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Ferris Wheel Day

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ferris Wheel Day

When : Always February 14th

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. a civil engineer, made the first Ferris Wheel at the World's Colombian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.

The purpose of this day is obvious... to celebrate the birthday of this great inventor and to enjoy his invention. The trouble is, there aren't many carnivals, amusement parks or fairgrounds operating in mid-February in North America. You may have to settle with enjoying old photos of trips to a fair or amusement park.

Origin of Ferris Wheel Day:
Ferris Wheel Day commemorates the birthday of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., the creator of the first Ferris Wheel.

Austria, a country in love with their Ferris Wheels, also claims to have created this day. Their claim is that this date was chosen because in Austria this is historically the most weather friendly day of the year.

More Information:
The Man Who Invented the Wheel

This Day in History February 14th

Several hundred Jews are burned to death by mobs while the remainder of their population is forcibly removed from the city of Strasbourg. (1349)

Richard II dies, most likely from starvation, in Pontefract Castle, on the orders of Henry Bolingbroke. (1400)

The United States Flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte renders a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones. (1778)

American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Kettle Creek is fought in Georgia. (1779)

James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii. (1779)

The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in the Latter Day Saint movement, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio. (1835)

In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken. (1849)

Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, the first hospital in England to provide in-patient beds specifically for children (The National Children's Hospital in Dublin was founded over 30 years previously in 1821), is founded in London. (1852)

Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas. (1855)

Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state. (1859)

Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray. (1876)

Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections. (1899)

The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor). (1903)

Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state. (1912)

In Groton, Connecticut, the first diesel-powered submarine is commissioned. (1912)

The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago. (1920)

The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company changes its name to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). (1924)

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois. (1929)

World War II: Tunisia Campaign – General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim's Fifth Panzer Army launches a concerted attack against Allied positions in Tunisia. (1943)

World War II: Anti-Japanese revolt on Java. (1944)

World War II: On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces begin fire-bombing Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. (1945)

World War II: Navigational error leads to the mistaken bombing of Prague, Czechoslovakia by an American squadron of B-17s assisting in the Soviet's Vistula–Oder Offensive. (1945)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially beginning U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relations. (1945)

The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time. (1949)

The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin's crimes in a secret speech. (1956)

Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California. (1961)

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. (1962)

In Kabul, Setami Milli militants kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police. (1979)

United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher, is later convicted of fraud. (1983)

Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses. (1989)

The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid. (2000)

Youtube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos. (2005)

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    1524 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2014 7:46:07 AM
  • PMAY0313
    Makes me want to go to the Santa Monica Pier and ride the one there. It is a great view of the Pacific!
    1527 days ago
    Off all the rides at an amusement park, I positively DESPISE the ferris wheel. I'd do just about any other ride before I'd even consider a ride on a ferris wheel. Not sure why...I love roller coasters so it is not a height issue.

    Anyway, I'll just stick to Valentine's Day for 2/14!

    1527 days ago
    Been a long time since I've been on a ferris wheel.

    thanks for the history tidbits.
    1527 days ago
    I like ferris wheels better than roller coasters but I am not too keen on heights.
    1527 days ago
    I enjoy the view from the top of the ferris wheel at Cedar Point Amusement Park.
    1527 days ago
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