John’s Believe It Or Not… February 27

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

It’s Motivational Monday! Did you know…

1917 – Women in Ontario win the right to vote in provincial elections. See the following qualifiers! (Generally, women who were: a) British subjects; b) otherwise qualified as to age, race and residence; and c) the wife, widow, mother, sister or daughter of any person in the naval forces (inside or outside Canada) or any person in the military forces (outside Canada) who was serving or served with Canada or Great Britain (only until demobilization). They received the right to vote in Municipal elections in Ontario as well.)

Political cartoon depicting Hands Across The Seas: women in the US and Britain both winning the right to vote.
Hands Across The Seas (Women in USA & Britain)

1922 US Supreme Court defends women’s voting rights. (In Washington, D.C., the 19th Amendment [July 1916] to the U.S. Constitution, providing for female suffrage, is unanimously declared constitutional by the eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 19th Amendment, which stated that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex,” was the product of over seven decades of meetings, petitions, and protests by women suffragists and their supporters.)

President Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office.
President Bush announces the end of the Gulf War.

1991 Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreat and Kuwait is re-taken by the US.



Political Cartoon depicting President Clevelant twisting the tail of the British lion.
President Cleveland twists the tail of the British lion.

* 1897 Britain recognises U.S. authority over Western Hemisphere. (Great Britain agrees to U.S. arbitration in a border dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, defusing a dangerous U.S.-British diplomatic crisis. In July 1895, Secretary of State Richard Olney, invoking a new and broader interpretation of the Monroe Doctrine, demanded U.S. arbitration on the basis that any quarrel in the Western Hemisphere directly affected American interests and thus the United States had a right to intercede.) 

Painting of 1827 Mardi Gras ball with costumed participants.1827 New Orleanians take to the streets for Mardi Gras. (On this day in 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations. The celebration of Carnival–or the weeks between Twelfth Night on January 6 and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian period of Lent–spread from Rome across Europe and later to the Americas. Nowhere in the United States is Carnival celebrated as grandly as in New Orleans, famous for its over-the-top parades and parties for Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday), the last day of the Carnival season.)

Look who was born on this date!

Bust of statue of Constantine.* Constantine The Great in 272 AD (Roman Emperor from 306 to 337 and regarded as one of the greatest Roman Emperors. As emperor, he enacted many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms to strengthen the empire. He was also the first Roman emperor to claim conversion to Christianity and is thus a significant figure in the history of Christianity.)

Head shot of John Steinbeck* John Steinbeck in 1902. (The work of American author John Steinbeck sought to detail the rural working class in America and their economic and social conditions. His most famous work ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, published in 1939, followed a family of Oklahoma tenant farmers escaping the dust bowl for California and won the Pulitzer prize in 1940. His other works included ‘Of Mice and Men’ (1937) and East of Eden (1952). Many of his works were filmed in his own lifetime, James Dean made his starring debut in ‘East of Eden’.)

Head shot of Elizabeth Taylor* Elizabeth Taylor in 1932. (British Actress: Elizabeth Taylor is regarded as the epitome of a film star – for her beauty, glamorous lifestyle and for her acting. She came to fame as a child actress in the film “National Velvet” aged 12 before moving on to adult roles such as “A Place in the Sun” before she was 20. She was nominated for an Oscar 4 years in a row, winning for Butterfield 8 and also for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. She was the first actress to receive 1 million for her role in “Cleopatra”. It was while making “Cleopatra” that she met Richard Burton and began her most famous and tempestuous relationship. They were to marry and divorce twice. In total Taylor married 7 times. In later life, Taylor was known for her support and fundraising for AIDS causes and was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993 for this. Taylor was famous for her love of jewels and her remarkable collection was the most valuable jewellery auction ever. Taylor was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2000.)

I hope you’re feeling motivated now… really!



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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