February 15th

2012
A prison fire in Comayagua, Honduras killed 360.
Comayagua prison fire
2011
Protesters swarmed Wisconsin's capitol after Gov. Scott Walker proposed cutbacks in benefits and bargaining rights for public employees.
2008
Business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead five months after his small plane vanished over California's Sierra Nevada mountains. (His remains were discovered later in the year.).
Steve Fossett
2005
Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges.
Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States
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.
Protests against the Iraq War
2002
Olympics officials resolved the judging scandal by awarding Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier a gold medal while allowing the Russians, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, to keep their medal.
2002 Winter Olympics figure skating scandal
2001
The first draft of the human genome is published. The human genome contains the complete human genetic information.
Human Genome Project
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.
Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan
1986
Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged presidential election in the Philippines.
Philippine presidential election, 1986
1971
The United Kingdom and Ireland decimalize their currencies. Before the change, a pound sterling was made up of 240 pence, or 20 shillings.
Decimal Day
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.
Flag of Canada
1952
A funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain's King George VI, who had died nine days earlier.
George VI
1933
President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that claimed the life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.
Giuseppe Zangara
1913
The New York Armory Show opened, introducing America to Picasso, Duchamp, and Matisse.
Armory Show
1898
The U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the U.S. closer to war with Spain over the issue of Cuban independence.
USS Maine (ACR-1)
1879
President Rutherford Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.
1879 in the United States
1764
St. Louis, Mo., was founded as a French fur-trading post.
History of St. Louis
1763
Austria, Prussia & Saxony sign Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War.
Treaty of Hubertusburg
1564
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.
Galileo Galilei
590
Khosrau II, the last great Sasanian king is crowned King of Persia.
Khosrow II