Today is the 317th day of the year with 48 days remaining.
It has often been observed as the "Day of Love" as it is regarded as the day soulmates come together.
1841 - James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject of hypnotism.
1927 - The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.
1947 - Russia completes, its now famous, AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles.
1956 - The United States Supreme Court declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
1985 - The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts and melts a glaciar, causing a lahar (volcanic mudslide) that birues Armero, Colombia, killing approximately 23,000 people.