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February 14: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14th is officially Ferris Wheel Day and Organ Donor Day.

Welcome to the 45th day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 320 days until we reach the new year.

Those of you who were born on Valentine’s Day share the Aquarius zodiac sign.

Other than the love and romance that happens on this day each year, February 14th is also a special day in history with major developments in the world of politics, music and television.

Did you know that on this day in 1849, a photograph of the 11th US President James Knox Polk was taken? It is the oldest surviving photograph taken of a president while in office.

Keep reading for more facts about February 14th in history!

What Happened On February 14 In History?

2014

Actress Ellen Page received a standing ovation after her emotional coming out speech at the Human Rights Campaign “Time to Thrive.”

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2005

YouTube was founded & the domain name youtube.com was activated.

OTD in 2005: YouTube was founded & the domain name youtube.com was activated.
YouTube officially launched on December 15, 2005, by which time the site was receiving 8 million daily views.
1990

Iconic photo of our solar system was taken by Space probe Voyager 1.

The photo was received in real time and Earth can be seen as just a small pale blue dot.
1985

Whitney Houston’s self-titled album was released on this day.

The album was Billboard's Album of Year in 1986.
1967

Aretha Franklin recorded “Respect”.

The song became Billboard Song of the Year for 1967.
1931

The original “Dracula” movie premiered in New York City, starring Bela Lugosi.

1929

Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in Chicago where 7 North Side Gang members were killed – apparently on Al Capone’s order.

1912

Arizona became the 48th state to join the United States of America.

1876

Alexander Graham Bell changed communication forever after he applied for patent for the telephone on this day.

1849

A photograph was taken of the 11th US President, James Knox Polk.

OTD in 1849: A photograph was taken of the 11th US President
The photo was taken in New York City by Matthew Brady, and is the earliest photo of a US president in office that has been found.
1747

Discovery of Earth’s wobbling motion on its axis was presented to the Royal Society, London in a letter written by astronomer James Bradley.

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1349

Hundreds of jews in Strasbourg, France were publicly burnt to death.

Known as the Strasbourg massacre, it happened during and after the Black Death and the Jews were blamed for the epidemic.

Did you know that on this day, February 14th 1849, a photograph of the 11th US President James Knox Polk was taken?