On This Day: February 14 through the ages
Aside from Valentine's Day, we take a look at what is remembered on February 14.
Circa 270: St Valentine was thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II.
1766: Thomas Robert Malthus, economist and author of An Essay On The Principles Of Population (1798), was born. He saw famine, disease and disaster as a method of controlling the Earth's fast-growing population.
1779: British explorer Captain James Cook was murdered by natives in Hawaii.
1822: Britain's postal services had to employ extra sorters as the fashion of sending messages to loved ones on this day continued to grow in popularity.
1895: The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde had its premiere in London.
1929: The St Valentine's Day Massacre took place in a Chicago warehouse. Seven members of Bugs Moran's gang were gunned down, probably by mobsters from Al Capone's outfit.
1946: The Bank of England was nationalised.
1975: Sir Pelham Grenville (PG) Wodehouse KBE, known affectionately as "Plum" and writer of many humorous novels, notably the Jeeves series, died in the United States, aged 93.
1984: Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skated their way to a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, getting maximum points for artistic expression.
2013: Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was arrested on suspicion of murder after his girlfriend was shot dead at his home.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Friends and fans across the world paid tribute to the band Viola Beach, after a car crash in Sweden that killed all four members and their manager.
FEBRUARY 14 BIRTHDAYS: Carl Bernstein, Watergate journalist, 73; Alan Parker, film director, 73; Kevin Keegan, former footballer and ex-England manager, 66; Meg Tilly, actress, 57; Simon Pegg, actor/comedian, 47; Dean Gaffney, actor, 39; Rhydian Roberts, singer, 34; David Wheater, footballer, 30.