10 Unromantic Things That Happened On Valentine’s Day

10. YouTube was launched:

Today it’s hard to imagine the world without your favorite video upload website. But there was a time when there was no such thing called YouTube. Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim established the website and it went live on 14 February 14, 2005, in San Mateo, California. 15 years later more than 400 hours of content is uploaded to the channel every minute.

YouTube was launched
YouTube was launched

9. Alexander Graham Bell applied for telephone patent:

On 14 February 1876, the lawyer representing Bell filed his telephone patent application at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C., just hours before the attorney for Elisha Gray filed a caveat announcing his intention to file a claim for a patent for his version of a telephone. The Patent Office decided to honor Bell's application, and he was officially awarded the patent for his invention on March 7.

Alexander Graham Bell applied for telephone patent
Alexander Graham Bell applied for telephone patent

8. Dresden was heavily bombed by Allies:

In the final months of the World War II, British and American forces carried out a series of air raids on the city of Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. Approximately 3,330 tons of bombs were dropped on the city, killing as many as 135,000 people. Dresden is said to have been targeted for its war factories producing ammunition for the Nazis. Others argue it was to punish Germany and weaken its morale.

Dresden was heavily bombed by Allies
Dresden was heavily bombed by Allies

7. Oscar Wilde’s play premiered:

Oscar Wilde's most enduring play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's Theatre in London. The comedy follows a man who, in order to escape weighty social obligations, juggles made up personae. His play offers a funny critique of the strict social conventions that marked the Victorian era. 

Oscar Wilde’s play premiered
Oscar Wilde’s play premiered

6. Prague was mistakenly bombed:

On Valentine’s day in 1945, US Army Air Forces dropped some 152 tons of violence onto the ordinary people of the Czech capital, killing 701 and injuring well over a thousand. This was bad enough, but the wound was deepened when it was revealed that the Allies believed they were bombing Dresden but because of the poor weather mistakenly bombed Prague which was never a target.

Prague was mistakenly bombed
Prague was mistakenly bombed

5. Strasbourg massacre started:

On 14 February 1349, 900 Jews were burned alive in Strasbourg, and a similar number of them were banned from the city after being blamed for the spread of the Black Death. The gruesome killings are said to have lasted 60 days. 

Strasbourg massacre started
Strasbourg massacre started

4. First Knesset Meeting was held:

Months after achieving independence, Israel’s first parliament, the Constituent Assembly, convened inside temporary quarters in Jerusalem’s Jewish Agency building. Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, delivered a solemn address in which he offered “friendship to all peace-loving people” and extended a “hand of peace” to the country’s Arab neighbors before swearing in the 120 legislators. Two days later, the parliament renamed itself the Knesset.

First Knesset Meeting was held
First Knesset Meeting was held

3. We saw Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the screen for the first time:

On Valentine’s Day 1991 "The Silence of the Lambs" film based on the book by Thomas Harris, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, was released. The movie won the Best Picture award in 1992 and a Golden Globe  and the cast also won many awards.

We saw Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the screen for the first time
We saw Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the screen for the first time

2. The first Soviet Congress began after Stalin’s death:

On Valentine’s Day 1956, the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union got underway in Moscow. It was always going to be a history-making affair, as it was the first Congress to be held following the death of Joseph Stalin. The Congress came to a dramatic end, with First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev denouncing Stalin and his crimes, accusing the former leader of distorting the basic principles of Marxism-Leninism. The speech sent shockwaves around the world.

The first Soviet Congress began after Stalin’s death
The first Soviet Congress began after Stalin’s death

1. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Took Place in Chicago:

On February 14, 1929, seven men associated with the North Side Gang run by Bugsy Moran were gunned down by rival gangsters dressed as police officers in prohibition-era Chicago. While no official link to suspected culprit Al Capone was ever formed, the event helped precipitate Capone's rise to power in the city. 

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Took Place in Chicago
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Took Place in Chicago

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