Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
All the candles used in church are blessed on this day.
When the groundhog first appears from hibernation on this day, legend says if he sees his shadow, he goes back for another six weeks of bad weather.
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the United States war with Mexico.
Mexico gives up parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado & Texas to the U.S.
Mexican engraver and illustrator, José Guadalupe Posada born In Aguascalientes, Mexico.
He is known for his engravings of "calaveras" (skeletons) that are associated with the Day of the Dead.
Samuel Clemens takes up his pen name - Mark Twain for the first time in a letter to the Enterprise newpaper in Virginia City, Nevada.
The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs is founded.
Writer James Joyce is born in Dublin, Ireland.
James Joyces's Ulysses is published on his 40th birthday in Paris by Sylvia Beach under the imprint Shakespeare and Company.
Poet/novelist James Dickey (Deliverance) is delivered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz is born in Philadelphia, PA.
Maids Christine and Lea Papin murder their employer's wife and daughter in Le Mans, France.
The case is the subject of a number of French films and plays.
A small painting by Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder called Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery is stolen from the Courtauld Gallery in London.
Super Bowl XLVIII - The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Pluviôse 14 Avelinier