Concerning February 19th

Events large and small, miscellany, curiosities, &c.

Being the 50th day of the year, with 315 days remaining.

National Chocolate Mint Day.

Born today : Homer Hickam, retired nasa engineer and writer, author of Rocket Boys, the basis for the film October Sky, in 1943.

“October Sky” is an anagram of “Rocket Boys.”

Departed today : Old time country music banjo player, singer and Hee Haw star Louis “Grandpa” Jones, in 1998.

Today in history : Thomas Edison patented the phonograph, in 1878.

Endeavour to learn something new every day.

Fact of the day : The Recording Industry Association of America awards a Gold Album for sales of 500,000, Platinum for 1,000,000, and Diamond for 10,000,000.  From Shott’s Original Miscellany ~ Visit the author’s web site

Quote of the day : “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.  From BrainyQuote

Word of the day : Sanguine (sang-gwun) 1 : bloodred.  From Merriam-Webster

February comes from februa, a Roman purification feast held in this month.

Sinus Pain Awareness Month.

February birthstone : Amethyst, for sincerity.

February flower : The primrose, Primula vulgaris.

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs, and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” – William Cullen Bryant.

Professor D. O. Durant's Original Encyclopedic Calendar

“Whilst the publisher makes every effort to verify the accuracy of the information presented herein it should not be used to decide wagers, resolve border disputes, or settle disagreements between spouses. Thank you.”

From the preface of the first
edition of the calendar.