1778: The Flag of the United States is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel on this date for the first time. French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte renders a 9-gun salute to the USS Ranger.
1779: In Georgia, the Battle of Kettle Creek begins during the American Revolutionary War.
1779: On the Island of Hawaii, James Cook is killed by natives.
1849:S President James Knox Polk becomes the first serving U.S President to have his photo taken. The picture is taken in New York City.
1859: Oregon becomes the Union’s 33rd United States’ State.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray file for a patent on the telephone.
1912: Arizona becomes the 48th United States’ State.
1912: The first class of diesel-powered subs are commissioned by the United States Navy.
1920: In Chicago, the League of Women Voters is first founded.
1924: The name of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company is changed to International Business Machines (IBM).
1929: 7 people are killed during the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. 6 of these people were rivals of Al Capone.
2000: The first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid – the spacecraft NEAR – begins orbit around asteroid 433 Eros.
Famous Birthdays on February 14
American actor John Barrymore is born in 1882.
American aviator Katherine Stinson is born in 1891.
American actor Stuart Erwin is born in 1903.
American economist and Nobel Prize laureate Eugene Fama is born in 1939.
American singer-songwriter Eric Andersen is born in 1943.
American magician Teller is born in 1948.
American actress Meg Tilly is born in 1960.
American singer-songwriter Rob Thomas is born in 1972.
American baseball player Brad Halsey is born in 1981.
Canadian curler Emma Miskew is born in 1989.
English actor Freddie Highmore is born in 1992.
American singer-songwriter Shane Harper is born in 1993.