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 - Saint Valentine
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270: Saint Valentine dies a martyr on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome. Little is known about St. Valentine, with many of the current legends about him being invented in the 14th century in England when the feast day of Feb. 14 first became associated with romantic love. This painting from the 1600s depicts a kneeling Saint Valentine receiving a rosary from the Virgin Mary.


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