On this day: the collapse of the Piedra Movediza

El 29 de febrero de 1912 se derrumbó en Tandil la famosa piedra movediza. Esa tarde a las 17, sin que nadie pudiese explicarlo, soplaba una brisa muy suave.

The Piedra Movediza, the “shifting stone” in Tandil, Argentina, fell and broke on the 29th of February, 1912.


A popular attraction in the area, the stone fell sometime between 5 and 6pm. There were no witnesses. Various theories have been given for the fall, but nobody knows the truth.


On this day: the Charlevoix-Kamouraska Earthquake

The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake took place in north-eastern North America on the 28th of February, 1925.

Le Soleil reports on the 1925 Charlevoix-Kamouraska Earthquake

The epicentre of the quake was in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska area along the Saint Lawrence River.

Damage in Shawinigan, Quebec, from the February 28, 1925, Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake.

Damage in Shawinigan, Quebec.

Reaching 6.2 on the Moment magnitude scale, the worst of the damage occurred in three separate areas of Quebec, Canada.


The Royal Canberra Show

The Royal Canberra Show takes place in Australia’s capital city every year. In 2016 it runs from the 26th to the 28th of February.

This is a picture from 1915. The predecessor to the present-day show was the Ginninderra Farmers’ Union Show. Here the  Ginninderra committee poses for a photograph.


Ginninderra Farmers' Union Show Committee, 1915. History of the Royal Canberra Show. Australia. Vintage

On this day: the birthday of the Tootsie Roll

Vintage Tootsie Roll Advertisement

The famous American confection, the Tootsie Roll, was officially introduced on the 23rd of February, 1896.

Leo Hirshfield, the founder of Tootsie Roll Industries, migrated from Austria and introduced Tootsie Rolls to the candy industry on February 23, 1896 from a small store in Brooklyn, NY.

It was created by an Austrian immigrant named Leo Hirshfield, who began his business opening a small candy shop in Brooklyn, New York.

A circa 1918 advertisement celebrating troops coming home from World War One:

1918 Tootsie Roll advertisement celebrating American troops returning home from WWI


On this day: Pennsylvania State University Founded

Pennsylvania State University was founded on the 22nd of February, 1855. At the time it was known as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania. It is located in Centre County.

Old Main, part of the university, is photographed here in 1855.


Farmer's_High_School_and_Old_MainFarmer's High School, which is now the Old Main in Pennsylvania State University. 1855.

On this day: ChristChurch Cathedral and the Earthquake

ChristChurch Cathedral, Christchurch New Zealand. 1900.

ChristChurch Cathedral in 1900

On the 22nd of February, 2011 Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island, was hit by a major earthquake. 185 people were killed and much of the city’s centre was severely damaged or destroyed.

Included in the damage was ChristChurch Cathedral.

Sir George Gilbert Scott

Sir George Gilbert Scott

The cathedral was built between 1864 and 1904, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, a world-renowned English Gothic revival architect.

The Canterbury region the city of Christchurch is in has been hit by many earthquakes over the years, and the cathedral had also been damaged in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922, and only five and a half months earlier, in 2010.

In 2011, however, the damage was severe, bringing down the spire and half of the tower, collapsing part of the roof, and causing other structural damage.

800px-ChristChurch_Cathedral_(02),_July_2012Helicopter flight over Christchurch, July 2012.

July 2012

ChristChurch Cathedral Christchurch New Zealand Post-Earthquake

Via Google Street View

Since February 2011, the church has largely been in favour of pulling the remains of the building down, while others in the community have fought a long – sometimes legal – battle to preserve the city’s most iconic structure.