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WSJ: Iran Bans Valentine's Day

In another sign of its ever more improvisational approach to governance, the Iranian regime has outlawed Valentine's Day. "Symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned," announced state media last month. "Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban."

Yeah, women really dig Islam.

Josh: Christianity is more attractive than Islam once beheading is no longer a legitimate move in the game, until and unless Islam has a major reformation, more extreme than the Christian one, because the Christians didn’t have to expurgate their bible – having done enough of that a thousand years earlier, but for consistency, where Islam has to purge violent hate and not a little of it.

Not one jot nor tittle has been removed from the Law. It still says kill witches and homosexuals and adulterers and anyone who tries to convert others from Yahwism. It still has God ordering the Hebrews to invade the "promised land" and totally exterminate "the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites" leaving "alive nothing that breathes." What has changed is the Christian attitude toward the Bible. They choose to ignore or selectively enforce those difficult passages calling for the death penalty for making idols, breaking the Sabbath, or having sex with a woman on her period. And secular law has been decoupled from Christianity. So we have an example where a world religion with many millions of adherents can truly be considered peaceful while still retaining passages in their sacred scriptures calling down capital punishment for practicing sorcery or backtalking to one's parents.

Births for February 13

  • 1440 Hartmann Skull, German physician/humanist/historian
  • 1599 Alexander VII, (Fabio Chigi), Siena Italy, pope (1655-67)
  • 1610 Jean de la Badie, French divine, founder of Lagardists
  • 1658 John B Wellekens, poet/painter
  • 1682 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Venice, painter (Fortune Teller)
  • 1764 Talleyrand, France/Napolean's foreign minster
  • 1768 douard Mortier, French general, duke, prime minister (1834-35)
  • 1805 David Dudley Field, lawyer/law codifier
  • 1805 Peter G L Dirichlet, Germany, number theorist/analysist
  • 1829 Gerard Keller, writer (Netherlands Spectator)
  • 1831 John Aaron Rawlins, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1869
  • 1833 William Whedbee Kirkland, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1915
  • 1849 Lord Randolph Churchill, England, politician, Winston's father
  • 1852 Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)
  • 1859 Franc Van de Goes, writer/marxist theorist
  • 1861 Uchimura Kanzo, Tokyo, religious writer (How I Became a Christian)
  • 1870 Leopold Godowsky, Lithuania, virtuoso pianist/composer
  • 1883 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player/manager
  • 1885 Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman, 1st lady (1945-52)
  • 1886 Ricardo Giraldes, Argentina, novelist/poet (Don Segundo Sombra)
  • 1887 Alvin York, famed US soldier with 25 kills in WW I
  • 1892 Grant Wood, US, painter (American Gothic)
  • 1892 Robert Houghwout Jackson, 84th Supreme Court justice (1941-54)
  • 1893 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • 1902 Blair Moody, New Haven Ct, (Sen-Mich)
  • 1902 Karl Menger, US mathematician (theory of dimension)
  • 1903 Georges Simenon, Belgium, mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
  • 1908 Gerald Strang, Claresholm Canada, composer
  • 1908 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1910 William B Shockley, London, US physicist (Nobel 1956), racist
  • 1912 French J Van den Brande, Flemish actor
  • 1912 Jose de Capriles, US, fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • 1912 Margaretta Scott, actress
  • 1914 George Kleinsinger, San Bernardino, CA, composed "Tubby the Tuba"
  • 1915 Lyle Betther, Phila, actor (Harry-Grand Jury, Lone Ranger)
  • 1916 James Griffith, LA Calif, actor (Sheriff of Cochise)
  • 1917 Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • 1918 Helen Stephens, Fulton Mo, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1918 Patty Berg, Minn, golfer (1943, 1955 AP Sports Woman of Year)
  • 1919 Eddie Robinson, winningest college football coach (Grambling)
  • 1919 Joan Edwards, NYC, singer (Joan Edwards Show)
  • 1919 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country singer/actor (pea picker)
  • 1920 Eileen Farrell, Willimantic Conn, operatic soprano
  • 1921 Henk van Galen Last, journalist
  • 1921 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter/graphic artist
  • 1922 Lord Pym of Sandy, British foreign minister
  • 1923 Chuck Yeagar, US test pilot (1st man to break sound barrier)
  • 1924 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French economist/politician
  • 1927 Harry Wich, set designer
  • 1929 Omar Torr˜os Herrera, president Panama
  • 1930 Dotty McGuire, Middletown Oh, singer (McGuire Sisters)
  • 1931 Marjorie Jackson, Austria, 100m/200m dash (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1933 Caroline Blakiston, actress
  • 1933 Emanuel Ungaro, France, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • 1933 Kim Novak, US actress (Bell Book & Candle)
  • 1933 Paul Biya, president of Cameroon (1982- )
  • 1934 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • 1936 Leamon King, Tulare Calif, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1937 Sigmund J„hn, 1st German (East) space traveler (Soyuz 31/29)
  • 1937 Susan Oliver, NYC, actress (Ann-Peyton Place)
  • 1938 Oliver Reed, England, actor (Big Sleep)
  • 1939 Valeri I Rozhdestvensky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • 1941 Bo Svenson, Goteborg Sweden, actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall)
  • 1942 Carol Lynley, NYC, actress (Night Stalker, Fantasy Island, Immortal)
  • 1942 Donald E Williams, Lafayette Ind, Capt USN/astro (STS 51D, STS 34)
  • 1943 Leo Frankowski, US, sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord)
  • 1944 Peter Tork, Wash DC, singer/actor (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville)
  • 1944 Stockard Channing, NYC, actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace)
  • 1945 Keith Nichols, jazz pianist
  • 1946 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director/actor (Ehe der Maria Braun)
  • 1947 Tony Butler, rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland
  • 1950 Peter Gabriel, rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Your Eyes)
  • 1951 David Naughton, Hartford Ct, actor (My Sister Sam, Seperate Vacations
  • 1952 David Puilum Choi, Hong Kong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1952 Ed Gagliardi, bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice)
  • 1953 Sharon Wyatt, Lebanon Tenn, actress (Tiffany-General Hospital)
  • 1955 John de Lies, saxophonist (I've got the bullets)
  • 1955 Scott Smith, rocker (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
  • 1956 Liam Brady, British soccer player
  • 1956 Peter Hook, rock bassist (New Order-Round & Round, Run)
  • 1958 Mark Fox, congas/percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • 1959 Ali Campbell, rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1960 Kelly McCormick, Anaheim Calif, diver (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1960 Michael Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me)
  • 1961 Les Warner, rocker (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • 1962 Jackie Silva, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze)
  • 1963 Roberta Vasquez, LA Calif, playmate (November, 1984)
  • 1965 Stephen Manley, LA Calif, actor (Donny-Married the 1st Year)
  • 1966 Freedom Williams, rock vocalist (C&C Music Factory-Everbody Dance Now
  • 1967 Melanie Denise Bridges, Derry NH, Miss NH-America (1991)


Passings for February 13


  • 1130 Honorius II, (Lamberto), Pope (1124-30), dies
  • 1199 Stefanus Nemanja (Symeon), monk, dies
  • 1315 Jan I van Chalon-Arlay, mayor of Neuchƒtel, dies
  • 1332 Andronicus II Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1282-1328)/monk, dies
  • 1542 Katherine Howard, 5th wife of Henry VIII, is beheaded
  • 1602 Alexander Nowell, English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies
  • 1635 Georg R Weckerlin, German poet, dies
  • 1798 Wilhelm H Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies of Art), dies
  • 1882 Henry Highland Garnet, diplomat, dies at 66 in Monrovia, Liberia
  • 1883 Richard Wagner, German composer (Die Walkre), dies at 69 in Venice
  • 1891 David D Porter, US Admiral (Civil War), dies at 77
  • 1907 Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer, dies
  • 1943 William Walraven, journalist/writer (Miskende Grumbler), dies
  • 1952 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies
  • 1958 Georges Rouault, French painter (Christ aux outrages), dies at 86
  • 1960 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • 1963 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • 1965 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 1975 Henry P Van Dusen, US protestant theologist, dies at 77
  • 1976 General Murtala Mohammed, head of Nigeria, killed during a coup
  • 1976 Lily Pons, French/US soprano/opera diva (Met Opera), dies at 71
  • 1980 David Janssen, (Meyer), actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • 1982 Zeng Jinlian, Hunan China, grew to 8'1" (tallest woman) dies at 17
  • 1983 Marian Nixon, actress, dies of cancer at 78
  • 1992 Bob den Uyl, journalist/writer (Restless Travel), dies
  • 1993 Agatha Seger, author (Sparkles Chain), dies at 91


Interesting events for February 13


  • 1130 Gregorio de' Papareschi elected as Pope Innocent II
  • 1349 Jews are expelled from Burgsordf Swizerland
  • 1601 John Lancaster leads 1st East India Company voyage from London
  • 1635 Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
  • 1668 Spain recognizes Portugal
  • 1678 Tycho Brahe 1st sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system
  • 1689 British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights
  • 1692 MacDonald clan murdered on orders of King Willem III
  • 1741 Andrew Bedford publishes 1st American magazine (American Magazine)
  • 1777 de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress
  • 1795 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina
  • 1799 1st US law regulating insurance passed, by Massachusetts
  • 1809 French take Saragossa, Spain after a long siege
  • 1832 1st appearance of cholera at London
  • 1837 Riot in NY over high price of flour
  • 1858 Sir Richard Burton & John Speake explore Lake Tanganyika, Africa
  • 1862 -Feb 16th) Seige of Ft Donelson TN
  • 1864 Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek & Wyatt, Mississippi
  • 1866 Jesse James holds up his 1st bank, Liberty, Missouri ($15,000)
  • 1867 "Blue Danube" waltz premiers in Vienna
  • 1895 Moving picture projector patented
  • 1899 -16øF (-27øC) at Minden, Louisiana (state record)
  • 1899 -1ø F (-18ø C) New Orleans, La
  • 1899 -2ø F (-19ø C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record)
  • 1901 M Wolf discovers asteroids #473 Nolli & #474 Prudentia
  • 1905 -29ø F (-34ø C) Pond, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1905 -40ø F (-40ø C) Lebanon, Kansas (state record)
  • 1905 -40ø F (-40ø C) Warsaw, Missouri (state record)
  • 1914 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers-ASCAP forms in NY
  • 1920 National Negro Baseball League organized
  • 1923 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance," organizes
  • 1925 US Congress curtails role of Supreme Court
  • 1927 Portugese Gen Carmona uprises against his regime
  • 1934 Austrian Dollfuss govt bans socialistic party
  • 1935 1st US surgical operation for relief of angina pectoris, Cleveland
  • 1935 H Van Gent discovers asteroids #1342 Brabantia, #1353 Maartje & #2378
  • 1937 "Prince Valiant" comic strip appears; known for historical detail
  • 1937 Maribel Vinson wins her 9th US figure skating championship
  • 1937 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington
  • 1939 A Wachmann discovers asteroid #1586 Thiele
  • 1942 Operation Seel”we (invasion of England) cancelled
  • 1945 Fire-bombing of Dresden begins; c 50,000 die
  • 1945 USSR captures Budapest, after 49-day battle with Germany
  • 1948 Wright Flyer, 1st plane to fly, returns to US from England
  • 1954 Furman basketball star Frank Selvy scores 100 pts in a game v Newb
  • 1955 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • 1955 KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives cals to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • 1959 Barbie doll goes on sale
  • 1959 Miro Cardon, premier of Cuba, resigns
  • 1960 France explodes its 1st atomic bomb, in Algerian desert
  • 1969 Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
  • 1970 Man-eating tiger is reported to have killed 48, 80 km from New Delhi
  • 1971 Golfing VP Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2
  • 1974 Dissident Nobel writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from USSR
  • 1976 Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1976 Peter Casserly of New Zealand hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 holes
  • 1977 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • 1977 S J Bus discovers asteroid #2791 Paradise
  • 1979 Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
  • 1980 Apollo Computer Inc incorporated
  • 1980 Harvard College discovers asteroids #2482 Perkin & #2658 Gingerich
  • 1981 Longest sentence published by NY Times-1286 words
  • 1982 Dark Side of the Moon, is on charts for 402nd week
  • 1982 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers
  • 1983 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • 1984 6 year old Texan Stormie Jones gets 1st heart & liver transplant
  • 1984 Konstantin Chernenko succeeds Yuri Andropov as USSR leader
  • 1985 H Debehogne discovers asteroid #3365
  • 1988 Christine Wachtel runs world record 800m indoor (1:56:40)
  • 1988 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • 1990 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa
  • 1990 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games
  • 1990 US, England, France & England give Germany OK to reunify
  • 1991 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • 1992 West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game
  • 1993 Ljubow Kremljowa runs world record 1000m indoor (2:34:84)
  • 1993 Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (21.87 sec)
  • 1993 Sergei Boebka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 m)


Songs for date February 13


  • 02/13/42 --- Moonlight Cocktail (Miller, Glenn)
  • 02/13/42 --- Blues In The Night (Shore, Dinah)
  • 02/13/42 --- White Cliffs Of Dover, The (Smith, Kate)
  • 02/13/48 --- Slap 'Er Down, Agin, Paw (Godfrey, Arthur)
  • 02/13/48 --- I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (Morgan, Russ)
  • 02/13/48 --- Now Is The Hour (Whiting, Margaret)
  • 02/13/54 --- Young-At-Heart (Sinatra, Frank)
  • 02/13/61 --- Ebony Eyes (Everly Brothers)
  • 02/13/61 --- Walk Right Back (Everly Brothers)
  • 02/13/61 --- Don't Worry (Robbins, Marty)
  • 02/13/65 --- Ferry Across The Mersey (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
  • 02/13/65 --- Hurt So Bad (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  • 02/13/71 --- For All We Know (Carpenters)
  • 02/13/71 --- Proud Mary (Turner, Ike & Tina)
  • 02/13/71 --- Sweet Mary (Wadsworth Mansion)
  • 02/13/82 --- We Got The Beat (Go-Go's)
  • 02/13/82 --- I Love Rock 'N' Roll (Jett, Joan)
  • 02/13/88 --- Hysteria (Def Leppard)
  • 02/13/88 --- Man In The Mirror, The (Jackson, Michael)
  • 02/13/88 --- Rocket 2 U (Jets)
  • 02/13/93 --- Nuthin' But A G Thang (Dr. DRE)
  • 02/13/93 --- Comforter (Shai)
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