We should wish George Washington, a very happy birthday,
Today, the fourth day of the Chinese New Year is the day to welcome the kitchen god, the god of fortune and other gods. Families should stay at home to prepare abundant fruits, burn incense and light candles to welcome the gods. The sacrifices provided to the god of fortune should include goat head and carp.
(this is my kitchen god, her show The French Chef premiered on this date, in 1963.)
On the fourth day of the Lunar New Year, families can finally clean their house. They collect all the rubbish to one place and throw them all, which symbolize that they throw away all the bad luck and possible poverty of this year. And in some rural areas in North China, people will light a fire on a stick and throw the stick into a river to put off the fire. This shows that there will not be any fire disaster in this family in the whole year.
It's Peppermint Patty Day - No, not this one
It's minty chocolatey goodness.
February 11, 1962 -
Sheryl Suzanne Crow, singer-songwriter, musician and Michael Jackson backup singer survivor, was born on this date.
When sending birthday wishes, don' t bring up any of her exes.
February 11, 1969 -
Our former lady of the perpetual bad relationship, Jennifer Aniston, newly wed, was born on this date.
Jennifer deserves to be well and happy (Greek girls always have a special place in my heart.)
February 11, 1975 -
One of the most iconic films of the 70s, Shampoo, directed by Hal Ashby, written by Robert Towne and starring Warren Beatty was released on this date.
The lead character was based on actual hairdresser Jay Sebring and Jon Peters.
Today in History:
On February 11, 1573, Francis Drake saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time on this date, and this is noteworthy, since 100's of thousands of West Coast living indigenous Native Americans saw it before they went to bed the night before.
February 11, 1650 -
Rene Descartes, mathematician, drunken fart and philosopher best known for his statement "I think therefore I am", stops thinking on this date.
Queen Christina of Sweden (remember - the boy queen - see December 18 ) persuaded Descartes to come to Stockholm. On this date, after only a few months in that cold climate, he died of pneumonia.
Friedrich Ebert was elected the first president of the German Republic on February 11, 1919.
I bet he didn't see that coming.
February 11, 1929 -
The Lateran Treaty was signed on this date - Mussolini granted recognition to the Vatican in return for their support of his fascist dictatorship.
February 11, 1936 -
It's Burt Reynolds' birthday. He's not the one who squealed like a pig in Deliverance (what he does in his private life is none of my concern.)
Burt should have charged for all those mustache rides; he wouldn't have been in such financial straits.
February 11, 1938 -
BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term robot.
February 11, 1960 -
Jack Paar, temperament host of the Tonight Show, in a fit of pique, walks off his TV show when he is not allowed to tell a very lame joke about W.C. 's on this date.
Yes Jack, there is a better way to make a living than this, nowadays, you would be allowed to broadcast live while you are getting a colonoscopy.
February 11, 1963 -
American writer Sylvia Plath, committed suicide by asphyxiation from a gas stove (sticking her head in the oven) in London after her husband, English poet Ted Hughes, left her for another woman.
Assia Wevill, the woman for whom Hughes left Plath committed suicide 6 years later.
February 11, 1979 -
Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile on this date.
But 43 million people in the US try to seek salvation by watching Elvis! on ABC-TV on this date.
Most do not find it because they forgot to place one hand on the TV screen and the other hand upon their damp nether regions.
When will the damned ever learn!
February 11, 1986 -
Frank Herbert, author of Dune, died from pancreatic cancer on this date.
If only he had access to the spice Melange.
February 11, 1990 -
Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, was freed from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa on this date.
In April 1994, he was elected president in the first all-race elections. If only he had access to the spice Melange years earlier.
February 11, 2006 -
Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots Harry Whittington, a major Texas Republican insider, in the face while bird hunting on this date.
Almost immediately after being released from the hospital, a shaken Whittington, apologizes to the Vice President for getting in his line of fire. After this event, no one in Washington D.C. messed with Dick Cheney.
BTW - Peppermint Patty's real name is Patricia Reichardt.
And so it goes.