Today in history: The St. Valentine's day massacre took place

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Today in History: Feb 14
See Gallery
Today in history: The St. Valentine's day massacre took place
Large quantities of Canadian beer and whisky are being transported in cars from Amherstburg, Ont., Canada, across the frozen lower Detroit River, to the Michigan side of the international boundary line, Feb. 14, 1930. The cars are driven with one door open, so if the car goes through the ice the driver can scramble free. (AP Photo)
The bodies of six of the men who were slain in a gang-shooting in Chicago's North Side, Feb. 14, 1929. Several of the bodies are huddle together on the floor while another is slumped on chair at the extreme left. The seventh body was taken to the Alexian Brothers Hospital. (AP Photo)
Crowd gathered outside Hunterdon County Courthouse shown cheering word that Bruno Richard Hauptmann had been convicted of the murder of the Lindbergh baby, Feb. 14, 1930. (AP Photo)
From left to right, cast members of Earl Carroll's "Sketch Book" are shown in court awaiting arraignment, Feb. 14, 1931: Hazel Nevin, Lydia Resh, Joyce Collins, Francis De Lacey, Dorothy Frank, Mildred Randall, Fern McAllister and Rosaile McCallion. The show was shut down by Chicago police and the ladies arrested because some of the cast wore less than the legal minimum of costumes on stage. (AP Photo)
A pioneer in work for railway consolidation, Prof. William Ripley, of Harvard, is shown boarding a transport plane to fly to Hartford, Conn., where he recently made an address on transportation, Feb. 14, 1931 in Boston.(AP Photo)
Salt Lake City became the hub of the United States War Department's western division air mail organization with the arrival of Major Clarence L. Tinker, right, of March Field, Calif., and his aide, First Lieut. J.C. Crosthwaite, also of March Field. Major Tinker will supervise the Army's Oakland-Cheyenne, Wyo., air mail carrying functions in the western sector, one of the three into which the country has been divided. The flyers are shown upon their arrival, Feb. 14, 1934. (AP Photo)
Condemned as the abductor and murderer of the Lindbergh baby and facing death in the electric chair, Bruno Richard Hauptmann is shown in his cell in Flemington, N.J., Feb. 14, 1935. (AP Photo)
This is the Mayfair apartment house from which David Brooks, nephew of Lady Astor and son-in-law of James Moffett, vice president of the Standard Oil Co., of New Jersey, fell 14 floors to his death, Feb. 14, 1936 in New York. Brookâs fall took place almost directly across the street from President Franklin Rooseveltâs New York City townhouse. Police termed the death accidental. (AP Photo)
A police dog is put through training paces before a large group of spectators in Japan, Feb 14, 1937 Police dogs are being trained in Japan for service in battle with the Japanese army. The location is unknown. (AP Photo)
This aerial view shows the bridge at San Joaquin City over the San Joaquin River on Feb. 14, 1938. Crumbling levees on the Stanislaus River permitted water to flood thousands of acres of farm lands and brought damage estimated at some $120,000 in the River Junction Farms section near the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers. (AP Photo)
Michael Rosenberg, 9, left, and his brother Robert, 5, children of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, prepare to leave Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y., after visiting their parents on death row, Feb. 14, 1953. The Rosenberg's executive clemency appeal has been denied by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. (AP Photo)
Mei, the second of the pandas captured by Mrs. W. H. Harkness, Jr., arrived in San Francisco a very tired animal. Panda hunter Harkness is shown tucking the panda into bed after an exhaustive trip of 13,000 miles, Feb. 14, 1938. They plan to continue east by plane taking off for Chicago, Feb. 15. (AP Photo)
Countess Haugwitz-Reventlow, the former Barbara Hutton, the famous Woolworth Heiress, pictured with former British amateur golfer Robert Sweeney, watching a tennis match at the Everglades Tennis Club, at Palm Beach, Florida, on Feb. 14, 1940. (AP Photo)
Rescuing belongings from a house in Hendon, London on Feb. 14, 1941, which was bombed during a Nazi air raid and when considerable damage was done. (AP Photo)
Australians are helping the British War effort with men, money, planes and ships. Volunteers for the Royal Australian Navy get preliminary training at Sydney, Feb. 14, 1941. (AP Photo)
Rescue workers with a cat salvaged from a bombed house after the raid on London last night which did considerable damage. The cat was heard mewing, Feb. 14, 1941 and rescue workers eventually reached it. (AP Photo)
C.S. Howardâs mighty Seabiscuit, a favorite in the $100,000 Santa Anita handicap, pulled up lame February 14 after running second at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California in a mile test Feb. 14, 1942. It was the âBiscuitâs first race since he conquered War Admiral last year. Jockey Georgie Wolff may be seen handling Seabiscuit, in second place, at the finish. A question mark February 16 still hung over the great horseâs future as his trainer feared he had ruptured a suspensory ligament in the left front ankle. (AP Photo)
Evelyn Valentine, 9, Chicago, disabled since age three, sits among hundreds of the more than 21,000 cards and gifts she has received from admirers while she fights to overcome rheumatic fever, Feb. 14, 1944. In front of her are boxes of fruit and candy sent from many parts of the country. Hundreds of cards arrived over the weekend before Valentines Day. (AP Photo/Ed Maloney)
Dr. Sushila Nayyar, the personal physician of Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Devadas Gandhi, youngest son of the Mahatma, seen Feb. 14, 1948 at Birla House, New Delhi, hold the bloodstained loin cloth Gandhi was wearing when he was slain by an assassin's bullets. The tip of Dr. Nayyar's finger points to the hole made by the bullet. On the floor lies the shawl that Gandhi had wrapped around the upper portion of his body. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)
President of the State Council, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, delivers his opening address to the council, in the Hall of the Jewish Agency, Jerusalem, Feb. 14, 1949. Behind Weizmann is a portrait of Theodor Herzl. (AP Photo)
That easy manner of Bing Crosby's makes him look more relaxed while he's working than while he's relaxing, at his studio in Los Angeles, Feb. 14, 1950. Here Bing sits on Groucho Marx's knee, "sonny boy" style, while Groucho tells him the facts of life, in a comedy routine for "Mr. Music". (AP Photo/Frank Filan)
Women?s Air Force enlistees Isabelle Johnstone, left, of Yankers, N.Y., and Louise Lee, right, 19, of Brooklyn?both over six feet tall?Admire WAF hat modeled by a third enlistee, Florence Febus, center, 30, of Bronx, N.Y., who is a ?relatively tiny? five feet four inches tall. They reported for induction on Feb. 14, 1951 at army recruiting headquarters, 39 Shitehall Street in New York City. Florence, a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico. Until was a censor in Spanish in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/JH)
President Harry Truman in his White House office in Washington on Feb. 14, 1951 with a delegation from the Credit Union National Association. Left to right, standing: Thomas W. Doig, Madison, Wis.; J.E. Blonyren, Washington, D.C.; Moses C. Davis, Atlanta, Ga.; Claude R. Orchard, Washington; John E. Roe, Madison, Wis.; William W. Pratt, Philadelphia; William O. Knight, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Hubert M. Rhodes, Washington; Gurden P. Farr, Detroit; C. F. Eikel, Jr., and Gordon P. Smith, Hamilton, Ont. (AP Photo/CPG)
Sugar Ray Robinson, right, shoves his shoulder against the ear of Jake LaMotta as he swings at him in the tenth round of their middleweight title bout dubbed the "St. Valentines Day Massacre," at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 14, 1951. Robinson was declared the winner and new champion by a technical knockout in the 13th round. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)
The United States top bobsled team of Stanley Benham of Lake Placid, N.Y., right, and Pat Martin of Massena, N.Y., shove off in the two-man bobsled event of the Sixth Winter Olympic Games in Frognerseteren, Norway, Feb. 14, 1952. The Yank team took second place behind the German leaders in the two heats, with little apparent chance to catch the leaders in the final two heats on February 15. (AP Photo/Louis Heckly)
Red Farmer (61) of Miami, leaps four feet into the air after hitting a hole going onto the beach on the 4-mile Daytona beach road course in the 100-mile Modified and Sportsmen type stock car race in Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 14, 1953. (AP Photo/James P. Kerlin)
Actor-dancer Fred Astaire, left, and director Jean Negulesco talk over the timing of a scene for a new musical film "Daddy Long Legs" in Hollywood, Ca., Feb. 14, 1955. (AP Photo)
Fidel Castro poses in a village in eastern Cuba, Feb. 14, 1959. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy as they arrived at the Georgetown home of Columnist Joseph Alsop in Washington for dinner, Feb. 14. 1961. The dinner party was in honor of Alsopâs fiancée, Mrs. William S. Patten. (AP Photo/William Smith)
A gasoline station that advertises its paycheck cashing services is seen in the predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Feb. 14, 1964. The area is also known as the Serape Belt. (AP Photo/Ellis R. Bosworth)
The New York Yankees' Tommy Tresh and Joe DiMaggio try the outfielder's leap together during a light moment in spring training, Feb. 14, 1963 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tresh was the rookie sensation last year as a shortstop, then, as outfielder after regular Tony Kubel returned from the army. Joe DiMaggio is a special instructor in spring training. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
Home of Black Muslim leader Malcolm X is damaged after two fire bombs sparked a flash fire, Feb. 14, 1965 in New York City. Firemen quickly put out the flames. The Nation of Islam leader, his wife Betty, and their four daughters were in the house at the time but escaped unharmed. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
After a recent six inch snowfall in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 14, 1966, an enterprising toy store manager brought out some of his mechanical men to help with the clean up job. The foot-high robots may not have actually shoveled any snow, but they did stir up a lot of interest in the toy store. (AP Photo)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II prepares to enter a car to be driven through the streets of Bridgetown, Barbados, on Feb. 14, 1966. The Queen and her husband Prince Philip are on five-week tour of the Caribbean. (AP Photo)
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, seated, background, testified recently before the Senate-House Joint Economics Committee in Washington, Feb.14, 1966. (AP Photo/William J. Smith)
A U.S. soldier holds the face of a comrade, seriously wounded by a Viet Cong claymore mine on "Hell's Half Acre," near Cu Chi, South Vietnam, Feb. 14, 1966. Three weeks after he arrived in Vietnam this was photographer Charlie Chellappah's last photo. Moments later, a second mine exploded, killing Chellappah and several soldiers. (AP Photo/Charlie Chellappah)
Nancy Sinatra performs for U.S. troops of the 196th Light Infantry at Tay Ninh, 50 miles northwest of Saigon, Vietnam on Feb. 14, 1967. Sinatra is touring camps to entertain American G.I.'s in Vietnam during war. (AP Photo)
Madison Square Garden in New York is shown empty except for some workmen cleaning up, Feb. 14, 1968. Yesterday the Garden's swan song was the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a gathering that brought down the curtain on some 40 years of sports events, spectaculars, conventions and other events that captured the imagination of America. A new Garden, not too far away, will be the scene of future such events. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
Britain's Duke of Windsor, wearing his dark glasses, is offered a drink during gala premiere of "The Comedians", in Paris, France, on Feb. 14, 1968, based on Graham Greene's novel. (AP Photo)
Abbie Hoffman, left, Rennie Davis, and Jeremy Rubin hold a news conference as they wait for the verdict on their case in Chicago, Ill. on Feb. 14, 1970. They are three of the seven, known as the Chicago Seven, defendants in the trial on charges of conspiring to incite a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. (AP Photo)
South Vietnamese airborne troops lift the body of a soldier killed during a North Vietnamese rocket attack on their Firebase 31, some 18 miles inside Laos on Feb. 14, 1971. Three South Vietnamese troopers were killed, one wounded in the attack. (AP Photo/Neal Ulevich)
People at a bus stop, some covering their mouths on Feb. 14, 1972, after tear gas bombs were used the previous day to break up disturbances near St Eugene Church in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Michel Laurent)
American Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Ali, right, launches an attack on Joe Bugner, British and European Heavyweight Champion, during their 12 round Heavyweight fight in Los Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 14, 1973. Ali won the fight on a unanimous points decision. (AP Photo)
White and black students begin to fight outside Hyde Park High School in Boston, Mass., Feb. 14, 1975. The city of Boston started a court-ordered school integration program requiring the busing of 18 percent of public school students. (AP Photo/DPG)
Armed members of the People's Militia in the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Feb. 14, 1978, on the look out for any reactionary forces. (AP Photo)
Pop artist Andy Warhol poses actress Paulette Godard tasting snow outside New York's Tavern on the Green in Central Park, Feb. 14, 1978. The two were about to enter the restaurant to attend an "I Love New York" luncheon hosted by New York Gov. Hugh Carey. The lunch marked the start of a television promotion of New York City and its Broadway theaters. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)
Armed Iranian rebels search Americans who were living in the U.S. Embassy compound in Teheran, Feb., 14, 1979. During the takeover of the embassy this group was taken from their living quarters, brought into the courtyard and searched. Later they were taken to another building while the attackers occupied the compound. (AP Photo)
Wedding between Prince Henri of Luxembourg and the former Cuban-born Maria Teresa Mestre Y Batista, which took place in Luxembourg on Feb. 14, 1981. The couple during the service in Luxembourg Cathedral. (AP Photo)
David Letterman, host of NBC-TV's "Late Night with David Letterman, " is taken from a tank of water and placed onto a scale in New York while wearing a specially designed suit of sponges, Feb. 14, 1985. Letterman weighed 190 lbs. before and a whopping 500 lbs. after soaking up about 25 gallons of water, during taping for Thursday night's show. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
District of Columbia police officers flank singer Stevie Wonder following his arrest outside the South African Embassy in Washington, Feb. 14, 1985, during an anti-apartheid protest. Wonder said his Valentine's day arrest was "my expression of love to all the people of South Africa who are against the barbaric policies of apartheid." (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Shirley Jones academy award wining actress get's a Valentine?s Day heart from husband Marty Ingels, Feb. 14, 1986. (AP Photo/Tweed)
Of the millions of cartons of milk circulated in recent years with pictures of missing children on them, only six cases can be shown to have been successful in finding a child from this program and now some dairys and packagers are considering withdrawing from the program and offer their space to other civic organizations, Feb. 14, 1987, in Boston. (AP Photo)
CBS anchorman Dan Rather, right, and Nelson Mandela Mandela spoke during one of the first interviews Mandela has given since his release last Sunday, after serving 27 years in prison. During the interview at Mandela's Soweto home, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1990, the African National Congress leader spoke about his years in jail. At rear is the ANC flag. (AP Photo/ John Parkin)
Wally MacMillan, 37, left, embraces Richard Faust, 29, after they registered as domestic partners at San Francisco's City Hall, Ca., Feb. 14, 1991. Today is the first day for registration under the city's new ordinance. (APP hoto/Darcy Padilla)
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore run in a Valentines Day two-mile fun run in Washington on Feb. 14, 1993. The race was sponsored by the American Heart Association to focus on Americans health. Before the race, Clinton declared February Heart Month. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)
American figure skater Tonya Harding leaves her Beaverton apartment holding a stuffed bear and baby bottle near Portland, Ore., Monday, Feb. 14, 1994. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)
Peasants walk past a soldier at a checkpoint on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1995 in Gabino Vasquez, in the Southeastern Mexican State of Chiapas. Presidnet Ernesto Zedillo ordered a major army push into the area last Thursday. Zaptista national Liberation army activity in the area has been blamed for helping contribute to the recent plunge in the value of the Mexican person and Mexican Stocks. (AP Photo/Douglas Engle)
FILE This Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997 file photo shows seven-month-old Dolly, the genetically cloned sheep, looking towards the camera at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. Keith Campbell, a prominent biologist who worked on cloning Dolly the sheep, has died at 58, the University of Nottingham said Thursday Oct. 11, 2012. Campbell, who had worked on animal improvement and cloning since 1999, died last Friday Oct. 5, 2012, university spokesman Tim Utton said. He did not specify the cause of death, only saying that Campbell had worked at the university until his death. (AP Photo/Paul Clements, File) UK OUT
A victim moved treated after a shooting on the Northern Illinois University campus Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, in DeKalb, Ill. Stephen Kazmierczak, 27, gunned down five people at Northern Illinois University in a suicidal rampage and became erratic after halting his medication and carried a shotgun to campus inside a guitar case, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Northern Star, Jim Killan)

Take a look back in time and see the events -- both big and small -- that happened on February 14th throughout the years. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In 1920 The League of Women Voters was founded
  • The St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down in 1929
  • First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House in 1962
  • in 2003 Dolly the sheep - the first mammal cloned from an adult - was euthanized due to premature aging and disease

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners