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World Wars » 1900 » 1914

The World Wars

When: 1914 - 1945
Where: Varies, Europe, Americas

The first half of the 20th Century saw the world entangled in two global wars that included brutality on a massive scale. The First World War dramatically altered Europe's political landscape and shifted the power balance worldwide. Wounds were not completely healed as the Second World War exploded twenty years later, engulfing Africa and Asia into the greater conflict. At the end, over 55 million people were killed. New weapons technologies had the effect of killing more people with ruthless efficiency. The advent of the greatest of these weapons in 1945, the atomic bomb, would directly influence the course of world politics for the rest of the century.

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The Origin of Valentine's Day?

Valentines day dates back to Roman times, when a holiday called The Feast of Lubercus was celebrated to protect shepherds and their flocks from wolves. During this time of year, goddess Juno Februata was honored by pairing boys and girls and denoting them 'partners' for a year.

Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 497 AD, in an effort to replace pagan holidays with Christian tradition. Although the pairing ritual was banished, romance remains the distinctive attribute of this holiday.

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