Today is Monday, February 14, the 45th day of 2022. There are 320 days left in the year. It’s Valentine’s Day.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On February 14, 2018, a gunman identified as a former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing 17 people in the nation’s deadliest shooting since Newtown, Connecticut attack. , more than five years earlier. (Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder in October 2021; a jury will decide whether he should be executed.)
To this date :
In 1876, inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray separately applied for telephone-related patents. (The U.S. Supreme Court eventually declared Bell the legitimate inventor.)
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state in the Union when President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation.
In 1913, labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was born in Brazil, Indiana; college football coach Woody Hayes was born in Clifton, Ohio; Sportscaster Mel Allen was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 1924, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. of New York was officially renamed International Business Machines Corp., or IBM.
In 1929, the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in a Chicago garage when seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned down.
In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian forces reached the Rhine in Germany.
In 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded her cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” for Atlantic Records in New York.
In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the American ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his captors and the police.
In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world’s first heart and liver transplant recipient when the operation was performed at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital (she lived until November 1990).
In 1989, Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of “Satanic Verses,” a novel condemned as blasphemous.
In 2013, double amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa; he was later convicted of murder and is serving a 13-year prison sentence.
In 2020, after being stranded at sea for two weeks because five ports refused to allow their cruise ship to dock, passengers cheered as they left the MS Westerdam in Cambodia; Holland America Line had said no cases of coronavirus had been confirmed among passengers and crew. (An 83-year-old American who was on the ship and flew from Cambodia to Malaysia was later found to have the virus.)
Ten years ago: A fire broke out at a prison farm in Honduras, killing 361 inmates. “Linsanity” continued as Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a 3-point tiebreaker with less than a second left and New York rallied to beat the Raptors 90-87, extending a streak of six-game wins. Malachy the Pekingese won Best Show at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York.
Five years ago: A former store clerk, Pedro Hernandez, was convicted in New York of murder in one of the country’s most haunting missing children cases, nearly 38 years after Etan disappeared Patz (AY’-tahn pays), 6 years old. on the way to a school bus stop. Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for nearly 200,000 Northern California residents living below Oroville Dam after saying the risk of a catastrophic collapse from a damaged spillway has been significantly reduced.
A year ago: Japan officially approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would begin nationwide inoculations within days, but months after the United States and many other countries. Large numbers of people across Myanmar have flouted orders banning further demonstrations to protest the military coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Today’s birthdays: actor Andrew Prine turns 86. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 80. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 79 years old. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 78 years old. Former Sen. Judd Gregg, RN.H., is 75. TV personality Pat O’ Brien is 74 years old. The magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 74 years old. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (doo-SAY’) (Beausoleil) is 71 years old. Actor Ken Wahl is 65 years old. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 63 years old. Actor Meg Tilly is 62. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is 62. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 61. Actor Sakina Jaffrey is 60 years old. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 59 years old. Actor Zach Galligan is 58 years old. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 58 years old. 55. Actor Simon Pegg is 52 years old. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) turns 50. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 50 years old. Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe is 50. Actor Danai Gurira is 44 years old. Actor Matt Barr is 38 years old. Stephanie Leonidas is 38 years old. Actor Jake Lacy is 36 years old. Actor Tiffany Thornton is 36 years old. Actor Brett Dier is 32 years old. Actor Freddie Highmore is 30.