On This Day

What Happened on February 14

Important Events

  • 1014 Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1076 Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV (for the 1st time)
  • 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.
  • 1876 Alexander G. Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders
  • 1971 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House
More Historical Events

February 14 in Film & TV

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

February 14 in Music

  • 1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall

February 14 in Sport

  • 1984 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Ravel’s Bolero in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression
  • 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

Did You Know?

1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments

On February 14, 1978

Would You Believe?

Thomas J. Watson renames the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) as International Business Machines (IBM)

On February 14, 1924

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