In June 2014, vials labeled "variola" were found in an unused portion of a storage room in an FDA lab in Maryland. Testing confirmed the vials contained live variola major virus, otherwise known as smallpox. The vials were moved to BSL-4 lab and later destroyed on February 24th, 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
Today I learned about Sally. The canine mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. She accompanied the regiment through nearly the entire war until being mortally wounded in February 1865 wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallie…
Today I learned about the "Forest Grove sound," an unexplained noise that annoyed and frustrated the town of Forest Grove, Oregon, for several days and nights in February 2016. The source of the loud, piercing sound, which was likened to car brakes or a "mechanical scream," was never identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of Travis who was a male common chimpanzee who, in February 2009, attacked and nearly killed a friend of his owner, blinding her while severing several body parts and severely lacerating her face. He was shot dead when he tried to attack a police officer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Starman is a mannequin, dressed as an astronaut, riding inside a cherry red Tesla Roadster Convertible Car through space. Starman's Convertible was launched on SpaceX Falcon Heavy - February 6th, 2018. Starman is soaring through space at a whopping 14,668 mi/h. space.com/39759-spacex-st…
Ancient Egyptians built King Ramses II statue with precise accuracy to be illuminated by the Sun, a phenomenon that only occurs twice a year. Once on February 22nd for his coronation and again on October 22nd for his birthday. egyptindependent.com/sun-…
In South Korea February 14th is Valentine's day where women give men presents. March 14th is White Day where men give women presents. April 14th is Black Day where single people gather together, dress in black, and eat a bunch of food. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Whenever a full moon does not occur during the month of February a "Double Blue Moon" must always happen in that year. This is when two blue moons occur in the same calendar year and happens every 19 years. earthsky.org/sky-archive/…
February 30 was a real date in Sweden in 1712. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Back in February of 2013 a guy hacked into his local television station and broadcasted on the emergency service that zombies are attacking the city youtu.be/f3cuD9ApBs8
October was originally the 8th month of the year in the first calendar of Romulus, which is why it uses the β€œocto” prefix. It retained its name after January and February were added later. wikipedia.org/wiki/Octobe…
There is a small island known as Pheasant Island which is located in the Bidasoa river of the France-Spain border, and it changes ownership between the two countries every six months. From February 1 to July 31, it is under Spanish rule and for the following six months it's French. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
Babe Ruth believed that his birthday was February 7, 1894. However, when he applied for a passport he looked up his birth certificate and found his birthday listed as February 6, 1895, nearly a full year later than he thought. history.com/news/10-thing…
Today I learned of Pedro LascurΓ‘in Paredes, a Mexican politician who was president for less than one hour on February 19 1913. This was due to a military coup by a General. The general had LascurΓ‘in assume the presidency, then appoint him interior secretary, before resigning to make him president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
In February 2008 the Washington State House of Representatives adopted a resolution to honor Washoe as the "first nonhuman to acquire a human language." By the time of her death in 2007, Washoe had learned approximately 350 signs of ASL and had taught her adopted son, Loulis, some signs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
The oldest person ever in the world was Jeanne Louise Calment, who was born on February 21, 1875 in Arles, France. She died on August 4, 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days old. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Michael Jackson's sixth studio album "Thriller" released on November 30, 1982, was listed at number one on the Billboard 200 for 37 weeks from February 26, 1983 to April 14, 1984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
For two weeks in February 2011, the Infinity Chilli (grown in Grantham, Lincolnshire) held the Guinness World Record for the world's hottest chili with a scoville rating of 1,067,286. It was created when two species in the same greenhouse were unintentionally crossbred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
Physicist Freeman Dyson, who died in late February, was the first to propose advanced aliens would likely build "Dyson Spheres" around their home stars, which are giant shells that capture most of a star's energy to help power an entire interplanetary civilization. astronomy.com/magazine/20…
NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who was born on February 12, 1934, had the most championships in NBA history with 11 titles, which he had in 1957, 1959-1966, and 1968-1969 all with the Boston Celtics, and played 13 seasons in the NBA howmanyrings.com/nba-play…
Today I learned of Operation Wikinger, where in February of 1940, because of poor communication between the German Kreigsmarine and the Luftwaffe, there was an intense fight between them, resulting in the loss of 578 German sailors and 2 destroyers despite there being no Allied forces anywhere near the battle wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
The Colombian town of LΓ³pez de Micay is the wettest place in the world, with an average of 315 rainy days a year (the least rainy month is February, with 23 rainy days), and an average of 16000 mm of rainfall annually en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
In February 1335, two Oxford University students complained to the bartender of the Swindlestock Tavern about the quality of wine served. The argument turned into a brawl which escalated into a riot that lasted over three days, killing around 30 townsfolk and 63 members of the university en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
There is a Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is an observance held on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rar…
The mummified remains of a German man, Manfred Fritz Bajorat, were found on his boat off the coast of the Philippines in February 2016. He had died of a heart attack and a combination of salt air, ocean winds and hot temperatures created the perfect climate needed to preserve his body. everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
Construction of Wrigley Field baseball park, home of the Chicago Cubs, began on February 23, 1914 and was ready for the home opener two months later on April 23, 1914, and cost $250,000 (the equivalent of $6.4 million today). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
The largest gold nugget ever found (called the Welcome Stranger), would be worth approximately $4.5M USD today, discovered by two miners John Deason and Richard Oates on February 5, 1869, near Moliagul, in the state of Victoria, Australia. bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
On 13 February 2000, the day after Charles M. Schulz's death, the last-ever new Peanuts strip ran in papers. Although Schulz did not draw any daily strips that ran past January 3, he had drawn five Sunday strips that had yet to run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
A chihuahua named Milly had a world record for the smallest living dog in terms of height on February 21, 2013 who measured 9.65 cm or 3.8 inches guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about Sabena Flight 548, which crashed on February 15, 1961 while en route to Brussels, Belgium from New York. All 72 souls aboard perished, including the entire U.S. Figure Skating team, who were traveling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena…
If you visit Luxembourg in late February, you may see burning crosses all over the country. This is an ancient Celtic tradition that has been kept to this day, which is meant to chase away winter and welcome spring. learnluxembourgish.com/bl…
There are two golf balls lying on the moon. Alan Shepard shot them with his modified 6-iron on Apollo 14 mission in February 1971. airandspace.si.edu/collec…
Detective show "Columbo", starring Peter Falk, aired its first episode in February 1968 and aired its last episode 35 years later in January 2003 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Photoshop 1.0 was released on February 19, 1990 for Macintosh exclusively at a price of $895. At the time of release, it cost around $300 an hour for basic photo retouching. Photoshop became available for Microsoft Windows in 1993 where it would reach global audiences within a few years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The town of Warsaw, Missouri holds the records for the both the highest temperature recorded, and the lowest temperature recorded in Missouri. 118Β° Fahrenheit in July 1954, and -40Β° in February 1905 climate.missouri.edu/sigw…
Only 400 out of the 7000 diseases classified as β€œrare” have an effective treatment. This fact is recognized during Rare Disease Day, which is held every year on the last day of February. This day also holds an extra special meaning on February 29 – the rarest day of the year. startribune.com/leap-day-…
Back in February a woman played violin during brain surgery so the surgeons could observe the parts of her brain she used to do so and avoid damaging her ability to play cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
The last month of the year used to be February en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
Jeep was named after Popeye’s pet Eugene after the new army vehicle was driven up the U.S. capital steps in February 1941 and Katherine Hillyer of the Washington Daily News wrote an article calling it Jeep not the General Purpose vehicle or GP, as Ford had named it. GP and Jeep do sound alike. rockdalenewtoncitizen.com…
Samuel J. Seymour, the last surviving witness of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, lived long enough to be interviewed on national television on February 9, 1956. historycollection.co/man-…
Today I learned of the ABC TV show Turn-On, which debuted February 1969. The first episode was so bad, one affiliate refused to return to it after the commercial break. Several west coast affiliates refused to air the show at all. Before the first episode had finished playing, the show was cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Due to a software glitch, in February 2007 six USAF F-22 fighter aircraft had their systems simultaneously crash mid-flight when they flew over the international date line. washingtonexaminer.com/we…
It wasn't until 15 February 1971 (Decimal Day) that the UK decimalised its currency. Before this date in the UK, each pound was made up of 20 shillings, each shiling was made up of 12 pence, which meant each pound was 240 pence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Pamela Anderson married Tommy Lee, drummer of MΓΆtley CrΓΌe, on February 19, 1995, after knowing him for about 96 hours, or 4 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam…
Valentine's Day was "split" into two holidays in Japan and several other Asian countries: On February 14th, women give men chocolate, and on March 14th, men give women chocolate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In February 14, 1990 as the Voyager 1 completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, NASA commanded it to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer Carl Sagan. The Earth is seen as a Pale Blue Dot. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
In Scotland and Ireland, 29 February in a leap year is said to be the one day when a woman can propose to her partner. Finland has the same custom, with the addition that a man rejecting such a proposal was expected to buy his suitor enough cloth for a skirt as compensation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Up until February 15, 1971, there were 240 Pennies in a British Pound. πŸ’· bristolpost.co.uk/news/br…
On February 22 2020 the Carolina Hurricane an NHL team had there two goalies injured in the game and had to bring in David Ayres who was a Zamboni driver for the other team the Toronto Maple Leafs. David Ayres let in 2 goals but would help Carolina secure the win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…

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