February 2nd was the day in history when…
1986:The Dalai Lama met Pope John Paul II in India. The two powerful and revered spiritual leaders met for twenty minutes at the papal embassy. They discussed the importance of all world leaders working together against war and poverty. The Pope also spoke out against the Indian caste system.
1964: GI Joe debuted as a popular American boy’s toy. Joe was the first doll made specifically for boys, giving rise to the term “action figure.” Four varieties were created, one for each branch of the service. Boys could choose from Action Soldier, Action Sailor, Action Marine or Action Pilot. Joe was originally created on a ping pong table in the garage of Don Levine, VP of Research and Development of Hassenfeld Brothers, Inc. Hassenfeld later became known as Hasbro.
1925: Dogsleds reached Nome with emergency diphtheria serum. The small Alaskan village was the epicenter of an outbreak of the deadly disease. The town doctor’s request for antitoxin missed the last boat out of port, leaving the area without remedies. Due to the severe winter weather and lack of transportation options getting more medicine was both difficult and dangerous. After weighing options and risks between boat, flying and dogsleds, it was decided that dogsleds had the most likely chance of successfully reaching the village. The relay spread over 674 miles and took 127 hours. The effort involved many teams of men and dogs. Several men suffered frostbite and some of the dogs froze to death during the journey. All the vials of antitoxin made it safely to the village thwarting a major epidemic.
1977: Shakira – musician
1958: Holly Hunter – actress
1954: Christie Brinkley – model
1946: Farrah Fawcett – actress
1882: James Joyce – author
Notable People Lost:
1996: Gene Kelly – actor/dancer
1992: Bert Parks – TV host
1990: Aaron Copland – composer
1979: Sid Vicious – bassist, Sex Pistols
1969: Boris Karloff – actor
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Self Renewal Day
Wear Red Day
California Kiwi Fruit Day
Thought for the day: WWBD?
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