On this day: February 14

Published: Feb 13 2013 11:55:37 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

Saint Valentine dies a martyr, President Polk has his picture snapped, Al Capone sends his foes a violent Valentine's Day message, and Jackie Kennedy invites TV viewers inside the White House, all on this day.

OTD February 14 - Dick Francis
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2010: Jockey-turned-crime-novelist Dick Francis, who wrote more than 40 international best-sellers, usually centered around horse racing in England, dies of natural causes at the age of 89 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

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