This week in history

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On February 14, 270 AD, St. Valentine was beaten with clubs and beheaded for defying Claudius (who had outlawed all marriage and engagements in Rome) by performing marriages between young lovers in secret.

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On February 13, 1633, Galileo Galilei faced a trail of theologians in Rome in suspicion of heresy due to advocating the  “false doctrine” of Copernican theory. The church found him guilty and he lived the rest of his days on house arrest at his home in Arcetri, Italy.

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On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Lincoln is credited with saving the union and freeing the slaves.

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On February 10, 1847, Mormons, attempting to escape religious discrimination in their home of Nauvoo, Illinois fled to Utah. After their founder, Joseph Smith was killed and their homes destroyed, they became convinced that they would never find peace in the United States. Following the new leader Brigham Young, the second president of the Ladder Day Saints found refuge in the Salt Lake Valley which was the territory of Mexico.

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On February 15, 1933, FDR was getting ready to attend a two-week cruise with a wealthy friend before his inauguration when an Italian immigrant named Giuseppe Zangara shouts, “Too many people are starving!” and fired his gun 6 times. FDR survived, but 5 others were hit. Zangara claimed to not hate FDR but hated all who were rich.

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On February 10, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost his first Chess Game game with Deep Blue, a computer developed by IBM that had the ability to evaluate 200 million moves per second. This is credited with moving technology forward, has computer scientists pushed computers to be able to complete complex calculations that aided in the development of many fields of science.