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    This day in history

    Thursday, Feb. 14, is the 45th day of 2013. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day.

    Today’s birthdays: TV host Hugh Downs is 92. Actress Florence Henderson is 79. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 71. Director Alan Parker is 69. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 69. Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is 66. TV personality Pat O’Brien is 65. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 65. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 54. Actress Meg Tilly is 53. Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 53. Actor Simon Pegg is 43. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 41.

    In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.


    In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33d state.

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    In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. (It was divided into departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.)

    In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state.

    In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago.

    In 1929, the ‘‘St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’’ took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned down.


    In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shoot-out between his abductors and police.

    In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of ‘‘The Satanic Verses,’’ a novel condemned as blasphemous.