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.
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)
- 1862American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
- 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.
- 1946ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
- 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.
- 1961Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team, several coaches and family members.
- 1965A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
- 1971The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
- 1972New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
- 2001First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
Who were born on February 15?
- 1571Michael Praetorius, German composer (d. 1621)
- 1748Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (d. 1832)
- 1929Graham Hill, English race car driver (d. 1975)
- 1935Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
- 1937Gregory Mcdonald, American author (d. 2008)
- 1950Hark Tsui, Hong Kong film director
- 1975Serge Aubin, Canadian hockey player
- 1980Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
- 1983Don Cowie, Scottish footballer
- 1988Tim Mannah, Australian rugby league player
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