February 14th Trivia
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About Valentine's Day
Everybody loves Valentine's Day. Well, everybody that has a significant other loves Valentine's Day. Either way, it is another excuse for people to spend all day eating chocolate, and who could contest to that?
Many think Valentine's Day is just a day commemorating Cupid and his little arrow of love, but there's a little bit more mystery to it than that. There is more than one Saint Valentine recognized by the Catholic Church, so, which one started the whole day of romance and flowers?
One legend of Valentine is he was a Roman priest who served during the third century. At this time, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage because he thought single men made better soldiers. Valentine was appalled by this and thought it would be best to keep performing marriages for young couples in love. When the emperor found out about what Valentine was doing behind his back, he had Valentine put to death. Not the greatest end to a story about love…
It is said Valentine sent love letters to a young, blind girl from prison, whom visited him while he was there. Supposedly he signed each letter, "From your Valentine." Sound familiar?
While it is true that February 14th is the day all Valentines were
martyred, some say Valentine's Day is in February because in ancient
Rome it is the official beginning of spring, a time of cleaning and
purification. The middle of February was also the time of a Christian
fertility festival called Lupercalia.
SAD - Singles Awareness Day
You may not know it, but there is a different side to the Valentines Day wonder. It is called Singles Awareness Day, also known as SAD. Although this holiday is usually celebrated on February 15th, it can also be celebrated on the 13th or 14th.
This holiday lets people know that it's ok to be single, and why not celebrate it?! The tradition is for singles to get together, go to dinner, bars, or even a movie. (It's usually preferrable that you get together with more than one other single.) However, other activities may include: sending yourself flowers/chocolates, planning a party for singles to mix and meet, or possibly sitting home alone eating popcorn and watching The Notebook. The choice is yours.
The holiday was originally created for February 14th, but who wants to celebrate being single on a day that celebrates love, relationships, and matromony? So for all you singles out there, work up the strenght to sit it out for one day and then CELEBRATE YOUR SINGLENESS!!
Greatest Love Letter Of All Time?
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February 14th In Pop Culture History
Ferris Wheel Day, named after George Ferris, born Feb. 14, 1859.
1779 - Captain James Cook, the great English explorer and surveyor in the Royal Navy, was murdered by natives of Hawaii during his third visit to the Pacific island group.
1822 - The patent (#X003456) was issued for the first practical grass mowing machine to Jeremiah Bailey of Chester county, Pennsylvania.
1876 - Both Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied for a telephone patent. Alexander's was later approved.
1903 - The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (it was later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor).
1912 - Arizona was admitted at the 48th state of the United States.
1920 - The League of Women Voters formed in Chicago, IL.
1929 - Sir Alexander Fleming left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, and noticed the mold had killed much of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum, and shortened the name to Penicillin.
1929 - Four men came in, dressed as police at Bugs Moran's headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, killing seven of Bugs's men in what is called the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Moran was a rival of of Al Capone.
1932 - The US team won the first bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY.
1938 - Former silent film actress Hedda Hopper began her gossip column in The Los Angeles Times.
1954 - The TV show Letter to Loretta changed its name to The Loretta Young Show. The show premiered on September 20, 1953.
1961 - Element 103, Lawrencium, was first synthesized at the University of California.
1962 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the White House on CBS television.
1970 - Live at Leeds by The Who was recorded.
1970 - # 1 Hit February 14, 1970 - February 27, 1970: Sly & the Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is a Star
1987 - # 1 Hit February 14, 1987 - March 13, 1987: Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
1989 - Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.
1998 - # 1 Hit February 14, 1998 - February 27, 1998: Usher - Nice And Slow
2000 - NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit around an asteroid, 433 Eros
2002 - The final Family Guy episode aired after Fox announced its cancellation. It came back after DVD sales indicated a huge audience for the show.
2004 - # 1 Hit February 14, 2004 - February 20, 2004: Outkast featuring Sleepy Brown - The Way You Move
2005 - Youtube.com was launched.
Now You Know...
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Jack Benny (1894, d.1974)
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Thelma Ritter (1902)
Florence Rice (1911)
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Edward Platt (1916, d.1974)
Hugh Downs (1921)
Lois Maxwell (1927)
Vic Morrow (1929, d.1982)
Phyllis McGuire (1931)
Brian Kelly (1931, d.2005)
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Magic Sam (1937)
Lee Chamberlin (1938)
Andrew Robinson (1942)
Maceo Parker (1943)
Eric Anderson (1943)
Aaron Russo (1943, d.2007)
Alan Parker (1944)
Carl Bernstein (1944)
Gregory Hines (1945, d.2003)
Vic Briggs (1945)
Tim Buckley (1946)
Actress, Tina Aumont (1946)
Roger Lee Durham (1946, d.1973, Age 27)
Raymond Teller (1948)
Jackie Martling (1948)
Pat O'Brien (1948)
Ewa Aulin (1949)
Jimmy Randall (1949)
Roger Fisher (1950)
Michael Doucet (1951)
James Eckhouse (1955)
Ken Wahl (1956)
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Nathan Osmond (1977)
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Paul Butcher (1994)
To let a fool kiss you is stupid.
To let a kiss fool you is worse.
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