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, 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

  • 1804
    The Serbian revolution begins.
  • 1835
    The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
  • 1879
    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.
  • 1933
    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.
  • 1942
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1944
    World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy, begins.
  • 1949
    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.
  • 1979
    Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
  • 2001
    First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
  • 2003
    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?

  • 1564
    Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
  • 1620
    François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
  • 1877
    Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)
  • 1899
    Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1907
    Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1911
    Leonard Woodcock, American labor union official and diplomat (d. 2001)
  • 1921
    Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • 1931
    Geoff Edwards, American television game show host
  • 1973
    Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
  • 1986
    Gabriel Paletta, Argentine footballer

Who died on February 15?

  • 1775
    Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian (b. 1690)
  • 1818
    Friedrich Ludwig, Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen, Prussian general (b. 1746)
  • 1970
    Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
  • 1988
    Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1999
    Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 2002
    Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Jeanne M. Holm, American, first woman to receive general’s stars in the USAF (b. 1921)

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