February 24, 2013

2/24: Things That Happened for the First Time

Patrick Marren
Partner

Some scenarios that happened for the first time, seem to be happening again?

Novel things that happened on February 24:

1582: Pope Gregory XIII declares the Gregorian Calendar, ensuring this blog entry would be about February 24 instead of February 11.

1607: Claudio Monteverdi invents opera, which, when you think about it, makes possible the entire concept of celebrity. ...Grazie for the Kardashians, Claudio.

1868: Andrew Johnson becomes the very first president to be impeached, but probably the last to be impeached by his own party.

1914: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, former governor of Maine, dies at the age of 85 of wounds received almost 50 years previously at the Civil War's Battle of Rives' Salient, proving that Yogi Berra was right: It REALLY ain't over till it's over. 

1920: The Nazi Party is founded, giving us all a way to know when a dispute on the Internet has reached the point of stupidity.

2008: Fidel Castro retires, but unlike everyone else his age, for some reason he decides not to move to South Florida.

2011: The last Space Shuttle is launched, 38 years after the last human being walked on the moon. (In 2049, perhaps the last transatlantic flight will take place?)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Thoughts?