Today in History, English
Today in History, English

17864February 15Event1933 – In Miami, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate US President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
17865February 15Event1942 – World War II: 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 mili
17866February 15Event1944 – World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy begins.
17867February 15Event1944 – World War II: The Narva Offensive begins.
17868February 15Event1945 – World War II: Third day of bombing in Dresden.
17869February 15Event1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
17870February 15Event1949 – 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.
17871February 15Event1952 – King George VI of the United Kingdom is buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
17872February 15Event1953 – Parliamentary elections held in Liechtenstein.
17873February 15Event1954 – 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.
17874February 15Event1961 – Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team along with several of their coaches and family members.
17875February 15Event1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
17876February 15Event1971 – The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
17877February 15Event1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
17878February 15Event1972 – José María Velasco Ibarra, serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time.
17879February 15Event1976 – The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum.
17880February 15Event1979 – Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
17851February 15Event1798 – The Roman Republic is proclaimed after Louis-Alexandre Berthier, a general of Napoleon, had invaded the city of Rome five days earlier.
17852February 15Event1804 – The Serbian Revolution begins.
17853February 15Event1835 – The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
17854February 15Event1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
17855February 15Event1870 – Stevens Institute of Technology is founded in New Jersey, USA and offers the first Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.
17856February 15Event1879 – Women's rights: US President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
17857February 15Event1891 – Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK) (Swedish Sports Club) is founded.
17858February 15Event1898 – The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
17859February 15Event1901 – The association football club Alianza Lima is founded in Lima, Peru, under the name Sport Alianza.
17860February 15Event1909 – The Flores Theater fire in Acapulco, Mexico kills 250.
17861February 15Event1921 – Kingdom of Romania establishes its legation in Helsinki.
17862February 15Event1923 – Greece becomes the last European country to adopt the Gregorian calendar.
17863February 15Event1925 – The 1925 serum run to Nome: The serum arrives in Nome, Alaska, with Balto being the lead dog of the last team.

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