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Calendar day; February 3, 2016

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Wednesday, the 3rd of February, 2016 is the 34th day in 2016 and in the 5th calendar week.
General Events:
Setsubun 2016
February 3, 2016 in Japan
Setsubun is celebrated on February 03, 2016. 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
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
February 3, 2016 in the USA
National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women.
On February 3, 2016, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country will show their support of the Day and of this year’s theme, “Leading the Way”.  NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports.  Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.  Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Cordova Ice Worm Day
February 3, 2016 in Cordova, Alaska
In 1898 a young man named E.J. “Stroller” White was struggling to make it as a journalist in Dawson, Alaska. He got a job with the Klondike Nugget on the condition that he increase sales. Luck was with him, because a huge storm soon hit the area, and in the wake of the storm White excitedly announced that a new creature had been discovered: ice worms.
The worms soon became the talk of the town and sales of the Klondike Nugget soared as White continued to write about them. People went out on expeditions to find them, carefully listening for their characteristic chirping. And bartenders in town began serving a drink called ‘Ice Worm Cocktails.’ These were prepared by pulling a long skinny worm out of a piece of ice and dropping it into a customer’s drink.
You can find the whole official legend here: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/tall-tales/alaska.html
The first full weekend of every February, Cordova rolls out the red carpet and welcomes guests from all over the world the annual Cordova Iceworm Festival. In 1961, a few Cordovans created the Iceworm Festival as a way to break up the winter blues.  Since then, the event has turned into one of the most successful festivals in Alaska.  Three days of fun-filled events showcase Cordova’s talents, hospitality and sense of humor.  The Iceworm Variety Show features local performers and is the stage for the Miss Iceworm coronation.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Cordova, Alaska
The Day the Music Died
February 3, 2016 in the World 😦
On this day in 1959, rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota. Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with “That’ll Be the Day.”
The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his song “American Pie”.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 3rd February:
1377 Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI
1740 Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
1743 Philadelphia establishes a “pesthouse” to quarantine immigrants
1815 World’s first 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 burn down
1919 League of Nations 1st meeting (Paris)
1928 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names ‘Sinanthropus pekinensis’ (now known as ‘Homo erectus’)
1930 The Communist Party of Vietnam is established
1931 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of journalist H L Mencken after he calls state “apex of moronia”
1945 Almost 1,000 Flying Fortresses drop 3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin
1959 “The Day the Music Died” plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa
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

 

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