14th February
It was on this day...
1929 The St Valentine's Day Massacre

Chicago: Seven members of George "Bugs" Moran's North Siders Gang are killed in a garage on North Clark Street. The gunmen were immediately suspected to be in the employ of Al (Alphonse) Capone, aka "Scarface", but it was difficult for the authorities to prove.

This event became a media storm, focusing on Capone's illegal alcohol supply prohibition-era activities.

Moran had fallen for a Capone trap in which he was to buy some cheap whisky. Moran made a lucky escape. He turned up at the garage late, and saw two policemen and two others go into the garage, so he left. It turns out that these were Capone's men in stolen uniforms and had mistakenly believed Moran was already in the building.

Moran's gang, thinking they had been legitimately raided by the cops, gave up their weapons and were then murdered by shotgun and machine gun fire.

It was on this day...
1779 Captain Cook Murdered in Hawaii

On his third arrival at Hawaii, Cook was greeted with rocks thrown by locals and a cutter vessel from the Discovery was stolen. It was during negotiations with King Kalaniopuu to get this vessel back that a Hawaiian chief was shot dead. This caused a riot in which Cook was killed.

On their first arrival, the locals had treated Cook and his men as godlike figures. On their second arrival they found the locals worshipping the spot on which they had first landed, Kealakekua Bay which was now considered the sacred harbor of Lono, the fertility god of the Hawaiians.

However, when one of the European officers died on the second trip, their mythological status was revealed to be a sham. When Cook had to return only a week after leaving after the second trip, they were greeted with resentment.

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1778 The Stars and Stripes of the United States is seen abroad for the first time. It was seen in a French port.

1886 First trainload of oranges leaves Los Angeles

1927 Alfred Hitchcock's first feature picture, The Lodger, opens

1938 Hedda Hopper's first gossip column is published

1962 The first ever televised White House tour hosted by Jackie Kennedy.

1989 Ayatollah sentences Salman Rushdie to death for his book 'Satanic Verses'.

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