John’s Believe It Or Not… February 17th

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Fabulous Friday! Did you know…

* Wilfrid Laurier dies of a stroke at age 77 in 1919. (He led the Liberal Party from 1887 to 1919, and was prime minister for 15 years, from 1896 to 1911.)

Golda Meir is sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. (Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir “the best man in the government”; she was often portrayed as the “strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people”.)

* British Parliament votes to join European Common Market in 1972.

* Volkswagon Beetle overtakes Model T as world’s best-selling car in 1972.

Thomas Jefferson is elected President in 1801. (By 1800, when he decided to run for president, Thomas Jefferson possessed impressive political credentials and was well-suited to the presidency. In addition to drafting the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson had served in two Continental Congresses, as minister to France, as secretary of state under George Washington and as John Adams’ vice president.)


Look who was born on this date!

* Michael Jordan in 1963. (Widely considered the greatest basketball player of all, Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls in 1984, rapidly establishing himself as a leading NBA player known for his high scoring and leaping.)

* Billie Joe Armstrong in 1972. (Lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day.)

* Bonnie Wright in 1991. (Actress is best known for playing the role of Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film series.)

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

5 thoughts on “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 17th”

    1. Thanks, John. This year we’re celebrating 150 years as a nation (1867 – Confederation), but we’ve been an independent nation since 1931. Britain granted us self-rule for domestic issues in 1867, but we didn’t get control of foreign policy and relations until 1931. Did you know that it was the British Parliament that declared war on Germany in 1914 on our behalf? In 1939 we declared war ourselves (we wore our big boy pants!)

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