February 15: Day of the Week
February 15, 2019 was the 46th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 319 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
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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.
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February 15 Historical Event(s)
- 590Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia.
- 1113Pope Paschal II issued a bull sanctioning the establishment of the Order of Hospitallers.
- 1804The Serbian revolution begins.
- 1879Women’s rights: American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1906The British Labour Party is organised.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1982The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 workers.
Who were born on February 15?
- 1564Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
- 1759Friedrich August Wolf, German archaeologist (d. 1824)
- 1845Elihu Root, American statesman, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1937)
- 1873Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1964)
- 1909Guillermo Gorostiza Paredes, Spanish footballer (d. 1966)
- 1910Irena Sendler, Polish social worker (d. 2008)
- 1947John Coolidge Adams, American composer
- 1947Marisa Berenson, American actress
- 1957Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
- 1964Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut
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