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15 February

590 – Persia – Khosrau II crowned king. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khosrau_II

1113 – Rome – Pope Paschal II sanctioned establishment of the Order of Hospitallers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie_Postulatio_Voluntatis

1145 – Rome – Pope Lucius II killed. Bernardo dei Paganelli di Montemagno, became Pope Eugene III. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Lucius_II http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Eugene_III

1564 – Italy – Galileo Galilei born. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei

1637 – Holy Roman Empire – Ferdinand III became Holy Roman Emperor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_III,_Holy_Roman_Emperor

1764 – America – St. Louis, Missouri founded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_St._Louis_(1763%E2%80%931803)

1775 – Rome – Cardinal Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi became Pope Pius VI. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_VI

1804 – Serbia – First Serbian Uprising began (Serbian Revolution). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Serbian_Uprising

1865 – UK – Earthquake measuring 2.2Mw, epicentre in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.

1879- USA – Bill signed allowed female attorneys to argue cases before Supreme Court. http://blog.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/legal-research/today-in-1879-female-attorneys-are-first-allowed-to-practice-before-the-supreme-court/

1898 – Cuba – USS Maine sank in Havana Harbour, 260 killed. http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/navalbattles1800s/p/ussmaine.htm

1923 – Greece – Adopted Gregorian calendar. http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/julian-gregorian-switch.html

1932 – USA – III Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Lake Placid. http://www.olympic.org/lake-placid-1932-winter-olympics


1933 – USA – Attempted assassination of Franklin D Roosevelt by Giuseppe Zangara in Miami, Florida. The Chicago Mayor was hit. http://youtu.be/dgu-gM-t-Fs http://murderpedia.org/male.Z/z/zangara-giuseppe.htm

1942 – Singapore – Battle of Singapore ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Singapore

1943 – Eritrea – BOAC plane crashed at Asmara, 2 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19430215-0

1944 – Germany – RAF attacked Berlin (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1944 – Estonia – Narva Offensive began (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narva_Offensive_(15%E2%80%9328_February_1944)

1945 – Germany – Bombing of Dresden by Alled forces ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Dresden_in_World_War_II

1945 – Brazil – NAB plane crashed at Lagoa Santa, GO, 11 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450215-0

1947 – Italy – Corrieri Aerei Militari plane crashed off Terracina, 17 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19470215-0

1947 – Colombia – Avianca plane crashed near Bogatá, 53 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19470215-1

1949 – West Bank – Excavations started at Qumran Caves, where Dead Sea Scrolls later found. http://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/learn-about-the-scrolls/discovery-sites?locale=en_US

1951 – South Korea – Battle of Chipyong-ni ended (Korean War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chipyong-ni

1952 – UK – George VI buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.


1961 – Belgium – Sabena Flight 548 crashed near Brussel-Zaventem Airport, 73 killed (incl US Figure Skating Team). http://youtu.be/1kk4jLVX7ZA http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19610215-3

1965 – Canada – The red and white maple leaf design adopted for new flag. http://tmg110.tripod.com/canada_flag.htm

1970 – Dominican Republic – Dominicana de Aviacion plane crashed near Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport, 102 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19700215-0

1971 – UK – Decimalisation of currency. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_Day

1976 – Austria – XII Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Innsbruck. http://www.olympic.org/innsbruck-1976-winter-olympics

1976 – Cuba – Constitution adopted.

1982 – Newfoundland – Drilling Rig Ocean Ranger sank during storm, 84 killed. http://home.versatel.nl/the_sims/rig/o-ranger.htm

1989 – Afghanistan – All Russian troops officially left.

1991 – Czechoslavakia/Hungary/Poland – Visegrád Agreement signed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visegr%C3%A1d_group

1994 – UK – Earthquake measuring 4.0Mw, epicentre in Norwich, East Anglia

1996 – China – Long March 3 rocket crashed at Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2323/1

2000 – USA – Radioactive steam vented at Indian Point II nuclear power plant, New York. http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/insp-gen/2000/00-03s.pdf


2013 – Russia – Meteor shower debris fell in Chelyabinsk. https://youtu.be/VPFSyokDrec   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21468116

York

1216 – King John in York, fined city £1000 for alleged sympathy with rebel forces.