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Notable Historical Events for February 14th

1951Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

1895Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London

1797The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.

1939Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of Gone With the Wind

1076Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV (for the 1st time)

198849th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

1971Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

1988Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

20008th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm win

1995The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets, who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship

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Notable Birthdays on February 14th

1935[Mary] Mickey Wright, San Diego California, LPGA golfer (4 times LPGA champ)

1944Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate)

1818Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist/lecturer/editor (exact year unknown)

1972Rob Thomas, lead singer of pop band Matchbox Twenty

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Notable Weddings on February 14th

1988Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (58) weds Lois Driggs Cannon

1903Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (27) weds Emma Rauschenbach (20)

1956MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

2005Retired baseball player Keith Hernandez (51) weds Kai Thompson in Miami Beach, Florida

1989Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

1967Model Bettie Page (43) weds lineman Harry Lear

2009Actress Salma Hayek (42) weds French billionaire and PPR CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (46) in Paris

1995Actress-comedienne Roseanne (42) weds bodyguard Ben Thomas (28) at Caesars Tahoe in Nevada

1967Actress Raquel Welch (26) weds director Patrick Curtis in Paris

1991Actress Meg Ryan (29) weds actor Dennis Quaid (37)

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Notable Divorces on February 14th

1919Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (39) divorces Mileva Maric after 16 years of marriage

1989Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

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Notable Deaths on February 14th

1891William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War General, dies at 71

1405Timur/Tamerlane "Lenk", [Crippled], Turko-Mongol ruler, dies at about 68

1808John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

1780William Blackstone, English lawyer, dies at 56

2003Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

1779James Cook, British explorer killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50

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