It is Sunday yet again. For most Christians, Sunday is observed as a day for worship of God and rest, due to the belief that it is Lord’s Day, the day of Christ’s resurrection. No century in the Gregorian calendar starts on a Sunday, whether its first year is ’00 or ’01. The Jewish New Year never falls on a Sunday. (The rules of the Hebrew calendar are designed such that the first day of Rosh Hashanah will never occur on the first, fourth, or sixth day of the Jewish week; i.e., Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday).
Some of the writers born February 10th include:
John Suckling (1609), Aaron Hill (1685), Charles Lamb (1775), Nabinchandra Sen (1847), Boris Pasternak (1890), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Joseph Kessel (1898), Alex Comfort (1920), José Manuel Castañón (1920), E. L. Konigsburg (1930), Fleur Adcock (1934), Kenny Rankin (1940), Frances Moore Lappe (1944), Eliot Wald (1946), Nicholas Owen (1947), Jim Corcoran (1949), Ochirbatyn Dashbalbar (1957), Piero Pelù (1962), Glenn Beck (1964), Åsne Seierstad (1970), Christina Parie (1996), and Candy Hsu (1998).
Disney fans may be interested to know that Robert Iger, the current chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company turns 62 years young today. Bob Iger took over Michael Eisner’s role when the Eisner Era came to an end in 2005. Iger oversaw the acquisition of Pixar in 2006, following a period of strained relations with the animation studio. He also led the company to acquire Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012, further broadening the Disney company’s character franchises.
We also lost the American playwright Arthur Miller on the tenth of February. He left us in 2005.
Jefferson Davis was notified on this day in 1861 by telegraph that he had been chosen as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. Exactly a year after Jefferson Davis was notified, a Union naval flotilla destroyed the bulk of the Confederate Mosquito Fleet in the Battle of Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank River in North Carolina.
February 10th, 1870 is the day that the YWCA was founded in New York City. The World YWCA is the umbrella organization of the global network of the YWCA, a movement of women working for social and economic change around the world. It advocates for young women’s leadership, peace, justice, human rights and sustainable development, both on a grassroots and global scale. It is the largest women’s organization in the world, and the second oldest organization of its kind, second only to the Relief Society.
The captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers was exchanged for the captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel on the tenth of February in 1962.
The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on February 10, 1967. This Amendment deals with succession to the Presidency and establishes procedures both for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities.
Thirty-two years ago today a fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel–casino killed eight and injured 198. On the night of February 10, 1981, just 90 days after the devastating MGM Grand fire, an arson fire started at the Las Vegas Hilton, which at the time was being retrofitted with modern fire safety equipment. Firefighters, using the knowledge they had learned from the MGM Grand fire, used local television networks to notify people to stay in their rooms and not go out to the halls and stairwells. Because of the lessons learned, only eight people died in this fire compared with the 85 people who died in the MGM Grand fire. In 1982, Philip Cline was sentenced to eight life sentences for his role in starting the fire. The Las Vegas Hilton is no longer a Hilton hotel as of January 2012. Last year it became the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and is owned by Goldman Sachs and Gramercy Capital, and operated by the Navegante Group. This hotel and casino is adjacent to the convention center and located in Paradise, Nevada.
February 10, 1989 was when Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National committee and thus became the first African American to lead a major American political party.
On this day in 1996 the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeated chess world champion Garry Kasparov at chess for the first time.
A gay rights law passed in 1997 was repealed by voters in Maine on February 19, 1998. This was the first time a U.S. State abandoned a gay rights law.
Today we bring you Beowulf. This classic is often a required reading assignment and we have a couple different versions in stock including the Dover Thrift Edition. Amazon describes this book as:
Finest heroic poem in Old English celebrates character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman of the Geats, a people of southern Sweden. Narrative combines mythical elements, Christian and pagan sensibilities, actual historical figures and events to create a striking work of great power and beauty. Genealogies.