On This Day in History, February 14

What are you up to this Valentine’s Day? Whether you choose to go out for a candlelit dinner or get tickets to romantic destinations, it’s certain you’ll make beautiful memories. Wouldn’t it be great to find out what occasions made history on this day? Here is a list of events that happened on February 14.

  • 1912 -Arizona became the 48th State of the Union.
  • 1929 -St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters were killed, allegedly on Al Capone’s orders.
  • 1929 -Sir Alexander Fleming discovered  Penicillin.
  • 1933 -Governor William A. Comstock had declared an eight-day bank holiday.
  • 1937 -The United Mine Workers of America demanded 30 hours a week and a 15 cent pay raise or strike as of April 1st of 1937.
  • 1939 -The German Reich launched the battleship Bismarck, which was the largest battleship ever commissioned.
  • 1942 -A new anti-fascist broadcast was aired on four major U.S. television stations.
  • 1948 -NASCAR held its first race for modified stock cars.
  • 1971 – Richard Nixon installed a secret taping system in the White House.
  • 1984 -Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the Olympic ice skating championship.
  • 1989 -Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a death sentence on British writer Salman Rushdie for his authorship of the book Satanic Verses.
  • 2000 -A series of tornadoes had swept through Georgia during winter.
  • 2005 -A terrorist bomb in West Beirut killed 9 people, including the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • 2006 -Iran announced that it had resumed uranium enrichment.
  • 2006 -UK MPs voted to ban public smoking from all pubs and private members’ clubs in England.
  • 2008 -A student of Northern Illinois University Steven Kazmierczak opened fire at a lecture hall killing 7 and injuring 14 more people.
  • 201o -The year of the Tiger and the start of the Chinese New Year.
  • 201o -Alexandre Bilodeau won 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.
  • 2012 -Mexican police arrested the cartel Boss Jaime Herrera.
  • 2013 -Oscar Pistorius, who was an Olympics and Paralympics runner, got arrested of killing his model/actress girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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