Today is Sunday, February 14th, the 45th day of the year 2021. There are still 320 days in the year. This is Valentine’s Day.
Today’s highlight in history:
February 14, 2018A gunner identified as a retired student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Killing 17 people in the nation’s deadliest shootings since the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, more than than five years .
On this date:
In 1778The American ship Ranger first took the recently adopted stars and stripes to a foreign port when it arrived in France.
In 1876The inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray have separately filed patents related to the phone. (The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Bell was the rightful inventor.)
In 1912Arizona became the 48th state in the Union when President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation.
In 1920the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; Its first president was Maud Wood Park.
In 1929, the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre ”took place in a garage in Chicago when seven rivals were gunned down by Al Capone’s gang.
In 1945British and Canadian forces reached the Rhine in Germany during World War II.
In 1967Aretha Franklin recorded her cover for Otis Reddings “Respect” on Atlantic Records in New York.
In 1979Adolph Dubs, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped by Muslim extremists in Kabul and killed in a shootout between his kidnappers and the police.
In 19846-year-old Stormie Jones was the world’s first recipient of a heart-liver transplant when the operation was performed at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital (she lived until November 1990).
In 1989The Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini called on the Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, the author of “The Satanic Verses”, a novel condemned as blasphemous.
In 2013, American Airlines and US Airways announced a $ 11 billion merger that would make American the largest airline in the world.
In 2019William Barr was sworn in for his second term as the nation’s attorney general; He succeeded Jeff Sessions, who was ousted from office by President Donald Trump after Trump condemned Sessions’ decision to withdraw from the Russia investigation.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama unveiled a $ 3.7 trillion budget plan that would freeze or reduce some safety net programs for the nation’s poor, but would oppose Republican calls for more drastic cuts to bring the government to what it was before Downsize in office. Protesters took to the streets in Iran, Bahrain and Yemen, inspired by the popular uprising in Egypt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. The TV game show “Jeopardy!” began airing the first of three episodes in which human players Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings competed against an IBM computer called “Watson”. (Watson won for a total of $ 77,147 versus $ 24,000 for Jennings and $ 21,600 for Rutter.)
Five years ago: Pope Francis condemned the “death dealers” of drug trafficking and urged Mexicans to shun the devil’s lust for money when he ran a huge open-air fair for more than 300,000 people in the poverty-stricken suburb of Ecatepec, Mexico City. The first NBA All-Star game outside of the US was the highest scoring game ever. The West defeated the East between 196 and 173 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
A year ago: A Chinese health official said more than 1,700 medical workers had been infected with the coronavirus and six died. Egypt confirmed its first case of the new virus, which infected more than 64,000 people worldwide. After being stranded at sea for two weeks because five ports refused to allow their cruise ship to dock, passengers cheered as they disembarked the MS Westerdam in Cambodia. Holland America Line had said no cases of the virus had been confirmed among passengers and crew. (An 83-year-old American woman who was on the ship and flew from Cambodia to Malaysia later carried the virus.)
Today’s birthdays: The actor Andrew Prine is 85 years old. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 82 years old. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 79 years old. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 78 years old. The journalist Carl Bernstein is 77 years old. Former Senator Judd Gregg, RN.H., is 74. TV personality Pat O’Brien and the magician Teller (Penn and Teller) are 73 years old. The singer and musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 70 years old. The actor Ken Wahl is 64 years old. The opera singer Renee Fleming is 62 years old. Actor Meg Tilly and the Pro Football Hall of the famous Jim Kelly is 61 years old. Singer and producer Dwayne Wiggins is 60 years old. The actor Sakina Jaffey is 59 years old. The actor Enrico Colantoni is 58 years old. Actors Zach Galligan and Valente Rodriguez are 57 years old. Former tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 54 years old. Actor Simon Pegg is 51 years old Kevin Baldes (lit), singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) and former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe are 49. Actor Danai Gurira is 43. Actor Matt Barr and Stephanie Leonidas are 37. Actor Jake Lacy and Tiffany Thornton are 35. Actor Brett Dier is 31. Actor Freddie Highmore is 29.