#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

#TDIH – February 19


1674 – England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.

1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.

1878 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

1942 – World War II: Nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.

1945 – US Marines invade Iwo Jima

1959 – Last flight of Arrow 201 and the end of the Arrow Program which was officially cancelled the next day.


1976 – Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford’s Proclamation 4417

1982 – First flight of the Boeing 757

1988 – First flight of the Boeing 737-400

2010 – Tiger Woods apologizes publicly for extramarital affairs

Chinese New Year

#TDIH – February 18


Happy Birthday to Joseph Ahmad and Mike Kestle

1564 – Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and painter  dies (b. 1475)

1861 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America

1885 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.

1913 – Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.

1920 – Formation of a Canadian Air Force was authorized by Order-in-Council as a non-professional, non-permanent force under the Air Board.

1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.

1964 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Bombardier Inc. dies (b. 1907)

1977 – First flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to measure structural loads and ground handling and braking characteristics of the mated system.

1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.

2001 – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt dies in an accident during the Daytona 500.

Ash Wednesday

National Drink Wine  Day



#TDIH – February 17


Happy Birthday to Todd Dussault, Gary Miller and Stephen Bluck

1621 – Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.

1863 – A group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.

1904 – Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.

1909 – Geronimo, American tribal leader dies. (b. 1829)

1932 – Mounties enlisted World War I air ace/bush pilot [[Wop May]] to help them track Rat River Yukon – Albert Johnson, ‘the Mad Trapper of Rat River,’ killed by RCMP in shoot-out after 48-day 240 km manhunt in 40 below weather; charged with killing one Mountie, Constable Edgar Millen and wounding two others.

1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States. Cheers!

1959 – Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.

1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T.

1981 – Paris Hilton, American model, actress, and singer is born.  Model? Actress? Singer?

Fat Tuesday

National Champion Crab Racing Day


#TDIH – February 16


Happy Birthday to my old friend Lyle Crump and Craig Fuller

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1881 – The Canadian Pacific Railway is incorporated by Act of Parliament at Ottawa (44th Vic., c.1). A large part of it is currently on strike,
1903 – Traian Vuia presented to the Académie des Sciences of Paris the possibility of flying with a heavier-than-air mechanical machine and his procedure for taking off, but it was rejected for being an utopia, adding the comments: “The problem of flight with a machine which weighs more than air cannot be solved and it is only a dream.”
1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.  Many years later Steve Martin does a very funny tribute.
1956 – B-47 51-2059 (later RCAF X059) arrived at Cartierville where Canadair would modify it to test the Orenda Iroquois engine for the Avro Arrow.

1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.

1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
National Almond Day