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On This Day

438 – Roman emperor Theodosius II publishes the law codex Codex Theodosianus[1]
The Codex Theodosianus (Eng. Theodosian Code) was a compilation of the laws of the Roman Empire under the Christian emperors since 312. A commission was established by Emperor Theodosius II and his co-emperor Valentinian III on 26 March 429[1][2] and the compilation was published by a constitution of 15 February 438. It went into force in the eastern and western parts of the empire on 1 January 439.[1] The original text of the codex is also found in the Breviary of Alaric (also called Lex Romana Visigothorum), promulgated on 2 February 506.[3][4]


1945 – The Alaska Equal Rights Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States, was signed into law.[8]

The Alaska Equal Rights Act of 1945 (also known as the Anti-Discrimination Law of 1945[1] Alaska Statutes 44.12.065)[2] was the first state or territorial anti-discrimination law enacted in the United States in the 20th century. The law, signed on February 16, 1945, prevents and criminalizes discrimination against individuals in public areas based on race. The law came about after Alaska Natives fought against segregation and other forms of discrimination in Alaska.


Born On This Day

1809 – Cyrus McCormick, American journalist and businessman, co-founded International Harvester (d. 1884)
Cyrus Hall McCormick (February 15, 1809 – May 13, 1884) was an American inventor and businessman who founded the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which later became part of the International Harvester Company in 1902.[2] Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he and many members of the McCormick family became prominent residents of Chicago. McCormick has been simplistically credited as the single inventor of the mechanical reaper. He was, however, one of several designing engineers who produced successful models in the 1830s. His efforts built on more than two decades of work by his father Robert McCormick Jr., with the aid of Jo Anderson, who was enslaved by the family.[3] He also successfully developed a modern company, with manufacturing, marketing, and a sales force to market his products.[4]


1878 – Pamela Colman Smith, English occultist and illustrator (d. 1951)
Pamela Colman Smith (16 February 1878 – 18 September 1951), also nicknamed Pixie, was a British artist, illustrator, writer, publisher, and occultist. She is best known for illustrating the Rider–Waite tarot deck (also called the Rider–Waite–Smith or Waite–Smith deck) for Arthur Edward Waite. This tarot deck became the standard among tarot card readers, and remains the most widely used today.[1][2][3] Colman also illustrated over 20 books, wrote two collections of Jamaican folklore, edited two magazines, and ran the Green Sheaf Press, a small press focused on women writers.[4]




By Bill Sherwonit, City Wilds, Anchorage Press: Another winter wonder: snow fleas springing here and there

The Marginalian by Maria Popova: Rebecca Solnit on trees and the shape of time, Barry Lopez on storytelling, an animated ode to the Hubble and the human hunger to know the universe
By Quartz Weekly Obsession: Zambonis: Smooth operators
The New York Times: A priest, a murder and a mystery
Wickersham’s Conscience: Notes on the Devil’s Weed
Wickersham’s Conscience: Great Gray Owls WC Has Met
Wickersham’s Conscience: Valentine’s Day: Say It With Auklets
Wickersham’s Conscience: Experiencing the Blues
Rare Historical Photos: Vintage photos from the First Tour de France, 1903
Rare Historical Photos: Photographs of Kwakwakaʼwakw ceremonial dress and masks captured by Edward Curtis, 1914-1915
Rare Historical Photos: Diving Horse: Vintage photos from one of the most dangerous stunt shows ever performed, 1900-1970
Rare Historical Photos: Photographs from the surplus vehicle boneyards of World War Two, 1945-1948
Rare Historical Photos: Haunting pictures of Londoners sheltering in the Underground during World War II, 1940-1941
Rare Historical Photos: Courtship stereo cards that depict naughty and suggestive scenes from everyday life, 1875-1905
Rare Historical Photos: Photos of Victorian women who never cut their hair, 1860-1900
Rare Historical Photos: Historical photos of the iconic Cliff House in San Francisco, 1860-1950
Rare Historical Photos: Haunting portraits from an English lunatic asylum, 1870s
The Passive Voice, From Tech Crunch: Ginger VS Grammarly: Which Grammar Checker is Better in (2022) ?


NASA: Astronomy Picture of the Day


Best of Instructables: 74 Weird Inventions
By Greg Seebregts: 48 Adorable DIY Toys You Can Make Today


Just the Recipe: Paste the URL to any recipe, click submit, and it’ll return literally JUST the recipe- no ads, no life story of the writer, no nothing EXCEPT the recipe.
By ElisesEats: Breakfast Taquitos
By makendo: Savory French Toast Breakfast Melts
By Ivan Beldiagin: Cheese Pancakes
By Mimikry: Banoffee Potstickers / Dumplings Crazy Good!
Little House Big Alaska: Air Fryer Mini Meatloaf Recipe
By Betty Crocker Kitchens: Egg Roll Casserole
By Sue Stetzel, Taste of Home: Facebook Flipboard Twitter Pinterest Email Home Recipes Ingredients Chocolate & Cocoa 27 Delicious Things to Do With a Box of Chocolate Pudding




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