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February 14: Valentine’s Day

  • 1912 – Arizona became the 48th and last of the contiguous United States to be admitted into the Union.
  • 1919 – The first serious armed conflict of the Polish–Soviet War took place near present-day Biaroza, Belarus.
  • 1949 – The Knesset, the legislature of Israel, convened for the first time, succeeding the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community’s parliament during the British Mandate Era.
  • 1989 – A fatwa was issued for the execution of Salman Rushdie (pictured) for authoring The Satanic Verses, a novel Islamic fundamentalists considered blasphemous.
  • 2007 – The first of several bombings in Zahedan, Iran, claimed the lives of 18 members of the Revolutionary Guards.
  • 2008 – Steven Kazmierczak opened fire into a crowded lecture hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, US, killing five and injuring 24.


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