(RNN) – Groundhog Day was yesterday and I totally did not, in any way, predict Punxsutawney Phil's "prediction" of six more weeks of winter last week. No, sir. Not me.
Anyway, on to more important things.
The Super Bowl is over, and it was great. But as good as the game was, the commercials were even better. I especially liked the one with the music and the dancing animals.
OK, confession time. This was written before the Super Bowl was played, so I'm just guessing, but it was written after the Puppy Bowl, and that was quality entertainment at its best. (Update: Sweet mercy, what a let down the Super Bowl was. The most entertaining thing about that game was Tim Tebow capturing Bigfoot.)
My Puppy Bowl fantasy team of Bach, Ginger and Van Helsing came strong, and by "strong" I mean they were terrible (just like my real one). Ginger and Bach each scored a touchdown, but Ginger got penalized three times for playing in the water. Van Helsing only played in the fourth quarter and did nothing.
Oh well, at least they were cute. However, congratulations are in order to Loren for tying the Puppy Bowl touchdown record with four and being named Most Valuable Pup. It was a truly inspiring performance.
Here are some of the events of note that happened between Feb. 3-9.
John Fiedler was born Feb. 3, 1925. Fiedler is known for as the voice of Piglet in Winnie The Pooh and as Juror No. 2 in 12 Angry Men. He also played lawyer J. Noble Daggett in True Grit alongside John Wayne.
John Carradine was born Feb. 5, 1906, and was in The Grapes of Wrath and played Aaron in The Ten Commandments in addition to appearing in Stagecoach and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with Wayne.
Lana Turner was born Feb. 8, 1921, and had a legendary acting career that included The Sea Chase with Wayne. She shares a birthday with composer John Williams (Feb. 8, 1932) who composed the scores for, among others, Star Wars, Jaws, Fiddler on the Roof, Schindler's List, E.T., Superman, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Home Alone and The Cowboys, which starred John Wayne. Only Walt Disney has garnered more Academy Award nominations than Williams, who has 49 nominations and five wins, and has been nominated more than once in the same year 14 times.
Charles Lindbergh was born Feb. 4, 1902, Babe Ruth was born Feb. 6, 1895, James Dean was born Feb. 8, 1931, Bob Marley was born Feb. 6, 1945, William Henry Harrison was born Feb. 9, 1773, Ronald Reagan was born Feb. 6, 1911, and Tom Brokaw was born Feb. 6, 1940.
Women's movement leader Betty Friedan was born Feb. 4, 1921, and died the same day in 2006.
Mary, Queen of Scots was executed Feb. 8, 1587, Woodrow Wilson died Feb. 3, 1924, Liberace died Feb. 4, 1987, and Connie Mack died Feb. 8, 1956.
Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash Feb. 3, 1959, along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. The plane crashed in a snow storm shortly after takeoff likely due to the pilot's inexperience. The crash inspired the song American Pie, which coined the phrase "The Day the Music Died."
The 11th Amendment was ratified Feb. 7, 1795. It allows states to be protected from lawsuits brought against other states. The 15th Amendment was ratified Feb. 3, 1870, protecting the right to vote for former slaves and prohibiting racial discrimination. The 16th Amendment was ratified Feb. 3, 1913, and allowed the government to levy income tax.
The Munich air disaster, which killed eight members of Manchester United soccer team, was Feb. 6, 1958. The plane took three attempts to take off due to ice and snow on the runway. The plane never got off the ground. A wing was torn off the plane after it crashed into a fence. Twenty of the 44 passengers were killed.
Monopoly was invented Feb. 7, 1935, trade with Cuba was banned Feb. 7, 1962, the first untethered spacewalk was conducted Feb. 7, 1984, and The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964.
The Indianapolis Colts won the only Super Bowl played in the rain Feb. 4, 2007, over the Chicago Bears 29-17.
David Tyree made one of the most famous catches in football history Feb. 3, 2008, helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots 17-14.
The Confederacy was formed Feb. 4, 1861, and Jefferson Davis was elected president five days later.
The Yalta Conference was held Feb. 4-11, 1945. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin met to form a plan for post-war Europe, despite the fact the war was still going on. They agreed to split Germany into four occupied zones, which inadvertently led to the eventual creation of East Germany and West Germany.
Operation Looking Glass started Feb. 3, 1961. It provided an airborne command center for nuclear weapons attack in case the ground-based command center was destroyed. Command planes were airborne 24 hours day for 29 years as a part of the program.
Feb. 4 is Create a Vacuum Day. The origins are unknown and convoluted.
Feb. 9 is Toothache Day, which doesn't deserve celebrating, but Feb. 7 is Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day, so do that instead.
No more Peanuts.
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