February 14 (Valentine’s Day) is fast approaching. We know that on this date, lovers all over the world will celebrate. Aside from flowers and gifts, the day will be surely filled with love and romance of couples, partners and pairs.
Aside from being a day of love and romance, do you know anything more, like historical events or memorable occasions that happened at the same date? If you know little or nothing at all, I got you covered. I listed down below a good list of historical and memorable (some are tragic though) events that happened at the same date when we celebrate Valentine’s day.
February 14 marks the brutal death and beheading of the person popularly known as St. Valentine. Valentine was a holy priest in Rome around the year 278 A.D. Emperor Claudius II ordered his execution (Valentine was beaten to death with clubs and have his head cut off) because when the time Claudius II banned all marriages and engagement in Rome, Valentine continued to perform rituals of marriages for lovers in secret. Valentine was named a saint few years after his death.
For more of this St.Valentine history, watch the video below from History Channel.
Valentines Day: History of Valentine’s Day
More Events That Happened At Saint Valentine’s Day
1349 – Several hundred Jews are burned to death by mobs while the remainder of their population is forcibly removed from the city of Strasbourg.
1849 – The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the picture.
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. It was officially issued on March 7, 1876.
1924– Thomas Watson renames his company from Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R) to International Business Machine Corporation (IBM).
1929 – The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in Chicago, IL. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed.
1945 – Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
1946 – The Bank of England is nationalized.
1966 – Australian currency is decimalised.
1989 – The first satellite of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit around Earth.
1990– After it was launched in 1977, Voyager 1 successfully sends a series of 60 images that were assembled into a large mosaic to show a complete picture of our solar system.
1998 – An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil drops a lit cigarette, creating a massive explosion which kills 120.
2003 – In Madrid, Spain, a ceramic plate with a bullfighting motif painted by Pablo Picasso in 1949 was stolen from an art show. The plate was on sale for $12,400.
2005 – Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon Rafik Hariri is killed, along with 21 others, when explosives, equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT, are detonated as his motorcade drove near the St. George Hotel in Beirut.
2005 – Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines’ Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
2008 – Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injuries.
2012 – Love letters written between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are published online by Wellesley College and Baylor University.
Other celebrations that shares the same date with Valentine’s day.
Christian Feast Day: Cyril and Methodius, patron saints of Europe (Roman Catholic Church)
Communist Martyrs Day (Iraqi Communist Party)
Statehood Day (Arizona)
Statehood Day (Oregon)
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