It’s the day after Valentine’s Day and you’re probably wondering what makes today so special. For starters, every day is special, but also, some pretty interesting things happened on this day in history. Check it out!

1804

New Jersey became the last northern state to abolish slavery! It took about 60 more years for Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, but this was a good start to the movement to abolish slavery.

1869

Jefferson Davis, “President” of the Confederate States, had his treason charges dropped. An unfortunate turn of events, since he seceded from the United States and lead that secession, but he was still in jail for two years before that.

1925

The London Zoo announced that it would install lights to cheer up the animals because it was so foggy. Go, London Zoo!

1946

The Royal Canadian mounted police arrested 22 Soviet spies. Unfortunately, Soviet intelligence already received a lot of classified information from their spies. Nine of the spies were acquitted, one was sentenced to six years in prison, and they all spent their lives under suspicion with tarnished reputations.

1965

Canada’s maple leaf flag was raised for the first time. Congrats, Canada!

Birthdays

So many great people were born today. Galileo, famed Italian astronomer and mathematician, was born today in 1564. Louis XV, King of France, in 1710. Henry Steinway, of Steinway and Sons pianos, was born in 1797. Susan B. Anthony, suffragette and political activist, was born today in 1820. Creator of the Simpsons, Matt Groeing, was also born today in 1954.

Today’s a pretty cool day, even if it isn’t Valentine’s Day. Happy Friday, Eldersburg!

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