The Yankee Datebook
Winter residents of Block Island, Rhode Island, converge on the Albion Pub to have their official head count estimated. Last year’s total came to 980.
1870. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is incorporated.
1978. A major blizzard hits New England, dumping 2 to 4 feet of snow across the region in 32 hours and leaving snowdrifts 15 feet high. Fifty-four deaths are reported.
Winter carnival: The oldest collegiate winter festival includes music, dances, ski racing, the Human Dog Sled Race, and enough food and laughter to fill a winter. Through Feb. 11. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. 603-646-3399. dartmouth.edu/~carnival
North American Home Show 2007: Meet with contractors and designers, compare products and services, and explore the latest in home comforts. Through Feb. 11. Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA. 800-225-1577, 617-242-6092. naexpo.com
In 1976, the once-fledgling band’s dream of hitting it big takes another step toward coming true when “Dream On,” from Aerosmith’s debut album, is rereleased as a single and reaches number 6 on the charts.
1909. Massachusetts native W.E.B. Du Bois founds the NAACP.