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 - William Tecumseh Sherman
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1891: Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, known for the "scorched earth" policies he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States, including his "March to the Sea" from Atlanta, Georgia, to the port city of Savannah, Georgia, in late 1864, dies at the age of 71 in New York City. When Ulysses S. Grant was elected U.S. president in 1869, Sherman succeeded him as Commanding General of the Army, serving until his retirement in 1883.


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