This Day in History: Feb. 14

In 1944, the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard announced it still had 97 Liberty ships to build before converting to Victory ship production. More than 2,500 of the cargo vessels were built during World War II, with 384 of them coming from Fairfield. The SS Patrick Henry (pictured above) was built there, becoming the first Liberty ship to launch in 1941. One of the last two operational Liberty ships is the SS John W. Brown, docked at Clinton Street. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1941)

1899: Congress approved, and President William McKinley signed, legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections.

1929: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned down.

1962: First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House.

1984: The Walters Art Museum named Gary K. Vikan the next curator of medieval art and assistant director for curatorial affairs. He became director of the museum in 1994. Julia Marciari-Alexander succeeded Vikan when he retired in June 2013.

1994: Gov. William Donald Schaefer issued a reprieve for Marylanders who forgot Valentine’s Day or were hampered by the icy weather. Schaefer said he would issue a Valentine’s Day proclamation extending the holiday through Feb. 20. “We should help Maryland’s florists … and any romantics who might not have been able to do their Valentine shopping,” he said.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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