February 15: Day of the Week
February 15, 2016 was the 46th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 320 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1835The first constitutional law in modern Serbia is adopted.
- 1862American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
- 1942World War II: The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre begins.
- 1961Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team, several coaches and family members.
- 1970A Dominican DC-9 crashes into the sea during takeoff from Santo Domingo, killing 102.
- 1972José María Velasco Ibarra, serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time.
- 1972Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
- 1991New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- 1994Standard of the President of Russia is established.
- 1999Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya.
Who were born on February 15?
- 1877Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)
- 1882John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
- 1908Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
- 1941Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer
- 1945John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
- 1955Christopher McDonald, American actor
- 1964Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
- 1976Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
- 1980Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
- 1980Josh Sole, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
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