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  • Maryland, U.S.
    Saturday Feb 14, 1818
    Frederick Douglass

    Birth

    Maryland, U.S.
    Saturday Feb 14, 1818

    Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Talbot County, Maryland. The plantation was between Hillsboro and Cordova; his birthplace was likely his grandmother's cabin.




  • France
    Monday Feb 14, 1887
    Eiffel Tower

    Artists against the Eiffel Tower

    France
    Monday Feb 14, 1887

    A petition called "Artists against the Eiffel Tower" was sent to the Minister of Works and Commissioner for the Exposition, Adolphe Alphand, and it was published by Le Temps on 14 February 1887: We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection … of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower … To bring our arguments home, imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk Notre Dame, the Tour Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream. And for twenty years … we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal. Gustave Eiffel responded to these criticisms by comparing his tower to the Egyptian pyramids: "My tower will be the tallest edifice ever erected by man. Will it not also be grandiose in its way? And why would something admirable in Egypt become hideous and ridiculous in Paris?" These criticisms were also dealt with by Édouard Lockroy in a letter of support written to Alphand, sardonically saying, "Judging by the stately swell of the rhythms, the beauty of the metaphors, the elegance of its delicate and precise style, one can tell this protest is the result of collaboration of the most famous writers and poets of our time", and he explained that the protest was irrelevant since the project had been decided upon months before, and construction on the tower was already under way.




  • Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Feb 14, 1896
    X-ray

    First surgical operation

    Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Feb 14, 1896

    On February 14, 1896, Hall-Edwards was also the first to use X-rays in a surgical operation.




  • Kimberley, South Africa
    Wednesday Feb 14, 1900
    Second Boer War

    Cavalry division under Major General John French launched a major attack to relieve Kimberley

    Kimberley, South Africa
    Wednesday Feb 14, 1900

    On 14 February, a cavalry division under Major General John French launched a major attack to relieve Kimberley. Although encountering severe fire, a massed cavalry charge split the Boer defenses on 15 February, opening the way for French to enter Kimberley that evening, ending its 124 days' siege.




  • Colenso, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Wednesday Feb 14, 1900
    Second Boer War

    Battle of the Tugela Heights

    Colenso, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Wednesday Feb 14, 1900

    In Natal, the Battle of the Tugela Heights, which started on 14 February was Buller's fourth attempt to relieve Ladysmith. The losses Buller's troops had sustained convinced Buller to adopt Boer tactics "in the firing line—to advance in small rushes, covered by rifle fire from behind; to use the tactical support of artillery; and above all, to use the ground, making rock and earth work for them as it did for the enemy." Despite reinforcements his progress was painfully slow against stiff opposition.




  • Brazil, Indiana, U.S.
    Friday Feb 14, 1913
    Jimmy Hoffa

    Birth

    Brazil, Indiana, U.S.
    Friday Feb 14, 1913

    Hoffa was born in Brazil, Indiana, on February 14, 1913, to John and Viola (née Riddle) Hoffa.




  • U.S.
    Monday Feb 14, 1916
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Eisenhower proposed to Mamie Doud

    U.S.
    Monday Feb 14, 1916

    While Eisenhower was stationed in Texas, he met Mamie Doud of Boone, Iowa. They were immediately taken with each other. He proposed to her on Valentine's Day in 1916.


  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday Feb 14, 1924
    IBM

    Renamed

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday Feb 14, 1924

    Watson never liked the clumsy hyphenated name "Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company" and on February 14, 1924, chose to replace it with the more expansive title "International Business Machines".


  • Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 14, 1932
    Great Depression

    Michigan becomes the first state in the U.S. to declare an indefinite bank holiday

    Michigan, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 14, 1932

    Michigan becomes the first state in the U.S. to declare an indefinite bank holiday, in an attempt to stem the impending collapse of First National Bank of Detroit and the Guardian National Bank of Commerce, the two largest banks in Detroit. First National and Guardian National were threatened with failure if the Ford Motor Company made good on its desire to withdraw all of its deposits in the two banks; Ford needed the cash to cover its $75 million loss in 1932.


  • Israel
    Monday Feb 14, 1949
    David Ben-Gurion

    A Prime Minister

    Israel
    Monday Feb 14, 1949

    After leading Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Ben-Gurion was elected Prime Minister of Israel when his Mapai (Labour) party won the largest number of Knesset seats in the first national election, held on 14 February 1949.


  • Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 14, 1999
    Dwayne Johnson

    St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House

    Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
    Sunday Feb 14, 1999

    Mankind and The Rock faced off again, at St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House, in a Last Man Standing match which ended in a draw, meaning Mankind retained the title.


  • San Mateo, California, United States
    Monday Feb 14, 2005
    YouTube

    YouTube was founded

    San Mateo, California, United States
    Monday Feb 14, 2005

    YouTube was founded by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. YouTube's early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.


  • U.S.
    Monday Feb 14, 2011
    Dwayne Johnson

    The Rock Was Revealed as the Host of WrestleMania XXVII

    U.S.
    Monday Feb 14, 2011

    On February 14, 2011, The Rock was revealed as the host of WrestleMania XXVII, appearing live on Raw for the first time in almost seven years. During a lengthy promo, he addressed the fans and started a feud with John Cena. After he and Cena exchanged insults, The Miz and Alex Riley appeared and attacked The Rock; he fended off Miz and Riley, only for Cena to blindside him with an Attitude Adjustment.


  • U.S.
    Friday Feb 14, 2014
    Elliot Page

    Elliot Page came out in Human Rights Campaign's conference.

    U.S.
    Friday Feb 14, 2014

    On February 14, 2014, Page, who was then presenting as female, came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference in Las Vegas.


  • Herzogenaurach, Germany
    Saturday Feb 14, 2015
    Adidas

    Kanye West Collaborated With Adidas

    Herzogenaurach, Germany
    Saturday Feb 14, 2015

    On 14 February 2015, Kanye West collaborated with Adidas to create the first pair of Yeezys, eventually leading to his own clothing line which would transform the lifestyle and streetwear industry.


  • Parkland, Florida, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 14, 2018
    Mass Shootings in the United States

    Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

    Parkland, Florida, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 14, 2018

    On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others. Witnesses identified Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student at the school, as the assailant. Cruz fled the scene on foot by blending with other students. He was arrested without incident about an hour later in nearby Coral Springs.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Feb 14, 2019
    Apple Inc.

    DataTiger

    U.S.
    Thursday Feb 14, 2019

    On February 14, 2019, Apple acquired DataTiger for its digital marketing technology.


  • England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Feb 14, 2019
    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    Crown Prosecution Service announced that prosecuting Philip would not be in the public interest

    England, United Kingdom
    Thursday Feb 14, 2019

    On 14 February, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that prosecuting Philip would not be in the public interest. The Duke is still allowed to drive around private estates and was seen behind the wheel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in April 2019.


  • Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Feb 14, 2019
    Amazon

    Amazon would focus solely on Arlington location

    Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Feb 14, 2019

    On February 14, 2019, Amazon announced it was not moving forward with plans to build HQ2 in Queens but would instead focus solely on the Arlington location. The company plans to locate at least 25,000 employees at HQ2 by 2030 and will invest more than US$2.5 billion to establish its new headquarters in Crystal City as well as neighboring Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, an area jointly marketed as "National Landing." The announcement also created a new partnership with Virginia Tech to develop a revolutionary Innovation Campus to fill demand for high-tech talent in National Landing and beyond.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Feb 14, 2020
    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Over 50 thousands infected cases

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Feb 14, 2020

    On the 14th of February, the WHO declared that the confirmed cases count has surpassed 50000 and reached 64437. And that the number of deaths is 1383.


  • Lombardy, Italy
    Friday Feb 14, 2020
    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Lombardy cluster

    Lombardy, Italy
    Friday Feb 14, 2020

    The Lombardy outbreak came to light when a 38-year-old Italian tested positive in Codogno, a comune in the province of Lodi. According to his wife, he had met an Italian friend who had returned from China on 21 January, who subsequently tested negative. On 14 February, he felt unwell and went to a doctor in Castiglione d'Adda. He was prescribed treatments for influenza.


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