Tuesday, February 14, 2017
History for February 14 - On-This-Day.com:
Christopher Sholes 1819, George Ferris 1859, Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky) 1894 - Comedian
Jimmy Hoffa 1913, Woody (Wayne) Hayes 1913, Carl Bernstein 1944 - Journalist
1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the picture.
1899 - The U.S. Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections.
1929 - The "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in Chicago, IL. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed.
1932 - The U.S. won the first bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY.
1946 - ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was unveiled. The device, built at the University of Pennsylvania, was the world's first general purpose electronic computer.
1962 - U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the White House on television.
1989 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie because of his novel "The Satanic Verses."
1989 - The first satellite of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit around Earth.