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The St Valentine's Day Massacre
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.
event became a media storm,
focusing on Capone's illegal alcohol supply prohibition-era activities.
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.
gang, thinking they had been legitimately raided by the cops, gave up their weapons
and were then murdered by shotgun and machine gun fire.
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Captain Cook Murdered in Hawaii
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.
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.
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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The Stars and Stripes of the United States is seen abroad for the first time.
It was seen in a French port.
First trainload of oranges leaves Los Angeles
Alfred Hitchcock's first feature picture, The Lodger, opens
Hedda Hopper's first gossip column is published
The first ever televised White House tour hosted by Jackie Kennedy.
Ayatollah sentences Salman Rushdie to death for his book 'Satanic Verses'.