What happened this day in history February 14

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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 321 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 1, 2024 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,464,480 minutes 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.

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 350 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 4,072 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 14 Historical Events

  • 1779
    James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
  • 1855
    Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • 1879
    The War of the Pacific breaks out when Chilean armed forces occupy the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta.
  • 1912
    Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
  • 1915
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 1919
    The Polish-Soviet War begins.
  • 1929
    Saint Valentine’s Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1956
    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.
  • 1981
    Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 2005
    Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines’ Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.

Who were born on February 14?

  • 1812
    Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (d. 1846)
  • 1953
    Odds Bodkin, American storyteller
  • 1971
    Gheorghe Muresan, Romanian basketball player
  • 1972
    Drew Bledsoe, American football player
  • 1972
    Hiroshi, Japanese comedian
  • 1974
    Filippa Giordano, Italian singer
  • 1978
    Dean Gaffney, British actor
  • 1980
    Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
  • 1983
    Bacary Sagna, French footballer
  • 1987
    Julia Savicheva, Russian singer

Who died on February 14?

  • 1229
    Raghnall mac Gofraidh, King of the Isles.
  • 1881
    Fernando Wood, New York City mayor (b. 1812)
  • 1950
    Karl Guthe Jansky, American Discoverer of cosmic radio waves (b. 1905)
  • 1952
    Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • 1970
    Herbert Strudwick, English cricketer (b. 1880).
  • 1978
    Paul Governali, American football player (b. 1921)
  • 1999
    Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Johnny Longden, English jockey (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Najai Turpin, American boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2006
    Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)

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