Thursday, February 14, 2013

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.

Happy Valentine's Day folk

Remember to enjoy the day and don't eat too much chocolate

For those of you not in a romantic mood today -
February 14, 1931 -
Just in time for the Valentine's Day holiday, Universal Pictures released Tod Browning's horror classic, Dracula, on this date.

When Universal purchased the rights to the 1927 Broadway play, Lon Chaney was considered for the title role. However, Chaney died on August 26, 1930, and the role went to Bela Lugosi.

Today, the 5th lunar day of Chinese New Year, is the Welcome Day for the God of Wealth. Many families worship the God of Wealth in the early morning. After the ceremony, people explode firecrackers to invite the God of Wealth to enter the house.

Many stores open on this day after Chinese New Year holiday. Some religious store owners put a table in the front of company's main entry. They prepare fruit, flower, candy, tea, candles and animal sacrifices on the table to worship the God of Wealth. Some even invite the lion dance team to celebrate the opening ceremony. The mascot of the God of Wealth will appear and enter the store. The store owner will give the mascot a Red Envelope with money reward inside.

Today in History:
February 14, 1400 -
... For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the death of kings.

King Richard II of England, who had been deposed in 1399, died mysteriously on this date.

February 14, 1779 -
English explorer Captain James Cook and some of his crew are slaughtered (and possibly eaten) by angry Hawaiian islanders, after he tried to take a Hawaiian chief hostage over a dispute regarding a stolen boat.

There was possibly a better way to get the deposit back on a boat.

February 14, 1929 -
The Capone gang kills six members of the Bugs Moran gang and one other person at the S.M.C. Cartage company in Chicago, in an event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Bogus police officers were used so that it appeared to be a routine police bust. Except for all the bodies.

February 14, 1948 -
Raymond Joseph Teller (Teller) an illusionist, comedian and writer best known as the silent half of the comedy magic duo known as Penn & Teller, accomplished sleight of hand artist, painter, atheist, debunker, skeptic and Fellow of the Cato Institute was born on this date.

He legally changed his name to Teller and possesses one of the few United States passports issued in a single name.

Yeah, he can speak (you idiots.)

February 14, 1962 -
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, with her breathless voice, takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. (Am I the only one bothered that Marylin Monroe and Jackie Kennedy basically have the same voice?)

It was estimated that hundreds of millions of people saw the program, making it the most widely viewed documentary during the genre's so called golden age.

And so it goes.

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