Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In North America, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Today In History~
1803 - Moses Coats celebrated St. Valentine�s Day by receiving a patent on the apple parer. Makes a delightful gift! Buy a pair of parers. One for you and one for your significant other.
1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the famous picture.
1859 - Oregon, the 33rd state, entered the United States of America this day, exactly ten years and six months to the day since it was organized as a territory. Oregon�s many national parks and recreational areas are home to the state animal, the beaver, which also provides the state with its nickname, the Beaver State. Oregon�s agricultural industry raises more hazelnuts than any other state, hence the state nut is the hazelnut. The fishing industry is also very large in this northwestern state, making the Chinook salmon the official fish. The Douglas fir, a popular Christmas tree in many American households, comes from the forests of Oregon and is the state tree. Other official Oregon state symbols are state bird: western meadowlark; state flower: Oregon grape; state insect: swallowtail butterfly. �She flies with her own wings� (Alis volat Propriis) is Oregon�s state motto. The state gemstone: sunstone; state rock: thunder egg; state song: Oregon, My Oregon; and state dance: square dance. What�s the state capital of Oregon, you ask? No, not Portland, but Salem, and that�s our final answer.
1899 - Voting machines for use in federal elections were approved by the U.S. Congress on this day.
1912 - Arizona (probably derived from the word arizonac, from two Papago Indian words meaning �place of the young spring�) entered the United States of America this day. For almost five decades, Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, was considered to be the last (48th) state. From its beautiful deserts come the state bird: the cactus wren; the state flower: the saguaro cactus� flower, the state reptile: Arizona ridgenose rattlesnake; state fossil: petrified wood; state gem: turquoise; the oasis, the capital city of Phoenix. More American Indians live in Arizona than any other state, representing over 14 different tribes. But the Spanish influence is everywhere, including the official state neckwear: the bolo tie. Many outsiders don�t think of Arizona as having mountains, snow, lakes and rivers. Just to prove it, Arizona has a state fish: the Arizona trout. From the Grand Canyon to the Painted Desert, Arizona is proof of its state motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches).
1918 - The motion picture, Tarzan of the Apes, was released -- just in time for Valentine�s Day! The film was based on a series of stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The movie focused on 10-year-old Gordon Griffith who played Tarzan as a boy. An older Tarzan was played by Elmo Lincoln. Did you know that a famous baseball player turned down the chance to play the role of Tarzan? True! That famous player was the �Iron Man� and pride of the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig. Four Tarzans have won Olympic medals: Johnny Weissmuller, Herman Brix, Buster Crabbe and Glen Morris. It was Johnny Weissmuller who made the Tarzan yell famous (the yell is said to be a recorded combination of violin G-string, hyenas howl, dog�s growl and a camel�s bleat).
1932 - The U.S. won its first Olympic bobsled competition (both the two-man and four-man races) at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY. Twelve other teams competed in the event. This was also the first bobsledding competition in the United States. The four-man team included Edward Eagan, who was also the 1920 Olympic light heavyweight boxing champion. Eagan's winter gold medal made him the first person to take home gold in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
1940 - The first porpoise born in captivity arrived at Marineland in Florida.
1941 - Frank Leahy was named head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.
1957 - Lionel Hampton�s only major musical work, King David, made its debut at New York�s Town Hall. The four-part symphony jazz suite was conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. Click on the picture!
1966 - Rick Mount of Lebanon, IN became the first high school male athlete to be pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
1966 - Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a National Basketball Association record as he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven seasons as a pro basketball player.
1972 - The musical, Grease, opened at the Eden Theatre in New York City. The play later moved to the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway where it became the longest-running musical ever with 3,388 performances. A hit movie based on the stage play starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and produced the hit song, Grease, by Frankie Valli, You�re the One That I Want and Summer Nights by Travolta and Newton-John.
1979 - Twenty-year-old rookie Don Maloney of the New York Rangers scored his first goal in the National Hockey League. It came on his first ever NHL shot! We figure the probability of that happening must be in the many million-to-one category.
1980 - A big day for Dan Rather, as Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the CBS Evening News. Rather had been selected to replace TV�s best known and most trusted television journalist. Cronkite announced that Rather would take over the anchor desk early in 1981. And �That�s the way it is...�
1984 - British rocker Elton John married sound engineer Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia on this day. (The couple divorced Nov 18, 1988.) Click on the picture!
1987 - The largest crowd to see an NBA game gathered at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. 57,745 folks watched the hometown Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 125-107.
1997 - These films opened in the U.S.: Absolute Power, starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris and Judy Davis; Fools Rush In, with Matthew Perry Salma Hayek Jon Tenney Jill Clayburgh; That Darn Cat, featuring Christina Ricci, Doug E. Doug, Dean Jones and George Dzundza; Touch, starring Skeet Ulrich, Bridget Fonda, Chrisotpher Walken and Tom Arnold; and Vegas Vacation, with Chevy Chase, Beverly D�angelo, Randy Quaid and Wayne Newton.
1998 - Eric Rudolph was delcared the suspect in the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic. A $100,000 reward was offered for his arrest and conviction. (Police captured Rudolph on May 31, 2003.)
1998 - Usher�s Nice and Slow was number one in the U.S. The single stayed at the top for four weeks: �Let me take you to a place nice and quiet; There ain�t no one there to interrupt; Ain�t gotta rush; I just wanna take it nice and slow; (Now baby tell me what you want to do wit me)... � [img]http://z.about.com/d/randb/1/0/J/2/-/-/usher.jpg[/img] Click on the picture!Quote for The Day~Love isn't a decision. It's a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.Trey Parker and Matt Stone
[/img] Chuckle For The Day~
[/img] Picture For The Day~
[/img] Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany Trivia For The Day~California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.