February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 320 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about February 14th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 14th in history!
Table of Contents
- Valentine’s Day
- National Ferris Wheel Day
- National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
- International Book Giving Day
- Pet Theft Awareness Day
- Library Lovers Day
What Happened On This Day – February 14
2005: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is assassinated
Several sources reported that the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon found compelling evidence for the Lebanese militia Hezbollah’s involvement.
2003: Dolly the sheep is put to death
Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult, had shown signs of premature aging and contracted various diseases.
1989: Union Carbide finally agrees to pay damages to the Indian government for the Bophal disaster
The company had a yearly turnover of 9.5 billion USD at the time; up to 25,000 people had died in the tragedy.
1949: The Knesset, the parliament of Israel, convenes for the first time
The term “Knesset” is derived from the Hebrew name of an ancient Great Assembly: Anshei Knesset HaGedolah.
1876: The telephone is patented
Both Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied for a patent on that day – Bell won.
1999: Topher Grace, The Rock, and Laura Prepon. 1999.
1980: Pope John Paul II attempted to exorcise serial killer David Berkowitz, Son of Sam, before his 1980 execution.
1945: American aviators participate in a performance dedicated to Valentine’s Day. The 169th Special Force Aviation Base, Poltava, USSR, February 14, 1945.
1945: “Surrender of Japan in Nanjing” China (1945)
1890: Execution by cannon, Shiraz, Iran. 1890s.
1014: German King Henry II the Saint was crowned.
Births On This Day, February 14
1951: Kevin Keegan, English footballer
1943: Maceo Parker, American saxophonist
1942: Michael Bloomberg, American businessman, politician, 108th Mayor of New York City
1894: Jack Benny, American actor, comedian
1818: Frederick Douglass, American author, activist
Deaths On This Day, February 14
1975: P. G. Wodehouse, English author
1975: Julian Huxley, English biologist
1779: James Cook, English navy officer, explorer, cartographer
1229: Ragnvald Godredsson, Manx king
269: Saint Valentine, Roman bishop, martyr