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February 14th History

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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.

Around 498 AD Pope Gelasius declared February 14th Valentine's Day. Later, in France and England during the Middle Ages, February 14th was believed to be the first day of bird mating season. (How romantic!) But that also added to the whole notion of a day of love.

According to the History Channel, Valentines Day became popular in Great Britain around the 17th century. Exchanging handwritten notes of affection became popular in the 18th century, and by the 19th century printed cards were available to send. Currently, it is approximated by the Greeting Card Association that one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide.

If you ever wondered why everywhere you look on Valentines Day there are hearts all around, it's because it's a belief in the Christain faith that the heart is the seat of all emotions, especially love. And since love is the dominant feeling of the day, the heart is now a great symbol of the holiday.

More Valentine's Day Trivia

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?

I am Tarzan of the Apes.
I want you. I am yours. You are mine.
We live here together always in my house. I will bring you the best of fruits, the tenderest deer, the finest meats that roam the jungle. I will hunt for you. I am the greatest of the jungle fighters. I will fight for you. I am the mightiest of the jungle fighters. You are Jane Porter, I saw it in your letter.
When you see this you will know that it is for you and that Tarzan of the Apes loves you.

February 14th In Pop Culture History

Ferris Wheel Day, named after George Ferris, born Feb. 14, 1859.
It is also National Donor Day & St. Valentine's Day.

278 - Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was beheaded for performing (illegal at the time) marriage ceremonies.

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.

1968- Broadway Show - Plaza Suite (Play) February 14, 1968

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

1972 - Broadway Show - Grease (Musical) February 14, 1972

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.

February 14, 2006 - The Apple MacBook Pro was released.

February 14, 2010 - Starstruck aired on The Disney Channel

February 14, 2016 (fiction) Pris was incepted, Blade Runner, Film

February 14th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Fredrick Douglass (1818)
Gerda Ludequist (1871 d.1959)
Jack Benny (1894, d.1974)
Fred Scott (1902)
Ray "Cash" Corrigan (1902)
Stu Erwin (1902)
Thelma Ritter (1902)
Florence Rice (1911)
Jimmy Hoffa (1913)
Irving Gordon (1915)
Edward Platt (1916, d.1974)
Hugh Downs (1921)
Lois Maxwell (1927)
Vic Morrow (1929, d.1982)
Phyllis McGuire (1931)
Brian Kelly (1931, d.2005)
Florence Henderson (1934)
Andrew Pine (1936)
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)
Alan Hunter (1957)
Perry Stephens (1958)
Meg Tilly (1960)
Michael Higgins (1962)
D'Wayne Wiggins (1963)
Zach Galligan (1963)
Enrico Colantoni (1963)
Slick Rick (1965)
Jules Asner (1968)
Shana Zadrick (1969)
Simon Pegg (1970)
Kris Aquino (1971)
Mayne One (1972)
Rob Thomas (1972)
Liv Kristine (1976)
Erica Leerhsan (1976)
Nathan Osmond (1977)
Dean Gaffney (1978)
Dwele (1978)
Mindy Robinson (1980)
Michelle Ye (1980)
Matt Barr (1984)
Jacob Parker (1985)
Karima Adebibe (1985)
Heart Evangelista (1985)
Tiffany Thornton (1986)
Joseph Pichler (1987)
Asia Nitollano (1988)
Eliska Sursova (1988)
Freddie Highmore (1992)
Paul Butcher (1994)

To let a fool kiss you is stupid.

To let a kiss fool you is worse.

 



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