Love is in the Air

On February 14th around the year 278AD, Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. 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, Emperor Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied the Emperor and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, the Emperor ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arr

We’ve Got Your Ticket to Fly

On this day in 1964, four lads from Liverpool arrived in America for the first time. Three thousand screaming fans were waiting for The Beatles as they arrived for their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and three concerts to follow. An estimated 73 million Americans tuned in to the Ed Sullivan broadcast and 20,000 fans were in attendance at the first concert at the Coliseum in Washington DC. The following two concerts took place at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and police were forced to close off the streets around the musical hall because of fan hysteria. There is no doubt that when John Lennon and Paul McCartney got together, magic happened. The Lennon-McCartney dynamic duo was just simp

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