Today is Monday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2005. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day.
Today’s highlight in history:
On Feb. 14, 1929, the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned down.
On this date:
In 1778, the American ship “Ranger” carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.
In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. (It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.)
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.
In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maude Wood Park.
In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world’s first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lived until November 1990).
In 1985, Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage by extremists in Lebanon, was freed.
In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses,” a novel condemned as blasphemous.
Ten years ago: A federal judge rejected the Justice Department’s proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corporation; U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin was later overruled by an appeals court. The House passed the centerpiece of the Republican anti-crime package, voting to create block grants for local governments while eliminating President Clinton’s program to hire more police (the president later vetoed a spending authorization bill containing this provision).
Five years ago: Three tornadoes tore across rural southwest Georgia, killing 20 people and destroying homes, businesses and farms. Two sophomores at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., were found shot to death in a fast-food restaurant just two blocks from the school, which was still reeling from the April 1999 massacre.
One year ago: Guerrillas overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners. Twenty-eight people were killed when the glass-and-concrete roof of an indoor water park in Moscow collapsed.
Today’s birthdays: TV personality Hugh Downs is 84. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 71. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 66. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 62. Movie director Alan Parker is 61. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 61. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is 58. TV personality Pat O’Brien is 57. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 57. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 54. Actor Ken Wahl is 48. Actress Meg Tilly is 45. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 44. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 42. Actor Zach Galligan is 41. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 39. Tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 38. Rock musician Kevin Baldes (Lit) is 33. Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) is 33. Actor Freddie Highmore (“Finding Neverland”) is 13.
Thought for today: “Love that’s wise will not say all it means.” — Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (1869-1935).