What happened on February 15? There are more than 273 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 15

February 15 In HistoryFebruary 15 is the 46th day of the year 2022. There are 319 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 7th week of the year 2022.

On this day in Kilgore, Texas 75662 sunrise occured at 07:01 AM and sunset occured at 06:05 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 341 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 22, 2023).

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Historical Events For February 15

  • 590
    Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia.
  • 1113
    Pope Paschal II issued a bull sanctioning the establishment of the Order of Hospitallers.
  • 1493
    While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.
  • 1637
    Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1764
    The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established.
  • 1804
    The Serbian revolution begins.
  • 1835
    The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    Spanish-American War: The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
  • 1906
    The British Labour Party is organised.
  • 1909
    The Flores Theater fire in Acapulco, Mexico kills 250.
  • 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
    World War II: The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre begins.
  • 1944
    World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy, begins.
  • 1946
    ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    King George VI is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
  • 1954
    Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
  • 1961
    Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team, several coaches and family members.
  • 1965
    A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
  • 1970
    A Dominican DC-9 crashes into the sea during takeoff from Santo Domingo, killing 102.
  • 1971
    The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
  • 1972
    José María Velasco Ibarra, serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time.
  • 1972
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 1972
    Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
  • 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.
  • 1996
    At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
  • 1999
    Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1458
    Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (d. 1490)
  • 1471
    Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1503)
  • 1564
    Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
  • 1571
    Michael Praetorius, German composer (d. 1621)
  • 1620
    François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
  • 1705
    Charles-André van Loo, French painter (d. 1765)
  • 1710
    King Louis XV of France (d. 1774)
  • 1725
    Abraham Clark, American founding father (d. 1794)
  • 1734
    William Stacy, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1802)
  • 1739
    Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect (d. 1813)
  • 1748
    Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (d. 1832)
  • 1759
    Friedrich August Wolf, German archaeologist (d. 1824)
  • 1792
    Floride Calhoun, Second Lady of the United States (d. 1866)
  • 1809
    André Dumont, Belgian geologist (d. 1857)
  • 1809
    Cyrus McCormick, American inventor (d. 1884)
  • 1812
    Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (d. 1902)
  • 1820
    Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist (d. 1906)
  • 1825
    Carter Harrison, Sr., American politician (d. 1893)
  • 1835
    Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author (d. 1908)
  • 1840
    Titu Maiorescu, Romanian Prime Minister (d. 1917)
  • 1841
    Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, Brazilian politician (d. 1913)
  • 1845
    Elihu Root, American statesman, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1937)
  • 1847
    Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (d. 1927)
  • 1849
    Sir Rickman Godlee, English surgeon (d. 1925)
  • 1856
    Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist (d. 1926)
  • 1861
    Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1947)
  • 1861
    Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1938)
  • 1873
    Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1964)
  • 1874
    Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer (d. 1922)
  • 1877
    Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)
  • 1882
    John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
  • 1883
    Sax Rohmer, English author (d. 1959)
  • 1890
    Robert Ley, Nazi official (d. 1945)
  • 1891
    Dino Borgioli, Italian lyric tenor (d. 1960)
  • 1892
    James Forrestal, American civil servant, 47th United States Secretary of the Navy and 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
  • 1893
    Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (d. 1947)
  • 1895
    Earl Thompson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • 1896
    Arthur Shields, Irish actor (d. 1970)
  • 1898
    Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1898
    Totò, Italian actor and composer (d. 1967)
  • 1899
    Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1899
    Georges Auric, French composer (d. 1983)
  • 1904
    Antonin Magne, French cyclist (d. 1983)
  • 1905
    Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
  • 1907
    Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1907
    Jean Langlais, French composer and organist (d. 1991)
  • 1908
    Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
  • 1909
    Guillermo Gorostiza Paredes, Spanish footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1909
    Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank (d. 2010)
  • 1910
    Irena Sendler, Polish social worker (d. 2008)
  • 1911
    Leonard Woodcock, American labor union official and diplomat (d. 2001)
  • 1912
    George Mikes, Hungarian-born British author (d. 1987)
  • 1913
    Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
  • 1914
    Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
  • 1914
    Kevin McCarthy, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1916
    Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1918
    Allan Arbus, American actor
  • 1918
    Hank Locklin, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1920
    Endicott Peabody, American politician and 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1921
    Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • 1922
    John B. Anderson, American politician
  • 1923
    Yelena Bonner, Russian human rights activist, widow of Andrei Sakharov
  • 1927
    Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1928
    Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist
  • 1929
    Graham Hill, English race car driver (d. 1975)
  • 1929
    James Schlesinger, American politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense, 9th Director of Central Intelligence, and 1st Secretary of Energy
  • 1930
    Nico Minardos, American actor
  • 1931
    Claire Bloom, British actress
  • 1931
    Geoff Edwards, American television game show host
  • 1932
    Troy Kennedy Martin, Scottish film and television screenwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1934
    Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
  • 1934
    Niklaus Wirth, Swiss computer scientist
  • 1935
    Gene Hickerson, American football player (d. 2008)
  • 1935
    Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
  • 1935
    Susan Brownmiller, American feminist writer
  • 1937
    Gregory Mcdonald, American author (d. 2008)
  • 1939
    Gerd Bohnsack, German football manager
  • 1939
    Ole Ellefsæter, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1939
    Robert Hansen, American serial killer
  • 1940
    Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • 1940
    John Hadl, American football player
  • 1941
    Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer
  • 1941
    Florinda Bolkan, Brazilian actress
  • 1943
    Griselda Blanco, Colombian drug queen, Medellín Cartel
  • 1944
    Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks)
  • 1945
    Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer
  • 1945
    John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
  • 1946
    Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
  • 1947
    Ádám Nádasdy, Hungarian linguist and poet
  • 1947
    David Brown, American musician (Santana) (d. 2000)
  • 1947
    John Coolidge Adams, American composer
  • 1947
    Marisa Berenson, American actress
  • 1947
    Rusty Hamer, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1948
    Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • 1948
    Ron Cey, American baseball player
  • 1948
    Tino Insana, American voice actor
  • 1949
    Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
  • 1949
    Ken Anderson, American football player
  • 1950
    Hark Tsui, Hong Kong film director
  • 1951
    Jane Seymour, British actress
  • 1951
    Melissa Manchester, American singer
  • 1953
    Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
  • 1954
    Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
  • 1954
    Matt Groening, American cartoonist
  • 1955
    Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • 1955
    Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
  • 1956
    Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1957
    Gul Mohammed, shortest mature human ever, at 22.5 in. (d. 1997)
  • 1957
    Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • 1957
    Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • 1958
    Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
  • 1958
    Matthew Ward, American singer, (Second Chapter of Acts), songwriter and author
  • 1959
    Ali Campbell, British singer and songwriter (UB40)
  • 1959
    Brian Propp, Canadian hockey player
  • 1959
    Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler
  • 1960
    Darrell Green, American football player
  • 1960
    Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club)
  • 1960
    Roman Kostrzewski, Polish heavy metal musician
  • 1964
    Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
  • 1964
    Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut
  • 1964
    Mark Price, American basketball player
  • 1967
    Craig Simpson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Jane Child, Canadian musician
  • 1967
    Kelley Menighan Hensley, American actress
  • 1968
    Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter
  • 1968
    Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete
  • 1969
    Bryan Williams, American record executive and rapper
  • 1969
    Josh Marshall, American journalist
  • 1971
    Alex Borstein, American actress
  • 1971
    Ray Sefo, New Zealand kickboxer
  • 1971
    Renée O'Connor, American actress and director
  • 1972
    Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
  • 1973
    Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
  • 1973
    Kateřina Neumannová, Czech cross country skier
  • 1973
    Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
  • 1974
    Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver
  • 1974
    Gina Lynn, American porn actress
  • 1974
    Miranda July, American performance artist
  • 1974
    Tomi Putaansuu, Finnish singer (Lordi)
  • 1974
    Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
  • 1975
    Brendon Small, American comedian and animator
  • 1975
    Serge Aubin, Canadian hockey player
  • 1976
    Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
  • 1976
    Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)
  • 1976
    Giorgos Karagoutis, Greek basketball player
  • 1976
    Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
  • 1977
    Brooks Wackerman, American musician
  • 1978
    Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
  • 1978
    Tuan Le, American poker player
  • 1978
    Yiruma, Internationally known pianist
  • 1979
    Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1979
    Gordon Shedden, Scottish race car driver
  • 1979
    Josh Low, English footballer
  • 1979
    Scott Severin, Scottish footballer
  • 1980
    Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
  • 1980
    Josh Sole, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
  • 1981
    Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer
  • 1981
    Heurelho Gomes, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981
    Jenna Morasca, American model
  • 1981
    Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)
  • 1981
    Olivia, American singer
  • 1982
    Alex Nodari, Italian footballer
  • 1982
    Shameka Christon, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer
  • 1983
    Don Cowie, Scottish footballer
  • 1983
    Philipp Degen, Swiss footballer
  • 1983
    Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player
  • 1984
    Doda, Polish singer (Virgin)
  • 1986
    Gabriel Paletta, Argentine footballer
  • 1986
    Valeri Bojinov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1987
    Jarrod Sammut, Australian rugby league player
  • 1988
    Hironori Kusano, Japanese singer
  • 1988
    Jarryd Hayne, Australian rugby league player
  • 1988
    Tim Mannah, Australian rugby league player
  • 1990
    Erwin Sak, Polish footballer
  • 1998
    Zachary Gordon, American actor

Who Died On February 15?

  • 1145
    Pope Lucius II
  • 1621
    Michael Praetorius, German composer (b. 1571)
  • 1637
    Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1578)
  • 1738
    Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • 1775
    Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian (b. 1690)
  • 1781
    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German author and philosopher (b. 1729)
  • 1818
    Friedrich Ludwig, Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen, Prussian general (b. 1746)
  • 1835
    Henry Hunt, British politician (b. 1773)
  • 1839
    François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier, Quebec notary (b. 1803)
  • 1842
    Archibald Menzies, Scottish naturalist and surgeon (b. 1754)
  • 1844
    Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1757)
  • 1847
    Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1794)
  • 1848
    Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • 1849
    Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (b. 1804)
  • 1857
    Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (b. 1804)
  • 1869
    Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (b. 1796)
  • 1905
    Lew Wallace, Union general in the American Civil War and novelist (b. 1827)
  • 1911
    Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
  • 1924
    Lionel Monckton, English composer for the musical theatre (b. 1861)
  • 1928
    H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1852)
  • 1932
    Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (b. 1865)
  • 1939
    Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1956
    Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney (b. 1878)
  • 1959
    Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1879)
  • 1961
    Bradley Lord, American figure skater (b. 1939)
  • 1961
    Laurence Owen, American figure skater (b. 1944)
  • 1964
    Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • 1965
    Nat King Cole, American singer and musician (b. 1919)
  • 1966
    Camilo Torres Restrepo, Colombian Roman Catholic priest, member of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group (b. 1929)
  • 1966
    Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)
  • 1970
    Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
  • 1971
    Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • 1973
    Tim Holt, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1973
    Wally Cox, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1974
    Kurt Atterberg, Swedish composer (b. 1887)
  • 1981
    Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1981
    Mike Bloomfield, American musician (b. 1943)
  • 1984
    Ethel Merman, American singer and actress (b. 1908)
  • 1988
    Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1992
    María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  • 1992
    William Schuman, American composer (b. 1910)
  • 1996
    Lucio Agostini, Canadian composer and conductor (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    McLean Stevenson, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1996
    Tommy Rettig, American actor (b. 1941)
  • 1998
    Georgios Mylonas, Greek politician (b. 1919)
  • 1998
    Louie Spicolli, American professional wrestler (b. 1971)
  • 1999
    Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 1999
    Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (b. 1963)
  • 2004
    Jan Miner, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2005
    Samuel T. Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Walker Edmiston, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008
    Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2009
    Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Jeanne M. Holm, American, first woman to receive general’s stars in the USAF (b. 1921)

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