What happened this day in history February 15

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, 439,368 hours 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

  • 1637
    Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1952
    King George VI is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
  • 1965
    A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
  • 1976
    The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum.
  • 1979
    Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
  • 1982
    The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 workers.
  • 1991
    The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, is signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
  • 1994
    Standard of the President of Russia is established.
  • 2000
    Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
  • 2037
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 15?

  • 1841
    Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, Brazilian politician (d. 1913)
  • 1849
    Sir Rickman Godlee, English surgeon (d. 1925)
  • 1892
    James Forrestal, American civil servant, 47th United States Secretary of the Navy and 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
  • 1898
    Totò, Italian actor and composer (d. 1967)
  • 1909
    Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank (d. 2010)
  • 1910
    Irena Sendler, Polish social worker (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Yelena Bonner, Russian human rights activist, widow of Andrei Sakharov
  • 1935
    Gene Hickerson, American football player (d. 2008)
  • 1975
    Brendon Small, American comedian and animator
  • 1978
    Yiruma, Internationally known pianist

Who died on February 15?

  • 1738
    Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • 1781
    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German author and philosopher (b. 1729)
  • 1842
    Archibald Menzies, Scottish naturalist and surgeon (b. 1754)
  • 1857
    Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (b. 1804)
  • 1905
    Lew Wallace, Union general in the American Civil War and novelist (b. 1827)
  • 1928
    H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)
  • 1981
    Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1988
    Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1992
    María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)

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