February 14: Day of the Week
February 14, 2020 was the 45th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 321 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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February 14 Historical Event(s)
- 1778The United States Flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.
- 1797French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Cape St. Vincent – John Jervis, (later 1st Earl of St Vincent) and Horatio Nelson (later 1st Viscount Nelson) lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar.
- 1843The event that inspired the Beatles song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! is held in England.
- 1903The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into Department of Commerce and Department of Labor).
- 1912Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
- 1949The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time.
- 1953New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Snake in Chinese astrology.
- 1956The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin’s crimes in a secret speech.
- 1961Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California.
- 2005Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon Rafik Hariri is killed, along with 21 others, when explosives, equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT, are detonated as his motorcade drove near the St. George Hotel in Beirut.
Who were born on February 14?
- 1766Thomas Robert Malthus, English demographer and political economist (d. 1834)
- 1848Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (d. 1934)
- 1856Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (d. 1931)
- 1892Radola Gajda, Czech military commander (d. 1948)
- 1904Charles Oatley, British electrical engineer (d. 1996)
- 1904Hertta Kuusinen, Finnish communist (d. 1974)
- 1946Bernard Dowiyogo, Nauru politician (d. 2003)
- 1960Jim Kelly, American football player
- 1966Petr Svoboda, Czech ice hockey player
- 1989Emma Miskew, Canadian curler
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