1. Freedom Day —commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s signature to the joint resolution amending the Constitution to abolish slavery passed the day before on this day in 1865; the joint resolution was then sent to the states for ratification as the 13th Amendment.
2. National Black History Month—commemorating the contributions of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history.
3. 2001 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 2001 as part of only a 2 week run It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy featuring Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent, reggae singer from Jamaica.
4. National Baked Alaska Day—great desert to enjoy after all the guests to your Super Bowl party have left after cleaning out all your beer and wine and snacks.5. Stoner Day—celebrating not all the smokers of too much pot but rather the birthday on this day in 1747 of Jacob Roggenveen, a Dutch explorer who in search of Australia discovered Easter Island with its collection of giant stone heads.
On this day in
a. 1893 Thomas Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio known as the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.
b. 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina four black students staged the first of many sit-ins in the South protesting segregation of dining facilities.
c. 1968 in Saigon during the 2nd day of the Tet Offensive South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan was videotaped and photographed executing a suspected Viet Cong; one of the more iconic and tragic images of the war that at least helped turn Americans against the war, although not soon enough for the suspect who crumpled to the ground dead.
e. 2004 Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed on live TV during the half time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Reflections on Freedom Day: “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Mind boggling that 95 years after the signing by President Lincoln of the 13th Amendment dining facilities throughout the South were segregated.
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