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#TDIH – February 26

Happy Birthday to Melanie Burden and Lori Barnim


Red Tail North superstar Melanie Burden


1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.

1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park – the Grand Canyon National Park.

1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

1958 – The RCAF accepted the first Avro CF-105 Arrow.

1993 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over a thousand.



#TDIH – February 25

Happy Birthday to Bruce Playfoot and Roger Buis

Roger Buis at the controls  of Otto the helicopter at Oshkosh 2013

Roger Buis at the controls of Otto the helicopter at Oshkosh 2013

1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.

1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.

1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

1933 – The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.

1940 – Montreal Canadiens lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Gardens in the world’s first televised hockey game; on Westinghouse station W2XBS-TV.

1950  – Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premiere their comedy program Your Show of Shows on NBC; writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.

1951 – The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1965 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9

Ex Air Canada DC-9  at the Canadian Aviation Museum

Ex Air Canada DC-9 at the Canadian Aviation Museum

1963 – First flight of the Transall C-160


C-160 Transall at 2014 Thunder Over Michigan


1975 – Brig. General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, flies his final US Air Force sortie.

1983 – Tennessee Williams dies at age 71; chokes to death on a bottle cap; US playwright known for A Streetcar Named Desire.

1990 – Smoke-free flights become mandatory throughout North America for all US airlines.

National Clam Chowder Day




#TDIH – February 24

Happy Birthday to Benjamin Gardner

1582 – With the papal bull Inter gravissimas, Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.

1895 – Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the Cuban War of Independence, that ends with the Spanish–American War in 1898.

1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.

1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.

1955 – First flight of the BOMARC surface-to-air missile

1984 – First flight of the Boeing 737-300

1998 – Henny Youngman, English-American comedian and violinist  dies. (b. 1906)

2003 – The 777-300ER completes its first flight.

2006 – Don Knotts, American actor dies. (b. 1924)

2011 – Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

Flag Day (Mexico)


#TDIH – February 23

Happy Birthday to Theresa Eaman, Randy Duncan and Billy Werth

1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.

1896 – The Tootsie Roll is invented.

1903 – Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.

1909 – The AEA Silver Dart makes the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.

Replica of the AEA Silver Dart

Replica of the AEA Silver Dart

1934 – First flight of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, a twin-engine, all-metal monoplane airliner.



1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.

2014 – The closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia.

National Banana Bread Day


#TDIH – February 22

1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores.

1909 – The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by USS Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.

1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.

1975 – First flight of the Sukhoi Su-25, a Soviet single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft designed to provide close air support.

1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4–3.

1987 – First flight of the Airbus A320


1987 – Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer dies.  (b. 1928)

1993 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90

National Margarita Day


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