A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on February 14th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On February 14, 269, Saint Valentine reportedly experienced martyrdom.
On February 14, 1349, the city of Strasbourg, France was the scene of a St. Valentine’s Day massacre 150 times worse than the more famous Chicago incident!
On February 14, 1400, England’s King Richard II (aka Richard of Bordeaux) died in captivity, most likely starved to death.
On February 14, 2000, the American spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker orbited asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft from Earth to orbit an asteroid.
On February 14, 2005, former Lebanese Prime Minister and then a multi-billionaire Rafic Hariri was blown up while driving in his motorcade in Beirut by a suicide car bomb.
On February 14, 2005, a trio of former PayPal employees gave the world a great Valentine’s Day gift when they launched YouTube, the foremost video sharing website on the internet.
On February 14, 2005, three former PayPal employees launched YouTube, a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
On February 14, 2014, many of our readers celebrated Saint Valentine’s Day, a day associated with the martyrdom of the famous saint who was allegedly sentenced by a Roman emperor to be beaten with clubs and beheaded for refusing to renounce Christianity.
On February 14, 2015, we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day, a day on which we show our appreciation for our special loved one or significant other.
On February 14, 2015, Kanye West collaborated with Adidas to create the first pair of Yeezys, eventually leading to his own clothing line which would transform the lifestyle and streetwear industry.
On February 14, 2019, yet another of the many Valentine’s Day massacres took place, this time in India, leaving 41 people dead and another 35 people wounded.
On February 14, 2021, I said, “Thank you,” to all of my new subscribers to my YouTube channel from the past week.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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