On This Day In History, 14 February

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World Events Today

  • Seven members and associates of Chicago’s North Side Gang, were murdered today in 1929, it was related to Prohibition and organized crime, it became known as the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre”
  • Following the publication of The Satanic Verses, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwa, calling for the death of Salmon Rushdie, today in 1989
  • The Youtube domain name was activated today in 2005, it was founded by the PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim

Entertainment Events Today

  • The original Dracula movie, based on the novel by Bram Stoker, went on general release in the US today in 1931
  • The British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, won the Gold medal at the Winter Olympics today in 1984, it was the famous Boléro routine, they achieved an almost perfect score
  • The American psychological thriller movie The Silence of the Lambs, went on general release in the US today in 1991, it won the “Big Five” Academy Awards

Family Events Today

  • The British explorer James Cook died today in 1779, he was killed by local tribesmen in Hawaii
  • The American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa was born today in 1913, his involvement in organized crime was featured in the movie The Irishman
  • The American actress, Meg Ryan, married the American actor, Dennis Quaid, today in 1991, they had one child together and divorced in 2001

Main Event Today

  • It’s Saint Valentine’s Day, which is named after the saint of the same name, who was martyred today in 269 in Rome

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Ferris Wheel Day

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