What are the important events that happened on February 15? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
February 15: Facts & Myths About This Day
February 15 is the 46th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 320 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 2, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,581,724,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tetracontahexagon’ day.
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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 363 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,612 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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February 15 Historical Events
The Serbian revolution begins.
The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
Women’s rights: American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy, begins.
Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls.
Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.
Who were born on February 15?
Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)
Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
Leonard Woodcock, American labor union official and diplomat (d. 2001)
Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
Geoff Edwards, American television game show host
Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
Gabriel Paletta, Argentine footballer
Who died on February 15?
Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian (b. 1690)
Friedrich Ludwig, Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen, Prussian general (b. 1746)
Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1918)
Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
Jeanne M. Holm, American, first woman to receive general’s stars in the USAF (b. 1921)
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