February 14 in History
What happened on February 14 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on february 14 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on february 14 in history.
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini charges that Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses, is blasphemous and issues an edict (fatwa) calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.
Vietnamese troops surround the main Khmer Rouge base at Phnom Malai.
Armed guerrillas attack the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
The United States and Hanoi set up a group to channel reconstruction aid directly to Hanoi.
Moscow publicizes a new five-year plan geared to expanding consumer production.
Malcolm X’s home is firebombed. No injuries are reported.
The Georgia state senate outlaws interracial athletics.
A Jewish couple loses their fight to adopt Catholic twins as the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to rule on state law.
The United States charges the Soviet Union with interning up to 14 million in labor camps.
800 Allied aircraft firebomb the German city of Dresden. Smaller followup bombing raids last until April with a total death toll of between 35,000 to 130,000 civilians.
The siege of Budapest ends as the Soviets take the city. Only 785 German and Hungarian soldiers managed to escape.
Japanese paratroopers attack Sumatra. Aidan MacCarthy‘s RAF unit flew to Palembang, in eastern Sumatra, where 30 Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed A-28 Hudson bombers were waiting.
Britain announces that all merchant ships will be armed.
Germany launches the battleship Bismarck.
Chicago gang war between Al Capone and George “Bugs” Moran culminates with several Moran confederates being gunned down in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Thomas Watson founds International Business Machines Corp.
The League of Women Voters is formed in Chicago in celebration of the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
Warsaw demonstrators protest the transfer of Polish territory to the Ukraine.
Kaiser Wilhelm II invites the U.S. Ambassador to Berlin in order to confer on the war.
Arizona becomes the 48th state in the Union.
The “Missouri Kid” is captured in Kansas.
General Roberts invades South Africa’s Orange Free State with 20,000 British troops.
Rival inventors Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell both apply for patents for the telephone.
Esther Morris becomes the world’s first female justice of the peace.
Oregon is admitted as the thirty-third state.
James Polk becomes the first U.S. President to be photographed in office by Matthew Brady.
The Spanish fleet is destroyed by the British under Admiral Jervis (with Nelson in support) at the battle of Cape St. Vincent, off Portugal.
American Loyalists are defeated by Patriots at Kettle Creek, Ga.
Maximilian II, brother of the Emperor Charles V, is recognized as the future king of Bohemia.
The deposed Richard II is murdered in Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire.
2,000 Jews are burned at the stake in Strasbourg, Germany.