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February 14 Historical Events

The following events took place on February 14. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 63 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 748
    Abbasid Revolution: The Hashimi rebels under Abu Muslim Khorasani take Merv, capital of the Umayyad province Khorasan, marking the consolidation of the Abbasid revolt.
  • 842
    Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German languages.
  • 1014
    Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry of Bavaria, King of Germany and of Italy, as Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1076
    Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1349
    Several hundred Jews are burned to death by mobs while the remaining Jews are forcibly removed from Strasbourg.
  • 1400
    Richard II of England dies, most probably from starvation, in Pontefract Castle, on the orders of Henry Bolingbroke.
  • 1556
    Thomas Cranmer is declared a heretic.
  • 1778
    The United States flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte renders a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Kettle Creek is fought in Georgia.
  • 1779
    James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
  • 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.
  • 1804
    Karađorđe leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1831
    Ras Marye of Yejju marches into Tigray and defeats and kills Dejazmach Sabagadis in the Battle of Debre Abbay.
  • 1835
    The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in the Latter Day Saint movement, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1849
    In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.
  • 1852
    Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, the first hospital in England to provide in-patient beds specifically for children, is founded in London.
  • 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.
  • 1859
    Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
  • 1876
    Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.
  • 1879
    The War of the Pacific breaks out when Chilean armed forces occupy the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta.
  • 1899
    Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: In South Africa, 20,000 British troops invade the Orange Free State.
  • 1903
    The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor).
  • 1912
    Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
  • 1912
    In Groton, Connecticut, the first diesel-powered submarine is commissioned.
  • 1918
    The Soviet Union adopts the Gregorian calendar (on 1 February according to the Julian calendar).
  • 1919
    The Polish–Soviet War begins.
  • 1920
    The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.
  • 1924
    The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company changes its name to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
  • 1929
    Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago.

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