On this day: February 14

Published On: Feb 13 2013 10:55:37 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 14 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Frederick Douglass
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1818: Although the exact date of birth remains unknown, this is the day abolitionist Frederick Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday. Douglass was born a slave in Talbot County, Md., but escaped in 1838 and became a leader of the abolitionist movement, noted for his for his dazzling oratory skills and incisive antislavery writing.

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