The Day the Music Died
February 3, 2014 in the World

The February 03, 2014 commemorates “The Day the Music Died”. The Day the Music Died, dubbed so by Don McLean’s song “American Pie”, was an aviation accident that occurred on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and the pilot Roger Peterson.

The first song to commemorate the musicians was “Three Stars” by Eddie Cochran. The accident was later the subject of the 1971 Don McLean song American Pie. The song dubbed it in popular culture as “The Day The Music Died,” which for McLean, symbolized the “loss of innocence” of the early rock-and-roll generation.

In 1988, Ken Paquette, a Wisconsin fan of the 1950s era, erected a stainless steel monument that depicts a guitar and a set of three records that bear the names of each of the three performers. The monument is on private farmland.. A large plasma-cut-steel set of Wayfarer-style glasses, similar to those Holly wore, sits at the access point to the crash site.

Where is the event?
Worldwide

Setsubun 2014
February 3, 2014 in Japan

Setsubun is celebrated on February 03, 2014. Setsubun, also called Bean-Throwing Festival or Bean-Throwing Ceremony, is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. The name literally means “seasonal division”, but usually the term refers to the Spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival. In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.

Where is Setsubun?
Nationwide Japan

Historical Events:

1377 – Mass execution of population of Cesena, Italy

1690 – 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)

1743 – Philadelphia establishes a “pesthouse” to quarantine immigrants

1752 – Dutch States-General forbid export of windmills

1815 – World’s 1st commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland

1867 – Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)

1876 – Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football

1882 – Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo

1913 – 16th Amendment, federal income tax, ratified

1916 – Canada’s original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down

1953 – J Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC’s Today Show

1966 – 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US

1966 – 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)

1973 – President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law

1982 – John Sharples of England finishes 371 hours of disco dancing

1998 – Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby