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    What happened on February 15 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    February 15, 1798The first serious fist fight occurs in Congress.
    February 15, 1804New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery.
    February 15, 1862Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches a major assault on Fort Donelson, Tenn.
    February 15, 1869Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped.
    February 15, 1898The U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor, killing 268 sailors and bringing hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War.
    February 15, 1900The British threaten to use natives in the Boer War fight.
    February 15, 1925The London Zoo announces it will install lights to cheer up fogged-in animals.
    February 15, 1934U.S. Congress passes the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, allotting new funds for Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
    February 15, 1940Hitler orders that all British merchant ships will be considered warships.
    February 15, 1942British forces in Singapore surrender to Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
    February 15, 1943The Germans break the American Army’s lines at the Fanid-Sened Sector in Tunisia, North Africa.
    February 15, 1944American bombers attack the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.
    February 15, 1946Royal Canadian mounted police arrest 22 as Soviet spies.
    February 15, 1950Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung sign a mutual defense treaty in Moscow.
    February 15, 1957Andrei Gromyko replaces Dmitri T. Shepilov as the Soviet Foreign Minister.
    February 15, 1961Eighteen members of the U.S. figure skating team are lost in an airplane crash in Belgium.
    February 15, 1965Canada’s maple leaf flag is raised for the first time.
    February 15, 1967Thirteen U.S. helicopters are shot down in one day in Vietnam
    February 15, 1974U.S. gas stations threaten to close because of federal fuel policies.
    Born on February 15
    February 15, 1564Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and mathematician.
    February 15, 1710Louis XV, King of France
    February 15, 1726Abraham Clark, signer of Declaration of Independence.
    February 15, 1797Henry Steinway, piano maker
    February 15, 1820Susan B. Anthony, suffragette and political activist.
    February 15, 1882John Barrymore, actor, sibling to actors Lionel Barrymore & Ethel Barrymore, father of actors John Drew Barrymore & Diana Barrymore and grandfather of actor Drew Barrymore.
    February 15, 1905Harold Arlen, composer, arranger and pianist (“Stormy Weather,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon”).
    February 15, 1954Matt Groening, cartoonist (The Simpsons).