February 22nd 1932…….

Chicago crime boss Al Capone made his fortune bootlegging liquor during Prohibition. But as Prohibition died out in the early 1930s, the man known to the world as Public Enemy No. 1 was staring unemployment in the face. Capone needed a legitimate business if he was to keep turning profits, …

Stutenbeißen………

The Finnish have a wonderful word, knapsu, for anything that’s not male behaviour. Other cultures are quick to notice the gender-specific: Stutenbeißen (German) the special behaviour of women in a rivalry situation (literally, mare biting) dzinana (Tsonga, South Africa) to pummel one another with the side of the fists, away …

February 22nd 10,000 BC

According to Hanna-Barbera, Pebbles Flintstone was born at the Bedrock Rockapedic Hospital at 8 p.m. on February 22, 10,000 B.C., weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. She premiered on TV on her 11,963rd birthday—in the February 22, 1963, Flintstones episode “The Blessed Event.” As an infant, Pebbles quickly became …

February 20th 1437…..

Tennis has the unusual distinction of contributing to the deaths of not one but two European monarchs. The first was King Louis X of France (he was actually history’s first recorded tennis player): In 1316, he caught a chill after an exhausting game, developed pneumonia, and died. The second was …