Today in History - February 14
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Valentine's Day probably has its origins in the
Roman feast of Lupercalia, which was held on February 15. One of the
traditions associated with this feast was young men drawing the
names of young women whom they would court during the following
year--a custom that may have grown into the giving of valentine's
cards. Another legend associated with Valentine's Day was the
martyrdom of the Christian priest St. Valentine on February 14. The
Roman emperor believed that men would remain soldiers longer if they
were not married, but Valentine earned the wrath of the emperor by
secretly marrying young couples. The first American publisher of
valentines was printer and artist Esther Howland, who sold elaborate
handmade cards for as much as $35 at the end of the 19th century.
Complex and beautiful machine-made cards brought the custom of
valentine exchanging within the reach of many Americans.
270 cFeb 14,
The early Christian martyr, St. Valentine, was beheaded by Emperor
Claudius II, who executed another St. Valentine around the same
time. The Catholic Bishop Valentine was clubbed, stoned and beheaded
by Emperor Claudius II for refusing to acknowledge the monarch’s
outlawing of marriage. The Catholics then made Valentine a symbol to
oppose the Roman mid-February custom in honor of the God Lupercus,
where Roman teenage girls’ names were put in a box and selected by
young Roman men for "sex toy" use until the next lottery. The two
Valentines merged into a single legendary patron of young lovers.
St. Valentine’s Day evolved from Lupercalia, a Roman festival of
(SFEM, 2/9/97, p.11)(SFC, 2/14/97, p.A26)(SFC,
869 Feb 14, Cyrillus, Greek
apostle of Slavs, died.
1009 Feb 14, Lithuania was 1st
mentioned in relation to an announcement of the death of St. Bruno.
[see Mar 9]
1014 Feb 14, Pope Benedict VIII
crowned Henry II, German King (1002), as Roman German emperor
(HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)(MC, 2/14/02)
1076 Feb 14, Pope Gregory VII
excommunicated Henry IV.
1130 Feb 14, Jewish Cardinal
Pietro Pierleone was elected as anti-pope Anacletus II.
1349 Feb 14, 2,000 Jews were
burned at the stake in Strasbourg, Germany.
1400 Feb 14, Richard II (33),
deposed king of England (1377-99), was murdered in Pontefract Castle
(HN, 2/14/99)(MC, 2/14/02)
1405 Feb 14, Timur, aka
Tamerlane (b.1336), crippled Mongol monarch, died in Kazakhstan. In
2004 Justin Marozzi authored “Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror
of the World.”
1408 Feb 14, Vytautas gave
self-rule status to Kaunas, which was 1st mentioned in the summer of
1483 Feb 14, (OS) Zahir al-Din
Mohammed Babur Shah (d.1531), prince, founder Mughal dynasty in
India (1526-30), was born.
1489 Feb 14, Henry VII and Holy
Roman Emperor Maximilian I ally to assist the Bretons in the Treaty
1540 Feb 14, Emperor Charles V
entered Ghent without resistance and executed the rebels. He
brutally beat down an uprising against taxes for an expansionist
war. Nine leaders were beheaded and another hanged. City burgers
were forced to walk the streets barefoot with rope hanging round
their necks. The "Gentse Feesten" annual festival re-enacts this
event every mid-July.
(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T10)(MC, 2/14/02)
1549 Feb 14, Maximilian II,
brother of the Emperor Charles V, was recognized as the future king
1556 Feb 14, Archbishop Thomas
Cranmer was declared a heretic.
1571 Feb 14, Benvenuto Cellini
(b.1500), Italian goldsmith and sculptor, writer (Perseus), died.
His 1545 autobiography greatly influenced the Renaissance.
(HN, 11/1/00)(WSJ, 2/14/00,
1572 Feb 14, Hans Christoph
Haiden, composer, was born.
1602 Feb 14, Pier Francesco
Cavalli, Italian opera composer, was born.
1610 Feb 14, Polish king
Sigismund III forced Dimitri #2 and the Romanov family to sign
covenant against Czar Vasili Shuishki (sequel to story of "Boris
1645 Feb 14, Robert Ingle,
commissioned by the English Parliament and captain of the tobacco
ship Reformation, sailed to St. Mary’s (Maryland) and seized a Dutch
trading ship. This marked the beginning of what came to known as
“The Plundering Time.”
(Arch, 1/05, p.48)
1670 Feb 14, Roman Catholic
emperor Leopold I chased the Jews out of Vienna.
1689 Feb 14, English parliament
placed Mary Stuart and Prince William III on the throne.
1711 Feb 14, Handel's opera
Rinaldo premiered. He composed his opera "Rinaldo," with the Italian
librettist Giacomo Rossi. It was his 1st opera for London.
(LGC-HCS, p.41)(WSJ, 11/13/00, p.A32)(MC,
1760 Feb 14, Richard Allen
(d.1831), 1st black ordained by a Methodist-Episcopal church, was
born in Philadelphia.
1778 Feb 14, The American ship
Ranger carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign
port for the first time as it arrived in France.
1779 Feb 14, American Loyalists
were defeated by Patriots at Kettle Creek, Ga.
1779 Feb 14, Captain James Cook
(b.1728), English explorer, was killed on the Big Island in Hawaii.
In 2002 Tony Horwitz authored "Blue Latitudes," and Vanessa
Collingridge authored "Captain Cook: A Legacy Under Fire."
1780 Feb 14, William Blackstone
(56), English lawyer, died.
1794 Feb 14, 1st US textile
machinery patent was granted, to James Davenport in Phila.
1797 Feb 14, The Spanish fleet
was destroyed by the British under Admiral Jervis (with Nelson in
support) at the battle of Cape St. Vincent, off Portugal.
1803 Feb 14, An apple parer was
patented by Moses Coats in Downington, Penn.
1817 Feb 14, Frederick Douglass
(d.1895), "The Great Emancipator," was born in Maryland as Frederick
Augustus Washington Bailey. He was the son of a slave and a white
father who bought his own freedom and published “The Narrative Life
of Frederick Douglass” (1845) a memoir of his life as a slave. "The
life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest,
truthful, and virtuous."
(AHD, 1971, p.394)(HN, 2/14/99)(AP, 2/20/99)(ON,
1819 Feb 14, Christopher Latham
Sholes, inventor of the first practical typewriter, was born.
1824 Feb 14, Winfield Scott
Hancock (d.1886), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1845 Feb 14, Quinton Hogg,
English philanthropist, was born. [see Feb 16]
1847 Feb 14, Anna Howard Shaw,
U.S. suffragette, was born.
1848 Feb 14, James Polk became
the first U.S. President to be photographed in office by Matthew
1856 Feb 14, Frank Harris,
journalist, writer (My Life & Loves), was born in England.
1859 Feb 14, George Washington
Gale Ferris, inventor of the Ferris Wheel, was born.
1859 Feb 14, Oregon was
admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
(HN, 2/14/98)(AP, 2/14/98)
1862 Feb 14, Galena, the 1st US
iron-clad warship for service at sea, was launched in Conn.
1867 Feb 14, Hartford Steam
Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. issued its 1st policy.
1870 Feb 14, Esther Morris
became the world’s first female justice of the peace.
1876 Feb 14, Rival inventors
Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell both applied for patents for
1879 Feb 14, Chile invaded the
Bolivian port of Antofagasta after Bolivian authorities attempted to
auction the confiscated property of CSFA, a Chilean mining company.
1881 Feb 14, Otto Selz, German
psychologist, was born.
1882 Feb 14, George Jean Nathan
(d.1958), US editor, author, critic (Smart Set, American Mercury),
was born: "Love demands infinitely less than friendship."
(AP, 4/30/99)(MC, 2/14/02)
1886 Feb 14, California orange
growers ship their first trainload of fruit from Los Angeles.
(HCB, 2003, p.92)
1891 Feb 14, William Tecumseh
Sherman (b.1820), Union Civil War general, died. His famous "March
to the Sea" changed the face of modern warfare. "Vox populi, vox
humbug." (The voice of the people is the voice of humbug).
(HN, 2/8/99)(AP, 4/7/99)(MC, 2/14/02)
1894 Feb 14, Jack Benny
(d.1974), comedian, radio and television performer... and violinist,
was born as Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Ill: "Age is strictly a
case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
(HN, 2/14/01)(AP, 2/14/08)
1894 Feb 14, Mary Lucinda
Cardwell Dawson, was born. She founded the National Negro Opera
Company (NNOC) and was appointed to President John F. Kennedy's
National Committee on Music.
1895 Feb 14, Nigel Bruce, actor
(Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes movies), was born in Baja, Mexico.
1895 Feb 14, Oscar Wilde's
final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St.
James' Theatre in London.
1896 Feb 14, Theodor Herzl
published "Der Judenstaat," in which he called for a Jewish homeland
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A8)(MC, 2/14/02)
1898 Feb 14, Fritz Zwicky,
Swiss astronomer (super nova), was born.
1899 Feb 14, Congress approved,
and President McKinley signed, legislation authorizing states to use
voting machines for federal elections.
1900 Feb 14, General Roberts
invaded South Africa’s Orange Free State with 20,000 British troops.
1903 Feb 14, US Congress
created the Department of Commerce and Labor to help stabilize the
economy. It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and
Labor in 1913.
(HN, 2/14/98)(AP, 2/14/05)
1904 Feb 14, The "Missouri Kid"
was captured in Kansas.
1908 Feb 14, Russia and Britain
threatened action in Macedonia if peace was not reached soon.
1912 Feb 14, Arizona became the
48th state of the Union, the final area of the continental United
States to attain statehood.
(AP, 2/14/98)(AP, 5/20/10)
1912 Feb 14, The 1st US
submarines with diesel engines were commissioned at Groton, Ct.
1913 Feb 14, Jimmy Hoffa
(d.1975), Teamsters leader who disappeared, was born.
1913 Feb 14, Mel Allen,
sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1915 Feb 14, The Kaiser invited
the U.S. Ambassador Gerard to Berlin in order to confer on the war.
1918 Feb 14, Sigmund Romberg's
musical "Sinbad," premiered in NYC.
1918 Feb 14, Warsaw
demonstrators protested the transfer of Polish territory to the
1919 Feb 14, The United Parcel
Service was incorporated in Oakland, CA.
1920 Feb 14, The League of
Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maude
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 2/14/98)
1921 Feb 14, The Literary
Review faced obscenity charges in NY for publishing "Ulysses" by
1924 Feb 14, Patricia Edwina
Victoria Mountbatten, the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, was
born in London.
1924 Feb 14, Thomas J. Watson,
general manager of Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR),
renamed the firm International Business Machines (IBM).
1929 Feb 14, In Chicago the
"St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in a garage of the Moran
gang as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.
1930 Feb 14, “The Maltese
Falcon," by SF based writer Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), was
(SFC, 6/7/04, p.C1)
1931 Feb 14, Vic Morrow, actor
(Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie), was born in Bronx, NY.
1936 Feb 14, Fanne Foxe,
[Annabella Battistella], (Wilbur Mills companion during
Congressman’s drunken romp in the fountain), was born in Argentina.
1937 Feb 14, Austrian leader
Schuschnigg threatened to restore the Hapsburg monarchy.
1939 Feb 14, The Reich launched
the battleship Bismarck.
1940 Feb 14, Britain announced
that all merchant ships would be armed.
1941 Feb 14, "Reflections in a
Golden Eye" by Carson McCullers was first published.
1941 Feb 14, German Afrika
Korps landed in Tripoli, Libya.
1942 Feb 14, The Japanese
attacked Sumatra. Aidan MacCarthy’s RAF unit flew to Palembang, in
eastern Sumatra, where 30 Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed A-28
Hudson bombers were waiting. The elation was short-lived as Japanese
soldiers were parachuting into the jungle that surrounded the
1943 Feb 14, A German offensive
was made through the de Faid pass in Tunisia.
1943 Feb 14, Soviets recaptured
1943 Feb 14, David Hilbert
(b.1862), German mathematician, died. He is considered the father of
1944 Feb 14, Carl Bernstein,
Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate), was born.
1944 Feb 14, An anti-Japanese
revolt took place on Java.
1945 Feb 14, Gregory Hines,
actor, dancer (White Nights, Taps), was born in NYC.
1945 Feb 14, Saudi King Abd
al-Aziz and Franklin D. Roosevelt met on a ship in the Suez Canal
and reached an understanding whereby the US would protect the Saudi
royal family in return for preferred access to Saudi oil. William
Eddy, US minister to Saudi Arabia, arranged the meeting.
(WSJ, 10/4/01, p.A1)(Econ, 11/8/08,
1945 Feb 14, 521 American heavy
bombers flew daylight raids over Dresden, Germany following the
British assault. The firestorm killed an estimated 135,000 people.
At least 35,000 died and some people place the toll closer to
70,000. The novel "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut was set in
Dresden during the firebombing where he was being held as a prisoner
of war. US B-17 bombers dropped 771 more tons on Dresden while P-51
Mustang fighters strafed roads packed with soldiers and civilians
fleeing the burning city. In 2006 Marshall De Bruhl authored
“Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden.”
(WSJ, 10/22/96, p.A20)(SFC, 1/6/97, p.A10)(SFEC,
7/27/97, p.T6)(HN, 2/13/99)(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.T13)(SSFC, 12/17/06,
1945 Feb 14, The siege of
Budapest ended as the Soviets took the city. Only 785 German and
Hungarian soldiers managed to escape.
1945 Feb 14, Peru, Paraguay,
Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
1947 Feb 14, Donna Halper,
Boston-based historian, author, educator and radio consultant, was
born. Since 1984, Halper has been the advocate for an adult with
autism. She continues to do presentations on such topics as media
history, women’s history, and popular culture at museums, schools,
and historical societies.
1948 Feb 14, Winthrop
Rockefeller (1912-1973), later governor of Arkansas (1967-1971),
married Barbara Sears (1916-2008), the Pennsylvania-born daughter of
Lithuanian immigrants. They had one child, Winthrop Paul
Rockefeller, but the marriage dissolved in a high-profile divorce in
1954. Barbara Bobo Rockefeller, born as Jievute Paulekiute in
Noblestown, Pa., was featured as Miss Lithuania at the 1933 Chicago
World's Fair. She later was known as Eva Paul.
1949 Feb 14, The United States
charged the USSR with interning up to 14 million in labor camps.
1949 Feb 14, 1st session of
Knesset (Jerusalem Israel).
1954 Feb 14, Sen. John Kennedy
appeared on "Meet the Press."
1955 Feb 14, A Jewish couple
lost their fight to adopt Catholic twins as the U.S. Supreme Court
refused to rule on state law.
1955 Feb 14, James Stephen
George Boggs, American artist, was born in New Jersey. He is best
known for his hand-drawn, one-sided depictions of US banknotes
(known as "Boggs notes") and his various "Boggs bills.”
1956 Feb 14, The B.F. Huntley
furniture plant in Winston-Salem, NC, was destroyed by fire. The
factory was rebuilt and the Huntley name continued until it was sold
to Thomasville Furniture Industries in 1961.
(SFC, 7/9/08, p.G5)
1956 Feb 14-25, Khrushchev
denounced Stalin at the 20th Communist Party Congress at Moscow.
[see Feb 23, 25]
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)(TOH, 1982, p.1956)(EWH, 1968,
1957 Feb 14, The Georgia Senate
approved Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball
(HN, 2/14/98)(MC, 2/14/02)
1957 Feb 14, The “Southern
Leadership Conference” was formed in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Officers were elected which included: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as
President, Dr. Ralph David Abernathy as Financial
Secretary-Treasurer, Rev. C. K. Steele of Tallahassee, Florida as
Vice President, Rev. T. J. Jemison of Baton Rouge, Louisiana as
Secretary, and Attorney I. M. Augustine of New Orleans, Louisiana as
General Counsel. In August the name was changed to "Southern
Christian Leadership Conference" at its first convention in
1958 Feb 14, The Arab
Federation of Iraq and Jordan formed under Iraq’s Faisal II. King
Hussein forged a federation with Iraq, which was led by his cousin,
Faisal II. The federation failed when Faisal was killed during a
revolution in Iraq.
(HNQ, 8/20/00)(MC, 2/14/02)
1959 Feb 14, A $3.6 million
heroin seizure was made in NYC.
1962 Feb 14, First lady
Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House.
1965 Feb 14, Malcolm X’s home
was firebombed. No injuries were reported.
1967 Feb 14, Ramparts Magazine
published an ad in the NY Times and Washington Post saying: “In its
March issue, Ramparts magazine will document how the CIA has
infiltrated and subverted the world of American student leaders over
the past fifteen years.”
Feb 14, The first nuclear weapons free zone was established in Latin
America and the Caribbean. The Treaty of Tiatelolco was signed in
Mexico City. It banned the manufacture, storage or testing of
nuclear weapons and the devices for launching them.
1969 Feb 14, The new red,
plastic Olivetti typewriter, designed by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007,
(SFC, 1/3/08, p.B5)
1971 Feb 14, Moscow publicized
a new five-year plan geared to expanding consumer production.
1972 Feb 14, The musical
"Grease" opened at the Eden Theatre off Broadway. The show turned
out to be a surprise hit and soon moved to the Broadhurst Theatre
and then to the Royale where it remained until April 13, 1980. The
show had a record run until it was taken over by A Chorus Line.
1973 Feb 14, The US and Hanoi
set up a group to channel reconstruction aid directly to Hanoi. In
1972 the US had begun to "de-Americanize" the Vietnam war. It was a
policy of gradual withdrawal.
1972 Feb 14 Bill Torrey (38),
an executive vice president with the Oakland Seals, was named the
1st General Manager of the Islanders, a Long Island hockey team.
1975 Feb 14, Julian S. Huxley
(b.1887), English biologist, died. He served as the first
Director-General of UNESCO (1946-1948).
1975 Feb 14, Pelham Graham (PG)
Wodehouse (b.1881), English, US writer (Piccadilly Jim), died at age
93. 58 Penguin editions of his books were done by artist Jos
Armitage (d.1998 at 84), who also contributed to "Punch." In 2004
Robert McCrum authored “Wodehouse.”
(SFC, 2/7/98, p.21)(SFC, 11/19/04, p.W16)
1978 Feb 14, G. W. Boone and
M.J. Cochran of Texas Instruments received a patent for their
Variable Function Programmed Calculator.
1979 Feb 14, Adolph Dubs, the
U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim
extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)(AP,
1979 Feb 14, Armed guerrillas
attacked the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
1980 Feb 14, The Solar Max
satellite was launched by NASA to monitor the sun and its flares at
an orbit of some 400 miles above Earth.
(NOHY, 3/90, p.126)(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)
1980 Feb 14, Victor Gruen
(b.1903), Austrian-born Jewish architect, died in Vienna. He was
later considered the father of the modern shopping mall. In 2003
Jeffrey Hardwick authored "Mall Maker: Victor Gruen, Architect of an
American Dream." His 1956 mall in Edina, Minn., the 1st enclosed
mall, was designed as a center of community.
1981 Subhash Chandra traveled
to Zurich to land a $10 million deal to build a factory for
toothpaste tubes. He went on to become a leading Indian producer of
laminated packaging and then expanded to a private TV network
followed by mobile communications.
(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)
1984 Feb 14, 6-year-old Stormie
Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She lived until November 1990.
1984 Feb 14, Jayne Torvill and
Christopher Dean of Britain won the gold medal in ice dancing at the
1984 Feb 14, In South Africa
under Apartheid rule the Black community at Mogopa was displaced in
a "force removal" action. Some 300 homes and a cluster of community
buildings were bulldozed over.
(WSJ, 3/10/00, p.A1)
1985 Feb 14, Cable News Network
reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage by extremists in
Lebanon, was freed.
1985 Feb 14, Hanoi troops
surrounded the main Khmer Rouge base at Phnom Malai.
1987 Feb 14, Dmitry Borisovich
Kabalevsky (b.1904), Russian composer, died.
1988 Feb 14, Hours after
learning that his sister had died of leukemia, American Dan Jansen
(b.1965) lost his bid for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in
Calgary, Canada, when he fell during the 500-meter speed-skating
1988 Feb 14, Broadway composer
Frederick Loewe, who wrote the scores for "My Fair Lady" and
"Camelot," died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 86.
1988 Feb 14, Alfredo Stroessner
was re-elected president of Paraguay.
1989 Feb 14, Union Carbide
agreed to pay $470 million to the government of India in a
court-ordered settlement of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.
1989 Feb 14, Iran's Ayatollah
Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The
Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous. Several
translators of the book were later killed or wounded.
(TMC, 1994, p.1989)(SFEC, 8/31/97, p.A2)(AP,
1990 Feb 14, Space probe
Voyager 1 took photographs of entire solar system.
1990 Feb 14, Ninety-four people
were killed when an Indian Airlines passenger jet crashed while
landing at a southern Indian airport.
1991 Feb 14, Two San Francisco
men became the first couple to register as "domestic partners" under
a new city ordinance.
1991 Feb 14, Iraq charged the
bombing of an underground facility the day before, which killed
hundreds of civilians, was a deliberate attack on an air raid
shelter, a charge denied by the US.
1991 Feb 14, The Iraqi weapons
depot at Ukhaydir was bombed. Iraqi authorities revealed to US
authorities in 1996 that the site stored hundreds of rockets filled
with mustard gas and nerve gas.
(SFC, 7/30/97, p.A3)
1992 Feb 14, American speed
skater Bonnie Blair won her second gold medal of the Albertville
Olympics, in the 1,000 meters event.
1992 Feb 14, The former Soviet
republics of Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan rejected a proposal for
a unified army, sharply rebuffing Russian President Boris N.
1993 Feb 14, The body of James
Bulger, a 2-year-old boy who had been lured away from his mother in
a Liverpool, England, shopping mall two days earlier, was found
along a stretch of railroad track. Two boys (10), Robert Thompson
and Jon Venables, were later convicted of murdering James; they
spent eight years in detention before being paroled.
1994 Feb 14, President Clinton
used his first annual economic report to proclaim his policies had
put the country on track for rising prosperity for years to come.
1994 Feb 14, At the Winter
Olympics in Norway, speedskater Dan Jansen slipped and fell during
the 500 meters race.
1994 Feb 14, Andrei Tsjikatilo,
[Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murderer, was executed.
1995 Feb 14, The best-seller
"Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Making Your Marriage Work" by Ellen
Fein and Sherrie Schneider was first released. The dating strategy
expanded to "Rules III" in 2001 despite divorce plans by Ellen Fein.
(WSJ, 3/23/00, p.B1)
1995 Feb 14, The House passed
the centerpiece of the Republican anti-crime package, voting to
create block grants for local governments while eliminating
President Clinton's program to hire more police. The president later
vetoed a spending authorization bill containing this provision.
1995 Feb 14, A federal judge
rejected the Justice Department's proposed antitrust settlement with
Microsoft Corporation; U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin was later
overruled by an appeals court.
1995 Feb 14, Nigel Finch,
British filmmaker, died. he had just finished shooting his film
"Stonewall." The film was completed by Christine Vachon.
(SFEC, 7/21/96, DB p.32)
1995 Feb 14, Michael Vincent
Gazzo (b.1923), US actor, playwright (Godfather 2), died.
1996 Feb 14, Texas Senator Phil
Gramm bowed out of the race for the Republican presidential
nomination following his poor showings in the Louisiana and Iowa
1996 Feb 14, In Michigan the
newspapers unions in Detroit offered to return to work (on strike
since July 1995). The newspapers accepted the offer 5 days later but
vowed to retain some 1200 replacement workers. A 1997 ruling ordered
as many as 1,100 former strikers reinstated.
(SFC, 6/21/97, p.A4)
1996 Feb 14, Eva Hart (90),
Titanic survivor, died.
1996 Feb 14, A failed Loral
Intelsat satellite launch caused a rocket to hit a village near the
Xichang Space Center in China’s southwest Sichuan province. China
acknowledged 6 deaths. US intelligence estimated the death toll at
200. The rocket was a new-generation Long March 3B. The satellite
was intended for TV shows in Latin America for Rupert Murdoch’s News
(WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-6)(SFC,
1996 Feb 14, In Sri Lanka a
Tiger arms ship was sunk of the northeastern coast.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1997 Feb 14, American Airlines
and its pilots union continued contract talks as the clock ticked
down to a midnight strike deadline. The pilots did strike, but
President Clinton immediately intervened, ordering a 60-day "cooling
1997 Feb 14, In Burma some
3,000 Karen refugees have fled into Thailand to escape fighting. The
Karen National Union has been fighting for autonomy since 1948.
Thailand said 16,000 Karens were crossing over its border.
(SFC, 2/15/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A1)
1997 Feb 14, In Cambodia Khmer
Rouge guerrillas killed all but three government officials sent to
(SFC, 4/12/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 14, In China the China
Agribusiness Development Trust and Investment Corp. (CADTIC), set up
in 1988 to channel domestic and foreign funds into the agricultural
sector, was closed with reports of being involved in smuggling, tax
evasion and ruinous real estate speculation.
(SFC, 2/17/97, p.B3)
1997 Feb 14, In Egypt Muslim
militants slew 9 Copts.
(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A9)
1998 Feb 14, The rock musical
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" opened off Broadway at the Jane Street
Theater. It was written by John Cameron Mitchell.
(SFC, 11/20/02, p.D1)
1998 Feb 14, Authorities
officially declared Eric Rudolph a suspect in the bombing of a
Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic and offered a $100,000 reward.
1998 Feb 14, Hansel Mieth,
photojournalist, died in Santa Rosa at age 88. She and her husband
Otto Hagel began taking photographs in the farmlands and labor camps
of California in the 1930s.
(SFC, 2/17/98, p.B8)
1998 Feb 14, In India the Tamil
Nadu election campaign ended with bombings and riots in Coimbatore.
Some 13 bombs in 11 places took 46 lives.
1998 Feb 14, Russia's Ilya
Kulik won the men's figure skating gold medal at the Nagano
1998 Feb 14, In Britain Lord
Granville of Eye, the oldest member of the British Parliament, died
at age 102. He fought in WW I at Gallipoli and entered Parliament in
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A18)
1998 Feb 14, In Cameroon a
train hauling oil tanker cars derailed and collided with an oncoming
train outside Yaounde. It exploded and killed up to 100 people.
(SFEC, 2/15/98, p.A24)
1999 Feb 14, Pres. Clinton,
accompanied by his wife, Hillary, traveled to Merida, Mexico,
for talks with Pres. Ernesto Zedillo to encourage the struggle
against narcotics and government corruption, and to grow markets for
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)(AP, 2/14/00)
1999 Feb 14, John D.
Ehrlichman, President Nixon's domestic affairs adviser imprisoned
for his role in the Watergate cover-up that ultimately led to
Nixon's resignation, died in Atlanta at age 73. He wrote at least 4
novels and the memoir "Witness to Power: The Nixon Years."
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A18)(AP,
1999 Feb 14, In Argentina a
blackout began in south and central Buenos Aires. At the height of
the outage some 500,000 people were without power.
(SFC, 2/23/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 14, Eritrea shot down
an Mi-24 Ethiopian helicopter gunship at Bure and the crew was
killed. Eritrea said that 16 civilians had been killed by Ethiopian
aircraft since Feb 6.
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 14, In Hungary the
death toll from the Feb 10 snow storm reached 19 and army
helicopters were used to drop food snow-bound villages.
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 14, In Indonesia
Megawati Sukarnoputri officially introduced the PDI Struggle Party
for her presidential bid in the Jun 7 elections. On Haruku and
Saparua Islands in Maluku province at least 20 people were killed in
rioting as troops dispersed gangs of Muslims and Christians.
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 14, Iraq said that air
attacks had killed 5 people and wounded 22 and threatened Kuwait and
Saudi Arabia with missile attacks for permitting US warplanes to fly
from their countries.
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.C2)
1999 Feb 14, In Israel some
250,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to protest the supreme court's
supposed anti-religious judicial "tyranny." Some 50,000 gathered for
a counter rally.
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A9)
1999 Feb 14, In Kosovo a bomb
explosion in Urosevac wounded at least 9 people. Serbian police
rounded up about 40 independence activist Albanians.
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)
1999 Feb 14, In Rambouillet,
France, Madeline Albright brought together the Serb and Albanian
sides in the Kosovo peace talks and the talks were extended one
week. The plan for a 3-year interim settlement included a NATO force
of some 25,000 troops, who would collect the weapons of the Albanian
rebels. In the plan the KLA was given 120 days to surrender its
(SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)
1999 Feb 14, In Uganda 2 bombs
exploded in Kampala bars and 5 people were killed and 35 injured.
(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 14, The Near Earth
Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft began its orbit around the
(SFC, 2/14/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 14, In Colorado 2
teens, Nicholas Kunselman (15) and Stephanie Hart (16), from
Columbine High School were shot and killed in a sandwich shop near
the school, which was still reeling from the April 1999 massacre.
(SFC, 2/15/00, p.A3)(AP,
2000 In Georgia 3 tornadoes
struck the southwest part of the state and 22 people were killed.
(SFC, 2/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/01)
2000 Feb 14, In Afghanistan 73
passengers from the hijacked jet returned home, while 74 remained in
Britain seeking asylum. The passengers reported that 9 men had taken
over their flight and appeared to be relatives of many passengers.
(SFC, 2/15/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/16/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 14, In Chechnya
Russian commanders ordered Grozny sealed and its population
evacuated in order to clear bombs and booby-traps. Oleg Blotsky, a
Russian journalist, made a video tape of dead Chechens at Roshni-Chu
and Urus-Martan. The video was given to N24, a German TV station,
and broadcast on Feb 25.
(SF, 2/15/00, p.A12)(SFC, 2/26/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 14, The EU lifted a
ban on flights to Yugoslavia but tightened travel restrictions on
officials close to the Milosevic regime.
(WSJ, 2/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 14, In Russia 7
mountain climbers, including 3 Britons, were reported killed in an
avalanche in the Caucasus Elbrus Range near the Georgia border.
(SFC, 2/17/00, p.D3)
2000 Feb 14, In Turkey 8 people
were killed in 2 clashes between Hezbollah and police.
(SFC, 2/15/00, p.A16)
2001 Feb 14, The Kansas Board
of Education approved new science standards restoring evolution to
the state's curriculum.
2001 Feb 14, In Afghanistan the
Taliban confirmed that opposition troops had captured Bamiyan.
(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A16)
2001 Feb 14, Khalil Abu Olbeh
(35), a Palestinian bus driver, drove his bus into a group of
Israelis in Tel Aviv and killed 8 people. The dead included 3 male
and 4 female soldiers and 1 civilian woman. Olbeh, was later
sentenced to eight life terms.
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A14)(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A12)(AP,
2001 Feb 14, In Chechnya rebels
opened fire on Russian positions and 12 Russian soldiers were
(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A16)
2002 Feb 14, Pres. Bush
proposed an environmental plan that would encourage businesses to
cut pollution and develop more energy-efficient technology.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A5)
2002 Feb 14, The US House voted
to ban unregulated contributions to national political parties.
2002 Feb 14, Sharon Watkins,
Enron Vice President, testified that Jeffrey Skilling was behind the
accounting that led to the company’s bankruptcy and that CEO Kenneth
Lay was probably duped by his executives and was unaware of the
depth of Enron’s problems. Watkins told a House subcommittee it was
common knowledge at the company that partnerships were used
improperly to hide debt and inflate profits.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/03)
2002 Feb 14, The 168th annual
meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
opened in Boston with a bleak assessment of planet health and a call
for conservation of resources.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A3)
2002 Feb 14, It was reported
that scientists at NIH had developed the 1st vaccine effective
against staph bacteria.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A4)
2002 Feb 14, Jayson Williams
(34), former NBA star and NBC Sports commentator, accidentally shot
and killed Costas Christofi (55), a limousine driver. Williams
turned himself in Feb 25. In 2003 Williams paid the Christofi family
more than $2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. On Jan 11,
2010, Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was expected
serve at least 18 months in prison for accidentally killing
Christofi in his bedroom.
(SFC, 2/26/02, p.A3)(AP, 1/11/10)
2002 Feb 14, J. Desmond Clark,
UC Berkeley professor emeritus of anthropology, died in Oakland at
age 85. His work included over 18 books including "the Pre-history
of Africa" (1970).
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A25)
2002 Feb 14, In Bahrain Sheikh
Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa declared himself king and approved plans
for a constitutional monarchy. Parliamentary elections were
scheduled for October and municipal elections in May. Women were to
be allowed to vote and stand as candidates for the 1st time.
Foreigners would be allowed to vote under certain conditions.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 14, In China 41
foreigners were arrested and later expelled following pro Falun Gong
demonstrations on Tiananmen Square.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 14, In Kabul,
Afghanistan, Abdul Rahman, the Air Transportation Minister, was
reported killed by a mob of Muslim pilgrims at Kabul Airport seeking
transport to Mecca. Hamid Karzai later said senior officials were
responsible and blamed the killing on a personal vendetta. Gen.
Tawhidi and Gen. Beg were among the accused. Foreign Minister
Abdullah Abdullah later said the attack was not premeditated.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2002 Feb 14, In the Netherlands
Slobodan Milosevic spoke on his own behalf on the 3rd day of his
trial. He denied all blame for a decade of carnage in the Balkans
and displayed pictures of victims of NATO air raids. Milosevic
justified his actions as a "struggle against terrorism" and said he
was a victim of twisted facts and "terrible fabrication."
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A8)(AP, 2/14/03)
2002 Feb 14, In the Netherlands
the Int’l. Court of Justice cited diplomatic immunity and ruled that
Belgium cannot try former and current world leaders. Belgium adopted
a law in 1993 that empowered judges to hear war crimes and genocide
cases regardless of where the alleged crimes occurred or who
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 14, Militant
Palestinians attacked an Israeli tank in the Gaza Strip and 3
soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A10)
2002 Feb 14, Palestinian Abu
Zubaydah (30) was identified as the new chief of operations for al
Qaeda and was believed to be organizing al Qaeda remnants for new
attacks against the US.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A10)
2003 Feb 14, Dolly (b.1996),
the world's 1st clone sheep and mother of 6 lambs, was put to sleep
by veterinarians in Scotland after they failed to cure her of a
severe lung infection.
(AP, 2/15/03)(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A2)
2003 Feb 14, In Brazil police
found the bullet-riddled bodies of six men in the back seat and
trunk of a car parked near a Rio de Janeiro slum.
2003 Feb 14, In Colombia a
massive explosion rocked the southern city of Neiva as police
searched a house for explosives. 15 people died and about 30 were
2003 Feb 14, Saddam Hussein
banned all weapons of mass destruction from Iraq, meeting a long
time UN demand.
2003 Feb 14, Major powers
rebuffed the United States in the U.N. Security Council and insisted
on more time for weapons inspections in Iraq. Earlier, chief U.N.
weapons inspector Hans Blix told the Council his teams had not found
any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/04)
2003 Feb 14, President
Kim Dae-jung said South Korea's government helped arrange a $200
million payment to North Korea before a summit in 2000.
2003 Feb 14, Popocatepetl
volcano southeast of Mexico City erupted but caused no significant
2003 Feb 14, Russian lawmakers
were expected to pass bills paving the way for the break-up of its
electricity monopoly, the Unified Energy System (RAO).
(WSJ, 2/13/03, p.A10)
2003 Feb 14, A Thai court ruled
to extradite Florida millionaire James Vincent Sullivan (61), wanted
in the US for the 1987 murder of his socialite wife. He was accused
of paying another man $25,000 to kill Lita McClinton Sullivan to
avoid losing property in a divorce. In 2006 he was convicted of
murder and sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 2/15/03)(AP, 3/14/06)
2003 Feb 14, Trinidad and
Tobago legislators elected Maxwell Richards, a former university
dean who claims he is "not in anyone's back pocket" to be the new
2003 Feb 14, In Zimbabwe 2
Valentine's Day peace parades by women clutching roses and singing
hymns were broken up by baton-wielding police who arrested at least
88 people as well as eight journalists.
2004 Feb 14, It was reported
that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated $82.9 million
to the Areas Global TB Vaccine Foundation for the development of a
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 14, China executed
Yang Xinhua (38), a man convicted of murdering 67 people, in what
media said might be the country's longest killing spree in modern
history. Yang was convicted of 67 killings and 23 rapes in Henan and
three other provinces. His crime spree began in 2001 following
release from a labor camp and ended with his capture in November.
2004 Feb 14, In France
thousands of people marched to protest a law banning the Islamic
coverings and other religious apparel in public schools.
2004 Feb 14, In Iraq guerrillas
launched a bold daylight assault on an Iraqi police station and
security compound west of Baghdad, freeing prisoners and sparking a
gunbattle that killed 23 people and wounded 33.
(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/05)
2004 Feb 14, In Moscow, Russia,
an indoor water park roof collapsed, killing 28 people and injuring
more than 100.
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/14/05)
2004 Feb 14, In northern
Pakistan two strong earthquakes triggered landslides and toppled
walls that killed at least 24 people and injured about 30 others.
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/16/04)
2004 Feb 14, In Uganda a tanker
truck carrying diesel fuel collided with a packed minibus and burst
into flames, killing at least 32 people.
2005 Feb 14, President Bush
said he would nominate Lester M. Crawford as head of the Food and
Drug Administration. Crawford had been acting commissioner for
nearly a year.
2005 Feb 14, President Bush
asked Congress for an estimated $82 billion in additional funds to
cover the costs of continuing military operations in Iraq and
(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 14, Verizon
Communications decided to buy MCI Inc. in a $6.75 billion deal. The
offer was increased in May to $26 per share, or $8.44 billion.
(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.C1)(WSJ, 5/3/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 14, Newfoundland
Premier Danny Williams and Canada’s PM Paul Martin presided over the
signing of a multibillion-dollar deal that sets out new
revenue-sharing rules for the province's offshore energy industry.
2005 Feb 14, A gas explosion in
China's northeast Sunjiawan mine killed 214 people in the deadliest
mining disaster reported since communist rule began in 1949.
(AP, 2/15/05)(AP, 2/14/06)
2005 Feb 14, The UN atomic
monitoring agency said Egypt's nuclear experiments were small, basic
and do not appear part of an attempt to make weapons, praising
Cairo's cooperation with an investigation of the country's now
mothballed clandestine activities.
2005 Feb 14, In Iran a mosque
fire killed 59 people and injured another 350. it was blamed on a
kerosene heater that was placed too close to a thick curtain that
separated male and female worshippers.
2005 Feb 14, A roadside bomb
killed three Iraqi National Guard troops. Insurgents blew up an oil
pipeline near Kirkuk and killed two senior police officers in
2005 Feb 14, In western Japan a
man carrying a knife burst into a public elementary school and
stabbed at least 3 adults. Kyodo News reported that one of the
2005 Feb 14, In Beirut,
Lebanon, Rafik Hariri (60) was killed in a massive bomb explosion
that tore through his motorcade. The billionaire helped rebuild his
country after decades of war but resigned as PM last fall after a
sharp dispute with Syria. 22 other people were killed and 100
wounded in a blast that devastated the front of the famous St.
George Hotel. An Islamist group calling itself the Victory and Jihad
Organization in the Levant claimed responsibility.
(AP, 2/14/05)(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A3)(Econ, 10/29/05,
2005 Feb 14, Brazil and
Venezuela signed 25 accords dealing with energy and economic
cooperation, including the joint development of the Mariscal Sucre
offshore natural gas project.
(WSJ, 2/15/05, p.A16)
2005 Feb 14, Three bombs jolted
Manila and two other Philippine cities, killing at least 12 people
and wounding more than 100 others. The Muslim extremist group Abu
Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the blasts.
(AP, 2/14/05)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.41)
2005 Feb 14, Togo police in
riot gear faced off with crowds who blocked roads and intimidated
residents during a general strike to protest the army's installation
of Faure Gnassingbe to succeed his late father as president.
2006 Feb 14, The Bush
administration announced it will step up enforcement of US trade
laws governing China, following a top-to-bottom review of America's
trading relationship with the Asian giant.
2006 Feb 14, The NY Times
reported that the US and Israel are considering a campaign to starve
the Palestinian Authority of cash so Palestinians would grow
disillusioned with their incoming militant Hamas rulers and return
ousted Fatah moderates to power.
2006 Feb 14, In Texas lawyer
Harry Whittington, who was accidentally injured 3 days earlier by
birdshot fired by VP Cheney, suffered a minor heart attack.
(SFC, 2/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 14, Pharmaceutical
maker AstraZeneca PLC said that it has decided to withdraw its
controversial anticoagulant Exanta from the market and terminate its
development because of links to liver injury.
2006 Feb 14, Sanyo and Nokia
announced they will set up a joint venture to make advanced cell
phones, underlining the ambitions of the Japanese and Finnish
manufacturers to grow globally in the competitive mobile market.
2006 Feb 14, The UNHCR said the
floods last week left more than 50,000 Sahrawi refugees homeless,
destroying up to half of the mud-brick houses in their camps of
Awserd, Smara and Laayoune in the Tindouf region of western Algeria.
Tents, blankets and other emergency aid were being rushed to the
camps in the Algerian Sahara hit by rare torrential rains.
2006 Feb 14, Two Australians
were sentenced to death by firing squad for leading a drug smuggling
ring on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, verdicts that could
strain ties between the countries. Andrew Chan (22) and Myuran
Sukumaran (24) had masterminded the trafficking of 18 pounds of
heroin to their homeland.
2006 Feb 14, In Porto Alegre,
Brazil, leaders and envoys from across Christianity opened their
most ambitious gathering in nearly a decade with a host of troubles
on their agenda, from the faith's many internal rifts to easing
discord with Islam, even as it deepens over cartoons depicting the
2006 Feb 14, Britain's lower
house of Parliament voted to ban smoking in all public places in
England, including pubs, both public and private.
2006 Feb 14, In southern China
toxic wastewater was flushed untreated into a river, prompting the
government to cut water supplies to 28,000 people in Guanyin for at
least four days. A power plant on the upper reaches of the Yuexi
River in Sichuan province was to blame for the pollution.
2006 Feb 14, The Egyptian
parliament approved the two-year postponement of municipal polls
despite objections from opposition Islamists and the US. President
Hosni Mubarak issued a decree last week calling for the delay of the
elections which was passed by parliament's upper chamber on Feb 12
and approved this day in two readings by the lower chamber.
2006 Feb 14, The UN said 13
Eritreans employed by the UN peacekeeping mission in Eritrea have
been detained by local authorities and another 30 are in hiding for
fear of being arrested.
2006 Feb 14, Iran said it had
resumed uranium enrichment; Russia and France immediately called on
Iran to halt its work.
2006 Feb 14, Gunmen attacked a
group of Iraqi Shiites working on a farm north of Baghdad, killing
11 and wounding two. A roadside bomb killed a US Marine in western
Baghdad in one of two attacks that also wounded six coalition
2006 Feb 14, An Israeli court
sentenced the eldest son of ailing PM Ariel Sharon to 9 months in
jail after he pleaded guilty to illegally raising funds for one of
his father's political campaigns.
2006 Feb 14, At Turin, American
Ted Ligety won Olympic gold in men's combined skiing, while Bode
Miller was disqualified for straddling a gate.
2006 Feb 14, The UN asked
Lebanon to explain reports of arms shipments crossing the Syrian
border destined for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.
2006 Feb 14, In Nuevo Laredo,
Mexico, armed men forced their way into a hospital and killed a
teenager under treatment for an earlier attempt on his life.
(SFC, 2/18/06, p.A10)
2006 Feb 14, Bilal Lamrani
(21), a Dutch Muslim, was sentenced to three years in prison for
plotting murder and attempting to recruit prison inmates to carry
out terrorist attacks.
2006 Feb 14, In Pakistan
thousands of protesters rampaged through Islamabad and Lahore,
storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses
and a provincial assembly in Pakistan's worst violence against the
Prophet Muhammad drawings. At least two people were killed and 11
2006 Feb 14, A senior Russian
official said Russia will not pay more to base its Black Sea Fleet
in a Ukrainian port, rebuffing Ukrainian demands and setting the
stage for the latest dispute between the ex-Soviet neighbors.
2006 Feb 14, Darfur rebels said
they had shot down a government helicopter and captured the only
surviving crew member, named as Captain Muawiya Zubeir.
2006 Feb 14, Zimbabwe police
arrested at least 60 women who took part in a march with a
Valentine's Day theme calling for love and harmony and protesting
food shortages and alleged human rights violations.
2007 Feb 14, Challenged on the
accuracy of US intelligence, President Bush told a news conference
there was no doubt the Iranian government was providing
armor-piercing weapons to kill American soldiers in Iraq, and he
said he would fight any attempt by the Democratic-controlled
Congress to cut off money for the war.
2007 Feb 14, Former New York
City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, acclaimed for his leadership after the
September 11 attacks, confirmed he is running for US president in
2008, eliminating any lingering doubt about his candidacy.
2007 Feb 14, The Milton
Friedman Foundation said each high school dropout costs Texas $3,168
a year in lost revenue, plus Medicaid and prison expenses.
(WSJ, 2/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 14, Sleet stung the
faces of pedestrians in New York and snow and ice coated windshields
and streets as a Valentine's Day blizzard roared out of the Midwest
and shut down parts of the Northeast.
2007 Feb 14, ConAgra recalled
all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at a Georgia plant
because of a salmonella outbreak.
2007 Feb 14, German-US auto
giant DaimlerChrysler said it planned to axe 13,000 jobs at its
loss-making Chrysler subsidiary as part of a broad restructuring
plan aimed at returning the US unit to profitability by 2009. The
bulk of the job losses will affect union workers, with 9,000 hourly
jobs eliminated in the United States and 2,000 in Canada.
2007 Feb 14, NATO officials
said warplanes struck a Taliban compound in southern Afghanistan
with "precision munitions," killing an area commander and about 10
of his men. Villagers said the raid in the southern province of
Helmand also killed civilians. NATO said Taliban fighters used
children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an
operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a
key hydro-electric dam. In eastern Afghanistan US-led troops killed
a suspected militant and detained 6 others, including one with
alleged links to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
(AFP, 2/14/07)(Reuters, 2/14/07)(AP, 2/16/07)
2007 Feb 14, Brazil’s President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Bolivian President Evo Morales reached
a deal late on how much Brazil will pay for Bolivian natural gas,
apparently resolving an issue that has deeply divided the
neighboring nations for a year.
2007 Feb 14, In Brazil violence
cast a shadow over Rio's famed Carnival when gunmen killed Guaracy
Paes Falcao (42), a leader of one of the premiere samba band groups.
Falcao was with an unidentified woman who was also shot dead.
2007 Feb 14, In Ethiopia US
former president Jimmy Carter announced distribution of thousands of
insecticide-treated mosquito nets, in a drive that could save up to
100,000 lives annually.
2007 Feb 14, The European
Parliament approved a controversial report accusing Britain,
Germany, Italy and other European nations of turning a blind eye to
CIA flights transporting terrorism suspects to secret prisons in an
apparent breach of EU human rights standards.
2007 Feb 14, Deutsche Boerse,
operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, said it has agreed to buy
five percent of the Mumbai stock exchange for 42.7 million dollars
(32.8 million euros).
2007 Feb 14, A car loaded with
explosives blew up near a bus carrying members of Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran, killing 11 of them and
wounding 31. An al-Qaida-linked Sunni militant group reportedly
claimed responsibility. Within a week Nasrollah Shanbe Zehi was
convicted and executed for the bombing.
(AP, 2/14/07)(SFC, 2/20/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 14, The Iraqi
government formally launched a long-awaited security crackdown in
Baghdad. A parked car bomb struck a predominantly Shiite district
elsewhere in central Baghdad, killing four civilians and wounding
10. In Mosul a suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi army patrol,
killing one soldier and four civilians and wounding 20 other people.
2007 Feb 14, Mexican
immigration agents allegedly locked 10 Guatemalan and two Salvadoran
migrants in a trailer after they refused to pay a bribe against of
$110 each. In late 2008 the country's National Human Rights
Commission called for a government investigation.
2007 Feb 14, Serbia's
parliament overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan that would give virtual
independence to the breakaway province of Kosovo.
2007 Feb 14, In Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, a conference of Anglican leaders opened as the 77
million-member church struggled with a potentially disastrous fight
over the Bible and sexuality.
2007 Feb 14, Gurbanguli
Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan's new president, took office a few
minutes after the head of the central elections commission announced
he had won Sunday's election with nearly 90 percent of the vote. He
pledged to follow the ways of longtime autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov,
but also promised changes in a country ruled for decades in an
all-encompassing cult of personality. He also promised "development
of private ownership and entrepreneurship," educational reforms, and
more doctors and hospitals.
2007 Feb 14, UNICEF issued
report on child well-being. Of 21 OECD countries the US and Britain
ranked at the bottom.
2008 Feb 14, The US Mint
officially issued the Monroe dollar coin, the 5th of its
presidential dollar series.
(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.D6)
2008 Feb 14, New Mexico
announced that Hillary Clinton won the Feb 5 Democratic caucus
giving her 14 delegates to 12 for Obama.
(SFC, 2/15/08, p.A3)
2008 Feb 14, In DeKalb,
Illinois, former student Steven Kazmierczak (27) killed six people
at Northern Illinois University before committing suicide. 15 people
2008 Feb 14, Boeing and India's
Tata Industries announced an agreement to set up a joint venture
company to handle an initial 500 million dollars of defense-related
aerospace component work in India.
2008 Feb 14, Angola extradited
Henry Okah, the alleged leader of Movement for the Emancipation of
the Niger Delta (MEND), to Nigeria.
2008 Feb 14, Brazil flew 50,000
doses of yellow fever vaccine to Paraguay following an outbreak
there, the first in 34 years.
(SFC, 2/15/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 14, In London the
price of platinum soared past 2,000 dollars an ounce to a record as
power shortages affected mining production in South Africa, the
biggest supplier of the white precious metal.
2008 Feb 14, Chad's Pres.
Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency and signed a decree
increasing government powers for 15 days.
(SFC, 2/15/08, p.A12)
2008 Feb 14, The European
Commission gave the green light for a 170 million euro ($248
million) grant to build a gas-fired power plant in Lithuania by an
agency run by the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
2008 Feb 14, An Iraqi police
officer in Salahuddin province said that a house in Zab belonging to
a Sunni Arab and tribal leader was bombarded in a US air strike, and
that six family members died. A US military account said troops
returned fire from insurgents, killing two and then called in air
support, which killed another four militants.
(AP, 2/15/08)(SFC, 2/16/08, p.A6)
2008 Feb 14, A UN spokesman
said political rivals trying to lead Kenya out of weeks of violence
signed an agreement, but no details were released and the talks were
to continue next week.
2008 Feb 14, Serbia's
government proclaimed that any unilateral act by Kosovo's ethnic
Albanian leadership to declare independence would be invalid and
2008 Feb 14, The chief of
Hezbollah vowed to retaliate against Israeli targets anywhere in the
world after accusing the Jewish state of killing the militant Imad
Mughniyeh in Syria.
2008 Feb 14, A leading human
rights group appealed to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the
execution of a woman accused of witchcraft and performing
2008 Feb 14, In Switzerland UBS
AG posted a 4th-quarter net loss of $11.28 billion, and a loss for
the entire year, besieged by investments in US subprime mortgages.
Chairman Marcel Ospel announced his resignation on Feb 27.
(AP, 2/14/08)(Econ, 4/5/08, p.72)
2008 Feb 14, In Thailand
General Secretary Mahn Sha (64), leader of the Karen National Union
(KNU), was shot and killed at his home in Mae Sot by three men who
arrived in a pickup truck. The KNU is one of the biggest ethnic
groups fighting Myanmar's military government. Initial
investigations showed that the assailants were also Karen.
2008 Feb 14, Zimbabwe's
inflation rate, already the highest in the world, soared to a new
high of 66,212.3%.
2009 Feb 14, In Alabama
suspicious fires destroyed 2 churches and damaged a third near the
(SFC, 2/18/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 14, In Canandaigua,
New York, Kimberly and Christopher Glatz were killed at their home.
Mary Silliman (23) was slain along with Randall Norman (41) a
motorist who intervened when he saw her being roughed up in the
parking lot in a pre-dawn attack outside Lakeside Memorial Hospital
in Brockport. In August Frank Garcia, a nursing supervisor, was
convicted of the Glatz killings and faced another trial for the
Brockport killings. On Sep 1 Garcia was sentenced to life in prison.
p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/myhxsv)(SFC, 9/2/09, p.A8)
2009 Feb 14, Louie Bellson
(b.1924), big band and jazz drummer, died. The master musician
performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny
Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey.
2009 Feb 14, US envoy Richard
Holbrooke met Afghan President Hamid Karzai as part of Washington's
push to step up efforts against extremism. The Afghan leader
admitted to tensions with its US ally. Marine Sgt. Daniel Hansen was
killed while supporting combat operations in Farah province.
(AP, 2/14/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.B4)
2009 Feb 14, Sir Bernard Ashley
(82), British businessman, died. He teamed up with his wife to build
the Laura Ashley (d.1985) fashion and home furnishing brand into a
2009 Feb 14, Over 6,000 people
have fled the Ndele region of the Central African Republic for a
Chadian border village after violence erupted between two ethnic
groups, the Runga and the Gulus.
2009 Feb 14, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao toured the site of a new, Chinese-financed national theater
in Senegal, a day after signing a bilateral agreement promising the
West African nation over $90 million in gifts and loans.
2009 Feb 14, Egyptian Foreign
Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit held talks with Sudanese President Omar
al-Beshir amid reports that the International Criminal Court has
decided to issue a warrant for his arrest..
2009 Feb 14, In Rome G-7
finance ministers strongly rejected protectionism, pledging to work
together to support growth and employment and to strengthen the
banking system so the world can overcome its worst financial crisis
in 50 years.
2009 Feb 14, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed two civilians and wounded four others, including a
soldier, when it exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in western
2009 Feb 14, Irish authorities
learned about an oil spill through surveillance carried out by the
European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon, Portugal. Irish military
aircraft flew over the area and saw the Russian aircraft carrier
Admiral Kuznetsov, a Russian oil tanker, and a Russian oceangoing
tug near the slick. this was the biggest oil spill in the waters
around Ireland in the last ten years.
2009 Feb 14, Mexico City set a
new record as nearly 40,000 people locked lips in the city center
for the world's largest group kiss. Gunmen killed a state police
officer Carlos Reyes and 10 members of his family, including
five children in the town of Monte Largo, Tabasco state. The
shooting also killed a street vendor in front of the house of the
officer. In Jalisco state gunmen burst into a restaurant, killing
seven people and wounding five, including 3 children.
(AP, 2/14/09)(AP, 2/15/09)(AP, 2/17/09)
2009 Feb 14, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike by a drone aircraft flattened
a militant hide-out, killing 27 local and foreign insurgents. Two
officials said dozens of followers of Pakistan's top Taliban leader,
Baitullah Mehsud, were staying in the housing compound when it was
2009 Feb 14, Saudi King
Abdullah (86), in an apparent bid to reform the religious
establishment, dismissed the head of the feared religious
police and a hard-line cleric who issued an edict last year saying
it was permissible to kill owners of satellite TV stations that show
"immoral" content. King Abdullah also appointed Noura al Fayez as
deputy minister of women’s education, the 1st female to hold a
(AP, 2/14/09)(SSFC, 2/15/09, p.A6)(Econ, 2/21/09,
2009 Feb 14, In Somalia
legislators approved a former leader's son as the country’s new
prime minister. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke faced the task of
uniting a fractious government besieged by Islamic insurgents that
control most of the country.
2009 Feb 14, In Sri Lanka a
suspected Tamil Tiger rebel hurled a hand grenade at a bus full of
war-displaced refugees, killing a woman and wounding 13 others.
2010 Feb 14, This day marked a
new year according to the Chinese calendar, as it moved from the
reign of the Ox to the year of the Tiger. The Chinese calendar is
thought to have been formulated around 500 BC, though elements of it
date back at least to the Shang Dynasty at around 1,000 BC.
2010 Feb 14, Billionaire Larry
Ellison, head of Oracle Corp., and the crew of his trimaran USA-17
won the America’s Cup after winning a 2nd race against Swiss biotech
magnate Ernesto Bertarelli in the 39-mile course off Valencia,
(SFC, 2/15/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 14, In Arizona a
helicopter crashed north of Phoenix killing 5 people onboard
including Thomas Stewart (64), the head of Services Group of
(SFC, 2/16/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 14, An apartment fire
in Cicero, Ill., killed at least 7 people including 4 children. The
fire spread to nearby buildings and over 20 people were left
homeless. On March 4 landlord Lawrence Myers (60) and handyman
Marion Comier (47) were each charged with seven counts of
first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated arson.
2010 Feb 14, Doug Fieger (57),
leader of the power pop band The Knack, died in southern California.
He sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona." Fieger, a Detroit-area native,
formed The Knack in Los Angeles in 1978.
2010 Feb 14, John
Thorbjarnarson (52), crocodile advocate, died. In 1988 he drew up an
action plan to save crocodiles. All 23 species were threatened or
(Econ, 3/20/10, p.95)
2010 Feb 14, Twelve Afghans,
including 6 children, died when two rockets fired at insurgents
missed their target and struck a house during the second day of
NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip on the
country's dangerous south. Thousands of NATO and Afghan troops
encountered pockets of resistance, as they moved deeper into Marjah,
a town of 80,000 people that is the linchpin of the militants'
logistical and opium-smuggling network in Helmand province. Afghan
officials said at least 27 insurgents have been killed in the
operation. In the south two British service members died, one from
small-arms fire and the other from a roadside bomb explosion.
(AP, 2/14/10)(AP, 2/15/10)
2010 Feb 14, British
documentary filmmaker Paul Martin (55) was detained at a Gaza
military tribunal where he was to testify on behalf of a local man
accused of collaborating with Israel. Hamas officials said that he
would detained for 15 days. Martin was released on March 11.
(AP, 2/15/10)(AP, 3/11/10)
2010 Feb 14, British author
Dick Francis (b.1920), a former jockey whose thrillers rode high in
best-selling lists for decades, died at his Caribbean home in Grand
Cayman. His first book was a 1957 autobiography titled “The sport of
Queens.” His first novel, “Dead Cert,” came out in 1962 and was
followed by 41 more.
2010 Feb 14, In Canada
Alexandre Bilodeau, skiing under huge pressure, finally won Canada's
first Olympic gold on Cypress Mountain when he snatched victory in a
thrilling finale to the men's freestyle moguls.
2010 Feb 14, Iraqi officials
said only one in five candidates accused of being loyalists to
Saddam Hussein's regime successfully fought an order banning them
from running in the national elections. Armed assailants in Mosul
killed Rayan Salem Elias, a Chaldean, outside his home.
(AP, 2/14/10)(AFP, 2/20/10)
2010 Feb 14, Kuwait's state
news agency said the Kuwaiti telecom group Zain has agreed to
offload its African assets to India's Bharti Airtel, in a deal
valued at $10.7 billion.
2010 Feb 14, In New Zealand
Department of Conservation workers found 9 whales dead on Stewart
Island's West Ruggedy Beach after they were alerted by a passer-by.
Wild seas and strong winds made it impossible to mount a rescue for
19 survivors. Conservation officials were forced to euthanize the
2010 Feb 14, In Singapore the
Resorts Worlds Centosa casino complex opened.
(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/4ep2owf)
2010 Feb 14, South Korea’s
Samsung, the world's second-biggest handset maker, unveiled its
first phone to use its own new operating system, called 'bada'.
2010 Feb 14, Ukraine's election
commission proclaimed pro-Russian Victor Yanukovych the official
winner of the presidential poll, even as his rival Yulia Tymoshenko
vowed to contest the results in court.
2010 Feb 14, Venezuelan
authorities said they have discovered 28 airplanes on the outskirts
of El Sombrero that were presumably being used by drug traffickers.
Federal police and National Guard troops took control of the hangar
and impounded the planes.
2010 Feb 14, A Yemeni military
helicopter crashed killing at least 10 troops in the north, as the
government sought to implement a ceasefire with Shiite rebels in the
2011 Feb 14, President Barack
Obama unveiled a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1
trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending
cuts and tax increases.
2011 Feb 14, A senior US
official said the US has received requests from Egypt's new
government to freeze the assets of officials who worked for ousted
Egyptian Pres. Mubarak.
2011 Feb 14, A
man-versus-machine showdown on popular US quiz show "Jeopardy!"
ended in a tie on the first day of a three-day challenge, when an
IBM computer named Watson showed off its knowledge of the Beatles,
as well as a few glitches.
2011 Feb 14, George Shearing
(1919), England-born jazz accordionist and pianist, died in NYC. The
first 'George Shearing Quintet', a band with Margie Hyams
(vibraphone), Chuck Wayne (guitar), later replaced by Toots
Thielemans (billed as John Tillman), John Levy (bass) and Denzil
Best (drums) recorded the immensely popular single "September in the
Rain" (MGM), which sold over 900,000 copies.
2011 Feb 14, Afghan government
prosecutors and police stormed into election commission offices in
Kabul to seize control of vote data, accusing the body of not
cooperating with a probe into fraud. A suicide bomber blew himself
up at the entrance of a Kabul shopping and hotel complex, killing
two security guards in the second attack at a site frequented by
foreigners and westernized Afghans in less than a month. Officials
said 9 employees of Afghanistan's Central Bank and a troubled
private bank (Kabul Bank), have been accused of stealing $1.5
million through a fake check scheme. The suspects were arrested two
(AFP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/14/11)
2011 Feb 14, Algeria’s Foreign
Minister Mourad Medelci said the country’s 19-year-old state of
emergency will end within days, brushing off concerns that recent
protests in the country could escalate as in Tunisia and Egypt.
2011 Feb 14, Bahrain's security
forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of
anti-government protesters heeding calls to unite in a major rally
and bring the Arab reform wave to the Gulf for the first time. Ali
Abdulhadi Mushaima (21) died in today's marches.
(AP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011 Feb 14, In the Democratic
Republic of Congo a small plane used to deliver World Food Program
aid crashed in Bukavu, killing its Russian pilot and his Congolese
2011 Feb 14, In Dagestan a pair
of suicide bombers, including a woman, attacked security forces
killing 2 officers and wounding 21 others.
(SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 14, An Ecuadorean
judge ruled that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination
in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs'
attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. The company said
that it would appeal, and called the judge's decision "illegitimate
2011 Feb 14, Egypt's
470,000-strong military delivered an ultimatum to dozens of
committed protesters in Tahrir Square, nerve center of a movement
that toppled Hosni Mubarak, to leave and let life return to normal
or face arrest. Military rulers called for an end to strikes and
protests as thousands of state employees, from ambulance drivers to
police and transport workers, demonstrated to demand better pay.
Officials said Egypt's stock exchange will remain closed through the
end of the week, as a strike by public sector bank workers added to
the challenges facing the country since the ouster of President
2011 Feb 14, European ministers
in Brussels fought over the best way to combat the debt crisis that
has crippled the eurozone over the past year.
2011 Feb 14, France called on
Algeria to allow anti-government protests, inspired by uprisings in
Egypt and Tunisia, to take place freely and without violence.
2011 Feb 14, A small Honduran
commercial airliner crashed near the capital, killing all 14 people
aboard. It was carrying two pilots and 12 passengers, including
Assistant Secretary for Public Works Rodolfo Rovelo, United Workers
Federation of Honduras leader Jose Israel Salinas and former Economy
Secretary Carlos Chain.
2011 Feb 14, Iran’s security
forces cut phone lines and blockaded the home of an Iranian
opposition leader in attempts to stop him attending a planned rally
in support of Egypt's uprising. Eyewitnesses reported sporadic
clashes in central Tehran's Enghelab or Revolution square between
security forces and opposition protesters. Turkish President
Abdullah Gul, who is on a visit to Iran, urged governments in the
Middle East to listen to the demands of their people. Student Sanee
Zhaleh (26) was shot dead during the opposition rally. Authorities
later announced the arrest today of an Iranian man allegedly working
for the CIA.
(AP, 2/14/11)(AP, 2/16/11)(AP, 2/24/11)
2011 Feb 14, In Israel
Jerusalem's municipal council approved the construction of 120 new
homes in the Jewish settlement neighborhood of Ramot in occupied
2011 Feb 14, Ivory Coast's
incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo filed a lawsuit against the West
African regional bloc for recognizing his rival as the winner of the
country's recent presidential election.
2011 Feb 14, A group of
Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit challenging a civil law that
effectively stops women from keeping their surnames when they marry.
2011 Feb 14, In Malaysia
Islamic morality police detained 40 unmarried Muslim couples in
hotel rooms during Operation Valentine, aimed at curbing illegal
premarital sex. The main Islamic body issued an edict in 2005
banning Muslims from celebrating what it said was a day synonymous
2011 Feb 14, In Mexico a series
of shootings left 18 people dead in Padilla, Tamaulipas state, where
a turf war has raged between two brutal drug cartels. In neighboring
Nuevo Leon state gunmen killed Homero Salcido Trevino, a top
intelligence officer, then torched his car. The Defense Department
said Juan Carlos Olivera, allegedly the top Zetas operator in five
towns around Monterrey, was arrested with two accomplices and four
2011 Feb 14, Moroccan PM Abbas
El Fassi met with the opposition to discuss parliamentary polls. The
impact of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia weighed on the talks.
2011 Feb 14, Palestinian PM
Salam Fayyad dissolved his Cabinet in an emergency meeting in what
appeared to be a gesture inspired by unrest rocking the Arab world.
This gave him six weeks to name a new Cabinet.
2011 Feb 14, In Russia the
assistant to the judge, who convicted oil tycoon Mikhail
Khodorkovsky on Dec 30, said the judge did not write the verdict and
read it against his will in the Moscow courtroom.
2011 Feb 14, Serbia's PM Mirko
Cvetkovic said he is sacking Deputy PM Mladjan Dinkic, a key
coalition partner. If Dinkic's G-17 party stops supporting
Cvetkovic's government in Parliament, the coalition will fall apart
and early parliamentary elections will have to be held.
2011 Feb 14, A Swiss court said
an Iranian man convicted of heroin trafficking will be expelled and
returned to his home country, even though the man claimed that he
could be persecuted for being homosexual.
2011 Feb 14, In Thailand a
couple in Pattaya locked lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and 9 seconds
to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A previous world record of 32 hours
was set by a Germany couple in 2009.
(SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 14, In Yemen more than
1,000 people protested for a fourth straight day, demanding
political reforms and the ouster of the US-allied president in
demonstrations inspired by the upheaval in Egypt.
2012 Feb 14, Pres. Obama met
with Xi Jinping (58), China’s vice president. Jinping was expected
to become the next leader of China.
(Econ, 2/18/12, p.36)
2012 Feb 14, Horizon Lines
pleaded guilty to violating oil pollution laws. It accepted a $1
million fine and a $500,000 contribution to SF Bay Area
environmental projects. The container ship Horizon Enterprise had
discharged oily waste and an inspection at the Port of Oakland in
Oct 2011 showed a valve had been opened to prevent meters from
recording the discharge.
(SFC, 2/17/12, p.D6)
2012 Feb 14, Hackers claimed to
have broken into Combined Systems Inc.'s website and stolen personal
information belonging to clients and employees of the Jamestown,
Pennsylvania-based firm, whose tear gas has been used against
Egyptian demonstrators. They accused the company of being run by war
profiteers who sell "mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop
shops around the world."
2012 Feb 14, Top US Catholic
bishop, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, vowed legislative and
court challenges to a compromise by President Barack Obama to his
healthcare mandate that now exempts religiously affiliated
institutions from paying directly for birth control for their
workers, instead making insurance companies responsible.
2012 Feb 14, In Massachusetts
11 more dolphins beached themselves at Cape Cod. Ten were rescued.
Over the last month some 178 have stranded in the area and 125 died.
(SFC, 2/17/12, p.A7)
2012 Feb 14, Snow as deep as 15
feet (4.5m) isolated areas of Albania, Moldova and Romania, and
helicopters and army trucks were used to deliver food and medicine,
and to transport sick people to hospitals. Officials said 5
Romanians died in the past 24 hours due to frigid temperatures,
bringing the total to 79 weather-related deaths since the nation's
cold spell began.
2012 Feb 14, Bahraini security
forces fanned out in unprecedented numbers as the island nation was
marking the one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising against
its Sunni rulers. Police arrested some 150 people while dispersing
protesters attempting to march on the former Pearl Square.
(AP, 2/14/12)(AFP, 2/15/12)
2012 Feb 14, Bolivian police
arrested Julio Edwin Valdez (33), the leader of a gang in El Alto
believed to have killed 69 people, whose bodies have been found over
the last 13 months. Police arrested 8 members of the band and seized
four 14-seat minibuses used to gather victims in early morning
(SFC, 2/22/12, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/7jz2fgf)
2012 Feb 14, British Rev. John
Suddards' body was discovered by workmen at the vicarage in
Thornbury, about 125 miles (200 km) west of London. Police said he
was stabbed multiple times in his home. On Feb 19 Kent Police said
that suspect Stephen Farrow (47) was detained overnight in
Folkestone, near the major port town of Dover. Farrow was also
suspected in the murder of Betty Yates, a retired teacher, on
January 2. The body of a young man was also found at the house where
Farrow was arrested.
(AP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 2/23/12)
2012 Feb 14, China's Premier
Wen Jiabao said his country was ready to increase its participation
in efforts to resolve Europe's debt crisis, after meeting EU
president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission president Jose
Manuel Barroso in Beijing.
2012 Feb 14, An Eritrean
opposition party official, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, went missing in
eastern Sudan. His party feared he may have been kidnapped by
Asmara's security agents.
2012 Feb 14, French police
searched an upmarket Paris residence of the son of Equatorial
Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema as part of a corruption
2012 Feb 14, The UN Security
Council began a four-day mission in Haiti to review the terms of its
mandate and evaluate earthquake reconstruction efforts in the
2012 Feb 14, In Honduras a fire
swept through a prison in the town of Comayagua in one of the
world's deadliest fires in decades. Many of the survivors escaped.
852 people had been crowded into the prison built for half that
number. The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece
by piece had been locked inside. Most inmates had never been
charged, let alone convicted. The final death toll numbered 362
(AP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/18/12)(Econ,
2/18/12, p.40)(AP, 2/14/13)
2012 Feb 14, Some 200
Indonesians converged on a Jakarta square to denounce the Islamic
Defenders Front (FPI), an Islamic vigilante group known for its
armed attacks on minorities and moderates.
2012 Feb 14, US filmmaker Sean
Stone (27), son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, converted to
Islam in Iran, where he is making a documentary.
2012 Feb 14, In Iraq 2 separate
attacks against Iraqi security forces in Mosul and Baghdad killed
three people and wounded 18 others.
2012 Feb 14, Israeli forces
razed three temporary structures comprising the Oz Zion wildcat
settler outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
2012 Feb 14, Italian
prosecutors asked the country's highest criminal court to reinstate
the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former
boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.
2012 Feb 14, Kuwait's Emir
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah named a new cabinet with 10 new
faces, including the oil and defense ministers, and no women,
despite objections from the opposition.
2012 Feb 14, In Madagascar 10
seven people were killed after Cyclone Giovanna struck land. The
toll included six killed when a building collapsed in Alaotra
2012 Feb 14, Mexican officials
said they have arrested Jaime Herrera Herrera (43) in Sinaloa state,
a man who manufactured methamphetamine for the Sinaloa drug cartel
run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
2012 Feb 14, In Nigeria a bomb
disposal officer was killed trying to defuse a bomb just minutes
after another blast in Kaduna previously hit by a feared Islamist
sect. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for another series of bomb
attacks targeting two major military bases and a highway overpass
that wounded an unknown number of people in Kaduna.
2012 Feb 14, Pakistan announced
that it has temporarily allowed NATO to ship perishable food to its
troops in Afghanistan, a sign of thawing tensions following American
airstrikes last year on Nov 26 that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani
2012 Feb 14, A Romania court in
Bucharest ruled that former agriculture ministers Decebal Traian
Remes and Ioan Muresan took bribes and engaged in
influence-peddling. Both were sentenced to 3 years in prison.
2012 Feb 14, Romania's top
court recognized Prince Paul Hohenzollern as the legitimate grandson
of former King Carol II, ending a 21-year-legal battle.
2012 Feb 14, Somali government
forces backed by the African Union attacked Islamist Shebab rebel
posts on the outskirts of the war-torn capital Mogadishu with tanks
2012 Feb 14, In South Korea
over one hundred people rallied near the Chinese Embassy to protest
China’s state security police for arresting dozens of North Korean
defectors who face torture, imprisonment and even death if returned
to their homeland.
(SFC, 2/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 14, In Thailand an
Iranian man, Saeid Moradi, carrying grenades lost at least one leg
in a grenade blast and wounded four civilians in Bangkok after an
earlier blast shook his rented house. Mohammad Kharzei, a 2nd man
was arrested in Bangkok as he tried to board a flight to Malaysia.
(AP, 2/14/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012 Feb 14, Syrian government
forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs in what
activists described as the heaviest shelling in days. 9 civilians,
four defectors and 7 soldiers were reported killed as pro-Assad
forces and army defectors battled for hours in the northern town of
(AP, 2/14/12)(AP, 2/15/12)
2012 Feb 14, A Tunisian court
cleared Libyan former PM Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi (70) on a charge he
had crossed illegally into Tunisia as he fled Libya last year.
2012 Feb 14, Uganda officials
said they have seized nearly 360 pounds (162 kg) of ivory and other
animal parts and products that were being smuggled in and out of the
country. Officials said Chinese demand is behind the illegal trade
in endangered species and animal products.
2012 Feb 14, A Ugandan minister
raided and shut down a workshop run by homosexual rights activists
in Entebbe, days after a draconian anti-gay bill was reintroduced.
2012 Feb 14, Venezuela's
Supreme Court ordered opposition electoral officials not to destroy
lists of voters following primary elections, a decision that was
promptly condemned by opposition leaders who vowed to keep voters'
2012 Feb 14, Zimbabwean police
disrupted a Valentine's Day march, by about 200 members of the
militant Women of Zimbabwe Arise organization, aimed at promoting
peace and love between foes.
2013 Feb 14, The US Treasury
Department said that Switzerland and the United States have signed a
pact to make Swiss banks disclose information about US
2013 Feb 14, The Chicago Crime
Commission name Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of Mexico’s
Sinaloa drug cartel, as the city’s new Public Enemy No. 1, for
supplying most of the narcotics sold in the city.
(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 14, H.J. Heinz said it
has agreed to be acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and
3G Capital in a $23.3 billion deal.
(SFC, 2/15/13, p.C4)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.63)
2013 Feb 14, Dozens of Afghan
activists and supporters marked Valentine's Day by marching in Kabul
to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse
is on the rise.
2013 Feb 14, Security forces in
Bahrain clashed with anti-government protesters in street battles
that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second
anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation. A 16-year-old male
and a policeman were killed on the second anniversary of the
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/15/13)
2013 Feb 14, Ronald Dworkin
(81), an American philosopher and constitutional law expert, died in
London. He was best known for articulating the principle that the
most important virtue the law can display is integrity. He was a
professor of law at New York University and emeritus professor at
University College London. His books included “A Matter of
(AP, 2/14/13)(SFC, 2/19/13, p.C3)
2013 Feb 14, Egypt's aviation
minister said the hiring of President Mohammed Morsi's son to a
highly-paid government job was justified, dismissing accusations of
nepotism. On Feb 16 the head of Egypt's holding company for airports
and aviation said Morsi's son has applied for a job that pays $133 a
month starting salary.
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/16/13)
2013 Feb 14, Indian troops shot
and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the makeshift border
separating Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir.
2013 Feb 14, Mali's military
detained eight Arab men in Timbuktu, throwing them into a pickup
truck and covering it with a tarp in a sweep that has raised fears
of further reprisals against the region's Arab minority. Hundreds of
others have fled to the neighboring nations of Algeria and
Mauritania, where they are living in refugee camps. In December the
Associated press found the body of Kabbad, a 70-year-old grandfather
known as Vieux Ali, and five others buried in the desert.
(AP, 2/17/13)(AP, 12/9/13)
2013 Feb 14, A Norwegian court
in Oslo sentenced Sadi Bugingo (47) of Rwanda to 21 years in prison
after he was found guilty of taking part in the slaughter of more
than a thousand Tutsis in his home country.
2013 Feb 14, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying members of an anti-Taliban
militia in Stanzai village in the Orakzai tribal region, killing 7
militiamen. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives next to a
police post in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,
killing 11 policemen and wounding 23 others.
2013 Feb 14, In South Africa
Reeva Steenkamp (b.1983), the girlfriend of double-amputee Olympian
runner Oscar Pistorius, was shot dead. Police arrested Pistorius on
a charge of murder.
2013 Feb 14, Syrian rebels took
control of the town of Shadadah along the Euphrates River seized
most of the nearby Jbeysa oil field. Regime warplanes pounded rebel
positions near Aleppo's international airport. Rebels reportedly
shot down two warplanes. Rebels stormed a small military base near
the town of al-Sahwa in the southern province of Daraa. At least
four fighters were killed in clashes at the base. 42 Shiites, mainly
women and children, were snatched from a bus that was traveling from
the Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya to the capital Damascus.
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/15/13)(AP, 2/16/13)
2013 Feb 14, In Turkey
authorities arrested eight more retired officers over the last 48
hours over their alleged involvement in the ousting of an
Islamic-led government in the late 1990s.
2013 Feb 14, Senior officials
of the UN atomic agency returned from Tehran without a hoped-for
deal that would have led to the resumption of a probe into
allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms.
2013 Feb 14, Zimbabwe police
fired tear gas and baton charged to disperse Valentine's Day
marchers, herding 195 people demonstrators into a police precinct.
Later 25 were treated for injuries including broken teeth.
2014 Feb 14, President Obama
visited the San Joaquin Valley to focus on California’s severe
drought, and announce new measures in the ongoing federal effort to
address it. Obama toured parts of California's drought zone and
pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state.
(AP, 2/14/14)(Reuters, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 14, In New Mexico
unusually high levels of radioactive particles were found at an
underground nuclear waste site in what a spokesman said looked like
the first real alarm since the plant opened in 1999. Investigators
in June said they have found five other potentially explosive
barrels in West Texas that came from the same Los Alamos waste
(Reuters, 2/16/14)(SFC, 6/11/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 14, The snow-weary
eastern US was digging out from yet another mammoth storm, as the
deadly weather crept through New England and eastern Canada and
another storm approached.
2014 Feb 14, About $2.5 million
of Bitcoin was apparently stolen from Silk Road 2.0, a website used
to trade mainly illegal drugs. A flaw in Bitcoin’s code was
discovered earlier this month.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.65)
2014 Feb 14, In Bahrain a blast
struck a bus carrying police as anti-government activists clashed
with police on the third anniversary of the uprising in the small
Gulf island nation. One policeman died of wounds sustained in the
bomb blast. 26 people were arrested. Another 29 were arrested a day
(AP, 2/14/14)(AFP, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 14, In Cambodia Dave
Walker (58), a Canadian filmmaker, went missing. His body was found
April 30 in the woods near the famous Angkor temple complex.
2014 Feb 14, In the Central
African Republic thousands of Muslims who tried to flee the violence
in Bangui were turned back by peacekeepers, as crowds of angry
Christians shouted "we're going to kill you all." France announced
that it is increasing the number of its troops on the ground in CAR
by 400 for a total of 2,000.
2014 Feb 14, In China 11
"terrorists" were reported killed during an attack in Wushi County
in the Aksu Prefecture of Xinjiang.
2014 Feb 14, The Chinese
government sacked the police chief of the southern "sin city" of
Dongguan following a candid report by the state broadcaster on the
underground sex industry there.
2014 Feb 14, In eastern China a
wedding hall collapsed killing 10 people in Yazhuang village,
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, The CongoDRC
government said 22 Congolese soldiers and 230 Ugandan rebels have
been killed in a nearly month-long offensive in restive eastern DRC.
2014 Feb 14, In Egypt police
and residents clashed with supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi leaving
a man shot dead in Damietta and a child killed in Minya.
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, In Germany
Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announced his resignation
over claims he leaked confidential information about an
international child porn probe.
2014 Feb 14, In India
anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal quit as the top elected official
in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the
introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the capital.
He said he would recommend that new elections be held in New Delhi.
2014 Feb 14, In Indonesia a
volcanic eruption on Java sent a 17 km (10 mile) ash cloud into the
air. More than 56,000 people were forced to flee their homes and
four 4 were killed when Mount Kelud erupted.
2014 Feb 14, In Indonesia seven
Japanese divers went missing off the resort island of Bali as strong
winds and heavy rains hit Crystal Bay. Five of the divers were found
alive on Feb 17.
(AP, 2/15/14)(AP, 2/17/14)
2014 Feb 14, Googoosh, an
Iranian pop star living in Amsterdam, released a music video
promoting gay rights. It was clicked on half a million times in the
first 24 hours. Navid Akhavan, an Iranian-born Germany, wrote and
directed the video for the song “Behesht” (Heaven).
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 14, Iraqi troops
backed by helicopter gunships regained ground in the northern town
of Sulaiman Pek, a day after parts of it were overrun by Sunni
Islamist insurgents. At least 12 militants were killed by the army.
2014 Feb 14, Italy’s Premier
Enrico Letta drove himself to the president's palace and resigned
after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny designed
to catapult Florence's young Mayor Matteo Renzi into the helm of
2014 Feb 14, In Ivory Coast
Michel Gbagbo, son of former president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested
at the airport while attempting to leave the country on a flight to
2014 Feb 14, In Jamaica Leroy
Russell, a dancehall deejay, was charged in a multimillion-dollar
2014 Feb 14, Libya's government
and armed forces moved to quash rumors of an impending coup after
retired Gen. Khalifa Hifter called for parliament and the government
to be suspended.
(AFP, 2/14/14)(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, North and South
Korea agreed in a rare high-level meeting to stop insulting each
other and to go ahead with planned reunions of Korean War-divided
families next week despite a dispute over upcoming US-South Korean
2014 Feb 14, In Syria a car
bomb killed at least 32 people the town of al-Yaduda (Yadouda) near
the border with Jordan. At least 5 soldiers were killed when
Islamist rebels detonated mines under the Carlton hotel in Aleppo.
In Geneva Syrian government and opposition delegates said talks to
end their country's civil war have reached an impasse, with the US
and Russia backing the rival camps and trading accusations over the
deadlock. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told delegates that
he plans to take the talks into a third round.
(Reuters, 2/14/14)(AP, 2/14/14)(AFP, 2/14/14)
2014 Feb 14, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said an al Qaeda splinter group (ISIL)
has executed at least 13 people including relatives of fighters from
rival rebel groups before withdrawing from a town near Aleppo. It
did not say when the incident took place in Haritan.
2014 Feb 14, Thailand riot
police cleared anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, Ukraine
authorities provisionally freed the last of 234 detained protesters
under an amnesty offer aimed a diffusing protracted street protests.
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, It was reported
that a UN Commission of Inquiry has found that crimes against
humanity have been committed in North Korea and recommends that its
findings be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
2014 Feb 14, Louis Willis, the
former director of the US Virgin Islands' Internal Revenue Bureau,
turned himself in under charges of tax evasion.
2014 Feb 14, In Venezuela
soldiers fired tear gas and deployed water cannons to break up
hundreds of student demonstrators blocking a highway in protest
against President Nicolas Maduro. Authorities freed 25 student
protesters pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this
week's deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.
(Reuters, 2/15/14)(AFP, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 14, Yemeni military
and security officials says that the death toll from a prison break
in Sanaa has reached 10, and that al-Qaida received help from inside
the prison to facilitate the escape of 29 inmates.
2014 Feb 14, Zambian
ex-diplomat and son of former president Rupiah Banda was sentenced
to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption.
Andrew Banda (53) was arrested in 2012 on charges of soliciting a
kickback from Italian company Fratelli Locci, which was awarded a
contract to build roads.
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