“I had an agreement with myself before I left. If I take off, I’m not going to come back, even if it’s crummy.”
On March 20, 1985 Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, doing so in record time & choosing to sled directly into a storm. The Iditarod is called "The Last Great Race."
“If someone does bad to you, do good in return.”
"I lost my wife but I don't hate the killer...I have forgiven him and I am praying for him." says Farid Ahmed who serves as a senior leader at the Al Noor Mosque, where his wife lost her life in a shooting massacre during Friday prayer.
“If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.”
#OTD 140 years ago Albert Einstein was born in Germany. The physicist, credited with formulating the theory of relativity and countless other contributions to science, went on to renounce his German citizenship and become both a Swiss and American citizen
“Just remember, strength and courage. If you stand on principle, you’ll never lose.”
#OTD 1993 Reno became the first female U.S. Attorney General. She's the longest-serving AG in the 20th century - overseeing cases such as the Oklahoma City bombing prosecutions. She died in 2006 due to complications from Parkinson's disease.
“… you cannot force ideas. Successful ideas are the result of slow growth.”
On this day 1876, Bell received a patent for the telephone. Ironically, Bell's mother & wife were both deaf; Bell taught school for the hearing impaired like his father. Today, more than 90% of Americans own a cell phone of some kind.
“… an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.”
Today marks the end of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) a legal holiday in Louisiana. The celebration known around the world as "Carnival" takes place between Christian holidays, starting after Christmas & ends the day before Lent. It dates back to the late 1600s in the U.S.
“I promise to use what brains I have to meet problems with intelligence and courage.”
#OTD in 1933 Perkins became the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the first woman to serve in a U.S. cabinet. As FDR's Labor Secretary, she was instrumental in formulating New Deal legislation during the Great Depression, creating economic reform and public works programs.
“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Theodor Geisel, who would’ve been 115 today, in his children’s classic “Oh, the places you’ll go.” His birthday is celebrated with an annual “Read Across America” tradition encouraging children to read. Geisel, who never had children, always said, “You have ’em, and I’ll entertain ’em.”
“If you have a dream, fight for it.”
The pop star's song "Shallow" from the film "A Star is Born" won for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It was Lady Gaga's first Oscar, but not her first acting award. In 2016, she won a Golden Globe for "American Horror Story: Hotel" ...not to mention those 9 Grammy Awards.
“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism… With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.”
Pres. Washington gave a farewell address on September 19, 1796. The Senate honors Washington by reading aloud his "Farewell Address" every year on his birthday (Feb. 22 or close to it); tradition dates back to mid-1800s.
“I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention. Because that’s who really deserves the amount of attention we’re giving to this particular incident.”
Chicago Police Superintendent during a press conference on the faked attack against actor Jussie Smollett. For context, 3 men were shot on the same day of Smollett's alleged the hate crime; 187 people have been shot in in Chicago this year as of Feb. 12.
“Don’t ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It’s too short and you’re too special.”
The pop star (25) making music history holding the Top 3 spots on Billboard's Hot 100 with "7 Rings", "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" & "Thank U, Next." The feat, achieved only one other time in the list's 60-year history, was done by The Beatles back in 1964.