On this day: February 14

POSTED: 08:55 PM PST Feb 13, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 13, 2016 

Saint Valentine dies a martyr, President Polk has his picture snapped, Al Capone sends his foes a violent Valentine's Day message, and Jackie Kennedy invites TV viewers inside the White House, all on this day.

OTD February 14 - James Cook
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1779: Capt. James Cook is killed by Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific. Cook had attempted to take hostage the King of Hawaii, Kalani'opu'u, to use as leverage for the return of a small boat that had been stolen from him. When the effort failed, he and his men retreated to the beach. When Cook turned his back to help launch the boats, he was struck on the head and then stabbed to death as he fell into the surf.


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