February 15: Day of the Week
February 15, 2017 is the 46th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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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)
- 1898Spanish-American War: The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
- 1944World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy, begins.
- 1954Canada 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.
- 1961New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
- 1970A Dominican DC-9 crashes into the sea during takeoff from Santo Domingo, killing 102.
- 1971The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
- 1976The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum.
- 1979Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
- 1994Standard of the President of Russia is established.
- 2003Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.
Who were born on February 15?
- 1620François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
- 1891Dino Borgioli, Italian lyric tenor (d. 1960)
- 1899Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
- 1905Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
- 1935Susan Brownmiller, American feminist writer
- 1947Rusty Hamer, American actor (d. 1990)
- 1954Matt Groening, American cartoonist
- 1957Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
- 1964Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut
- 1982Shameka Christon, American basketball player
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