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1014 Feb 14
Pope Benedict VIII crowned Henry II, German King (1002), as Roman German emperor (1014-1024).
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1076 Feb 14
Pope Gregory VII excommunicated Henry IV.
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1130 Feb 14
Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone was elected as anti-pope Anacletus II.
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1368 Feb 14
1368 Feb 15
Sigismund (d.1437), son of Charles IV, was born in Nuremberg, Germany. He served as Holy Roman Emperor from 1433-1437.
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1483 Feb 14
(OS) Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah (d.1531), prince, founder Mughal dynasty in India (1526-30), was born.
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1549 Feb 14
Maximilian II, brother of the Emperor Charles V, was recognized as the future king of Bohemia.
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1670 Feb 14
Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chased the Jews out of Vienna.
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1817 Feb 14
Frederick Douglass (d.1895), "The Great Emancipator," was born in Maryland as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was the son of a slave and a white father who bought his own freedom and published “The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass” (1845) a memoir of his life as a slave. "The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."
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1879 Feb 14
Chile invaded the Bolivian port of Antofagasta after Bolivian authorities attempted to auction the confiscated property of CSFA, a Chilean mining company.
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1912 Feb 14
Arizona became the 48th state of the Union, the final area of the continental United States to attain statehood.
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1917 Feb 14
In San a police raid closed down the Barbary Coast. The red lights of the Barbary Coast went out. Louis Sidney "Sid" LeProtti was the pianist who led the So Different Jazz Band at Purcell’s, one of the most famous Negro dance halls in the country at 520 Pacific St. of the San Francisco Barbary Coast district. A 1982 book by Tom Stoddard: "Jazz on the Barbary Coast" covers the era.
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1924 Feb 14
Patricia Edwina Victoria Montbatten, the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, was born in London.
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1936 Feb 14
Fanne Foxe, [Annabella Battistella], (Wilbur Mills companion during Congressman’s drunken romp in the fountain), was born in Argentina.
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1937 Feb 14
Austrian leader Schuschnigg threatened to restore the Hapsburg monarchy.
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1945 Feb 14
Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
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1945 Feb 14
521 American heavy bombers flew daylight raids over Dresden, Germany following the British assault. The firestorm killed an estimated 135,000 people. At least 35,000 died and some people place the toll closer to 70,000. The novel "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut was set in Dresden during the firebombing where he was being held as a prisoner of war. US B-17 bombers dropped 771 more tons on Dresden while P-51 Mustang fighters strafed roads packed with soldiers and civilians fleeing the burning city. [see Feb 13] In 2006 Marshall De Bruhl authored “Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden.”
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1945 Feb 14
Saudi King Abd al-Aziz and Franklin D. Roosevelt met on a ship in the Suez Canal and reached an understanding whereby the US would protect the Saudi royal family in return for preferred access to Saudi oil. William Eddy, US minister to Saudi Arabia, arranged the meeting.
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1947 Feb 14
Donna Halper, Boston-based historian, author, educator and radio consultant, was born. Since 1984, Halper has been the advocate for an adult with autism. She continues to do presentations on such topics as media history, women’s history, and popular culture at museums, schools, and historical societies.
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1948 Feb 14
Winthrop Rockefeller (1912-1973), later governor of Arkansas (1967-1971), married Barbara Sears (1916-2008), the Pennsylvania-born daughter of Lithuanian immigrants. They had one child, Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, but the marriage dissolved in a high-profile divorce in 1954. Barbara Bobo Rockefeller, born as Jievute Paulekiute in Noblestown, Pa., was featured as Miss Lithuania at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. She later was known as Eva Paul.
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1955 Feb 14
James Stephen George Boggs, American artist, was born in New Jersey. He is best known for his hand-drawn, one-sided depictions of US banknotes (known as "Boggs notes") and his various "Boggs bills.”
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1956 Feb 14
The B.F. Huntley furniture plant in Winston-Salem, NC, was destroyed by fire. The factory was rebuilt and the Huntley name continued until it was sold to Thomasville Furniture Industries in 1961.
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1963 Feb 14
NASA launched Syncom 1 with the Delta B #16 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral. It was intended to be the first geosynchronous communications satellite, but was lost on the way to geosynchronous orbit due to an electronics failure.
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1967 Feb 14
Ramparts Magazine published an ad in the NY Times and Washington Post saying “In its March issue, Ramparts magazine will document how the CIA has infiltrated and subverted the world of American student leaders over the past fifteen years.”
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1967 Feb 14
The first nuclear weapons free zone was established in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Treaty of Tiatelolco was signed in Mexico City. It banned the manufacture, storage or testing of nuclear weapons and the devices for launching them.
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1969 Feb 14
The new red, plastic Olivetti typewriter, designed by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007, was released.
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1971 Feb 14
Moscow publicized a new five-year plan geared to expanding consumer production.
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1972 Feb 14
The musical "Grease" opened at the Eden Theatre off Broadway. The show turned out to be a surprise hit and soon moved to the Broadhurst Theatre and then to the Royale where it remained until April 13, 1980. The show had a record run until it was taken over by A Chorus Line.
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1972 Feb 14
Bill Torrey (38), an executive vice president with the Oakland Seals, was named the 1st General Manager of the Islanders, a Long Island hockey team.
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1973 Feb 14
The US and Hanoi set up a group to channel reconstruction aid directly to Hanoi. In 1972 the US had begun to "de-Americanize" the Vietnam war. It was a policy of gradual withdrawal.
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1975 Feb 14
Julian S. Huxley (b.1887), English biologist, died. He served as the first Director-General of UNESCO (1946-1948).
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1975 Feb 14
Pelham Graham (PG) Wodehouse (b.1881), English, US writer (Piccadilly Jim), died at age 93. 58 Penguin editions of his books were done by artist Jos Armitage (d.1998 at 84), who also contributed to "Punch." In 2004 Robert McCrum authored “Wodehouse.”
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1978 Feb 14
G. W. Boone and M.J. Cochran of Texas Instruments received a patent for their Variable Function Programmed Calculator.
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1979 Feb 14
Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
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1979 Feb 14
Armed guerrillas attacked the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
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1980 Feb 14
The Solar Max satellite was launched by NASA to monitor the sun and its flares at an orbit of some 400 miles above Earth.
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1980 Feb 14
Victor Gruen (b.1903), Austrian-born Jewish architect, died in Vienna. He was later considered the father of the modern shopping mall. In 2003 Jeffrey Hardwick authored "Mall Maker: Victor Gruen, Architect of an American Dream." His 1956 mall in Edina, Minn., the 1st enclosed mall, was designed as a center of community.
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1981 Feb 14
Phoolan Devi led a massacre of 22 high-caste men in the village of Behmai. A film was later made about her life titled "The Bandit Queen."
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1981 Feb 14
In Ireland a blaze in a Dublin dance hall killed 48 people.
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1982 Feb 14
Blas Cabrera, physicist at Stanford Univ., announced the recording of an event that may well have been the first detection of a magnetic monopole.
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1984 Feb 14
6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She lived until November 1990.
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1984 Feb 14
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain won the gold medal in ice dancing at the Sarajevo Olympics.
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1984 Feb 14
In South Africa under Apartheid rule the Black community at Mogopa was displaced in a "force removal" action. Some 300 homes and a cluster of community buildings were bulldozed over.
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1985 Feb 14
Hanoi troops surrounded the main Khmer Rouge base at Phnom Malai, Cambodia.
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1985 Feb 14
Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage by extremists in Lebanon, was freed.
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1987 Feb 14
Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky (b.1904), Russian composer, died.
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1988 Feb 14
Hours after learning that his sister had died of leukemia, American Dan Jansen (b.1965) lost his bid for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, when he fell during the 500-meter speed-skating event.
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1988 Feb 14
Broadway composer Frederick Loewe, who wrote the scores for "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot," died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 86.
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1988 Feb 14
Alfredo Stroessner was re-elected president of Paraguay.
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1989 Feb 14
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous. Several translators of the book were later killed or wounded.
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1989 Feb 14
Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million to the government of India in a court-ordered settlement of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.
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1990 Feb 14
Space probe Voyager 1 took photographs of entire solar system.
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1990 Feb 14
Ninety-four people were killed when an Indian Airlines passenger jet crashed while landing at a southern Indian airport.
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1991 Feb 14
Two San Francisco men became the first couple to register as "domestic partners" under a new city ordinance.
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1991 Feb 14
Iraq charged the bombing of an underground facility the day before, which killed hundreds of civilians, was a deliberate attack on an air raid shelter, a charge denied by the US.
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1991 Feb 14
The Iraqi weapons depot at Ukhaydir was bombed. Iraqi authorities revealed to US authorities in 1996 that the site stored hundreds of rockets filled with mustard gas and nerve gas.
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1992 Feb 14
The former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan rejected a proposal for a unified army, sharply rebuffing Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin.
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1992 Feb 14
American speed skater Bonnie Blair won her second gold medal of the Albertville Olympics, in the 1,000 meters event.
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1993 Feb 14
The body of James Bulger, a 2-year-old boy who had been lured away from his mother in a Liverpool, England, shopping mall two days earlier, was found along a stretch of railroad track. Two boys (10), Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, were later convicted of murdering James; they spent eight years in detention before being paroled.
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1993 Feb 14
In San Francisco a knife-wielding motorcyclist stabbed and killed Gordon McEntire (51) outside the Saloon at 1232 Grant St. McEntire was owner of a boat service and diving business in the Mission Rock area.
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1994 Feb 14
President Clinton used his first annual economic report to proclaim his policies had put the country on track for rising prosperity for years to come.
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