This is Wednesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2018 with 320 to follow.
This is Valentine’s Day.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1818; suffrage leader Anna Howard Shaw in 1847; comedy legend Jack Benny in 1894; actor Thelma Ritter in 1902; football Coach Woody Hayes in 1913; labor leader Jimmy Hoffa 1913; broadcaster Hugh Downs in 1921 (age 97); actor/singer Florence Henderson in 1934; entrepreneur and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 1942 (age 76); writer Carl Bernstein in 1944 (age 74); dancer-actor Gregory Hines in 1946; magician Raymond Joseph Teller of Penn and Teller in 1948 (age 70); radio host Terry Gross in 1951 (age 67); opera star Renee Fleming in 1959 (age 59); actor Meg Tilly in 1960 (age 58); actor Simon Pegg in 1970 (age 48); musician Rob Thomas in 1972 (age 46); actor Danai Gurira in 1978 (age 40); actor Brett Dier in 1990 (age 28); actor Freddie Highmore in 1992 (age 26); actor Alberto Rosende in 1993 (age 25).
On this date in history:
In 1779, British navigator and explorer James Cook, first known European to reach the Hawaiian Islands, was stabbed to death by island natives while investigating the theft of a boat.
In 1849, James Polk became the first U.S. president to be photographed while in office. The photographer was Mathew Brady, who is famous for his Civil War pictures.
In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd member of the United States.
In 1903, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed a law creating the Department of Commerce and Labor.
In 1912, Arizona was admitted to the 48th member of the United States.
In 1920, the League of Women Voters was formed in Chicago.
In 1929, in what became known as the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” gunmen believed to be working for Prohibition-era crime boss Al Capone killed seven members of the rival George “Bugs” Moran gang in a Chicago garage.
In 1949, Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, convened for the first time.
In 1989, Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, offended by The Satanic Verses, called on Muslims to kill its author, Salman Rushdie. He offered a $1 million reward for Rushdie’s death, sending the writer into hiding. Iran rescinded the death sentence in 1998.
In 1990, 90 people were killed and 56 injured in the crash of an Indian Airlines Airbus 320, about 50 yards short of a runway in Bangalore, India.
In 1994, a convicted serial killer who admitted killing 55 people was executed by a firing squad in a Russian prison.
In 2004, at least 25 people died and 100 others were injured when a giant glass roof collapsed at the largest city water park in Moscow. Authorities suspected faulty construction.
In 2005, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated. Twenty-one others died with him.
In 2005, video-sharing website YouTube was founded by former PayPal employees. The company was purchased by Google a year and a half later for $1.65 billion.
In 2011, Chevron was ordered to pay $8.6 billion to clean up oil pollution in a rain forest area in northeastern Ecuador.
In 2012, Iran warned six European countries that it might cut them off from Iranian oil in reaction to international sanctions against its nuclear program. The threat was made to Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Greece and Portugal.
In 2013, police said they charged South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius with murder in the shooting of his girlfriend. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, and sentenced to five years in prison.
In 2016, The Revenant was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards ceremony. The survival tale racked up four BAFTAs: Best Picture, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Director for Alejandro Inarritu and Best Cinematography.
A thought for the day: “People will pay more to be entertained than educated.” — Johnny Carson