On This Day…

On This Day…

Hello. Welcome to your Saturday.

We’re glad you are here!

Life. Let’s face it, sometimes it can pile up and feel overwhelming. Between the “to-do” lists, the daily pivots, and surprises around the corner, some days the stress can get to you. We get it.

That’s why we try to intentionally slow things down a bit and start your weekend with a simpler “scroll down memory lane.” It’s a quick look back at events that happened on this weekend in history before you head out to make new history today. Low stress scrolling.

So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Tomorrow is Today is Sunday, February 11th, the 42nd day of the year.

On This Day:

In 1752, the first American hospital opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1777, Vermont abolished slavery.

In 1790, the Religious Society of Friends presented a petition to Congress calling for the abolition of slavery.

In 1809, Robert Fulton patented the steamboat.

In 1892, Colorado’s famous Pike’s Peak was set aside as a forest reserve.

In 1968, the new 20-thousand seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York City. It was the fourth arena to be named Madison Square Garden. The showplace for sports and entertainment opened with a gala show hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

In 1974, America’s motorists suffered through the worst day of the energy crisis. Many gas stations were closed and the others often limited purchases to $3.00 per car. Some reported customer lines up to six miles long.

In 1999, a federal jury in New York found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals; other manufacturers were cleared.

In 2006, adventurer Steve Fossett broke the world record for the longest continuous flight. Fossett spent almost 77 straight hours flying in the specially-designed Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer before making an emergency landing at Bournemouth Airport in England. The 61-year-old Fossett traveled 26-thousand-389 miles.

In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a 78-year-old man while hunting for quail on a ranch in Texas. Cheney’s hunting companion, Harry Whittington, owned the ranch where the weekend hunt took place.

In 2011, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power after a three-decade rule. Mubarak’s decision to step down followed days of protests that began on January 25th, 2011.

In 2012, music superstar Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The six-time Grammy winner and actress died unexpectedly, just one day before the Grammy Awards. She was 48. It was later determined that Houston had accidentally drowned due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease.

In 2013, Pope Benedict the 16th announced his plans to resign his papacy at the end of the month citing health concerns. In doing so the 85-year-old Pontiff became the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

In 2020, prosecutors started to resign after U.S. Attorney General William Barr recommended cutting Robert Stone’s sentence. Stone was on found guilty of obstructing the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

In 2021, President Joe Biden rescinded the national emergency order used by Donald Trump to fund the border wall with Mexico.

In 2022, Australia listed the koala as endangered for the first time after a steep decline in numbers.

That brings us here to this day. So, whatever plans you have for yourself on this February weekend, here’s hoping there are moments along the way to stop and record on the pages of your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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