February 14

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1803 – The apple parer was patented by Moses Coates.

1849 – In New York, NY, James Polk became the first serving President to have his photograph taken. The photographer was Matthew Brady.

1859 – Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell filed for a patent for his telephone. The patent was officially issued on March 7, 1876.

1899 – Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections.

1899 – The coldest temperature ever in recorded in Grand Rapids, MI was -24° F.

1903 – The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established. It would later be split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor.

1912 – The first diesel engine submarine was commissioned in Groton, CT.

1912 – Arizona was admitted as the 48th state.

1920 – The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago, IL.

1924 – The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).

1929 – The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in Chicago, IL. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed.

1932 – The U.S. won the first bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY.

1940 – The first porpoise born in captivity arrived at Marineland in Florida.

1946 – ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was unveiled. The device, which was the world’s first general purpose electronic computer, was built at the University of Pennsylvania.

1961 – Lawrencium, element 103, was first produced in Berkely, CA.

1962 – First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy took television viewers on a tour of the White House.

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 (NBA) record as he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven seasons.

1968 – The fourth Madison Square Gardens opened.

1972 – In shows taped several weeks earlier, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin a week long stint as co-hosts on television’s “The Mike Douglas Show”.

1980 – Walter Cronkite announced his retirement as anchorman from the “CBS Evening News”.

1983 – A 6-year-old boy became the first person to receive a heart and liver transplants in the same operation.

1985 – Cable News Network (CNN) reporter Jeremy Levin was freed. He had been being held in Lebanon by extremists.

1989 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie because of his novel “The Satanic Verses.”

1989 – The first satellite of the Global Positioning System (GPS) was placed into orbit around Earth.

1992 – The movie “Wayne’s World” premiered in theaters. The Wayne and Garth characters originally appeared on TV’s “Saturday Night Live”.

1997 – Astronauts on the Space Shuttle Discovery began a series of spacewalks that were required to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.

1998 – Authorities officially announced that Eric Rudolph was a suspect in a bombing of an abortion clinic in Alabama.

2000 – The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker entered orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

2001 – Eminem pleaded guilty in a Michigan court to weapons charges in connection with an incident in which he allegedly pistol whipped a man he saw kissing his wife.

2002 – Sylvester Stallone filed a lawsuit against Kenneth Starr, alleging that Starr had given bad advice about selling Planet Hollywood stock.

2005 – The video-sharing website YouTube was launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos.

2018 – A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL was one of the deadliest school massacres with 17 fatalities and 15 injuries



Michael Bloomberg – 81 years old (1942) – Former New York City Mayor

Carl Bernstein – 79 years old (1944) – Journalist

Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling – 75 years old (1948) – Comedian, radio personality (“The Howard Stern Show”)

Pat O’Brien – 75 years old (1948) – Television personality (TV’s “CBS Sports”, “Access Hollywood”, “The Insider”)

Ray Teller – 75 years old (1948) – Comedian, magician (Pen and Teller) The silent half of Penn and Teller

Roger Fisher – 73 years old (1950) – Guitarist (Heart)

Ken Wahl – 66 years old (1957) – Actor (TV’s “Wiseguy”)

Meg Tilly – 63 years old (1960) – Actress (“The Big Chill,” “Agnes of God”, “Psycho 2”, “The Two Jakes”, “Sleep With Me”)

Dwayne Wiggins – 62 years old (1961) – Musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!)

Enrico Colantoni – 60 years old (1963) – Actor (TV’s “Just Shoot Me!”, “Veronica Mars”, “Flashpoint”, “Person of Interest”, “Carmilla”, movies “The Wrong Guy”, “Galaxy Quest”, “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, “Contagion”)

Zach Galligan – 59 years old (1964) – Actor (“Gremlins”, “Waxwork” and their sequels)

Jules Asner – 55 years old (1968) – TV host (“Wild On…”, “E! News Daily”)

Simon Pegg – 53 years old (1970) – Actor (“Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz”, “Paul”, “The World’s End”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”)

Drew Bledsoe – 51 years old (1972) – Football player

Rob Thomas – 51 years old (1972) – Lead singer (Matchbox 20)

Danai Gurira – 45 years old (1978) – Actress (TV’s “The Walking Dead”)

Richard Hamilton – 45 years old (1978) – Basketball player (The Detroit Pistons 2002-2011)

Tiffany Thornton – 37 years old (1986) – Actress (TV’s “Sonny With a Chance”, “Game Change”)

Freddie Highmore – 31 years old (1992) – Actor (TV’s “Bates Motel”, movies “The Art of Getting By”, “The Spiderwick Chronicles”, “August Rush”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Finding Neverland”)



Extraterrestrial Culture Day

International Book Giving Day

International Epilepsy Day

National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

National Ferris Wheel Day

National Organ Donor Day

Pet Theft Awareness Day

Valentine’s Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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