Feb. 14th is not just a day to celebrate your love. Major events occurred on this date throughout history. Here is a sampling.
1859 Oregon admitted as the 33rd state. Today, the Beaver State has more than 3.8 million residents.
1876 A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents. Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor.
1903 U.S. Departments of Commerce and Labor forms. Ten years later, President Taft signed the bill to separate the two groups.
1912 Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state. Today, the Grand Canyon State is a popular state for retirees.
1919 United Parcel Service forms. Founded as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a multi-billion-dollar company today.
1920 League of Women Voters forms in Chicago. This grassroots organization is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
1924 IBM Corporation is founded by Thomas Watson. In 1996, IBM’s supercomputer beat World Chess Champion, Gary Kasparov. This week, the IBM computer will face-off against the best Jeopardy contestants in the ultimate man vs machine competition.
1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. A preplanned retaliation assault by the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone on the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran left 7 people dead.
1952 The 6th Olympic winter games open in Oslo, Norway, the birthplace of modern skiing. Thirty countries participated, including newcomers New Zealand and Portugal.
1966 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points. He eventually retired with 31,419, a record unbroken until Michael Jordan.
1967 Aretha Franklin records “RESPECT”. Although originally written and recorded by Otis Redding, Franklin’s version became a number one hit and an anthem for the 1960’s.
1971 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House. The recordings later became infamous due to the Watergate scandal.
1980 Walter Cronkite announces his retirement from the “CBS Evening News.” Dan Rather is named as his replacement.
1990 Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system. It was dubbed “the family portrait” and includes the famous “pale blue dot” image.