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John’sBelieve It Or Not… February 14th ❤️

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Valentine Tuesday! Did you know…

* Conn Smythe acquires the Toronto St. Patricks team and renames them the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1927; (the original Leafs jerseys featured a green maple leaf; for the next 4 years the team plays out of the old Mutual Street Arena, also known as the Arena Gardens, until Smythe’s “ice palace” on Carlton Street, Maple Leaf Gardens, opens on November 12, 1931. Toronto, Ontario) (I’m a Leaf fan!)

* St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone’s orders in 1929. (It was these killings however that eventually turned public opinion against him.)

St. Valentine beheaded in 278 AD. (Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.)

* Penicillin is discovered in 1929. (Sir Alexander Fleming was a young Scottish bacteriologist when an accidental discovery led to one of the great developments of modern medicine on this day in 1929. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum, similar to the kind found on bread. On February 14, 1929, Fleming introduced his mold by-product called penicillin to cure bacterial infections.)

* President Woodrow Wilson presents draft covenant for League of Nations in 1919. (In a plenary session of the Versailles peace conference on this day in 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson presents the draft of the covenant for the League of Nations prepared by a League commission that had been established two weeks earlier. Ironically, despite President Wilson’s support for the League, the US Senate refuses to ratify the treaty and the US did not become a member of The League of Nations. Som historians argue that was the biggest reason the League failed to prevent World War II from breaking out in 1939.)


Look who was born on this date!

* Frederick Douglass in 1818. (He was born into slavery in Maryland, Douglass escaped north in 1838. Attending anti-slavery events he was encouraged to speak and became famous for his oratory. In 1845 he published the first account of his life, his writings are among the most influential personal accounts of slavery. Published abolitionist newspapers including the ‘North Star’. Appointed to many public offices by the government including President Lincoln. An Advocate for black and women’s right to vote and hold public office.)

* Mickey (Mary) Wright in 1935. (LPGA Golfer who became a member of the tour in 1955 and won 82 LPGA Tour career events and thirteen major championships.)

* Carl Bernstein in 1944. (Investigative reporter who reported on Watergate scandal. The Watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s, following a break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and President Richard Nixon’s administration’s attempted cover-up of its involvement. It led to Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency in 1974.)

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

10 thoughts on “John’sBelieve It Or Not… February 14th ❤️”

  1. I’m always reminded of the sacrifice St. Valentine made on this day.
    I’ve got my red on today and am looking forward to dining out tonight with my husband. Roses and chocolates have already shown up 🙂

    Happy Valentine’s Day, John!


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