(273) Saint Valentine is martyred
The Catholic Church tells of a Bishop Valentine who, in part because he married couples without Imperial Rome’s consent, is imprisoned, tortured, and beheaded on this day. He will eventually become the patron saint of love. .
(1779) Captain James Cook killed in Hawaii
After exploring and mapping vast areas of the globe, including the Hawaiian Islands, the Australian coast, and New Zealand, Captain Cook comes into conflict with a group of native Hawaiians during his third voyage. In the heat of tensions and misunderstandings, Cook and four of his crew are killed..
(1929) Gangster’s guns blaze in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Chicago crime kingpin Al Capone sends soldiers to a North Side garage where they line up seven rival gang members and kill them execution-style in a hail of bullets. The hit will become a press sensation and redouble efforts by authorities to bring Capone’s crime reign to an end..
(2005) YouTube is launched
Three former employees of PayPal, frustrated at not being able to share digital videos with one another, open an office above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California, and launch the site that will allow anyone to upload, view, and share videos of cute cats and virtually anything else as well. .