“A people without the knowledge of their history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey
History imbibes values in us. It perforates the power of knowledge through generations of human beings. We live and grow by the strength our past holds. History is about the making of iconic events. The self-discovery of the magic that humans hold in their hands. Today, February 15 we peek into seven such human-led events that took the world by surprise. These consist of the launch of YouTube. Additionally, the Red Maple Leaf Flag became the official flag of Canada.
1879: The US Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before the Supreme Court.
On February 15, 1879, the USA made history. A history that everyone would remember. Today, the US Congress authorized women lawyers to practice in the Supreme Court. This was a game-changing move in the lawyer fraternity. Furthermore, it gave all the women attorneys to practice in any federal court they wished. One year later, in 1880, Belva Ann Lockwood became the first female lawyer to argue a case.
1943: “We can do it” poster produced and posted.
In 1943, the world took a big step towards empowerment. Artist J. Howard Miller produced the famous poster that spelled out “We Can do it”. During World War II, women were taking up jobs. This was very unusual considering the times. However, this poster was more like a declaration of women’s power. Even years after the production of this picture, today is a symbol of what women can do. Women are equal. Furthermore, they never back down.
1950: Walt Disney’s animated film “Cinderella” premiers in Boston.
Do you remember when you were young? Loved the story of a downtrodden girl who finds her Prince Charming? Well, on February 15.1950 Walt Disney premiered it in Boston. Since then, there has been no looking back. This movie is an animated musical fantasy. Walt Disney produced it. Moreover, this movie has adapted innumerable versions since then. Even today children love watching these movies.
1965: Red Maple Leaf Flag becomes the official flag of Canada.
The official flag of Canada has a beautiful maple leaf on it. Moreover, on February 15, this flag became official. It was a good day for the Canadiens. They have a lot of maple trees. And the maple syrup from Canada is amazing. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed making this the official flag. Thousands of Canadians gathered together for this day. After all, it is one of the most important events of their history.
2001: The first draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal “Nature”.
The International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium published the first draft of the complete human genome. Additionally, it was published in the journal “Nature”. A lot of new things were found through this first draft. The first draft revealed that there were far fewer human genes than the previous estimates. Further on, the scientists completed the first draft in 2003.
2005: YouTube is launched in the United States:
February 15, 2005, was a huge day in the history of online videography. YouTube was launched. Also, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim launched this application. Today, we are heavily dependent on YouTube. Be it for entertainment. Or even just some daily hacks. YouTube started very small. Today it is one of the biggest video platforms across the world.
2011: Maya Angelou wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
On February 15, 2011, Maya Angelou won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a poet and an author. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor of the country. Additionally, Barack Obama always said he looked forward to these awards. Maya Angelou had 14 other winners alongside her. This was one of the most memorable days.