If you enjoy learning new things, here are 5 Unusual Facts from February 3 to read.
1637 – Tulip mania collapses in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) as sellers could no longer find buyers willing to pay their exorbitant prices for their bulb contracts. The mania began in 1634, when a single bulb of tulip cost between 3,000 to even 5,500 florins - which meant that the best tulips cost more than $750,000 in today's money. For context, note that a skilled craftsperson of the time earned about 300 guilders a year. By 1636, the demand went so high that regular marts for sale of tulips were established on the Stock Exchange of Amsterdam, and professional traders got in on the action. Not surprisingly, it was the speculators that helped cause the collapse of the tulip market.
1959 – Deaths of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, occur. The event was immortalized as "The Day the Music Died" in the song “American Pie” by Don McLean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsV5-Hv-7U
1969 – In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress.
1971 – New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him.
1984 – John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.
Keeping buyers, sellers, investors and colleagues informed is an important part of my real estate practice selling Silicon Valley homes to families in San Jose, Cupertino and Saratoga in Santa Clara County, Calif. For more helpful facts and information on Silicon Valley real estate, homes and careers, subscribe for free to Michelle Carr-Crowe’s blog at http://www.activerain.com/results.
Images courtesy of Michelle Cherie Carr Crowe’s private collection, the public domain, the U.S. government or www.freedigitalphotos.net. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Thanks for reading about “5 Unique Unusual Facts from February 3 and 5 Feb. 3 Trivia Questions”.
Subscribe to CommentsComment