About February 15

February 15, 2021 is the 46th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Aquarius is the sun 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 351 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On 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.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • 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
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1946
    ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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