February 11 in Pop Culture History
February 11th is…
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day reminds us that not everything needs to be taken too seriously. The phrase “Don’t cry over spilled milk” originates from the old English proverb “Crying will not fill the pot”, which was used to teach children about resilience. On this day, it is important to take a moment to think about all the things you have achieved and remember that sometimes we have no control over certain outcomes – so there’s no use worrying about them!
Make a Friend Day: A day to encourage people to reach out and make new connections with others, both online and offline.
Get Out Your Guitar Day: Meant to encourage people to dust off their guitars and start playing. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional musician, there’s no better time to learn classic songs or write your own new music.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated on February 11th and honors the achievements of women and girls in the sciences. It is a day to recognize their important role in scientific research, advancement, and innovation worldwide.
Inventors’ Day is celebrated on February 11th and honors the achievements of inventors around the world. It is a day to recognize their groundbreaking contributions to science, technology, and other industries. The day is observed on Thomas Edison’s birthday, as he is one of America’s most famous inventors and is credited for inventing the light bulb, among other things.
Peppermint Patty Day is a day to celebrate the popular and refreshing peppermint patty candy and its variations. The Henry Heide Candy Company invented Peppermint Patties in the 1920s. Peppermint Patties are a candy with a chocolate coating and a peppermint filling. They are typically round in shape and come in different sizes. Peppermint Patty is a character in the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. She is a tomboy who is athletic, confident, and sometimes clueless. She is a friend of Charlie Brown and often calls him “Chuck”. She is known for her love of chocolate and her tendency to get good grades in school but she also misses important details. She is a recurring character in the “Peanuts” universe, appearing in comic strips, TV specials, and merchandise. She first appeared on August 22, 1966.
Pro Sports Wives Day is a day to recognize and appreciate the contributions of professional athletes’ wives to their sport and their community.
Promise Day: Take a moment to consider your promises – to yourself, others, and the world. Reflect on your progress in fulfilling these promises, and make new ones for the future.
Shut-In Visitation Day is celebrated on February 11th and honors the shut-ins, the elderly, and those with disabilities who cannot leave their homes. It is a day to recognize their strength and courage in confronting the challenges of living in isolation.
White Shirt Day is a day to celebrate the classic and versatile white shirt and its many uses in fashion and style.
660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as the supreme head of the Church of England.
1752 – The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital, opened.
1808 – As an experiment, Judge Jesse Fell in Pennsylvania burned anthracite coal as a fuel.
1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry gerrymandered for the first time.
1858 – Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, first claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes, France. In 1933, she was canonized as St. Bernadette by the Roman Catholic Church.
1928 – Ed Shoemaker invented the La-Z-Boy reclining chair.
1929 – The Vatican was officially independent of Italy with the Lateran Treaty.
1939 – Nature published a theoretical paper on nuclear fission by Lise Meitner and Otto Fritsch.
1940 – NBC radio debuted The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street.
1963 – The French Chef, starring Julia Child, debuted on WGBH in Boston, MA.
1979 – They’re Playing Our Song (Broadway Musical) Opened on February 11, 1979, and closed on September 6, 1981
1989 – Rev. Barbara Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
1989 – # 1 Hit February 11, 1989 – March 3, 1989: Paula Abdul – Straight Up
1990 – Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years
1990 – Buster Douglas (40 to 1 odds against him winning) defeated Mike Tyson, becoming the world’s new undisputed heavyweight champion.
1994 – # 1 Hit February 12, 1994 – March 11, 1994: Céline Dion – The Power Of Love
1994 – The ‘rBGH’ genetically engineered growth hormone for cows was sold to dairy farmers under the name Posilac, made by Monsanto. It was the first time altered genes were allowed into live animals.
2006 – Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his friend Harry Whittington while the two were hunting together.
2011 – # 1 Hit February 19, 2011 – February 25, 2011: Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow
2012 – Singer Whitney Houston died in a hotel bathtub because of accidental drowning. Heart disease and cocaine, found in her system, were determined to be contributing factors.