February 15 Events in History - February 15 Birthdays - February 15 Deaths
2015 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is planning rules for commercial drones that will limit flights to uncrowded areas within the operator's line of sight, meaning that uses such as package delivery or long-range news reporting are off limits
2014 Lebanon's new Prime Minister Tammam Salam declares that he has been able to form a new cabinet, breaking the 10-month impasse between Hezbollah and Sunni rival parties; Salam intends to hold presidential elections on time
2014 Renaud Lavillenie, French champion pole vaulter, breaks the previous height record, held by athlete Sergey Bubka, at the Pole Vault Stars meet in Donetsk, Ukraine; Lavillenie reached 6.16 meters indoors, exceeding Bubka's world record of 6.15 m indoors achieved in 1993
2013 British catering firm Compass Group and Whitbread, one of the country's largest hotel chains, find horse DNA in products sold as "beef"
2013 A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters, or 160 ft in in diameter
2012 A painting by Francis Bacon sells at Christies for 21.3 million pounds; 'The Portrait of Henrietta Moraes' is the second most valuable post-war contemporary art sold at the auction house
2012 Procter & Gamble sells Pringles to the Kellogg Company for $2.7 billion
2011 Inflation in the People's Republic of China reaches 4.9%
2011 In Malaysia, Islamic morality police arrest more than 80 muslims to prevent them from celebrating Valentine's Day
2010 Men's freestyle skiing moguls competitor, Alexandre Bilodeau, wins the first gold medal Canada has ever won on home soil at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
1998 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
1998 Daytona 500 race
1997 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Tara Lipinski
1997 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldridge
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
1994 U.S. asks Aristide to adopt a peace plan from Haiti
1993 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Rochester, New York on WNVE 95.1 FM
1992 100th episode of "Cops" airs on Fox
1992 Jeffrey Dahmer found sane and guilty of killing 15 boys
1991 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
1991 Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117
1990 Baseball owners lock out players
1989 Israel attacks border strip Taba near Egypt
1989 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends
1988 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 ABC-TV begins broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series
1987 Karlstad skates world record 10km (14:03,92)
1987 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
1986 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date - Philadelphia at Detroit
1986 Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged Philippines presidential election
1985 STS-51-E vehicle moves to launch pad
1985 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23
1984 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
1982 Ocean Ranger oil-drilling platform lost off Newfoundland, 84 die
1981 Joanne Carner wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1981 Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York
1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
1980 Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
1979 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
1979 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hours 40 minutes
1979 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
1979 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 England all out 64 for 1st loss to New Zealand in cricket (Boycott captain)
1978 Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Florida
1978 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1978 Zaire revises constitution
1977 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
1976 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
1976 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1973 Friendsville Academy (Tennessee) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
1973 U.S.S.R. launches Prognoz 3 to study sun (589/200,300 km)
1972 Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
1972 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
1972 President Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
1971 After 1,200 years Britain abandons 12-shilling system for decimal
1970 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater
1970 Carol Mann wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
1970 Dominican DC-9 crashes into sea at Santo Domingo, kills 102
1970 KAMU TV channel 15 in College Station, Texas (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 Nationalists disrupt United Nations session on Congo
1968 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
1968 WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 1st anti-bootleg recording laws enacted
1967 D66 (D'66) wins 7 seats in Dutch 2nd Chamber
1967 Longest dream (REM sleep) on record, Bill Carskadon, Chicago (2:23)
1966 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
1965 John Lennon passes his driving test
1964 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 11 weeks
1964 Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton
1963 1st U.S. female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)
1963 Ken Lynch records "Misery," 1st Lennon-McCartney song by someone else
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 Australia beat WI 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever
1961 Entire U.S. figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
1959 Antonio Segni forms Italian government
1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Tournament
1958 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
1958 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Barbara Wagner/Rob Paul of CAN
1958 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Carol Heiss of USA
1958 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by David Jenkins USA
1958 Sjafroeddin Prawiranegara forms anti-government of Middle Sumatra
1957 Andrei A Gromyko succeeds Dmitri Shepilov as Soviet foreign minister
1956 Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
1956 Pirates and Kansas City A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
1955 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
1954 1st bevatron in operation-Berkeley, California
1954 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950 WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," premieres in New York City
1950 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
1950 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released
1949 Dmitri Shostakovich' "Song of the Woods," premieres in Leningrad
1948 Mao Zedong's army occupies Yenan
1947 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" closes at Century Theater New York City after 60 performances
1946 Bank of England nationalized
1944 891 British bombers attack Berlin
1944 Bombing and shooting at Monte Cassino convent Italy, begins
1943 Women's camp Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) hit by allied air raid
1942 German U-boat shells at Antillian oil refinery
1942 Japanese troops march into Palembang, South Sumatra
1942 Singapore surrenders to Japanese
1941 Duke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"
1939 German battleship Bismarck was launched
1939 Lillian Hellman's "Little Foxes," premieres in New York City
1936 -60 degrees F (-51 degrees C), Parshall, North Dakota (state record)
1936 Hitler announce building of Volkswagens (starting slug-bug game)
1936 Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
1933 Karl Radek praises invincible force of German Communist Party
1933 President-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
1933 Social-democratic newspaper "Vorwarts" banned again in Berlin
1932 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
1932 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an inn in 5 hours 53 minutes playing time
1932 George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "Guy Lombardo Show"
1932 John Van Druten's "There's Always Juliet," premieres in New York City
1932 U.S. bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer and Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)
1931 1st Dracula movie released
1931 Spring training site of New York Yankees in St. Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager
1930 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes
1929 St. Valentine's Day massacre (Chicago)
1926 Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St. New York City
1926 Contract air mail service begins in U.S.
1922 Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex
1921 Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 vs. England, Australian Test Cricket rec
1919 American Legion organizes in Paris
1918 1st WW I U.S. Army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
1918 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania adopt Gregorian calendar
1917 SF Public Library (Main Branch at Civic center) dedicated
1916 New York Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
1913 1st avant-garde art show in America opens in New York City
1912 Fram reaches latitude 78 degrees 41' S, farthest south ever by ship
1906 British Labour Party organizes
1905 1st race meet at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark)
1903 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
1902 Underground railway (U-Bahn)
1900 General French relieves Kimberley/Cecil Rhodes
1898 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
1895 23 cm (9") of snow falls on New Orleans
1882 1st cargo of frozen meat leaves New Zealand for Britain, on SS Dunedin
1882 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand with 1st frozen meat to England
1879 Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Court
1876 Historic Elm at Boston blown down
1870 Ground broken for Northern Pacific Railway near Duluth, Minn
1869 Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped
1864 Fire in Rotterdam Netherlands damages Museum Boymans
1862 Grant's major assault on Ft. Donelson, Tennessee
1861 Ft. Point completed and garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger)
1852 Great Ormond St. Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits 1st patient
1851 Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave
1848 Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston
1845 William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, 1st uses 72" (183 cm) reflector
1842 1st adhesive postage stamps in U.S. (private delivery company), New York City
1804 New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery
1799 1st U.S. printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania
1797 Battle of Cape St. Vincent
1775 Angelo Braschi chosen as Pope Pius VI
1768 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
1764 St. Louis founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue
1763 Austria, Prussia and Saxony sign Peace of Hubertusburg
1745 Colley Cibbers "Papal Tyranny," premieres in London
1689 German Parliament declares war on France
1686 Jean Baptiste Lully's opera "Armide," premieres in Paris
1677 King Charles II reports anti-French covenant with Netherlands
1637 Ferdinand III succeeds Ferdinand II as Holy Roman Emperor
1563 Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania
1552 Dutch coast hit by heavy storm
1539 Emperor Charles receives Cardinal Pole in Toledo
1386 Duke Philip the Stout forms Council of Flanders
1313 Peace of Angleur
1145 Bernardo elected Pope Eugene III
732 Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher disputes founder of Northern Ch'an line
399 Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death