February 14 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray Apply for Patents on the Telephone

February 14 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray Apply for Patents on the Telephone3.3 (66.67%) 3 votes More than three decades after the idea of a telephone was first considered by Innocenzo Manzetti, two Americans rushed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on February 14, 1876 to claim credit for the world-changing invention. Though others would lay claim to creating devices capable of transmitting the human voice in the years before, the competition between Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray would come to define the 20-year battle to secure control of the technology. Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the electrical telegraph rapidly […]

February 14 1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurs in Chicago, Illinois

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February 14 1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurs in Chicago, IllinoisRate this post The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of February 14, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, left seven rivals of gangster Al Capone dead, making him the undisputed leader of the city’s underworld. The ongoing rivalry between the South Side Chicago’s Italian gang led by Al “Scarface” Capone and the North Side Chicago’s Irish gang led by George “Bugs” Moran ended with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – the murder of seven gang members from Moran’s gang. In 1920, the passage of the 18th Amendment ushered in a phase of Prohibition which made gang warfare rampant in most American […]

February 14, 1912 – Arizona admitted to the Union

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February 14, 1912 – Arizona admitted to the UnionRate this post Arizona was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1912. It was the 48th and the last of the conterminous states to be admitted to the Union. Arizona was ruled by Spain and Mexico before it became a part of the United States. Before the advent of the Europeans, Arizona was the abode of different Native American tribes. In the 1500s the area came under the control of the Spanish government. During their rule in the region, the Spanish founded fortified towns at Tubac in 1752 and Tucson in 1775. With the independence of Mexico from Spain in 1821, […]