Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft becomes first vehicle
to land on an asteroid (433 Eros).
14 February 1990
Perrier lost its sparkle and recalls 160 million bottles of water after traces
of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some of them.
14 February 1989
World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens. (V-Day has always been one of the
busiest days on the phone—and now on Blackberry.)
14 February 1971
Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House. (This
dangerous toy may catch up with you in time.)
14 February 1958
Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan forms. (It seems friendship can get a
little rusty over the years.)
14 February 1951
Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta and takes middleweight title.
(A date with a fight?)
14 February 1950
U.S.S.R. and China sign peace treaty. (So who says there is no love in
14 February 1941
1,000,000th vehicle traverses the New York Midtown Tunnel. (Who’s
14 February 1924
IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson. (It seems missing a date
brought something great in return.)
14 February 1919
UPS - United Parcel Service forms. (The savior for last-minute deliveries has
14 February 1876
Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately on the same
day for telephone patents; Supreme Court later rules Bell rightful
inventor. (Perhaps they both wanted to be the first to make a call?)
14 February 1862
Galena, the first U.S. iron-clad warship was launched in Connecticut.
14 February 1803
The apple parer was patented by Moses Coats of Downington,
14 February 1630
A Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil.
14 February 842
Charles II and Louis the German sign treaty.
14 February 2007
Let’s find out in 50 years.
14 February 1944
Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter, Watergate
14 February 1942
Michael Bloomberg, American politician
14 February 1935
David Wilson, British governor, Hong Kong
14 February 1913
Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
14 February 1911
Willem J Kolff, Dutch/US internist/inventor, Artificial Kidney
14 February 1859
George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor, Ferris Wheel
14 February 1838
Margaret Knight, inventor, "The Female Thomas Edison"
14 February 1572
Hans Christoph Haiden, composer
14 February 1368
Emperor Sigismund, German statesman
Valentines Day commemorates the martyrdom of Valentine, a priest who served during the third century in Rome. According to legend, when Emperor Claudius II saw that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When the priests actions were discovered, Claudius ordered for him to be put to death.
Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. And all of them were martyred, which makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly who the popular legend refers to.
It is believed that Valentine actually sent the first valentine greeting himself. While in prison for defying Claudius, Valentine fell in love with a young girl (probably the jailor's daughter) who frequently visited him there. Before his death, he wrote her a letter, signed From your Valentine, an expression still used today.
Mandarin – Wo ai ni
Japanese – Ai shite imasu
Hindi – Mai tumse pyar karta hoon
Italian – Ti amo
Spanish – Te amo
Filipino – Mahal kita
Russian - Ya vas lyublyu
Greek – S' agapo
Arabic – Ana Ba-heb-bak
Romanian – Te iubesc
Bengali – Ami tomAy bhAlobAshi
Dutch – Ik hou van jou
German - Ich liebe Dich
French – Je t'aime
ROSE I Love You
DAISY My Love is Innocent and Pure
TULIP Ours is a Perfect Love
LILY You are so Beautiful
ORCHID I am Passionately in Love with You
CARNATION You are a Fascinating Person
LILAC Do You Still Love Me?
WILDFLOWER I Adore You
SUNFLOWER My Loyalty is Yours
IRIS I am Faithful to You
One of America’s top financial advisors, Jim Trippon, shares his annual Top Ten List of the Most Outrageously Expensive Valentine’s Day Gifts for 2007.
Bombardier Global Express XRS Executive Jet $48 million
Private Island in Phuket, Thailand $23 million
Renee Strausse for the Bride Diamond Encrusted Wedding Dress $12 million
Neil Lane Sapphire & Diamond Necklace & Diamond Drop Earrings $2 million
Tiffany and Co. 7.5 Carat Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring $845,000
SSC Ultimate Aero Sports Car $654,500
Honma 24k Gold- and Platinum-Plated Golf Clubs $52,938/set
Fendi Pink Crocodile Spy Bag $25,700
Golf Round at Sandy Lane in Barbados $1,265
Bling H2O Water $40/bottle
One of the most powerful couples of all-time, the story of Antony and Cleopatra is one for the books. She was the last pharaoh of Egypt; he was a Roman General. They married in 36 B.C., and together, planned to conquer Rome, but were defeated by Roman general Octavian in the Battle of Actium.
Their love ended in a tragedy. Hearing a false report that Cleopatra was dead, Anthony fell on his sword. With no hope left upon Antonys death, Cleopatra killed herself by inducing a poisonous asp to bite her.
Queen Victoria and Prince Alberts marriage was a fairytaleuntil death tore them apart. Victoria became queen of England in 1837, after the death of King William IV. Soon after, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert.
Albert became well respected and admired at that time for his honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family. Victoria loved her husband deeply, relying on him for advice in matters of state and diplomacy. The couple was blessed with nine children.
When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria was devastated. She shunned public appearances for three years, taking her time before once again resuming public life.
But she never stopped mourning her beloved prince. In fact, she wore black until her death in 1901.
For Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire, there was no other fitting tribute to his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal, than a monument of love. Shah wed Mumtaz in 1612. She bore him 14 children, and became his favorite wife. After Mumtaz died of childbirth in 1629, the grieving emperor resolved to honor her by building the Taj Mahal.
It took 20,000 workers, 1,000 elephants, and almost 20 years to complete the monument. Built mostly of white marble, it sits on a sandstone platform, and is topped by a 137-foot high dome. The mausoleums interior is lavishly decorated in lapis lazuli, turquoise, agate, jasper, and colored marble, while its exterior is paved with semiprecious stones. The surrounding garden contains four water channels, to represent the four rivers of Islamic paradise.
Later on, Shah was deposed by his son, and was imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra. There, he spent lonely hours staring across the Jamuna River at the monument to his beloved queen. He was eventually buried beside her in the monument of their love.
The purchase of at least one card for a romantic love relationship comprises about 45% of Valentines Day transactions.
People exchange approximately 188 million cards worldwide during Valentines Day, making it the second largest holiday for greeting card-giving.
Women receive half of all valentines.
About 46% of all Valentines day cards are hand-delivered. And they often come with gifts!