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On This Day in History, February 15

What Happened On This Day – February 15

  • 2003 The largest peace demonstration in history takes place

    Up to 30 million people in 600 cities around the world protested against the Iraq War.

  • 2001 The first draft of the human genome is published

    The human genome contains the complete human genetic information.

  • 1989 The Soviet Union pulls out of Afghanistan

    Despite their military superiority, the Soviet and Afghan armies did not succeed in breaking the Mujahideen insurgents' resistance.

  • 1971 The United Kingdom and Ireland decimalize their currencies

    Before the change, a pound sterling was made up of 240 pence, or 20 shillings.

  • 1965 Canada adopts its current national flag showing a maple leaf

    The leaf symbolizes the country's forests, the middle white stripe the arctic snow, and the red stripes the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Births On This Day – February 15

  • 1954 Matt Groening

    American animator, screenwriter, producer

  • 1934 Graham Kennedy

    Australian actor

  • 1874 Ernest Shackleton

    Irish explorer

  • 1710 Louis XV of France

  • 1564 Galileo Galilei

    Italian astronomer, physicist

Deaths On This Day – February 15

  • 2005 Samuel T. Francis

    American journalist

  • 1988 Richard Feynman

    American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1965 Nat King Cole

    American singer, pianist, television host

  • 1928 H. H. Asquith

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 1781 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

    German author, philosopher