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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 321 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 1, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,581,638,400 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 364 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 2,611 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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February 14 Historical Events
Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German languages.
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.
Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
World War II: Anti-Japanese revolt on Java.
The Bank of England is nationalized.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Snake in Chinese astrology.
The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin’s crimes in a secret speech.
Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie.
2011 Bahraini uprising The 2011 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the February 14 Revolution is a series of demonstrations, amounting to a sustained campaign of civil resistance, in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain
Who were born on February 14?
Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, Canadian hockey player (d. 2006)
Alexander Kluge, German actor and film director
Carl Bernstein, American journalist
Dave Dravecky, American baseball player
Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer
Philippe Sella, French rugby player
Harry Colon, American football player
Drew Bledsoe, American football player
Xie Hui, Chinese footballer
Julia Savicheva, Russian singer
Who died on February 14?
Saint Cyril, Greek monk, scholar, theologian and linguist (b. 827)
Raghnall mac Gofraidh, King of the Isles.
Timur, Mongol conqueror (b. 1336)
Abraham Bosse, French engraver and artist
Eugène Charles Catalan, Belgian mathematician (b. 1814)
Julian Huxley, British biologist (b. 1887)
Andrei Chikatilo, Russian serial killer (executed) (b. 1936)
Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker (b. 1943)
Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
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