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What are the important events that happened on February 14? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 14: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 14 is the 45th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 321 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 1, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,455,408,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tetracontapentagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 349 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,150 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 14 Historical Events

  • 1797
    French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Cape St. Vincent – John Jervis, (later 1st Earl of St Vincent) and Horatio Nelson (later 1st Viscount Nelson) lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar.
  • 1835
    The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1929
    Saint Valentine’s Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1934
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Dog in Chinese astrology.
  • 1945
    World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.

Who were born on February 14?

  • 1766
    Thomas Robert Malthus, English demographer and political economist (d. 1834)
  • 1977
    Darren Purse, English footballer
  • 1980
    Josh Senter, American screenwriter
  • 1983
    Rhydian Roberts, Welsh singer and reality show contestant
  • 1987
    Fabian Schönheim, German footballer

Who died on February 14?

  • 1831
    Vicente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero (b. 1782)
  • 1929
    Thomas Burke, American sprinter (b. 1875)
  • 1970
    Herbert Strudwick, English cricketer (b. 1880).
  • 1987
    Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • 2002
    Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)

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