Valentine’s Day

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During the third century in Rome, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men would be better utilized as soldiers than husbands or fathers. So basically, all the single ladies–remained single ladies.

Saint Valentine defied Claudius and performed the marriages of young people, in secret. Of course, secrets don’t remain secrets all that long. Valentine was put to death for his actions.

It wasn’t until the end of the 5th century, that February 14th was declared as St. Valentine’s Day and associated with love. The most over-the-top gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built it as a memorial to his wife. If you can’t give a Taj Mahal to your Valentine this year, check out RoverTown for sweet Valentine’s Day discounts!

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Black History Month

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For the entire month of February, we pay tribute to many generations of African Americans in their past struggles to achieve full citizenship. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Negro History Week was born in 1926, by the now, Association for the Study of African American Life and History. February was selected as a way to honor the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; two men who drastically altered the future of black Americans.

As time went on, many scholars and teachers demanded more information on the history of the subject. In 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, the week-long celebration was extended to a month. President Ford urged Americans to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans.

Today, this month is filled with many events and celebrations are held all over the country. Rover would like to throw you some bones this month in honor of Black History month. Check out RoverTown for great discounts in your town!

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