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This Day in History for February 14 – Penicillin Discovered and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1920 – The League of Women Voters is founded (More info)

1929 – Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago in what would come to be known as the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre (More info)

1929 – Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming accidentally discovers penicillin (More info)

1939 – Hedda Hopper pens the first installment of what would become her tremendously influential gossip column in the Los Angeles Times (More info)

1989 – Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial book ‘The Satanic Verses’ (More info)

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