On This Day: February 14

February 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is St. Valentine’s Day, the feast day of two Christian martyrs named Valentine: one a priest and physician, the other the Bishop of Terni. Both are purported to have been beheaded on this day. The custom of sending handmade ‘valentines’ to one’s beloved became popular during the 17th century and was first commercialized in the United States in the 1840s. Source: HistoryNet

Saint Valentine during the wedding of roman centurion. Source: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Click to enlarge.

Saint Valentine during the wedding of roman centurion. Source: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Click to enlarge.

1747
Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London. Source: HistoryOrb

1876
A G Bell (1847–1922) and Elisha Gray (1835–1901) apply separately for telephone patents. Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor.

Source: Brainy History

Alexander Graham Bell. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Alexander Graham Bell. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Elisha Gray. Source: Wikipedia.

Elisha Gray. Source: Wikipedia.

1894
Venus is both a morning star & evening star.

1895
Oscar Wilde‘s “Importance of Being Earnest,” opens in London.

1931
The original “Dracula”, starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released.

Source: HistoryOrb

1956

Indonesia withdraws from Netherlands Indonesian Union. Source: Brainy History

1972
Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon. Source: HistoryOrb

1978
1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments. Source: Brainy History

1990
Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system.

2000
The spacecraft Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

Source: HistoryOrb

2003
Dolly the sheep – the first mammal cloned from an adult – was put to death at age 6 due to premature aging and disease. Source: The Times

2012
Love letters written between poets Elizabeth Barrett (1806–1861) and Robert Browning (1812–1889) are published online by Wellesley College and Baylor University.

Download here »
or read this book online » The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846, Edited by Robert B. Browning

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Robert Browning. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Robert Browning. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

2014
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, now the world’s largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert; the $2.2 billion plant, owned by Google, NRG Energy, and BrightSource energy, spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes.

Source: Brainy History

 

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