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.
9. Alexander Graham Bell applied for
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3. We saw Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the
screen for the first time:
On Valentine’s Day1991 "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.
2. The first Soviet Congress began after
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.
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.