This Week in History February 28 to March 6

  • A Marriage Blessing Ceremony of 13 American couples is held (February 28, 1969)
  • One World Crusade is established (February 28, 1972)
  • Dedication of the Yeosu Ocean Hotel (February 28, 2012)
  • The March 1st Korean Independence Movement emerges (March 1, 1919)
  • The first 100-day training at the Belvedere Training is held (March 1, 1973)
  • The first edition of The Washington Times is published (March 1, 1982)

FEBRUARY 28, 1969

Holy Marriage Blessing of 13 American Couples

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True Parents after officiating the 13 Couple Holy Marriage Blessing.

On February 28, 1969, at the historic Upshur House in Washington, D.C., True Parents blessed 13 American couples, who according to some interpretations represented the original 13 colonies. This was the first Marriage Blessing Ceremony conducted outside Korea and the first of three that together came to be known as the 43 Couple Blessing. True Parents held a Marriage Blessing of 8 couples in Essen, Germany, on March 28, 1969, and a Marriage Blessing of 22 couples in Tokyo, Japan, on May 1, 1969. The 43 Couple Blessing was conducted on the foundation of the 430 Couple Holy Blessing conducted by True Parents in Korea the previous year and was intended to signify expansion to the worldwide level. True Parents celebrated the Blessing on the 20th day of their visit to the United States as part of their 1969 World Tour. Miss Young Oon Kim, who directed HSA-UWC America at that time, stated that the Blessing of 13 couples (26 people) “was probably the largest wedding ever celebrated in America.” Those numbers would be eclipsed many times over in subsequent years.

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This Week in History February 21 to 27

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  • Top image: 430 Couples Blessing Wedding 22 February, 1968.
  • 74 couples participate in the Marriage Blessing Ceremony (February 21, 1977)
  • True Father celebrates his 60th birthday (February 21, 1980)
  • The Cheon Bok Gung opens (February 21, 2010)
  • 70,000 in Nepal participate in International Peace Blessing (February 21, 2015)
  • True Father is arrested for a second time in Korea (February 22, 1948)
  • The Holy Marriage Blessing for 430 couples is held (February 22, 1968)
  • Unification News begins publication (February 22, 1982)
  • The Cross-Cultural Marriage Blessing Ceremony takes place (February 22, 2007)
  • Foundation Day (February 22, 2013)
  • Year One of the Kingdom of God begins (February 23, 1977)
  • International Association of Youth and Students for Peace established (February 23, 2017)
  • Ilhwa Ginseng products receive kosher certification (February 24, 2014)
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This Week in History February 14 to 20

  • True Parents’ 32-City Day of Hope speaking tour begins (February 15, 1974)
  • International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) established (February 15, 2016)
  • True Father sends a letter and videotapes to 300,000 U.S. ministers (February 16, 1985)
  • The third phase of the 400 Million Couples Holy Blessing is held (February 16, 2002)
  • True Parents officiate the 1.4 Cosmic Blessing Ceremony (February 17, 2010)
  • True Mother officiates the Cosmic Blessing Ceremony (February 17, 2013)
  • Senator Robert Dole convenes anti-Unification movement investigation (February 18, 1976)
  • The Wonmo Pyeongae Foundation is inaugurated (February 20, 2013)

February 15, 1974

True Parents’ 32-City Day of Hope Speaking Tour Begins

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True Parents’ public speaking tour of 32 mid-sized cities of the United States began on February 15, 1974, in Portland, Maine, and concluded on April 21 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The speech that True Father gave throughout the United States, “The New Future of Christianity,” contained the statement “For the realization of God’s will, the returning Lord will not come on the clouds.” True Father also said that Jesus died when he did because John the Baptist failed to fulfill his responsibility. (Materials provided by the FFWPU History Compilation Committee)

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