Today in History – 14 February

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Saint Valentine was executed outside the Flaminian Gate in Rome on Claudius’ command. His command was that,  Valentinus either renounce his faith or he would be beaten with clubs, and beheaded.

1483

Zahir Al-Din Muhammad Babur Shah (1526-30), prince and founder of Mughal dynasty in India, was born.

1556

Mughal Emperor Akbar was proclaimed as successor of Humayun at the age of tewelve years at Kalanur, Gurudaspur district, Punjab. Akbar (1542-1605), grandson of Babur, became third Mughal Emperor at the age of 13 years. He de-established Islam as state religion and declared himself impartial ruler of Hindus and Muslims. He also encouraged Art, Culture and Religious Tolerance.

1628

Fifth Mughal Emperor Shahjahan was crowned.

1658

Dara Sulaiman Shukoh was defeated in the struggle for Delhi throne Shuja’s in the battle of Bahadurpur near Varanasi.

1901

King Edward VII open’s his first parliament.

1989

Supreme Court orders Union Carbide Coporation of USA and Union Carbide India Limited to pay $470 millions (about Rs. 710 crores) in full and final settlement of all claims out of the Bhopal gas Disaster Litigation tragedy of 1985.

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