Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States, has died at age 96.
He was a pioneer pediatric surgeon, an advocate of a tobacco free society, and a role model.
Before he became Surgeon General, i had never paid much attention to that position. He was so passionate about educating people, empowering them to make good decisions for their health, that he changed how the role was perceived.
He was the calm voice during the first storms of AIDS. As conservative as he was, he saw that abstinence was not going to be practiced by some people, and believed they therefore needed to be told how to stay healthy within their choices.
Because of his passion for educating people, he touched the lives of millions.
Thank you, Dr. Koop. Rest in Peace, you will be miseed.
Ayyám-i-Há -- Baha'i (intercalary days, devoted to service and gift giving; through Mar. 1)
Dance of the Known Places -- Fairy Calendar
Pete's Sake Day -- Wellcat Holidays asks us, who is Pete, and why do
things for his sake? think about that as you celebrate this today
Intercalary Days -- Baha'i (through Mar. 1)
Levi Strauss Day -- his birth anniversary
Liberation Day -- Kuwait
National Personal Chef Day -- heaven knows we all have one of those; some websites list it today, some on July 16
National Pistachio Day
Rooks Nesting Day -- Olde England (12 days after Candlemas on the Julian Calendar)
Spay Day USA -- sponsored by the HSUS; Sit! Stay! Spay! Good Owner!
St. Alexander's Day (Patriarch of Alexandria)
St. Isabella of France's Day (Patron of the sick)
Tell a Fairy Tale Day -- shouldn't this have been two days ago, on Wilhelm Grimm's birth anniversary?
The Man In Black Day -- Johnny Cash's birth anniversary
Thriller Day -- Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" hit #1 today, and stayed there for 37 weeks
World Spay Day -- don't let your pets litter!
Erykah Badu, 1972
Mark Dacascos, 1964
Michael Bolton, 1953
Johnny Cash, 1932
Fats Domino, 1928
Betty Hutton, 1921
Tony Randall, 1920
Jackie Gleason, 1916
Margaret Leighton, 1922
Tex Avery, 1908
Madeleine Carroll, 1906
William Frawley, 1887
Herbert Henry Dow, 1866
John Harvey Kellog, 1852
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, 1846
Levi Strauss, 1829
Victor Hugo, 1802
Today in History:
Origin of the Epoch of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era, BC747
An earthquake in Lisbon leaves 20,000-30,000 dead, 1531
Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down, 1794
The Bank of England issues its first banknotes, 1797
Vice-admiral William Bligh ends the siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad, 1804
Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba, 1815
In New York City a demonstration of the first pneumatic subway opens to the public, 1870
HMS Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1914
The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York, 1917
Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads
directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom, 1935
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that his nation has an atomic bomb, 1952
Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada, 1952
National Public Radio incorporates as a non-profit corporation, 1970
Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations, 1980
The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections, 1990
On Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait, 1991
New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World
Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand, 1993
The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses, 1995
Mount Hekla in Iceland erupts, 2000
Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004