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Wednesday February 15, 2017

February 15: Day of the Week

February 15, 2017 was the 46th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 319 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

February 15 Historical Event(s)

  • 1862
    American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
  • 1933
    In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
  • 1946
    ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • 1952
    King George VI is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
  • 1954
    Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
  • 1961
    Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team, several coaches and family members.
  • 1965
    A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
  • 1971
    The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
  • 1972
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 2001
    First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.

Who were born on February 15?

  • 1571
    Michael Praetorius, German composer (d. 1621)
  • 1748
    Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (d. 1832)
  • 1929
    Graham Hill, English race car driver (d. 1975)
  • 1935
    Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
  • 1937
    Gregory Mcdonald, American author (d. 2008)
  • 1950
    Hark Tsui, Hong Kong film director
  • 1975
    Serge Aubin, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980
    Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
  • 1983
    Don Cowie, Scottish footballer
  • 1988
    Tim Mannah, Australian rugby league player

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