John’s Believe It Or Not… February 19th

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

It’s Sterling Sunday! Did you know…

* Thomas Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph) in 1878. (He was a prolific inventor whose discoveries changed the modern way of life. His inventions included the phonograph, the electric light bulb, the electric power industry, and motion pictures.)

Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 in 1942. (This paved the way for the internment of Japanese-Americans away from the west coast where it was feared they might assist a Japanese invasion.)

* US Marines invade Iwo Jima in 1945. (On this day, Operation Detachment, the U.S. Marines’ invasion of Iwo Jima, is launched. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.) 

Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which is now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg’s on this day in 1906.

* Driver Cale Yarborough wins his fourth Daytona 500 on this day in 1984. (In the history of the 200-lap, 500-mile race, which was first run at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway in 1959 and is considered one of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)’s premiere events, only one driver topped Yarborough’s record—Richard Petty, who took home seven victories (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981.)


Look who was born on this date!

Nicolaus Copernicus in 1483. (Copernicus, as well as an Astronomer was also a mathematician and physician. However, it is for the formulation of his Heliocentric theory, whereby planets revolved around the sun, that he is most revered.)

* Lee Marvin in 1924. (American actor whose work included: M Squad, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.)

* Hana Mandlikova in 1962. (Czech tennis player who won four Grand Slam singles titles – two at the Australian Open, one at the French Open, and one at the US Open. She also broke many streaks, such as Martina Navratilova’s 54 match win streak and Steffi Graf’s 23 match win streak.)



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.

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