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St. Valentine Beheaded

February 14, 278 A.D


On February 14, around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. 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, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.


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Dianetics is Published

May 9, 1950


Former science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. In Dianetics, Hubbard postulates that the human mind is made up of two parts: the conscious “analytical mind” and the subconscious “reactive mind.” The analytic mind records data and memories from daily life and stores it as “mental image pictures,” much like a video camera. However, negative and painful mental image pictures are stored in the reactive mind. These negative mental image pictures, called “engrams,” are responsible for all human suffering and prevent people from achieving their true potential. Someone achieves their true potential by getting “clear” with help from a trained “auditor.”

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