Clean Out Your Computer Day
February 10, 2014 in the World

Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs.

Most of us add programs and files to our computer with reckless abandon. After all, computers have huge storage capacity. Many of these files and programs are forgotten over time. Overtime they clog memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other files. And, some may slow down your computer.

Originally sponsored by the Institute for Business Technology in 2000 as an opportunity for us to remember to cleanup and delete old and unused files.

So, get into the spirit of the day, and clean out the old computer.

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Umbrella Day 2014
February 10, 2014 in the World

Umbrella Day takes place on February 10, 2014. The day honors the famous invention to protect against rain or sunlight. An umbrella or parasol is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain.

Umbrellas are now a consumer product with a large global market. Umbrellas continue to be actively developed. In the US, so many umbrella-related patents are being filed that the U.S. Patent Office employs four full-time examiners to assess them. As of 2008, the office registered three thousand active patents on umbrella-related inventions.

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Historical Events:

1355 – The St. Scholastica’s Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.

1535 – 12 nude anabaptists run through Amsterdam streets

1763 – Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to England

1855 – US citizenship laws amended all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship

1863 – 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia

1890 – Around 11M acres, ceded to US by Sioux Indians opens for settlement

1923 – Ink paste manufactured for 1st time by Standard Ink Company

1931 – New Delhi becomes capital of India

1933 – Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co NYC)

1935 – 1st US streamlined electric RR engine begins service

1940 – Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM

1942 – Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo”

1947 – WW II peace treaties signed

1954 – Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam

1961 – Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power

1962 – USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel

1970 – Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths (Val d’Isere, France)

1974 – Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out

1988 – 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF strikes down Army’s ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)

1991 – Lithuania votes for independence from USSR

1996 – IBM’s Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning chess champ, Gary Kasparov

1998 – Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon that law.