National Weatherman's Day
When : Always February 5th
National Weatherman's Day honors weathermen, and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle weather. Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather is still a tricky, and ever changing business.
Knowing the weather is important in so many ways. It affect how we dress, where we go, and even if we go. Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather. And, knowing the weather can save lives. The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornados may hit.
According to the Air Force News, Weatherman's Day "commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America's first weathermen". Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to1816.
If you see a weatherman today, give them your appreciation for a job well done.
This Day in History February 5th
A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society. (1597)
South Carolina becomes the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. (1778)
University of Wisconsin-Madison's first class meets at Madison Female Academy. (1849)
The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public. (1852)
The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the "Welcome Stranger", is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. (1869)
The United States and the United Kingdom sign a treaty for the Panama Canal. (1900)
Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic. (1909)
Greek military aviators, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis perform the first naval air mission in history, with a Farman MF.7 hydroplane. (1913)
The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia. (1917)
Stephen W. Thompson shoots down a German airplane. It is the first aerial victory by the U.S. military. (1918)
SS Tuscania is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland; it is the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be torpedoed and sunk. (1918)
Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists. (1919)
The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips". (1924)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes a plan to enlarge the Supreme Court of the United States. (1937)
World War II: General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila. (1945)
A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered. (1958)
Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission. (1971)
Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. (1972)
The 1976 swine flu outbreak begins at Fort Dix, NJ. (1976)
Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. (1988)
The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families. (1997)
Russian forces massacre at least 60 civilians in the Novye Aldi suburb of Grozny, Chechnya. (2000)
Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion. (2004)
A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States kills 57. (2008)