Today In History, February 14th

1778 – The Stars and Stripes was carried to a foreign port, in France, for the first time. It was aboard the American ship Ranger.

1803 – Moses Coates received a patent for the apple parer.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. It was officially issued March 7th, 1876.

1900 – In South Africa, British Gen. Roberts invaded Orange Free State with 20,000 troops.

1929 – The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in Chicago. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed. (Image: IMDb from “The St.Valentine’s day Massacre”, 1967)

1932 – The U.S. won the first bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY.

1958 – On CBS television Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government has banned rock & roll because it is against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health.

1966 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a National Basketball Association record as he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven seasons.

1967 – Aretha Franklin recorded her song “Respect” in New York.

1972 – “Grease” opened off-Broadway, where it ran for the next decade for a total of 3,388 performances.

1972 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a week long stay as co-hosts on “The Mike Douglas Show”.

1974 – The Captain and Tennille were married.

1980 – Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the “CBS Evening News”.

1998 – T.G. Sheppard was best man for 35 different bridegrooms at a hotel in Las Vegas. The event was held for the winners of a national radio promotion for Sheppard’s song “She’s Gettin’ the Rock.”

2005 – The video-sharing website YouTube was activated.

(Source: On-This-Day)

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