Sunday, February 13, 2011

St. Valentines Day is more than Roses, Candy and Poems 
Roses are Red,Violets are blue I'll give you my heart if you will
Be my Valentine

It’s a mixed bag of History Love, Romance, Intrigue, Murder and Wars Started.
Like the Mythical Phoenix Bird that rose from the ashes, Love rose from Death.
The word ‘Valentine’ is synonymous with love, how many of us actually know the history of this day? Valentine’s Day began with Death!!! From the death of a Roman priest rose a day dedicated to Love for future Sweethearts and Lovers around the world for decades to come.
History of St.Valentine is as mysterious as the famous emotion associated with the day. Legend has it, that St.Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century. It is believed that Emperor Claudius II forbade young men to marry during this time, as he felt that single men made dedicated soldiers. It is believed that Valentine saw gross injustice with such a move, and began to perform clandestine marriages. This enraged Claudius and Valentine was sentenced to death. Other stories about the history of Valentine’s Day suggest that Valentine may have been put to death while assisting Christians escape from Roman prisons. Another popular legend has it that during Valentine’s days in prison, he had sent a greeting to a young girl, thought to be the jailor’s daughter, who offered him companionship during the tough times. The famous expression, ‘From your Valentine,' may have begun in the letter written by Valentine himself to this young girl.
I’ve chosen but a few to share with you, this Valentines Day.
Arizona became the 48th State
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).
Hell on the Heart- Eric Church
It’s Just that Way-Alan Jackson
It won’t be Like This for Long-Darius Rucker
“Strange” – Reba McEntire
Keep on Lovin You-Steel Magnolia
Tequila Makes her Clothes Fall Off-Joe Nichols
“It Happens” – Sugarland
Save A Horse [Ride A Cowboy] by Big & Rich
1998 "Nice and Slow" - Usher’s
1989 Straight Up - Paula Abdul
Wild Thing - Tone Loc
Born to Be My Baby - Bon Jovi
Song of the South - Alabama
I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES
Who’s Cheatin’ Who - Charly McClain
Why Can’t We Live Together - Timmy Thomas
Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? - Hurricane Smith
She Needs Someone to Hold Her (When She Cries) - Conway Twitty
You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’ - The Righteous Brothers
This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
You’re the Only World I Know - Sonny James
Too Much - Elvis Presley
You Don’t Owe Me a Thing - Johnnie Ray
Young Love - Sonny James
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.
2005 – Seven people were 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.
2001--Attack on America by radical Muslims-Twin Towers in New York City hit by planes over 3,000 dead-
1989 Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie.
1979 Muslims kidnapped the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs.
1929 St. Valentines Day Massacre (No I don’t remember it, before my time)
1989 – The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System were placed into orbit.
1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy took television viewers on a tour of the White House.
1949 The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convened for the first time.
1946 The Bank of England was nationalized.
1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially starting the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship1946 The Bank of England was nationalized
1941 - Frank Leahy was named head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone, as did Elisha Gray. 1899 Voting machines were approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections
1849 James Knox Polk became the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.
1803 Chief Justice John Marshall declared that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution was void.
1974 -Michael Lowery, NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears
1973 -Steve McNair, NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers
1972 -Raymond Beerens, Dutch soccer player, PSV, FC Groningen and Drew Bledsoe
1944 -Carl Bernstein, American journalist
1942- Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
1931 -Phyllis McGuire, born in Middletown, Ohio, vocalist, McGuire Sisters
1924 -Countess Mountbatten, of Burma
1921- Hugh Downs, born in Akron, Ohio, TV journalist, 20/20, Concentration
1913 -Mel Allen, born in Birmingham, Alabama, sportscaster, voice of New York Yankees
1859 -George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., American engineer and inventor (Ferris wheel), was born.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the (2008)
Queen, the (2006)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
1997 - These films opened in the U.S.: "Absolute Power","Fools Rush In", "That Darn Cat”, “Touch", "Vegas Vacation"
1983-The Right Stuff
1981-Raiders of the Lost Ark
1972 - The musical, "Grease", opened at the Eden Theatre in New York City.
As you have read anything can happen on February the 14th from Love to Murder, it’s really like any other day of the year except this day was set aside for Love. And really shouldn’t every day be set aside for Love? Love can be shone every day of the year not by gifts but by a phone call, a text message, an e-mail, a look, a smile, helping a friend unfortunately to many of us don’t take the time to show we care except one day a year. be