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Notable Historical Events for February 14th

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.

1931Bradman scores 152 Aust v WI, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives

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

1849In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Matthew Brady).

1803Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.

2010Alexandre 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

1971Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

1929St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

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

1931The original "Dracula", starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

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Notable Birthdays on February 14th

1972Rob Thomas, lead singer of pop band Matchbox Twenty

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

1944Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate)

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

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Notable Weddings on February 14th

1943Walmart founder Sam Walton (24) weds Helen Robson (23)

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

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

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

1967Model Bettie Page (43) weds lineman Harry Lear

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

1922Soldier Douglas MacArthur (42) marries 1st wife heiress Louise Cromwell Brooks (32)

2006Mobster and nbi informant Henry Hill (62) weds Lisa Caserta

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

1978Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

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Notable Divorces on February 14th

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

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

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Notable Deaths on February 14th

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

1780William Blackstone, English lawyer, dies at 56

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

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

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

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

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