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
Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
King George VI is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum.
Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 workers.
The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, is signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
Standard of the President of Russia is established.
Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 15?
Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, Brazilian politician (d. 1913)
Sir Rickman Godlee, English surgeon (d. 1925)
James Forrestal, American civil servant, 47th United States Secretary of the Navy and 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
Totò, Italian actor and composer (d. 1967)
Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank (d. 2010)
Irena Sendler, Polish social worker (d. 2008)
Yelena Bonner, Russian human rights activist, widow of Andrei Sakharov
Gene Hickerson, American football player (d. 2008)
Brendon Small, American comedian and animator
Yiruma, Internationally known pianist
Who died on February 15?
Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German author and philosopher (b. 1729)
Archibald Menzies, Scottish naturalist and surgeon (b. 1754)
Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (b. 1804)
Lew Wallace, Union general in the American Civil War and novelist (b. 1827)
H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)
Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1918)
María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
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