Thursday, February 24, 2005
1582: Aiming to fix more precisely the annual date for Easter, Pope Gregory XIII promulgates the new and more accurate "Gregorian" calendar. The United Kingdom and its American colonies, distrusting such Papish mumbo-jumbo, won’t adopt it for another 170 years.
1786: Wilhelm Karl Grimm is born at Hanau, Germany. As a law student with his brother Jakob under Friedrich Karl von Savigny, he will be introduced to German folk tales by a book in his professor’s library.
1807: The number of U.S. Supreme Court justices is increased to seven.
1824: Farmer Seth Wyman writes to Daniel Mills, promising to pay his son Levi's expenses.
1868: Andrew Johnson becomes the first U.S. President impeached by the House of Representatives.
1909: The Hudson Motor Car Co., which will later combine with Nash Motors to form American Motors, is founded at Detroit, Michigan.
1932: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, who has been nominated by President Hoover, is confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1938: The man who will invent the modern sports/fashion industry, Philip H. Knight, is born in Portland, Oregon. He will begin by selling Japanese sneakers out of a trunk at high school track meets, and will later call his company "Nike" after the goddess of victory.
1942: Joseph Isadore Lieberman (Yale Law 1967), is born at Stamford, Connecticut.
1955: Computer visionary Steven Jobs is born at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dropping out of college after a semester to design video games, he will co-found Apple Computer at age 21.
1970: National Public Radio is founded, allowing large U.S. corporations to bill some of their advertising costs as philanthropic donations.