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From an evolutionary perspective, any sexual preference other than XX for XY and XY for XX individuals is a dead end. (Of course, what we see is probably not genetic, rather it is result of wiring mistakes during development.)

Not so much a wiring mistake but the less common of two stable configurations (known in chaos theory as strange attractors) which arises as a natural consequence of economizing the procedure for wiring the brain. With handedness, the less common configuration comes out to be 15% of the total. With homosexuality the less common configuration has a gender factor, so about 8% of men vs. 5% of women. The human genetic code is dense but not that dense; it is not sufficiently exhaustive to direct the hook-up of every neuron. This would be necessary if the brain was like a digital computer, where every transistor must work correctly and every circuit path must be correct. But the human brain has evolved to function quite well with neurons that misfire 30% of the time or more. We exist in a sea of mental “noise” that would stop any algorithmic process dead.

While it is true that same-sex attraction doesn’t make sense from a purely genetic standpoint, in a larger anthropological context, there is some benefit to having a rich old uncle or aunt to focus on filling certain niche occupations in the tribe without the burden of raising a brood of their own.


Births for February 14

  • 1462 Edzard I the Great, earl of East-Friesland (1494-1528)
  • 1515 Frederick III the Vrome, monarch of Palts
  • 1546 Johann Pistorius, German theologist/historian
  • 1707 Claude-Prosper J de Cr‚billon, French writer (Le sopha)
  • 1760 Richard Allen, Phila, 1st black ordained by Methodist-Episcopal churc
  • 1766 Thomas Malthus, England, population expert (Law of Malthius)
  • 1806 Lajos, Count Batthy ny, revolutionary premier of Hungary (1848-49)
  • 1813 John McNeil, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1891
  • 1817 Frederick Douglass, abolitionist
  • 1819 James Green Martin, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1878
  • 1824 Winfield Scott Hancock, Mjr General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
  • 1829 Alfred Iverson Jr, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1911
  • 1835 Fran‡ois Haverschmidt, writer (Snikken en grimlachjes)
  • 1845 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866)
  • 1847 Anna Howard Shaw, US, suffragette
  • 1853 Jan van R˜sw˜ck, Flemish journalist/mayor (Antwerp)
  • 1856 Frank Harris, England, journalist/writer (My Life & Loves)
  • 1858 Joseph Thomson, Scotland, geologist (Thomson's gazelle)
  • 1859 George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor (Ferris Wheel)
  • 1864 Israel Zangwill, England, Jewish author/Zionist (Children of Ghetto)
  • 1864 Robert E Park, US, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man)
  • 1864 Robert E Park, US, sociologist (human ecology/marginale mens)
  • 1869 Charles Wilson, English physicist (Wilson cloud chamber-Nobel)
  • 1881 Otto Selz, German psychologist
  • 1882 George Jean Nathan, US, editor/author/critic (American Mercury)
  • 1892 Nikolaj A Orloff, Russian/British pianist (Chopin)
  • 1893 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen)
  • 1894 Jack Benny, (Benjamin Kubelski), Waukegan, Ill, "Oh! Rochester!"
  • 1895 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher/sociologist (Studies in prejudice)
  • 1898 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (super nova)
  • 1899 John Randall Jr, Michigan, historian/philosopher (Western Man)
  • 1902 Fred Scott, Fresno Calif, singer/actor (Vincent Lopez)
  • 1902 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Milwaukee, cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch)
  • 1902 Stu Erwin, Squaw Valley Calif, actor (Stu Erwin Show)
  • 1904 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist
  • 1905 Thelma Ritter, Bkln NY, actress (Miracle on 34th Street)
  • 1907 Johnny Longden, jockey/trainer (1958 Racing Hall of Fame)
  • 1909 A Moses Klein, Montr‚al, poet (Hath Not a Jew...)
  • 1912 Edmund George Love, US, teacher/historian/author (A Small Bequest)=
  • 1913 Ab (Albert) Visser, poet/writer (Man Without a Head)
  • 1913 James Pike, Okla City, bishop (Beyond Anxiety)
  • 1913 Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
  • 1913 Mel Allen, Birmingham Alabama, sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees)
  • 1916 Edward Platt, Staten Island NY, actor (Chief-Get Smart)
  • 1917 Herbert A Hauptman, NYC, x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985)
  • 1921 Hugh Downs, Akron Oh, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration)
  • 1921 Skeezix, of "Gasoline Alley" discovered on Wallets' doorstep
  • 1923 Jay Herbert, golfer (1960 PGA winner)
  • 1924 Countess Mountbatten, of Burma
  • 1925 Elliot Lawrence, Phila, orch leader (Guide Right, Howard Cosell)
  • 1927 Lois Maxwell, Kitchener Ontario, actress (Miss Moneypenny)
  • 1928 Ben Garrido Blaz, (Rep-R-Guam, 1985- )
  • 1929 Matthew G Martinez, (Rep-D-CA, 1982- )
  • 1931 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, hockey star/beer spokesman
  • 1931 Phyllis McGuire, Middletown Oh, singer (McGuire Sisters)
  • 1931 Vic Morrow, Bronx NY, actor (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie)
  • 1934 Florence Henderson, Dale Ind, actress/singer (Carol-Brady Bunch)
  • 1935 David Wilson, British governor (Hong Kong)
  • 1935 Mickey Wright, San Diego Calif, golfer (4 times LPGA champ)
  • 1936 Andrew Pine, Jennings Fla, actor (V, WEB, Wide Country)
  • 1940 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • 1941 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass)
  • 1943 Eric Anderson, Pittsburgh Pa, singer (Avalanche, Be True to You)
  • 1944 Alan Parker, English actor (Bugsy Malone)
  • 1944 Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate)
  • 1945 Gregory Hines, NYC, actor/dancer (White Nights, Taps)
  • 1945 Hans Adam, prince of Liechtenstein
  • 1945 William Hill Boner, (Rep-D-TN, 1979- )
  • 1946 Tim Buckley, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears-When I Die)
  • 1946 Tina Aumont, Hollywood Calif, actress (Master of Love)
  • 1947 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1947 Judd Gregg, (Rep-R-NH, 1981- )
  • 1947 Pham Tuan, 1st Vietnamese space traveler (Soyuz 37)
  • 1948 Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1948 Wally Tax, guitarist
  • 1949 Ewa Aulin, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Candy, Fiorina LeVacca)
  • 1949 Jackie Martlin, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • 1949 Richard E Neal, (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • 1951 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
  • 1956 Dave Dravecky, pitcher (SF Giants), had arm amputated
  • 1956 Howard Edward Davis Jr, Glen Cove NY, lw boxer (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1958 Perry Stephens, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Loving, All My Children)
  • 1960 Jim Kelly, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1960 Ken Wahl, actor (Wanderers, Wise Guys)
  • 1960 Meg Tilly, (Margaret), LA Calif, actress (Big Chill, Impulse)
  • 1963 Zach Galligan, actor (Gremlins)
  • 1967 Manuela Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis player (1984 US Open Mixed)
  • 1972 Mayne One, rocker (Young Nation)
  • 1977 Nathan Osmond, Utah, vocalist (Osmond Boys)
  • 1985 Jacob Parker, actor


Passings for February 14


  • 1400 Richard II, king of England (1377-99), murdered at 33
  • 1528 Edzard I the Great, count of Austria-Friesland (1494-1528), dies
  • 1571 Benvenuto Cellini, sculptor/author (Autobiography), dies at 70
  • 1571 Odet de Coligny, Cardinal of Chƒtillon/bishop/count of Beauvais, dies
  • 1779 James Cook, Scottish explorer, killed in fracas with Hawaiian
  • 1780 William Blackstone, English lawyer, dies
  • 1820 Karel F, Duke of Berry, murdered
  • 1831 Vincente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero dies
  • 1891 William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War general, dies at 71
  • 1916 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria writer (Zmejova), dies at 36
  • 1943 David Hilbert, German mathematician (Hilbert Space), dies at 81
  • 1950 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies
  • 1967 Sig Ruman, actor (Schultz-Life With Luigi), dies at 82
  • 1969 Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • 1975 Pelham G Wodehouse, English/US writer (Piccadilly Jim), dies at 93
  • 1979 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • 1982 Henk Schaer, (Hendricus JM Schaareman), actor, dies at 79
  • 1987 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1988 Frederick Loewe, US composer, dies at 86
  • 1991 Arno Breker, German sculptor (3rd Republic), dies
  • 1991 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • 1992 Roepie Kruize, hockey player (Olympic-bronze-48/silver-52), dies


Special events for February 14


  • 1130 Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
  • 1349 2,000 Jews burned at stake in Strasbourg Germany
  • 1540 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
  • 1630 Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco Brazil
  • 1711 1st performance H„ndels opera Rinaldo
  • 1778 "Stars & Stripes" arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France)
  • 1794 1st US textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Phila
  • 1803 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Penn
  • 1848 James K Polk became 1st pres photographed in office (Matthew Brady)
  • 1859 Oregon admitted as 33rd state
  • 1862 Galena, 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Conn
  • 1867 Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co issues 1st policy
  • 1867 Morehouse College organizes in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1872 1st state bird refuge authorized, Lake Merritt, CA
  • 1883 1st state labor union legislation; NJ legalizes unions
  • 1889 1st trainload of fruit (oranges) leaves Los Angeles for east
  • 1891 J Palisa discovers asteroid #304 Olga
  • 1894 Venus is both a morning star & evening star
  • 1895 Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest" opens in London
  • 1896 Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias 2-0 for Stanley Cup
  • 1899 US Congress begins using voice machines
  • 1900 Date of events in movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
  • 1903 US Dept of Commerce & Labor established
  • 1907 1st US fox hound association forms in NYC
  • 1910 J Helffrich discovers asteroid #697 Galilea
  • 1912 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Ct
  • 1912 Arizona becomes 48th state
  • 1914 High Council of Labor forms in Hague Netherlands
  • 1918 USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar (originally Feb 1)
  • 1921 Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses," NY
  • 1925 Emergency crisis in Bayern ends, NSDAP rises again
  • 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed
  • 1931 Spanish Govt of General Damasco Berenguer falls
  • 1932 K Reinmuth discovers asteroids #2290, #2560 & #2879 Shimizu
  • 1936 L Boyer discovers asteroid #1377 Roberbauxa
  • 1936 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • 1940 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • 1941 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
  • 1941 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • 1941 German Africa Corps lands in Tripoli, Libya
  • 1942 Japanese parachutists land in Palembang Sumatra
  • 1943 Soviets recapture Rostov
  • 1944 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
  • 1944 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing
  • 1945 Per£, Paraguay, Chile & Ecuador joins UN
  • 1946 Bank of England nationalized
  • 1949 1st session of Knesset opens in Jerusalem
  • 1950 USSR & China sign peace treaty
  • 1951 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title
  • 1952 6th Winter Olympic games opens in Oslo
  • 1952 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller
  • 1954 Sen John Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"
  • 1954 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
  • 1956 Indonesia resigns from out Neth-Indonesian Union
  • 1956 Khrushchev denounces Stalin at USSR Communist Party Conference
  • 1956 Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch Elfstedentocht skate
  • 1958 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • 1959 $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC
  • 1960 Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
  • 1961 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
  • 1962 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
  • 1963 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1
  • 1966 Australia introduces 1st decimal currency postage stamps
  • 1966 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
  • 1967 Aretha Franklin records "Respect"
  • 1968 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
  • 1971 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
  • 1972 John & Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
  • 1972 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & softland on moon
  • 1972 USSR launches Luna 20; unmanned probe soft-lands on Moon, returns
  • 1974 Harvard College discovers asteroid #2039 Payne-Gaposchkin
  • 1978 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • 1980 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • 1980 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • 1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • 1982 L Brozek discovers asteroid #3424
  • 1985 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • 1987 53,745 largest NBA crowd to date-Phila at Detroit
  • 1988 Bobby Allison at 50 becomes oldest driver to win Daytona 500
  • 1988 General hospital star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden
  • 1989 Boxer Mike Tyson & actress Robin Given divorce
  • 1989 Khomeini orders Moslems to murder "Satanic Verses" novelist Rushdie
  • 1989 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in Dom Rep
  • 1989 Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
  • 1992 Ceasefire in Somalia begins
  • 1992 Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)
  • 1993 Fire in Linxi Warehouse in Tangshan, China, kills 79


Songs for date February 14


  • 02/14/41 --- High On a Windy Hill (Dorsey, Jimmy)
  • 02/14/41 --- It All Comes Back To Me Now (Krupa, Gene)
  • 02/14/41 --- Song Of The Volga Boatman (Miller, Glenn)
  • 02/14/46 --- You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break) (Brown, Les)
  • 02/14/46 --- Oh! What It Seemed To Be (Sinatra, Frank)
  • 02/14/47 --- Anniversary Song (Lombardo, Guy)
  • 02/14/47 --- Managua, Nicaragua (Lombardo, Guy)
  • 02/14/47 --- Open The Door, Richard (McVea, Jack)
  • 02/14/47 --- Open The Door, Richard (Three Flames)
  • 02/14/53 --- Your Cheatin' Heart (James, Joni)
  • 02/14/53 --- I Believe (Laine, Frankie)
  • 02/14/70 --- Rapper, The (Jaggerz)
  • 02/14/70 --- Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • 02/14/76 --- Dream On (Aerosmith)
  • 02/14/76 --- Money Honey (Bay City Rollers)
  • 02/14/76 --- Sweet Love (Commodores)
  • 02/14/76 --- Sweet Thing (Rufus)
  • 02/14/81 --- Rapture (Blondie)
  • 02/14/81 --- Kiss On My List (Hall & Oates)
  • 02/14/81 --- What Kind Of Fool (Streisand, Barbra)
  • 02/14/87 --- Come Go With Me (Expose)
  • 02/14/87 --- Let's Go! (Wang Chung)
  • 02/14/87 --- Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship)
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