On This Day

On This Day in History for February 14 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 US launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
  • 1981 Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 1988 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected President of Paraguay
  • 1989 African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam
  • 1989 Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
  • 1989 World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1989 Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his publishers due to his novel "Satanic Verses". A bounty is also placed on his head.

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
Novelist Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
  • 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 a photograph of the entire solar system, the images transmitted in real-time with earth a 'pale blue dot'
  • 1991 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration
  • 1992 Andre Cason runs world record 60 m indoor (6.41 sec)
  • 1992 Cease fire in Somalia begins
  • 1992 Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)
  • 1993 Fire in Linxi department store in Tangshan China, kills 79
  • 1995 Wellington 2-498d & 4-475 beat Canterbury 496 & 2-476d
  • 1998 Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
  • 2000 The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
  • 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.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 South African President Jacob Zuma resigns from office

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma
President of South Africa
Jacob Zuma
  • 2018 Ex-student Nikolas Cruz shoots and kills 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, before being captured
  • 2019 Amazon cancels plans to build a corporate campus in Long Island, Queens, New York after widespread opposition
  • 2019 US Senate confirms William Barr as Attorney General
  • 2019 Explosive-packed vehicle rams paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir killing at least 40. Islamic group Jaish-e-Mohammad claim responsibility.
  • 2019 Egyptian parliament approves measures to enable President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to extend his rule till 2034
  • 2019 Colombian Juan Carlos Sánchez Latorre jailed for sexual abuse of 276 children in Barranquilla
  • 2019 JP Morgan is the first bank to create its own crypto-currency JPM Coin
  • 2020 More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold
  • 2021 Guinea declares an Ebola epidemic after three deaths, its first deaths since 2016
  • 2021 At least 60 people killed and hundreds missing after a boat capsizes on the Congo River carrying 700 people in western Democratic Republic of the Congo

Birthdays in History

  • 1945 K M Jenkins, British director of personnel (Royal Mail)
  • 1945 William Hill Boner, (Rep-D-TN, 1979- )
  • 1946 David Green, English TV/video producer
  • 1946 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (d. 2003)
  • 1947 Judd Gregg, (Rep-R-NH, 1981- )
  • 1947 Pham Tuan, Vietnam, cosmonaut (Soyuz 37/36)

Person of interestTeller

1948 Teller [Raymond Joseph Teller], American magician (Penn & Teller) and illusionist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Magician and Illusionist Teller
Magician and Illusionist
  • 1949 Richard E Neal, American politician (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • 1952 Nancy Keenan, current NARAL president
  • 1955 Jeremy Lascelles, British grandson of English princess Mary
  • 1955 Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (Marvel Comics) (d. 1991)
  • 1961 Phillip Hamilton, American author, born in Albany, New York
  • 1962 Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1967 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British-Cypriot entrepreneur, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1967 Mark Rutte, Dutch politician (Prime Minister, 2010-), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1977 Darren Bennett, English professional dancer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan

Weddings in History

Divorces in History

Deaths in History