Historical Events on 14th February

  • 842 Charles II & Louis the German sign treaty
  • 1009 First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg.
  • 1014 Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II Roman German Emperor

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1076 Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV (for the 1st time)

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1130 Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
  • 1540 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
  • 1556 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared a heretic
  • 1610 Polish king Sigismund III, Forges Dimitri #2 & Romanov family sign covenant against Tsar Vasili Shushki
  • 1630 Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil
  • 1670 Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chases Jews out of Vienna
  • 1689 English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince William III on the throne
  • 1743 Henry Pelham becomes Britain's First Lord of Treasury
  • 1747 Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London
  • 1766 Dutch governor Falck and King Keerthisiri Rajasinghe of Kandy sign Treaty of Batticaloa
  • 1778 "Stars & Stripes" arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France)
  • 1794 1st US textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Phila

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1797 The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • 1803 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Penn

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1803 Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1804 Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1831 Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.
  • 1844 Lt. John C. Frémont first European to discover Lake Tahoe in the US

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1849 In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady).

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1855 Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • 1859 Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union
  • 1862 Galena, 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Connecticut
  • 1867 Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co issues 1st policy
  • 1867 Morehouse College organizes (Augusta Georgia)
  • 1872 1st state bird refuge authorized (Lake Merritt CA)
  • 1876 A G Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • 1879 Chilean troops occupy Antofagasta
  • 1883 1st state labor union legislation; NJ legalizes unions
  • 1887 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • 1889 1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves LA for east
  • 1890 1st NSW v South Australia 1st-class cricket game
  • 1894 Venus is both a morning star & evening star

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1895 Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1896 George Lohmann takes a hat-trick v South Africa, 8-7 for inning
  • 1896 South Africa all out for 30 v England - their lowest ever
  • 1896 Stanley Cup: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • 1896 Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat"
  • 1899 US Congress begins using voting machines
  • 1900 Date of events in movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
  • 1900 Russia responds to international pressure to free Finland by tightening imperial control over the country.
  • 1903 US Dept of Commerce & Labor forms
  • 1907 1st US foxhound association forms in NYC
  • 1912 1st US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Ct
  • 1912 Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
  • 1914 High Council of Labor forms in Hague Netherlands
  • 1918 H Atteridge & S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in NYC
  • 1918 USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar (originally Feb 1)
  • 1919 United Parcel Service forms
  • 1919 The Polish-Soviet War begins.
  • 1920 League of Women Voters forms in Chicago
  • 1921 Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized
  • 1921 Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses," NY
  • 1924 IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson
  • 1925 State of emergency crisis in Bavaria ends, NSDAP re-allowed

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1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone

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1931 Bradman scores 152 Aust v WI, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1931 Spanish government of General Damasco Berenguer falls

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1931 The original "Dracula", starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • 1932 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Aust (Ironmonger 5-6)
  • 1934 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto
  • 1936 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • 1936 US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1936 US male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee

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1939 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film "Gone With the Wind"

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • 1940 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • 1941 One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel
  • 1941 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
  • 1941 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
  • 1941 German Afrika Korps lands in Tripoli, Libya
  • 1942 Japanese parachutists land near oil center Palembang, Sumatra
  • 1942 Rotterdam's Maas tunnel opens
  • 1942 WWII: Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.
  • 1943 German offensive through de Faid-pass Tunisia
  • 1943 Soviets recapture Rostov
  • 1943 World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
  • 1944 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
  • 1944 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing
  • 1945 Second day of the bombing of Dresden by Allies air forces
  • 1945 Peru, Paraguay, Chile & Ecuador joins UN
  • 1945 World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.
  • 1945 World War II: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans.
  • 1949 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • 1949 Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
  • 1950 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
  • 1950 USSR & China sign peace treaty

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1951 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1952 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
  • 1954 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • 1954 Sen John Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"
  • 1954 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
  • 1956 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • 1956 Indonesia withdraws from Neth Indonesian Union
  • 1956 Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • 1957 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • 1958 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • 1959 $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC
  • 1960 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • 1960 Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
  • 1961 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif

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1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

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1962 US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV

  • 1963 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1

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1963 "81/2" a film directed by Federico Fellini premieres in Italy, starring Marcello Mastroianni.

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1965 7th Daytona 500: Fred Lorenzen wins (141.539 MPH)
  • 1966 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced

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1966 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1966 Writers Andrei Sinjavski & Joeij Daniel found guilty
  • 1967 Aretha Franklin records "Respect"
  • 1967 Latin American nuclear free zone proposal drawn up
  • 1968 Pennsylvania Railroad/NYC Central merge into Penn Central
  • 1968 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • 1971 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

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1971 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1971 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • 1971 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • 1972 John & Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
  • 1972 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
  • 1972 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • 1972 Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
  • 1975 Bomb explodes at annex of Amsterdam metro station
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1978 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • 1978 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • 1979 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • 1979 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • 1980 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • 1980 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • 1980 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • 1981 Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall
  • 1982 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • 1982 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • 1985 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
  • 1986 36th Berlin International Film Festival: "Stammheim" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1987 53,745 largest NBA crowd to date-Phila at Detroit

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1988 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1988 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected president of Paraguay

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1988 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • 1989 African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam

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1989 Ayatollah Khomeini orders Muslims to murder "Satanic Verses" novelist Rushdie

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1989 Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
  • 1989 World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens
  • 1989 The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
  • 1990 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • 1990 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
  • 1990 Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system
  • 1991 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC for 67 performances
  • 1991 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration

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1991 "The Silence of the Lambs", based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, is released (Best Picture 1992)

  • 1992 Andre Cason runs world record 6 m indoor (6.41 sec)
  • 1992 Cease fire in Somalia begins
  • 1992 Kieren John Perkins swims world record 800m freestyle (7:46.60)
  • 1992 Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)
  • 1993 Fire in Linxi department store in Tangshan China, kills 79
  • 1993 35th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.972 MPH)
  • 1994 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)
  • 1994 Andrei Chikatilo, a Russian serial killer is executed by shooting.

Sport awardSports Awards

1994 2nd ESPY Awards: Barry Bonds, Julie Krone win

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1995 Wellington 2-498d & 4-475 beat Canterbury 496 & 2-476d

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1995 The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets, who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1998 Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • 1998 29th NAACP Image Awards: "Soul Food" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 1999 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (161.551 MPH)
  • 1999 30th NAACP Image Awards: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2000 The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

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2000 8th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2002 Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board
  • 2004 In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
  • 2005 Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
  • 2005 Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines' Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
  • 2008 Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.
  • 2008 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

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2010 Alexandre Bilodeau wins the Gold Medal in the freestyle skiing men's moguls event, becoming the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 2010 59th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 141-139 at Arlington, Texas
  • 2010 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray wins (137.284 MPH)
  • 2010 America's Cup: Team USA defeats Alinghi 2-0 to win in Spain
  • 2011 The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.
  • 2013 A suicide bombing kills 4 police officer and injures 5 in Dagestan
  • 2013 Oscar Pistorius, a South African amputee sprinter, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp
  • 2013 The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, will be switched off for two years for upgrading
  • 2013 The recession in the Eurozone economy deepens with a fall of 0.6% in GDP in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • 2013 Japan remains in recession as the economy shrinks by a further 0.1%
  • 2014 Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office

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2014 Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page
  • 2016 69th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Revenant" Best Film, Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director