About February 15

February 15, 2022 is the 46th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 341 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.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
  • 1976
    The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum.
  • 1982
    The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 workers.
  • 1991
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya.

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