February 14th is a pretty significant day in history, and some of them are pretty exciting and cool. So if you’re not into V-Day you can celebrate these things instead!
1859: Oregon joined the Union, making it the 33rd state.
1886: This day 126 years ago, the first trainload of oranges left Los Angeles and took a transcontinental trip. Oranges would later become one of California’s largest exports.
1912: Arizona became the 48th state.
1920: The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago, Illinois as part of the suffrage movement. The Nineteenth Amendment allowing women to vote was created six months later.
1929: Penicillin was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming on accident. Penicillin is now used to cure bacterial infections.
1932: The United States won the first bobsled competition in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
1946: The first personal electronic computer was unveiled. ENIAC, electronic numerical integrator and computer, was designed by the US Army during World War II with the code name “Project PX.” It cost about $500,000.
1989: The first modern satellite for GPS navigation was launched into space by the United States.
There you have it! Some states were born, oranges were transported, important medications discovered and technology grew. A very Happy US Bobsleigh Victory Day to you!
Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? What would you rather celebrate instead? Tell me in the comments!