440 International Those Were the Days
February 14

Events - February 14
---- - Hearts and flowers to you on this Valentine’s Day! 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).

1920 - The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. Its first president was Maude Wood Park.

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.

1941 - Frank Leahy was named head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.

1949 - The very first session of Knesset was held in Israel. The Constituent Assembly, as it was known temporarily, met in the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem.

1954 - U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy appeared on Meet the Press. The program also marked the first time a news broadcast was televised in color.

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.

1962 - Impressing millions with her polished TV presence and knowledge of antiquarian history, U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy hosted a televised tour of the White House that showcased the building’s interior restoration.

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.)

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 Robert 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)... ”

2005 - Verizon Communications offered to buy MCI Inc. in a $6.75 billion deal. The offer was increased in May to $26 per share, or $8.44 billion.

2008 - Zimbabwe’s inflation rate, already the highest in the world, soared to a new high of 66,212.3%.

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Birthdays - February 14
1859 - George Ferris (inventor: Ferris wheel; died Nov 22, 1896)

1894 - Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky) (the stingy, violin-playing, perennial-39-year-old comedian of radio, television and vaudeville; died Dec 26, 1974)

1913 - Mel Allen (Israel) (sportscaster: New York Yankees, This Week in Baseball; “How about that!”; died June 16, 1996)

1913 - Woody (Wayne) Hayes (College Football Hall of Famer: Ohio State head coach for 33 years; died Mar 12, 1987)

1921 - Hugh Downs (TV host: The Jack Paar Show, Concentration, Today, 20/20)

1923 - Donna Atwood (ice skater: U.S. National Pairs gold-medalist [w/Eugene Turner: 1941]; died Dec 20, 2010)

1923 - Jay Hebert (golf: champion: PGA [1960], captain of 1971 U.S. Ryder Cup team; died May 25, 1997)

1923 - Cesare Siepi (opera basso; LP: Cesare Siepi sings Cole Porter and Italian Songs; video: Don Giovanni [Siepi Version]; died Jul 5, 2010)

1925 - Elliot Lawrence (Broza) (Emmy Award-winning composer, conductor, arranger, musical director: Night of 100 Stars, Night of 100 Stars II, 1993, 1994, 1995 Kennedy Center Honors; Tony Award: musical direction: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying)

1929 - Vic Morrow (actor: Combat!, Blackboard Jungle, Police Story, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Treasure of Matecumbe, The Bad News Bears, Twilight Zone: The Movie; killed July 23, 1982 [helicopter accident while filming])

1931 - Phyllis McGuire (singer: group: The McGuire Sisters: Sincerely, Sugartime)

1931 - Bernie ‘Boom Boom’ Geoffrion (hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens [NHL MVP: 1961], NY Rangers; died Mar 11, 2006)

1934 - Florence Henderson (opera singer, actress: The Brady Bunch, Fanny; died Nov 24, 2016)

1935 - Mickey (Mary) Wright (golf champion: U.S. Open [1958, 1959, 1961, 1964], Nabisco Dinah Shore [1973], LPGA [1958, 1960, 1961, 1963])

1936 - Andrew Prine (actor: The Miracle Worker, Gettysburg, The Devil’s Brigade)

1943 - Bob Murphy (golf: champion: U.S. Amateur [1965], NCAA Championship [1966], Florida Open [1967], Philadelphia Golf Classic [1968], Thunderbird Classic [1968], Greater Hartford Open Invitational [1970], Australian Masters [1970], Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic [1975], Jerry Ford Invitational [1979], Canadian Open [1986]; PGA Tour career earnings: $1,642,861)

1944 - Carl Bernstein (journalist: [w/Bob Woodward] investigative reporting of the Watergate story)

1946 - Gregory Hines (dancer, actor: Renaissance Man, Tap, The Cotton Club, Eubie!; died Aug 9, 2003)

1950 - Roger Fisher (musician: guitar: group: Heart: Crazy on You, Magic Man, Barracuda, Straight On)

1951 - (Alicia) JoJo Starbuck (ice skater; ex-Mrs. Terry Bradshaw)

1953 - Martha Raddatz (TV news reporter: World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline)

1960 - Jim Kelly (Pro Football Hall of Famer [quarterback]: Univ of Miami; NFL: Buffalo Bills [passed for 35,467 yards -- a Buffalo record]; actor: Necessary Roughness, ESPN SportsCentury)

1960 - Meg Tilly (actress: Journey, Body Snatchers, The Two Jakes, Agnes of God, Psycho 2, The Big Chill, Winnetka Road)

1964 - Zach Galligan (actor: Cyborg 3: The Recycler, Ice, Caroline at Midnight, Gremlins series)

1972 - Drew Bledsoe (football: QB: Washington State, New England Patriots: Super Bowl XXXI; NFL records: pass attempts in a season [691], pass attempts in a game [70], completions in a game [45])

1973 - Steve McNair (football [quarterback]: Alcorn State Univ; NFL: Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans; died Jul 4, 2009)

1976 - Erica Leerhsen (actress: The Texas chainsaw Massacre, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, The Guardian, The Sopranos, Alias)

1978 - Danai Gurira (actress: The Walking Dead, Black Panther, Mother of George, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame)

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Chart Toppers - February 14
A Little Bird Told Me - Evelyn Knight
Powder Your Face with Sunshine - Evelyn Knight
Far Away Places - Margaret Whiting
I Love You So Much It Hurts - Jimmy Wakely

Too Much - Elvis Presley
Young Love - Tab Hunter
You Don’t Owe Me a Thing - Johnnie Ray
Young Love - Sonny James

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

Crocodile Rock - Elton John
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

Celebration - Kool & The Gang
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
Who’s Cheatin’ Who - Charly McClain

Straight Up - Paula Abdul
Wild Thing - Tone Loc
Born to Be My Baby - Bon Jovi
Song of the South - Alabama

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...

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