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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 31 - 60.

  • 1942
    Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.
  • 1943
    World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
  • 1943
    World War II: Tunisia Campaign – General Hans-Jürgen von Arnim’s Fifth Panzer Army launches a concerted attack against Allied positions in Tunisia.
  • 1944
    World War II: Anti-Japanese revolt on Java.
  • 1945
    World War II: On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces begin fire-bombing Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony.
  • 1945
    World War II: Navigational error leads to the mistaken bombing of Prague, Czechoslovakia by an American squadron of B-17s assisting in the Soviet’s Vistula–Oder Offensive.
  • 1945
    World War II: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans.
  • 1945
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially beginning U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relations.
  • 1946
    The Bank of England is nationalized.
  • 1949
    The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time.
  • 1949
    The Asbestos Strike begins in Canada. The strike marks the beginning of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.
  • 1950
    Chinese Civil War: The National Revolutionary Army instigates the unsuccessful Battle of Tianquan against the People’s Liberation Army.
  • 1956
    The 20th 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.
  • 1961
    Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.
  • 1962
    First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House.
  • 1966
    Australian currency is decimalised.
  • 1970
    The iconic live album Live at Leeds by The Who is recorded.
  • 1979
    In Kabul, Setami Milli militants kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • 1981
    Stardust fire: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 1983
    United American Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee collapses. Its president, Jake Butcher, is later convicted of fraud.
  • 1989
    Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 million to the Indian government for damages it caused in the 1984 Bhopal disaster.
  • 1989
    Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.
  • 1990
    Ninety-two people are killed when Indian Airlines Flight 605 crashes in Bangalore, India.
  • 1990
    The Voyager 1 spacecraft takes the photograph of planet Earth later become famous as Pale Blue Dot.
  • 1998
    An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil created a massive explosion which kills 120.
  • 2000
    The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.
  • 2004
    In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
  • 2005
    Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon Rafic Hariri is killed, along with 21 others, when explosives, equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT, are detonated as his motorcade drove near the St. George Hotel in Beirut.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos.

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