At New York Life
Feb 7–8, 1904
Two branch offices were destroyed in the Great Baltimore Fire, one of the most destructive fires in American history . New York Life continued business uninterrupted — employees and agents set up temporary offices and used duplicate files from the Home Office to keep track of their business.
Feb 12, 1892
The board of trustees elected John A. McCall New York Life’s fifth president. McCall would oversee the implementation of the modern managerial model for New York Life’s field force.
Feb 13, 1935
Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover joined New York Life’s board of directors, the second U.S. President to do so. (The first was Calvin Coolidge, who died in 1933).
Feb 19, 2013
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum announced a $5 million donation from the New York Life Foundation to support the museum’s Education Center. Chairman and CEO Ted Mathas noted that the museum’s “mission aligns with the New York Life Foundation’s focus on young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement.”
Feb 22, 2006
New York Life created the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (originally called the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer). The office was created to bolster the company’s already substantial commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Around the World:
February 1, 1960
In Greensboro, North Carolina, four African American students sat down and ordered coffee at a lunch counter inside a Woolworth's store. They were refused service, but did not leave. Instead, they waited all day. The scene was repeated over the next few days, with protests spreading to other southern states, resulting in the eventual arrest of over 1,600 persons for participating in sit-ins.
February 2, 1848
The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In exchange for $15 million, the U.S. acquired the areas encompassing parts or all of present day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. The treaty was ratified on March 10, 1848
February 3, 1870
The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
February 3, 1913
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting Congress the authority to collect income taxes.
February 7, 1795
The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the powers of the Federal Judiciary over the states by prohibiting Federal lawsuits against individual states.
February 10, 1942
The first Medal of Honor during World War II was awarded to 2nd Lt. Alexander Nininger (posthumously) for heroism during the Battle of Bataan.
February 11, 1990
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela, at age 71, was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence on charges of attempting to overthrow the apartheid government. In April 1994, he was elected president in the first all-race elections.
February 20, 1962
Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. Traveling aboard the "Friendship 7" spacecraft, Glenn reached an altitude of 162 miles (260 kilometers) and completed three orbits in a flight lasting just under five hours. Glenn was the third American in space, preceded by Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom who had each completed short sub-orbital flights. All of them had been preceded by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who was the first human in space, completing one orbit on April 12, 1961 - a feat that intensified the already ongoing Space Race between the Russia and America.
February 21, 1972
President Richard Nixon arrived in China for historic meetings with Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Premier Chou En-lai.
February 27, 1950
The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of ten years in office.
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