Today is Friday, February 19th. It’s National Chocolate Mint Day, National Tartar Sauce Day, International Tug-of-War Day, National Caregivers Day and Confession Day
There are 26 days remaining until St. Patrick’s Day
There are 29 days until Spring
There are 41 days until baseball’s Opening Day
There are 44 days remaining until Easter
Today is the day that…
— in 1872, the modern-day elevator was invented
— in 1878, Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)
— in 1913, The first prize is inserted into a Cracker Jack box
— in 1940, Smokey Robinson is born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit. He’s later nicknamed “Smokey Joe” by his uncle.
— in 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth
— in 1967, Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was born
— in 1968, the first nationwide broadcast of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood aired on PBS
— in 1971, Paul McCartney’s lawsuit against his fellow ex-Beatles begins in a London court. Paul was seeking to remove Allen Klein as manager of the group’s financial affairs.
— in 1972, Sammy Davis Jr. appears on the TV show All In The Family in an episode where he famously plants a kiss on Archie Bunker.
— in 1974, The First Annual American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s answer to the Grammys, is broadcast on ABC
— in 1977, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” hits #1 in the US. It is the only Springsteen song ever to top the chart.
— in 1980, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking. The coroner’s report lists “acute alcohol poisoning” as the cause of death, classified under “death by misadventure.”
— in 1981, George Harrison is ordered to pay $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” of his song “My Sweet Lord” with Ronnie Mack’s song “He’s So Fine”
— also in 1981, Phil Collins releases his debut solo album, Face Value.
— in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne infamously relieves himself on a statue near the Alamo in San Antonio. He is banned from the city for 10 years until donating $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who maintain the monument.
— in 1985, Cherry Coke debuted
— in 1994, Six months after Natalie Merchant leaves the band, 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged version of “Because The Night” peaks at #11 on the US singles chart
— in 1995, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach
— also in 1995, Roxette becomes just the second Western pop act (Wham was the first) to play a public concert in China when they perform in a Beijing celebration of the Chinese New Year.
— in 1998, 15 year-old Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medal winner in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title
— in 1999, Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel died at the age of 53 due to complications from a brain tumor
— in 2001, An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial
— in 2003, a fire broke out during a Great White rock concert at a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. 100 people were killed, and 200 were injured
— in 2004, Apple Computer began shipping iPod minis
— in 2005, Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500
— in 2008, Sharper Image declared bankruptcy after several years of declining sales
— in 2010, Tiger Woods publicly apologized for his scandal
— in 2018, Nigeria reports the disappearance of 110 girls, presumed kidnapped by the ISIS-inspired terrorist organization Boko Haram, after an attack on their school
— and in 2020, in a promotion for Buffalo Wild Wings, rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony change their name to Boneless Thugs-N-Harmony
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