About February 14

February 14, 2020 is the 45th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 321 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Aquarius is the sun 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 364 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 14

  • 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.
  • 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 rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.
  • 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, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio.
  • 1876
    Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: In South Africa, 20,000 British troops invade the Orange Free State.
  • 1918
    The Soviet Union adopts the Gregorian calendar (on 1 February according to the Julian calendar).
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: Tunisia Campaign – General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim’s Fifth Panzer Army launches a concerted attack against Allied positions in Tunisia.
  • 1945
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia aboard the USS Quincy, officially starting the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship.
  • 1953
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Snake in Chinese astrology.
  • 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 Disaster: 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.
  • 1998
    An oil tanker train collides with a freight train in Yaoundé, Cameroon, spilling fuel oil. One person scavenging the oil drops a lit cigarette, creating a massive explosion which kills 120.
  • 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 Rafik 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.
  • 2011
    2011 Bahraini uprising The 2011 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the February 14 Revolution is a series of demonstrations, amounting to a sustained campaign of civil resistance, in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain

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