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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

FEBRUARY 14
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United States official and diplomat
born
February 1818?
Tuckahoe, Maryland
died
February 20, 1895
Washington, D.C., United States
(Anniversary in 6 days)

Born on This Day

1973
Steve McNair
American football player
1952
Sushma Swaraj
Indian politician
1946
Gregory Hines
American dancer, actor, and choreographer
1942
Michael Bloomberg
American businessman and politician
1913
Jimmy Hoffa
American labour leader

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American Valentine card, c. 1908.
Today is Valentine's Day, the feast day of St. Valentine, a priest and physician who was martyred about 270 in Rome, and the tradition of exchanging greetings of love on Valentine's Day is based on the legend that Valentine had signed a letter to his jailer's daughter, with whom he had fallen in love, “from your Valentine.” Why do we give Valentine's Day cards?
Today
Zuma, Jacob
Amid scandals and corruption allegations, South African President Jacob Zuma resigned and was later replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa. Take our African leaders quiz
2018
Steve Chen and Chad Hurley
Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim registered YouTube, a Web site for sharing videos; it would become hugely popular, with more than one billion unique users visiting the site every month. Test your knowledge of tech companies
2005
Hines, Gregory
American dancer, choreographer, and actor Gregory Hines, a major figure in the revitalization of tap dancing in the late 20th century, was born.
1946
ENIAC
The first general-purpose high-speed electronic digital computer, the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), was demonstrated to the public by its creators, J. Presper Eckert, Jr., and John W. Mauchly. Discover how well you know computers and operating systems
1946
Al Capone, c. 1935.
Members of Al Capone's gang of bootleggers massacred a rival gang run by George Moran in Chicago during the Prohibition era. Discover what led to Prohibition
1929
Carrie Chapman Catt.
With the establishment of women's suffrage in the United States, Carrie Chapman Catt formed the League of Women Voters in Chicago. Take our famous suffragettes quiz
1920
Jack Benny in College Holiday (1936).
American entertainer Jack Benny, whose unusual comedic method and expert timing made him a legendary success in radio and television, was born.
1894
Cook, James
Captain James Cook was killed by Hawaiians in a dispute over the theft of a cutter.
1779
Thomas Robert Malthus, detail of an engraving after a portrait by J. Linnell, 1833.
Thomas Malthus, the English economist and demographer best known for his theory that population growth will always tend to outrun the food supply and should be checked by stern limits on reproduction, is believed to have been born this day.
1766
Richard Allen.
Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Philadelphia.
1760

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