On This Day

On This Day in History for February 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1979 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1981 Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York
  • 1982 Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die
  • 1984 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
  • 1985 STS 51-E vehicle moves to launch pad

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1986 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • 1986 Philippines National Assembly authorizes 6 more years for Ferdinand Marcos
  • 1987 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
  • 1987 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot
  • 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1989 Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt

Soviet UnionSoviets Leave Afghanistan

1989 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends

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Last Soviet troops withdraw from their war in Afghanistan
Last Soviet troops withdraw from their war in Afghanistan
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  • 1991 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • 1991 Daily market volatility as Hussein mentions withdrawal, but Bush calls his offer a "cruel hoax"
  • 1992 100th episode of "Cops" airs on Fox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Jeffrey Dahmer found sane and guilty of killing 15 boys

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1993 Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia
  • 1993 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Rochester NY on WNVE 95.1 FM
  • 1994 US asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
  • 1995 Burundi premier Anatole Kanyenkiko resigns
  • 1995 Dow-Jones closes at record 3986.17
  • 1995 Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion
  • 1996 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece
  • 1997 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
  • 1997 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge

EnglandAngel of the North

1998 The Angel of the North, a large-scale steel sculpture 20 m (66 ft) tall by Antony Gormley is installed at Gateshead, northern England

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The Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
The Angel of the North sculpture by Antony Gormley in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
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  • 1999 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was 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 the journal "Nature"
  • 2002 At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on crematorium's property. One of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.
  • 2003 An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 US President Barack Obama awards writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • 2012 United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • 2012 Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358
  • 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor breaks up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring over 1,200 people, with 26 to 33 times energy of Hiroshima bomb
  • 2013 2012 DA14, an asteroid with a 50m diameter, comes within 27,700km of Earth the same day as the Chelyabinsk meteor hits Siberia
  • 2014 Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock
  • 2017 The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight
  • 2018 Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President, replacing Jacob Zuma
  • 2018 First known case of transgender woman breastfeeding reported in "Transgender Health Journal" in US
  • 2018 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns in a surprise move

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2019 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to divert funds to build a border wall, after signing bipartisan spending agreement to avoid another government shutdown

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 A fired employee opens fire at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, killing five and injuring six
  • 2020 Beijing orders people returning to the city after Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of Covid-19

Birthdays in History

  • 1946 John Greenway, British MP
  • 1946 Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
  • 1948 Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
  • 1949 George Howard, 13th Earl of Carlisle, English hereditary peer
  • 1950 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1953 Derek Conway, British MP
  • 1954 Brad Little, American politician, Governor of Idaho (2019-), born in Emmett, Idaho
  • 1955 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • 1955 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • 1956 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • 1957 Bienvenida Buck, Spanish lover of Peter Harding, born in Velencia Spain
  • 1958 Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
  • 1969 Josh Marshall, American journalist and blogger (Talking Points Memo), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1974 Miranda July, US performance artist, born in Barre, Vermont
  • 1978 Tuan Le, Vietnamese-US poker player, born in Paris, France
  • 1991 Nicholas Garland, son of Pamela Sue Martin, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom

Weddings in History


Deaths in History