On This Day in History, February 15

This date marks a moment of reset, especially being a day after Valentine’s holiday. As you take the time to recharge, learn a few major events that happened on this day in history.

Here is a list for you!

  • 1918 -Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania adopted the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1922 -Marconi began regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex.
  • 1933 -President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt.
  • 1936 -Adolf Hitler announced the construction of the Volkswagen Beetle.
  • 1943 -Wartime propaganda poster “We Can Do It!” was produced by J. Howard Miller and posted on the walls of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company’s plants.
  • 1948 -Mao Zedong’s army occupied Yenan.
  • 1950 -The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China signed a treaty which pertained to mutual defense and assistance.
  • 1950 -Walt Disney’s animated film “Cinderella” premiered in Boston.
  • 1952 -King George VI was buried in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.
  • 1959 -Antonio Segni formed the Italian government.
  • 1961 -At least 73 people died, including The U.S. figure skating team, in a plane crash of a Sabena Belgian Airlines jet.
  • 1974 -The air and sea search for survivors from the British Fishing trawler Gaul was called off, with no hope of finding any of the 36 crew alive.
  • 1982 -The world’s largest oil rig sank in the storm-tossed North Atlantic, losing 84 crew members.
  • 1989 -Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan.
  • 1998 -The Angel of the North, by Antony Gormley was installed at Gateshead, northern England.
  • 2002 -President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the site for long-term disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste.
  • 2011 -US President Barack Obama awarded writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • 2012 -Oscar-nominated singer and composer Dory Previn died at the age of 86 in Massachusetts.
  • 2013 -A meteor that crashed in Russia’s Ural mountains injured over nine hundred people.
  • 2019 -US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to divert funds to build a border wall, after signing a bipartisan spending agreement to avoid another government shutdown.

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