Stereotypically, geeks are foremost amongst the tragically single on Valentines Day (which is strange, because almost all the geeks I hang out with are married). Thus, for those of you who are seeking out an alternative reason to suffer through February 14, in lieu of seppuku, we offer these seven occasions for celebration:
- Feb. 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray almost simultaneously apply for patents of the telephone.
- Feb. 14, 1924, IBM is founded.
- Feb. 14, 1961, the synthetic element Lawrencium is created for the first time.
- Feb. 14, 1970, Simon Pegg—the actor comedian who'll play Scotty in the new Star Trek movie—is born. He was also Shaun of the Dead.
- Feb. 14, 1985, former Tomb Raider spokesmodel and Lara Croft lookalike Karima Adebibe is born.
- Feb. 14, 1989, the first of the Block II (operational) Global Positioning System satellites is launched.
- Feb. 14, 2000, NEAR Shoemaker becomes the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.