spotlight Today in history: Feb. 14 Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1876: Alexander Graham Bell In 1876, inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied separately for patents related to the telephone. (The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled Bell the rightful inventor.) AP 1913: Birthdays In 1913, labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was born in Brazil, Ind.; college football coach Woody Hayes (pictured) was born in Clifton, Ohio; sports broadcaster Mel Allen was born in Birmingham, Ala. AP 1945: World War II In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian forces reached the Rhine River in Germany. AP 1949: Israel's Knesset In 1949, Israel's Knesset convened for the first time. AP 1967: Aretha Franklin In 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded her cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" at Atlantic Records in New York. AP 1984: Stormie Jones In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient when the surgery was performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lived until November, 1990). AP 1985: Jeremy Levin In 1985, Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, held hostage by extremists in Lebanon, escaped from his captors. AP 2010: America's Cup Ten years ago: Larry Ellison's space-age trimaran completed a two-race sweep in the 33rd America's Cup. AP 2010: Daytona 500 Ten years ago: Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500. AP 2010: Johnny Spillane Ten years ago: The Americans broke through the Nordic combined barrier at Vancouver as Johnny Spillane won the silver, the first U.S. Olympic medal in the sport dominated since its inception by the Europeans (Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won the gold). AP 2010: NBA All-Star Game Ten years ago: The Eastern Conference edged the West 141-139 in the NBA All-Star game in Arlington, Texas. AP 2013: American Airlines In 2013, American Airlines and US Airways announced an $11 billion merger that turned American into the world's biggest airline. AP 2013: Oscar Pistorius In 2013, double-amputee and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa; he was later convicted of murder and is serving a 13-year prison term. INLSA 2015: Copenhagen Shooting Five years ago: A Danish gunman attacked a free-speech seminar and a synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two people; the shooter was later slain by a special police team. Polfoto 2018: Parkland In 2018, a gunman identified as a former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing 17 people in the nation's deadliest school shooting since the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, more than five years earlier. AP 2019: Airbus One year ago: European aviation giant Airbus said it would stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 after struggling to sell the plane, the world’s biggest passenger jet. AP 2019: Amazon One year ago: Amazon abruptly dropped plans for a big new headquarters in New York after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives that had been promised to the company. AP 2019: William Barr One year ago: William Barr was sworn in for his second stint as the nation’s attorney general; he succeeded Jeff Sessions, who’d been pushed out of office by President Donald Trump after Trump denounced Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. 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