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History's Happenings for February 14

Stars & Stripes Arrive in First Foreign Port
1778

America's new flag

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Birth of Frederick Douglass
1817

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

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Oregon Admitted to Union
1859

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Department of Commerce and Labor Established
1903

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Arizona Admitted to Union
1912

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St. Valentine's Day Massacre
1929

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Dresden Annihilated By Allied Bombing
1945

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St. Valentine's Day

St. Valentine's Day commemorates the festival of two saints -- both named Valentine -- who lived in the third century. How it came to be a day for lovers is conjecture, likely coinciding with one or another ancient pagan ritual, or with the fact that a variety of small animals and birds choose to mate about this time in temperate areas.

But the celebration of St. Valentine's Day is reminiscent of the days when love was a thing of the heart, rather than a thing of the loins the way it is today. For that reason, we hope it continues to be enjoyed.




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