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Notable Historical Events on February 15th

1978Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Fla

1996At a news conference, American boxer Tommy Morrison said he had contracted HIV

1996Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44

1948Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan

1950Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

1677King Charles II reports anti-French covenant with Netherlands

1992Jeffrey Dahmer found sane & guilty of killing 15 boys

1936Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game)

1869Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped

19997th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

1922Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex

1978Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1933Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt

1964Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton

February 15th Historical Events
Date Event
399
Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death by the city of Athens for corrupting the minds of the youth and of impiety 
590
Khosrau II, the last great Sasanian king is crowned King of Persia 
732
Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher disputes founder of Northern Ch'an line 
1145
Bernardo elected Pope Eugene III 
1313
Peace of Angleur 
1386
Duke Philip the Stout forms Council of Flanders 
1539
Emperor Charles receives Cardinal Pole in Toledo 
1552
Dutch coast hit by heavy storm 
1563
Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania 
1637
Ferdinand III succeeds Ferdinand II as Holy Roman Emperor 
1677
King Charles II reports anti-French covenant with Netherlands 
1686
Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide," premieres in Paris 
1689
German Parliament declares war on France 
1745
Colley Cibbers "Papal Tyranny," premieres in London 
1763
Austria, Prussia & Saxony sign Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War 
1764
St. Louis, Missouri founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue 
1768
1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia 
1775
Angelo Braschi chosen as Pope Pius VI 
1799
1st US printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania 
1804
New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery 
1805
Harmony Society is officially formed. 
1842
1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private delivery company), NYC 
1845
William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, 1st uses 72 inch (183 cm) reflector 
1848
Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston 
1851
Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescuing a fugitive slave 
1852
Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient 
1861
Ft Point completed & garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger) 
1862
Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee 
1864
Fire in Rotterdam Neth damages Museum Boymans 
1869
Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped 
1870
Ground broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn 
1876
Historic Elm at Boston blown down 
1879
Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Ct 
1882
1st cargo of frozen meat leaves NZ for Britain, on SS Dunedin 
1891
AIK is founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens. 
1895
23 cm (9 inches) of snow falls on New Orleans 
1898
USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die 
1900
General French relieves Kimberley/Cecil Rhodes 
1900
British troops relieve Kimberly, South Africa, a city under siege by the Boers since October 1899, during the Boer War. 
1902
Underground railway (U-Bahn) 
1903
1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom 
1905
1st race meet at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark) 
1906
British Labour Party founded 
1910
The Boy Scouts of America founded. 
1912
Fram reaches latitude 78° 41' S, farthest south ever by ship 
1913
1st avant-garde art show in America opens in NYC 
1916
NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500 
1917
SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated 
1918
US army troop ship torpedoed & sunk by Germany off Ireland 
1918
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania adopt Gregorian calendar 
1919
American Legion organizes in Paris 
1921
Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 v England, Australian Test Cricket rec 
1922
Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex 
1924
A deputation for the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) meets with the Minister of the Interior, Sir Patrick Duncan, and presents him with a memorandum setting out their objections concerning the Class Areas Bill 
1926
Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St NYC 
1926
Contract air mail service begins in US 
1930
Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes 
1931
Spring training site of NY Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager 
1932
3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY 
1932
Aust beat South Africa in cricket by an inn in 5 hrs 53 min playing time 
1932
George Burns & Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "Guy Lombardo Show" 
1932
John Van Druten's "There's Always Juliet," premieres in NYC 
1932
US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold) 
1933
Karl Radek praises invincible force of German communist party 
1933
Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt 
1933
Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwarts" banned again in Berlin 
1936
-60°F (-51°C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record) 
1936
Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game) 
1936
Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold 
1939
German battleship Bismarck was launched 
1939
Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes," premieres in NYC 
1941
Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train" 
1942
German U-boat shells Antillian oil refinery 
1942
Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra 
1942
WWII: British ruled Singapore surrenders to the Japanese 
1943
Women's camp Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) hit by allied air raid 
1944
891 British bombers attack Berlin 
1944
Attack begins at Monte Cassino monastery, Italy 
1946
Bank of England nationalized 
1947
"Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater NYC after 60 perfs 
1948
Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan 
1949
Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods," premieres in Leningrad 
1950
KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1950
WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," premieres in NYC 
1950
WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1950
Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released 
1952
King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. 
1954
1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation-Berkeley, California 
1954
WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1955
1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced 
1956
Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland 
1956
Pirates & KC A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white 
1957
Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister 
1958
Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB 
1958
Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN 
1958
Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA 
1958
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA 
1958
Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra 
1959
Antonio Segni forms Italian government 
1959
Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament 
1961
Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever 
1961
Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1963
1st US female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright) 
1963
Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else 
1964
Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks 
1964
Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton 
1965
Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf 
1965
John Lennon passes his driving test 
1965
Maple Leaf becomes official flag of Canada 
1966
Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater 
1967
1st anti-bootleg recording laws enacted 
1967
D66 (D'66) wins 7 seats in Dutch 2nd Chamber 
1967
Longest dream (REM sleep) on record, Bill Carskadon, Chicago (2:23) 
1968
Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver 
1968
WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1970
Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater 
1970
Carol Mann wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
1970
Dominican DC-9 crashes into sea at Santo Domingo, kills 102 
1970
KAMU TV channel 15 in College Station, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1970
Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo 
1971
After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons 12-shilling system for the decimal currency 
1971
A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland 
1972
Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager 
1972
Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos 
1972
Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time 
1972
Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time. 
1973
Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak 
1973
USSR launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km) 
1976
12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria 
1976
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 
1977
Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election 
1978
England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Boycott capt) 
1978
Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Fla 
1978
Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
1978
Zaire revises constitution 
1979
21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins 
1979
Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins 
1979
Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show 
1979
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1980
Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec 
1980
Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals 
1981
Joanne Carner wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic 
1981
Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, NY 
1982
Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw 
1982
Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die 
1984
500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq 
1985
STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad 
1985
World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23 
1986
44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Phila at Detroit 
1986
Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged Philippines presidential election 
1986
Philipines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos 
1987
ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series 
1987
Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92) 
1987
Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater 
1987
Craig Stadler disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot 
1988
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1989
Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt 
1989
Soviet military occupation of Afgh nist n ends 
1990
Baseball owners lock out players 
1991
Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die 
1991
Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117 
1991
Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax" 
1992
100th episode of "Cops" airs on Fox 
1992
Jeffrey Dahmer found sane & guilty of killing 15 boys 
1993
Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia 
1993
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Rochester NY on WNVE 95.1 FM 
1994
US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti 
1995
Burundi premier Anatole Kanyenkiko resigns 
1995
Dow-Jones closes at record 3986.17 
1995
Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion 
1996
Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. 
1996
Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44 
1996
At a news conference, American boxer Tommy Morrison said he had contracted HIV 
1997
US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski 
1997
US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge 
1998
Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship 
1998
Daytona 500 race 
1999
Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya. 
1999
7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win 
2000
Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails. 
2001
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature 
2002
At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry. 
2003
An estimated eleven million people around the world take to the streets to protest against the looming war with Iraq 
2005
YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States. 
2011
Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule 
2012
United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4% 
2012
Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358 
2013
Over 1,200 people are injured after a meteor breaks up over Chelyabinsk, Russia 
2013
2012 DA14, an asteroid with a 50m diameter, comes within 27,700km from Earth 
2014
Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock 
2016
$1 billion drug bust in Australia 
2016
Kentucky bill requires spouse consent to husband's Viagra use 
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