News, Events, Birthdays, History - February 26 - March 4

Birthdays
 
Jackie Gleason - February 26, 1916.
American musician, comedian and actor, best known for his role as Ralph Dramden in the long-running television series "The Honeymooners".
 
 
Victor Hugo - February 26, 1802.
One of the most popular 19th century authors, well known for the novel Les Miserables. His most famous character was Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. One of Hugo's quotes: "An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come".
 
Levi Jeans
Levi Strauss - February 26, 1829.
Strauss created the world's first pair of jeans for California's gold miners in 1850. 180 years later, his name is still recognized around the world.
 
 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - February 27, 1807.
An American poet and writer, best known for his classic narrative poems, including The Song of Hiawatha and Paul Revere's Ride.
 
Harry Caray - March 1, 1914.
Holy Cow! Caray was a lgendary baseball broadcaster. He became a legend at the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field with his seventh-inning stretch performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". He was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1989.
 
Dr. SuessDr. Suess- March 2, 1904.
Who doesn't know Dr. Suess?? But you probably don't know his real name - Theodor Geisel. The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hatches the Egg - are just a few of his well-known favorites. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 "for his contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents.
 
Alexander Graham Bell - March 3, 1847.
Inventor of the telephone, he spoke the first electrically transmitted sentence to his assistant in the next room: "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.". If only he could see what his invention has become! Nowadays he could have texted Watson - "OMG, come quick! LOL".
 
 
 
Events

Grand Canyon National Park Established 90 Years Ago - 1919.

An immense gorge cut through the high plateaus of northwest Arizona by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,218,375 acres. The Grand Canyon is considered one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.
 
Twenty-Second Amendment to the Consititution Ratified in 1950.
The 22nd Amendment limits the tenure of presidential office to two terms. This amendment came just after Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been elected to four successive terms.
 
USS Princeton Explosion - February 28, 1844.
This newly built 'war steamer' was cruising on the Potomac River with top government officials as passengers. It fired one of its guns in a demonstration; the gun exploded, and several people were killed, including Secretary of State Abel Upshur and Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer. President John Tyler was on board, and narrowly escaped death.
 
Salem Witch Hysteria Begins - March 1, 1692.
After Witch experiencing strange behavior from several teenage girls, the Massachusetts Bay Colony Village of Salem attributed the behavior to witchcraft, and arrested three women. One of the three admitted to being a witch, and soon the accusations spread to others. Trials were ordered - but the proceedings were criticized for their unjust nature and the special courts were ultimately dissolved, but not until 19 people had been hanged, 5 had died in jail, 1 had been tortured to death, more than 150 had been imprisoned, and two dogs were executed. Some five years later a judge would apologize, and all those accused would be pardoned.