Today in History, Feb. 14: St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Highlights of this day in history: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie; Slobodan Milosevic begins his defense against war crimes charges; Dolly the cloned sheep dies. (Feb. 14)

  • 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders
  • 1900 Russia responds to international pressure to free Finland by tightening imperial control over the country.
  • 1903 US Department of Commerce & Labor forms
  • 1912 Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
  • 1919 The Polish-Soviet War begins.
  • 1936 National Negro Congress organizes in Chicago
  • 1943 World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated
  • 1945 World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden
  • 1963 US launches communications satellite Syncom 1
  • 1965 7th Daytona 500: Fred Lorenzen wins (141.539 MPH)
  • 1971 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
  • 1971 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • 1978 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • 1979 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • 1982 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • 1988 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • 1993 35th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.972 MPH)
  • 1993 35th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.972 MPH)
  • 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.
  • 2010 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray wins (137.284 MPH


  • 1913 Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
  • 1921 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1929 Vic Morrow, American actor (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie), born in New York City, New York
  • 1934 Florence Henderson, actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), born in Dale, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • 1948 Pat O'Brien, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1957 Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV VJs
  • 1971 Tommy Dreamer, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Drew Bledsoe, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)


  • 1999 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6
  • 2010 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952


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