History of 15 February
1758 – Mustard was advertised for the first time in America.
1764 – The city of St. Louis was established.
1799 – Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania.
1842 – Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post (Office) in New York City.
1879 – U.S. President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1898 – The USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were killed.
1900 – The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers.
1903 – Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.
1932 – George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on “The Guy Lombardo Show” on CBS radio.
1933 – U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.
1942 – During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.
1943 – “My True Story” was heard for the first time on ABC radio.
1946 – Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.
1953 – The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright.
1961 – A Boeing 707 crashed in Belgium killing 73 people.
1962 – CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.
1965 – Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.
1982 – During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.
1985 – The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay.
1989 – After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.
1991 – The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming their countries to free-market economies.
1995 – The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation’s most protected computers. He served five years in jail.
2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1980 – Conor Oberst, American singer-songwriter
- 1981 – Heurelho Gomes, Brazilian footballer
- 1981 – Matt Hoopes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1981 – Rita Jeptoo, Kenyan runner
- 1981 – Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer
- 1981 – Vivek Shraya, Canadian singer and songwriter
- 1982 – Shameka Christon, American basketball player
- 1982 – James Yap, Filipino basketball player
- 1983 – Don Cowie, Scottish footballer
- 1983 – David Degen, Swiss footballer
- 1983 – Philipp Degen, Swiss footballer
- 1983 – Alan Didak, Australian footballer
- 1983 – Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player
- 1985 – Serkan Kırıntılı, Turkish footballer
- 1986 – Valeri Bojinov, Bulgarian footballer
- 1986 – Johnny Cueto, Dominican baseball player
- 1987 – Jarrod Sammut, Australian rugby league player
- 1988 – Jarryd Hayne, Australian rugby league player, and football player
- 1988 – Hironori Kusano, Japanese singer, and actor
- 1988 – Tim Mannah, Australian-born Lebanese rugby league player
- 1988 – Rui Patrício, Portuguese footballer
- 1990 – Charles Pic, French race car driver
- 1991 – Ángel Sepúlveda, Mexican footballer
- 1993 – Ravi, South Korean rapper