February 26 Daily Dose Famous Birthdays, Quotes & History

February 26, 2010
By Vannini
Happy Birthday Victor Hugo (1802)
  • “A great artist is a great man in a great child.”
  • “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”
  • “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
  • “Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary. ”
  • “No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.”

Happy Birthday William Frederick Cody AKA Buffalo Bill (1846)

  • “Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.”
  • “I could never resist the call of the trail.”
  • “My restless, roaming spirit would not allow me to remain at home very long.”
Happy Birthday Jackie Gleason (1916)
  • “The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.”
  • “Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos.”

Happy Birthday Tony Randall born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg (1920)

  • “Awards sell tickets, and they’re a clever publicity stunt.”
  • “Everyone town of 100,000 in the United States should have a Classical Theater supported by the town, or the state of the county, or the Federal Government, as they have in every civilized country. “
  • “Sooner or later, we sell out for money.”
  • “There’s only one thing worse than a man who doesn’t have strong likes and dislikes, and that’s a man who has strong likes and dislikes without the courage to voice them. “

Happy Birthday to Fats (Antoine) Domino (1928)

  • “I’m worried about all the people in New Orleans.”
  • “I sure do appreciate that people think so much about me,”

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash (1932)

  • “Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.”
  • “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

Famous Events Today in History

1815 – Napoleon left his exile on the island of Elba, returning to France to attempt a second conquest.

1919 – Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

1929 – President Calvin Coolidge established Grand Teton National Park.

1933 – Ground was broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

1935 – Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signed a secret decree authorizing the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe as a third German military service to join the Reich army and navy.

1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.

1952 – Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

1993 – A bomb built by a group of Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1000.

2001 – The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2004 – Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Poem of the Day… by Robert Frost
A Hillside Thaw

To think to know the country and now know
The hillside on the day the sun lets go
Ten million silver lizards out of snow!
As often as I’ve seen it done before
I can’t pretend to tell the way it’s done.
It looks as if some magic of the sun
Lifted the rug that bred them on the floor
And the light breaking on them made them run.

But if I though to stop the wet stampede,
And caught one silver lizard by the tail,
And put my foot on one without avail,
And threw myself wet-elbowed and wet-kneed
In front of twenty others’ wriggling speed,–
In the confusion of them all aglitter,
And birds that joined in the excited fun
By doubling and redoubling song and twitter,
I have no doubt I’d end by holding none.
It takes the moon for this. The sun’s a wizard
By all I tell; but so’s the moon a witch.
From the high west she makes a gentle cast
And suddenly, without a jerk or twitch,
She has her speel on every single lizard.
I fancied when I looked at six o’clock
The swarm still ran and scuttled just as fast.
The moon was waiting for her chill effect.
I looked at nine: the swarm was turned to rock
In every lifelike posture of the swarm,
Transfixed on mountain slopes almost erect.
Across each other and side by side they lay.
The spell that so could hold them as they were
Was wrought through trees without a breath of storm
To make a leaf, if there had been one, stir.
One lizard at the end of every ray.
The thought of my attempting such a stray!

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