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Today In History, 14 February: What Happened On This Day

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Today In History: What happened today in history (14 February): Madhubala and Babur were born, David Hilbert and James Cook died, Valentine’s Day was celebrated, the Pulwama attack happened in India, the Silence of the Lambs was released, Fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie, YouTube was launched, and more.

The moment all lovebirds around the world have been waiting for has arrived. Today is 14 February, celebrated across the globe as Valentine’s Day.

It’s a special day for lovers who shower each other with gifts, grand gestures, trips, love letters, romantic dinners, or just plain old affection. However, 14 February isn’t just known for being the day of love. Many significant events occurred on 14th February in history.

Read on to know what happened on this day (Feb. 14) in sports, politics, and art, along with famous birthdays and deaths in world history.

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Historical Events On This Day

  • In 1349, hundreds of Jews were burned alive in Strasbourg, France, for being falsely linked to the spread of the Black Death bubonic plague in Europe.
  • In 1556, Akbar was crowned ruler of the Mughal Empire.
  • In 1797, the British Navy, led by Admiral John Jervis, defeated a bigger Spanish fleet in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
  • In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone.
  • In 1929, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre happened in Chicago. Seven rival gangsters were killed on the orders of Al Capone.
  • In 1989, the first GPS satellite was launched.
  • In 1989, Union Carbide, responsible for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, paid $470 million in compensation to the Indian government.
  • In 2005, Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim launched the popular video-sharing website YouTube.
  • In 2019, a deadly terrorist attack took place on an Indian army convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers. Islamic terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility.

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Sports Events Today

  • In 1951, American boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson beat rival Jake La Motta in their sixth encounter to win the middleweight title.
  • In 2018, American snowboarder Shaun White won his third Olympic halfpipe gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
  • In 2020, the famous professional football club Manchester City was banned from competing for two years by UEFA due to financial rules violations. It was later overturned.

Art and Culture Events Today

  • In 1989, British-Indian author Salman Rushdie received a fatwa from the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, calling for his assassination for writing the controversial book “The Satanic Verses.”
  • In 1985, Whitney Houston’s debut album, “Whitney Houston,” was released and later won the Billboard Album of the Year award.
  • In 1991, the classic horror film The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, was released.

Notable Deaths On This Day

Sr NoDeath YearPersonality
1270Saint Valentine, Roman Christian bishop or priest who was executed by Emperor Claudius II
21779James Cook, English explorer, naval captain and cartographer known for his voyages in the Pacific ocean and discovering Hawaii
31831Vicente Ramon Guerrero, Mexican soldier and statesman who became the second President of Mexico and is known for abolishing slavery in the country
41943David Hilbert, a [web_stories title=”true” excerpt=”false” author=”false” date=”false” archive_link=”true” archive_link_label=”” circle_size=”150″ sharp_corners=”false” image_alignment=”left” number_of_columns=”1″ number_of_stories=”5″ order=”DESC” orderby=”post_title” view=”circles” /]German mathematician who is considered one of the greatest and most influential figures in mathematics for his contributions to calculus of variations, geometry, spectral theory, integral equations and many more concepts

Famous Birthdays On This Day

Sr NoBirth YearPersonality
11483Babur, a Mughal ruler and a descendant of Timur and Genghis Khan who founded the Mughal Empire in India
21766Thomas Malthus, an English economist, and demographer best known for his theory that population growth will always outrun the food supply and should be checked by stern limits on reproduction
31818Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, abolitionist, writer, and orator who escaped slavery and became the leader of the abolitionist movement in America
41913Jimmy Hoffa, American labor union leader, and Teamster president from 1957 to 1971 reportedly had associations with organized crime
51933Madhubala, an Indian film actress who was often called the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood for her majestic beauty and tragic life
61942Michael Bloomberg, an American businessman, and politician who founded the financial information and media firm Bloomberg L.P.
71952Sushma Swaraj, an Indian lawyer, politician, and diplomat who served as the Minister of External Affairs of in the first term of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government
81988Angel Di Maria, an Argentine footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder
91992Freddie Highmore, an English actor who rose to fame as a child actor in films The Spiderwick Chronicles and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

know the full History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the ‘day of love’ is upon us. This day fills romance into the air. Red roses, heart-shaped balloons, chocolates, love letters and all lovely things have become the modern-day symbol for ‘V-Day’. People now see this day in a completely different light than what it was in the past.

Most of us are familiar with the popular narrative that suggests that the Catholic church hosted the first Valentine’s Day feast to honour the two Valentines who were murdered by Roman Emperor Claudius 2 on February 14. But, many also believe that Valentine’s Day even has a darker history.

The tale of ‘Valentine’s day’ coming into existence traces back to the ancient Roman empire. Legends have it that ancient Romans celebrated a fertility festival called Lupercalia in mid-February. This festival was dedicated to the Roman god of agriculture and Faunas and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

Stories suggest, Romans used to practice various rituals during the festivities. One of the rituals reportedly included Roman priests, running around naked through the streets and ‘gently slapping’ women with the blood-soaked hides of sacrificed animals. They believed this act prompted fertility.

Britannica.com states that the ladies were then partnered with men by lottery. People would pick names written on a chit inside a jar, and they had to mate with the selected person and were forced to live a life as man and wife. It was in the late fifth century BCE, Pope Gelasius 1 reportedly made this “fertility” festival illegal. It is said that he replaced Lupercalia with Valentine’s Day. Hence, emerged the day of love.

In the late 1700s, Valentine’s Day became a commercial hit with the emergence of manufactured cards. In the mid-1800s, the first commercial Valentines were printed in the United States.

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