
  • The greatest ice storm of record in the United States produced a layer of ice up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania, causing 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million worth of damage. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week to ten days.–
  • -50 degrees F, Gavilan, New Mexico–
  • A high temperature of 50 degrees F was reported in Burlington, Vermont–

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