Once Upon a Time in America (2.2.14)

FEB 2

  • 1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the Mexican-American War. It set the boundary of Texas as the Rio Grande and gave California to the United States, as well as New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
  • 1887: The 1st Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
  • 1972: Otter Limits editor Steve Long is born in Aurora, Colorado.
  • 2014: The Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl 43-8 against the Denver Broncos.

FEB 3:

  • 1870: The 15th Amendment is ratified, giving the right to vote to citizens regardless of race.
  • 1913: The 16th Amendment is ratified, giving Congress the power to collect income tax. Booo!
  • 1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Bip Bopper die in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

FEB 4:

  • 1789: George Washington is unanimously elected as the 1st President of the United States.
  • 2004: Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

FEB 5:

  • 1778: South Carolina is the 2nd state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • 1917: Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Wilson’s veto, severely restricting immigration from southeast Asia.

FEB 6:

Nothing terribly interesting.

FEB 7:

  • 1935: The board game Monopoly is invented.
  • 1962: All imports and exports to and from Cuba are banned.
  • 1964: The Beatles arrive in the United States for the first time.

FEB 8:

Nothing of interest on this day either.

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