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 French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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)
- 1113Pope Paschal II issued a bull sanctioning the establishment of the Order of Hospitallers.
- 1764The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established.
- 1933In 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.
- 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.
- 1952King George VI is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
- 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.
- 1976The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by national referendum.
- 1989Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
- 1991New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- 2001First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
Who were born on February 15?
- 1873Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1964)
- 1892James Forrestal, American civil servant, 47th United States Secretary of the Navy and 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
- 1908Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
- 1913Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
- 1922John B. Anderson, American politician
- 1935Susan Brownmiller, American feminist writer
- 1945John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
- 1954Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
- 1973Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
- 1973Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
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