This day in history

Friday, Feb. 14, is the 45th day of 2014. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day.

Birthdays: TV personality Hugh Downs is 93. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 80. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 71. Director Alan Parker is 70. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 70. Former senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is 67. TV personality Pat O’Brien is 66. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 66. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 55. Actress Meg Tilly is 54. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 54. Actor Simon Pegg is 44. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 42. Actor Freddie Highmore is 22.

In 1014, Henry II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Benedict VIII.


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

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

In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.

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 1949, Israel’s Knesset convened for the first time.


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

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

In 2004, guerrillas overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners.