February 14

This Day in History

1989

Ayatollah Offers Bounty for Author’s Death

In the history of publishing there have been few fictional works that have caused such controversy as Salman Rushdie’s novel of 1988, The Satanic Verses. The novel was immediately targeted by some for … (more...)

1939

Bismarck launched

On this day, the German navy launches the 823-foot battleship Bismarck at Hamburg. Adolf Hitler hoped that the state-of-the-art Bismarck would herald the rebirth of the German surface battle fleet. … (more...)

1477

First Valentine

On this day in 1477, the world’s first known valentine was sent in Norfolk, England. It was addressed, "To my right welbelovyd Voluntyne." The valentine was written in Norfolk, England, from … (more...)