Historical events on 14 Feb
2014: Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time to Thrive” conference
2010: Alexandre Bilodeau wins the Gold Medal in the freestyle skiing men’s moguls event, becoming the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics
1989: Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his publishers due to his novel “Satanic Verses”. A bounty is also placed on his head.
1973: Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre
1962: US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
1924: Thomas J. Watson renames the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) as International Business Machines (IBM)
1743: Henry Pelham becomes Britain’s First Lord of Treasury
(Source: On This Day)
1929: St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone’s orders
At 10.30 am on February 14 1929, seven men were murdered at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side.They were shot by four men using weapons that included two Thompson sub-machine guns. Two of the shooters were dressed as uniformed policemen.Witnesses saw the ‘police’ leading the other men at gunpoint out of the garage after the shooting.The victims included five members of George ‘Bugs’ Moran’s North Side Gang.
When real Chicago police officers arrived at the scene, one of the victims, Frank Gusenberg was still alive.He was taken to the hospital, where police tried to question him. Asked who shot him, Gusenberg, who had sustained fourteen bullet wounds, replied, “No one shot me.”The massacre was allegedly planned by the organisation led by gangster Al Capone to eliminate Bugs Moran, the boss of the long-established North Side Gang.
Several factors contributed to the timing of the plan to kill Bugs Moran and some of his lieutenants.