February 14 Events in History - February 14 Birthdays - February 14 Deaths
2015 GM issues a recall of over 81,000 vehicles due to potential power steering problems; 2006 and 2007 models of the Pontiac G6, Chevrolet Malibu, and Malibu Maxx are affected
2014 The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, now the world's largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert; the $2.2 billion plant, owned by Google, NRG Energy, and BrightSource energy, spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes
2014 Italy's Prime Minister, Enrico Letta resigns following friction within his own Democratic party
2013 Bankrupt carrier, American Airlines and U.S. Airways merge, forming the world's largest air carrier, to trade under the name, American Airlines
2013 U.S. Senate Republicans filibuster the nomination of Chuck Hagel as U.S. Secretary of Defense, demanding answers to questions about President Obama and Benghazi
2012 A new statue of Kim Jong-il, North Korea's late leader is unveiled in the capital of Pyongyang
2012 Love letters written between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are published online by Wellesley College and Baylor University
2011 Palestinian Authority cabinet members resign and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will select new ministers at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas
2011 China reports its trade surplus for January is $6.5 billion; the figure is less than expected
2010 Viktor Yanukovych is declared the official winner of Ukraine's presidential election
2001 Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft becomes first vehicle to land on an asteroid (433 Eros)
1995 Roseanne weds bodyguard Ben Thomas
1995 Wellington 2-498d and 4-475 beat Canterbury 496 and 2-476d
1994 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)
1994 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons
1993 Fire in Linxi department store in Tangshan China, kills 79
1992 Andre Cason runs world record 6 m indoor (6.41 sec)
1992 Cease fire in Somalia begins
1992 Kieren John Perkins swims world record 800m freestyle (7:46.60)
1992 Merlene Ottey runs world record 60m indoor (6.96 sec)
1991 "Mule Bone" opens at Ethel Barrymore Theater New York City for 67 performances
1991 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek wins record $3 mil salary arbitration
1990 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
1990 Perrier recalls 160 million bottles of sparkling water after traces of benzene, a carcinogen, are found in some
1990 Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system
1989 African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam
1989 Boxer Mike Tyson divorces actress Robin Givens
1989 Khomeini orders Moslems to murder "Satanic Verses" novelist Rushdie
1989 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in Dom Rep
1989 Union Carbide agrees to pay $470 mill damages for Bhopol disaster
1989 World's 1st satellite Skyphone opens
1988 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player
1988 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected president of Paraguay
1988 Bobby Allison at 50 becomes oldest driver to win Daytona 500
1988 General hospital star Jackie Zeman marries Glenn Gorden
1988 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
1987 53,745 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
1985 Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut
1984 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia
1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at New York's Radio City Music Hall
1982 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1980 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 341 performances
1980 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
1980 U.S. launches Solar Maximum Mission Observatory to study solar flares
1979 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 204 performances
1978 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
1978 In girls' High School basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St. George
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 Bomb explodes at annex of Amsterdam metro station
1972 John and Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
1972 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit and soft landing on Moon
1971 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television
1971 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
1970 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater New York City after 1 performance
1968 Pennsylvania Railroad/New York City Central merge into Penn Central
1968 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, North Carolina (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 Aretha Franklin records "Respect"
1967 Latin American nuclear free zone proposal drawn up
1966 Australia introduces 1st decimal currency postage stamps
1966 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
1966 Writers Andrei Sinjavski and Joeij Daniel found guilty
1963 U.S. launches communications satellite Syncom 1
1962 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
1961 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley California
1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational
1960 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1960 Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
1959 $3.6 million heroin seizure in New York City
1958 Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan forms
1957 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Senator Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
1956 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
1956 Indonesia withdraws from Netherlands Indonesian Union
1956 Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
1955 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida (NBC) begins
1954 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1954 Senator John Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"
1954 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
1952 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
1952 Comedian Joey Adams marries gossip columnist Cindy Heller
1951 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta and takes middleweight title
1950 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
1950 U.S.S.R. and China sign peace treaty
1949 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
1949 Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
1946 Bank of England nationalized
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joins UN
1944 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
1944 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial and Sport Fishing
1943 German offensive through de Faid-pass Tunisia
1943 Soviets recapture Rostov
1942 Japanese parachutists land near oil center Palembang Sumatra
1942 Rotterdam's Maas tunnel opens
1941 1,000,000th vehicle traverses the New York Midtown Tunnel
1941 Carson McCuller's "Reflections in a Golden Eye" published
1941 Cebrie Park in the Bronx renamed Halsey Street
1941 German Africa Corps lands in Tripoli, Libya
1940 British merchant vessel fleet is armed
1939 Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of 'Gone With the Wind'
1936 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1936 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1934 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto
1932 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings vs. Australia (Ironmonger 5-6)
1931 Bradman scores 152 Australia vs. WI, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives
1931 Spanish Government of General Damasco Berenguer falls
1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed
1925 State of emergency crisis in Bayern ends, NSDAP re-allowed
1924 IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson
1921 Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized
1921 Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses," NY
1920 League of Women Voters forms in Chicago
1919 United Parcel Service forms
1918 H Atteridge and S Rombergs musical "Sinbad," premieres in New York City
1918 U.S.S.R. adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar (originally Feb 1)
1914 High Council of Labor forms in Hague Netherlands
1912 1st U.S. submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton, Connecticut
1912 Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
1907 1st U.S. fox hound association forms in New York City
1903 U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor forms
1900 Date of events in movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
1899 U.S. Congress begins using voting machines
1896 George Lohmann takes a hat-trick vs. South Africa, 8-7 for inning
1896 South Africa all out for 30 vs. England - their lowest ever
1896 Stanley Cup: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
1896 Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat"
1895 Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London
1894 Venus is both a morning star and evening star
1890 1st NSW vs. South Australia 1st-class cricket game
1889 1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves Los Angeles for east
1887 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
1883 1st state labor union legislation; New Jersey legalizes unions
1879 Chilean troops occupy Antofagasta
1876 A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
1872 1st state bird refuge authorized (Lake Merritt, California)
1867 Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. issues 1st policy
1867 Morehouse College organizes (Augusta Georgia)
1862 Galena, 1st U.S. iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Connecticut
1859 Oregon admitted as 33rd state
1848 James K. Polk became 1st President photographed in office by Matthew Brady
1803 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Pennsylvania
1794 1st U.S. textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Philadelphia
1778 "Stars and Stripes" arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France)
1766 Dutch governor Falck signs Treaty of Batticaloa with rebels
1746 Henry Pelham appointed English premier
1711 Handels opera Rinaldo, premieres
1689 English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne
1670 Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chases Jews out of Vienna
1630 Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco Brazil
1613 King James I's daughter Elizabeth marries Frederik
1610 Polish king Sigismund III, Forges Dimitri #2 and Romanov family sign covenant against czar Vasili Shushki
1556 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared a heretic
1540 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels
1130 Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
1076 Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Henry IV
1014 Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II, Roman German emperor
842 Charles II and Louis the German sign treaty