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Organ Donor Day
February 14, 2014 in the World

Organ Donor Day encourages people to sign up to donate their organs. It may save a life.

Sure, it is uncomfortable to think of our own death, especially an early one. But, if it was to happen, you could save other lives . So, please consider seriously signing up to donate your organs and tissue.

U.S. Government Information on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation:
http://www.organdonor.gov/index.html

Canadian Transplant Society:
http://www.cantransplant.ca/

Where is National Organ Donor Day ?
Worldwide

Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2014 in the World

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

In the second half of the twentieth century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts in the United States, usually from a man to a woman. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box.

In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion for giving jewelry. The day has come to be associated with a generic platonic greeting of “Happy Valentine’s Day.” As a joke, Valentine’s Day is also referred to as “Singles Awareness Day.” In some North American elementary schools, children decorate classrooms, exchange cards, and eat sweets. The greeting cards of these students often mention what they appreciate about each other.

The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is creating new traditions. Millions of people use, every year, digital means of creating and sending Valentine’s Day greeting messages such as e-cards, love coupons or printable greeting cards.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.

Where is Valentine’s Day?
Worldwide

Singles Awareness Day
February 14, 2014 in the World

Singles Awareness Day takes place on February 14, 2014. “Singles Awareness (or Appreciation) Day” (S.A.D.) is a humorous holiday. It serves as an alternative to Valentine’s Day for people who are single, that is, not involved in a romantic relationship. Some prefer the 13th or the 15th February for celebration to get away from the commercialism associated with the 14th. Some people who observe S.A.D. do so out of spite for Valentine’s Day, as a Hallmark holiday, or for other reasons. On Singles Awareness Day, single people gather to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status. Some want to remind romantic couples that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life.

Where is Singles Awareness Day?
Worldwide

Ferris Wheel Day
February 14, 2014 in the World

Ferris Wheel Day is observed on February 14, 2014. It celebrates the birthday of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. He was a civil engineer who made the first Ferris Wheel. The original Ferris Wheel, sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel, was designed and constructed as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel is used generically for all such structures, which are now the most common type of carnival ride at state fairs in the US.

A Ferris wheel is a nonbuilding structure consisting of a rotating upright wheel with multiple passenger-carrying components attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright, usually by gravity. Some of the largest modern Ferris wheels have cars mounted on the outside of the rim, with electric motors to independently rotate each car to keep it upright. These wheels are sometimes referred to as observation wheels, and their cars referred to as capsules.

Where is Ferris Wheel Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1009 – First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg.

1130 – Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II

1630 – Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil

1778 – “Stars & Stripes” arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France)

1876 – A G Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor

1894 – Venus is both a morning star & evening star

1924 – IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson

1929 – St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone’s orders

1949 – 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)

1958 – Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms

1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

1989 – Khomeini orders Moslems to murder “Satanic Verses” novelist Rushdie

1989 – Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster

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