What Happened on February 14


Historical Events

1912 – Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state
1921 – Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing “Ulysses,” in New York
1936 – Karl Schäfer of Austria wins his 2nd consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games in Germany
2005 – Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines’ Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
2010 – America’s Cup: Team USA defeats Alinghi 2-0 to win in Spain
2014 – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office

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Famous Birthdays

1572 – Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet (d. 1617)
1858 – Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson’s Gazelle), born in Penpont, Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1895)
1903 – Fritz Büchtger, German composer, educator, and modern music proponent (Association for Contemporary Music; Studio for New Music), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1978)
1926 – Alfred Körner, Austrian soccer striker (47 caps; Rapid Wien), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2020)
1945 – Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
1977 – Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2007)

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Famous Deaths

1760 – François Colin de Blamont, French composer, dies at 69
1922 – Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish lawyer and politician (Minister of the Interior), assassinated at 41
1929 – Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), dies at 53
1990 – Jean Wallace [Walasek], actress (Big Combo), dies of hemorrhage at 66
1998 – Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
2003 – Dolly the sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, dies young from a progressive lung disease aged 6

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