I have two citations for the meaning of today's celebration -
The eighth day of the Lunar New Year is believed to be the birthday of millet, an important crop in ancient China. According to the folk proverbs, if this day is bright and clear, then this whole year will be a harvest year; however, if this day is cloudy or even rainy, then the whole year will suffer from poor harvest.
February 26, 1908 -
Let's make some funny pictures.
Frederick Bean (Tex) Avery, animator, cartoonist, and another member of the legendary Termite Terrace was born on this date.
February 26, 1916 -
If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it. If you have it and don't know you have it, you don't have it. If you don't have it but you think you have it, then you have it.
John Herbert Gleason, (The Great One) comedian, actor and musician was born on this day.
February 26, 1966 -
While Nancy Sinatra was on the same record label (Reprise)
as her famous father, her record label was going to drop her because
her first few singles flopped. Things changed when they teamed her with
producer Lee Hazlewood. These Boots Are Made for Walkin' topped the charts on this date.
It was her first hit. In 1996, Nancy Sinatra gave a pair of white go-go boots she wore to promote this song to the Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills.
February 26, 1988 -
John Water's great, albeit more mainstream feature (Water's first PG-rated film), Hairspray, opened on this date.
Ricki Lake began rapidly losing weight due to the intense dance lessons she had to take for the film. She reportedly had to "eat like crazy" in order to stay plump.
February 26, 1988 -
The science fiction film Alien from L.A., directed by Albert Pyun and starring Kathy Ireland was released in US theaters, on this date.
And the only reason to note it is because the MST3K guys spoofed it.
February 26, 1994 -
Bill Hicks, writer and comedian, died of pancreatic cancer on this date.
In the years after his death, Hicks' work has achieved significant admiration and acclaim.
Today in History:
February 26, 1815 -
One of the Top 10 prison breaks of all time
February 26, 1870 -
The Beach Pneumatic Transit, the first pneumatic-powered subway line in New York City was opened to the public on this date.
The tunnel was only a block long, and the line had only one car. Rush hour must have been a bitch.
February 26, 1918 -
The Grandstands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapsed and burnt, killing 604 spectators on this date. It was the worst disaster in sports history.
Even though mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun - they apparently will not leave a burning stadium.
The good people at Volkswagen seem to overlook this anniversary every year.
February 26, 1970 -
National Public Radio (NPR) was created by Congressional mandate, along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on this date.
February 26, 1974 -
A U.S. Senate report reveals Ford Motor's involvement in Nazi Germany's war efforts, for which CEO Henry Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler himself.
And some people worry about buying a BMW.
February 26, 1993 -
A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured.
Mohammed A. Salameh was later arrested in connection with the bombing as he tries to claim a refund on a rented van believed to have carried the explosion.
Genius, sheer genius.
And so it goes.
Before you go - You will never have to watch another Barney video again - Barney sings Straight Outta Compton (kids, this is the uncensored version, proceed with caution.)
Try getting this out of your mind's eye.