This Day in History – February 14

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February 14

“A page in history is worth a pound of logic.” Every day in history is there to teach us something important about the past and help us not repeat the mistakes of our ancestors. The same history also reminds us of some of the glorious days and reasons to celebrate them even today. Let’s recall all that happened in history on February 14 through this blog.

1014- Emperor of Italy Crowned
Pope Benedict VIII crowned Henry of Bavaria as the Holy Roman Emperor of Italy and Germany

1130- Election of New Pope
Pope Innocent II elected as the New Pope on February 14, 1130.

1349- Jews Massacre
Hundreds of Jews burned to death by mobs in Strasbourg while the remaining were forced to leave.

1556 – Heresy Declaration
Thomas Cranmer declared a heretic.

1556 – Coronation of Akbar
The Third Mughal emperor Akbar crowned.

1778- THE US Flag formally recognized
The United States flag formally recognized by foreign Naval Vessel for the first time.

1779- Battle in Georgia
The battle of Kettle Creek fought in Georgia.

1779- James Cook killed
James Cook killed by Native Hawaiians on the Island of Hawaii.

1849- First President to get a picture taken
James Knox Polk became the first United States President to have his picture taken.

1855- Linking Texas
Texas linked to the United States with the telegraph.

1859- New State in the US
Oregon became the 33rd state of the United States.

1876- Patency of Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell applied for the patent of the telephone.

1899- Voting in the US
Voting machines approved by the US Congress.

1900- Battle of Tugela Heights
British forces began the battle of Tugela Heights.

1912- 48th state in the USA
Arizona became the 48th state of the United States of America

1919- The Polish-Soviet War
The Polish-Soviet War began on February 14 in 1919.

1920- Women Organization in Chicago
The League of Women Voters founded in Chicago.

1929- St. Valentines’ Day Massacre 
Seven people murdered in Chicago, six of them were gangster rivals of Al Capone in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

1942- Battle in Singapore
The Battle of Pasir Panjang in Singapore happened on January 14.

1943- World War II
Rostov-on-Don, Russia liberated in World War II.

1945- US-Saudi Relations
Beginning of US-Saudi diplomatic relations where Franklin D. Roosevelt met King Ibn Saud.

1946- Nationalized England Bank
The Bank of England, a central bank in the UK nationalized.

1966- Decimilzation of Australian Currency 
Australian current decimalized on January 14, 1966.

1983- United Bank collapsed
The United Bank of Knoxville collapsed and its President, Jake Butcher, convicted of Fraud.

1990- Airline Crash in India
Ninety-people killed in Indian Airline Flight 605 crash on February 14 in Bengaluru, India.

1990- Pale Blue Dot
The Voyager 1 spacecraft took the photograph of planet Earth which became famous as the Pale Blue Dot.

2000- First spacecraft to orbit asteroid
The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

2005- Beirut Tragedy
23 people including former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri killed by the equivalent of around 1000kg of detonated TNT.

2005- Youtube launched
Youtube launched by a group of college students that eventually became the world’s largest video-sharing website.

2008- Open fire in the USA
A gunman open fired in a lecture hall of the Northern Illinois University, USA.

2018- South Africa President resigned
Jacob Zuma resigned as the President of South Africa on February 14, 2018.

2018- Deadliest high school shooting
One of the deadliest high school shooting took place in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida.

2019- Pulwama Attack
Pulwama attack took place in Pulwama District, Jammu and Kashmir, India on February 14, 2019.

Famous Birthdays:

  1. Harry Holland, Movie Actor
  2. Freddie Highmore, Movie Actor
  3. Jaehyun, Korean Pop Singer
  4. Brett Dier, Movie Actor
  5. Danai Gurira, Movie/ TV Actor
  6. Angel Di Maria, Soccer Player

Hope you’re now familiar with all the essential events that occurred on February 14! Keep watching this space at Leverage Edu for more such educational content and give us a follow on LinkedIn, Youtube, Facebook, Quora, and Instagram!

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