February 26th was the day in history when…
1998: Oprah Winfrey beat Texas cattlemen in beef trial. The ranchers alleged that Winfrey had caused sales of beef to plunge after she did an episode of “Oprah” in which Mad Cow Disease was discussed. During the show she interviewed Howard Lyman, a vegetarian activist who suggested the possibility of an outbreak of the disease in the United States. Oprah told viewers that Lyman’s words had stopped her from eating hamburgers. The cattlemen alleged that Winfrey’s comments amounted to defamation. An Amarillo jury did not agree.
1984: Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledged that he called New York City "Hymietown." Jackson was having what he thought was an “off the record” conversation with Washington Post reporter Milton Coleman. While speaking with Coleman, Jackson referred to Jewish people as “Hymies” and New York City as “Hymietown.” When the slurs were published in an article it caused a public outcry. At first the Reverend denied having made the comments, but eventually he admitted it and apologized in an impassioned speech in front of Jewish leaders at a synagogue in New Hampshire.
1919: Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The legislation was first presented to Congress in 1917 but was put on hold because of the U.S. entrance into World War I. The enactment of the bill stopped plans to build a dam within the park’s boundries.
1971: Erykah Badu – singer
1953: Michael Bolton – musician
1932: Johnny Cash – country singer
1928: Antione "Fats" Domino – rhythm and blues pianist
1920: Tony Randall – actor
Notable People Lost:
1999: Jose Quintero – founded the Circle in the Square company
1831: Robert R Livingston – U.S. diplomat signed Declaration of Independence
1266: Manfred – bastard son of Emperor Frederik II/king of Sicily
Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):
Thermos Bottle Day
National Pistachio Day
For Pete's Sake Day
Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Thought for the day: Why are all of the Harry Potter spells in Latin if they're English?
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