15 February

15 February

February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 319 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about February 15th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 15th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Gumdrop Day
  • Singles Awareness Day
  • National Hippo Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – February 15

2003: The largest peace demonstration in history takes place

Up to 30 million people in 600 cities around the world protested against the Iraq War.

2001: The first draft of the human genome is published

The human genome contains the complete human genetic information.

1989: The Soviet Union pulls out of Afghanistan

Despite their military superiority, the Soviet and Afghan armies did not succeed in breaking the Mujahideen insurgents’ resistance.

1971: The United Kingdom and Ireland decimalize their currencies

Before the change, a pound sterling was made up of 240 pence, or 20 shillings.

1965: Canada adopts its current national flag showing a maple leaf

The leaf symbolizes the country’s forests, the middle white stripe the arctic snow, and the red stripes the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

1931: Man at the beach fined for not wearing decent clothes. Netherlands, 1931

Man at the beach fined for not wearing decent clothes. Netherlands, 1931

1889: Nаtive Argentinians taken to Europe to be exhibited as animals in a human zoo, 1889.

Nаtive Argentinians taken to Europe to be exhibited as animals in a human zoo, 1889.

1885: Feet of the Statue of Liberty arrive on Liberty Island 1885.

Feet of the Statue of Liberty arrive on Liberty Island 1885.

Native Australians chained by British. Date Unknown

Native Australians chained by British. Date Unknown

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, February 15

1954: Matt Groening, American animator, screenwriter, producer

1934: Graham Kennedy, Australian actor

1874: Ernest Shackleton, Irish explorer

1710: Louis XV of France

1564: Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, February 15

2005: Samuel T. Francis, American journalist

1988: Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

1965: Nat King Cole, American singer, pianist, television host

1928: H. H. Asquith, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1781: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German author, philosopher


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