Today in History, February 15th

By | February 15, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 15th!

1564 Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.
1798 The first serious fist fight occurs in Congress.
1862 Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches a major assault on Fort Donelson, Tenn.
1869 Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped.

President Jefferson Davis

1898 The 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.
1900 The British threaten to use natives in the Boer War fight.
1925 The London Zoo announces it will install lights to cheer up fogged-in animals.
1933 President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that claimed the life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.
1934 U.S. Congress passes the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, allotting new funds for Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
1940 Hitler orders that all British merchant ships will be considered warships.
1942 British forces in Singapore surrender to Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
1943 The Germans break the American Army’s lines at the Fanid-Sened Sector in Tunisia, North Africa.
1944 American bombers attack the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.
1946 Royal Canadian mounted police arrest 22 as Soviet spies.
1950 Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung sign a mutual defense treaty in Moscow. Stalin-and-Mao Tse-tung
1952 A funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s King George VI, who had died nine days earlier.
1957 Andrei Gromyko replaces Dmitri T. Shepilov as the Soviet Foreign Minister.
1961 Eighteen members of the U.S. figure skating team are lost in an airplane crash in Belgium.
1965 Canada’s new maple leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.
1967 Thirteen U.S. helicopters are shot down in one day in Vietnam
1971 Britain and Ireland “decimalised” their currencies, making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence.
1974 U.S. gas stations threaten to close because of federal fuel policies.
1989 The Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan after more than nine years of military intervention.
2002 Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded a gold medal to resolve a judging controversy at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
2005 Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges. Paul-Shanley
2008 Business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead five months after his small plane vanished over California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. (His remains were discovered later in the year.)
2011 Protesters swarmed Wisconsin’s capitol after Gov. Scott Walker proposed cutbacks in benefits and bargaining rights for public employees.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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