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Daily Trivia Facts - February 15

Births

1458 - Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (d. 1490)
1471 - Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1503)
1543 - Charles II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)
1564 - Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
1571 - Michael Praetorius, German composer (d. 1621)
1620 - François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
1705 - Charles-André van Loo, French painter (d. 1765)
1710 - King Louis XV of France (d. 1774)
1723 - John Witherspoon, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1794)
1725 - Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1794)
1739 - Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect (d. 1813)
1759 - Friedrich August Wolf, German philologist and archaeologist (d. 1824)
1803 - John Sutter, California pioneer (d. 1880)
1809 - Cyrus McCormick, American inventor (d. 1884)
1809 - André Dumont, Belgian geologist (d. 1857)
1812 - Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (d. 1902)
1815 - Constantin von Tischendorf, German Biblical scholar (d. 1874)
1820 - Susan B. Anthony, American feminist and suffragist (d. 1906)
1825 - Carter Harrison, Sr., Mayor of Chicago (d. 1893)
1835 - Demetrius Vikelas, Greek International Olympic Committee president (d. 1908)
1841 - Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, President of Brazil (d. 1913)
1845 - Elihu Root, American statesman and diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1937)
1847 - Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (d. 1927)
1856 - Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist (d. 1926)
1861 - Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1938)
1873 - Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
1874 - Sir Ernest Shackleton, British polar explorer (d. 1922)
1882 - John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
1883 - Sax Rohmer, English author (d. 1959)
1892 - James Forrestal, first United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
1895 - Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
1896 - Arthur Shields, Irish actor (d. 1970)
1898 - Totò, Italian actor, writer, and composer (d. 1967)
1898 - Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
1899 - Georges Auric, French composer (d. 1983)
1899 - Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
1905 - Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
1907 - Jean Langlais, French composer and organist (d. 1991)
1907 - Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
1909 - Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
1909 - Guillermo Gorostiza Paredes, Spanish footballer (d. 1966)
1913 - Erich Eliskases, Austrian/Argentine chess player (d. 1997)
1914 - Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
1914 - Kevin McCarthy, American actor
1916 - Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
1918 - Allan Arbus, American actor
1919 - Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)
1922 - John Bayard Anderson, US Congressman and presidential candidate
1927 - Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian
1929 - Graham Hill, British race car driver (d. 1975)
1929 - James Schlesinger, American politician
1931 - Claire Bloom, British actress
1931 - Geoff Edwards, American television game show host
1934 - Niklaus Wirth, Swiss computer scientist
1935 - Susan Brownmiller, American feminist and writer
1935 - Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
1939 - Ole Ellefsæter, Norwegian cross-country skier
1940 - John Hadl, American football player
1944 - Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks)
1945 - John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
1946 - Marisa Berenson, American actress
1946 - Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
1947 - John Coolidge Adams, American composer
1947 - Rusty Hamer, American actor (d. 1990)
1947 - David Brown, American musician (Carlos Santana)
1948 - Ron Cey, baseball player
1948 - Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
1949 - Ken Anderson, American football player
1951 - Melissa Manchester, American singer
1951 - Jane Seymour, British actress
1954 - Matt Groening, American cartoonist
1955 - Christopher McDonald, American actor
1957 - Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
1959 - Ali Campbell, British vocalist/guitarist (UB40)
1959 - Brian Propp, Canadian ice hockey player
1960 - Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club)
1964 - Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
1971 - Renée O'Connor, American actress and director
1972 - Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
1973 - Kateřina Neumannová, Czech cross country skier
1973 - Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
1973 - Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
1974 - Seattle Slew, American racehorse (d. 2002)
1974 - Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
1974 - Tomi Putaansuu, Finnish singer (Lordi)
1976 - Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)
1976 - Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American drummer (The Killers)
1978 - Tuan Le, American poker player
1978 - Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
1979 - Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
1979 - Josh Low, English footballer
1980 - Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
1981 - Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)
1983 - Meera Jasmine, National-Award-winning Indian actress
1984 - Dorota Rabczewska, Polish singer (Virgin)

Deaths

380 - Peter II, Patriarch of Alexandria
1145 - Pope Lucius II
1621 - Michael Praetorius, German composer (b. 1571)
1637 - Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1578)
1738 - Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
1775 - Peter Dens, Belgian Catholic theologian (b. 1690)
1781 - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German author and philosopher (b. 1729)
1818 - Friedrich Ludwig, Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen, Prussian general (b. 1746)
1835 - Henry Hunt, British politician (b. 1773)
1847 - Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1794)
1848 - Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
1849 - Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (b. 1804)
1857 - Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (b. 1804)
1911 - Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
1932 - Minnie Maddern Fiske, Broadway actress (b. 1865)
1939 - Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
1959 - Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1879)
1964 - Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (b. 1880)
1965 - Nat King Cole, American singer and musician (b. 1919)
1966 - Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect and historian of gardens (b. 1909)
1973 - Wally Cox, American actor (b. 1924)
1973 - Tim Holt, American actor (b. 1919)
1974 - Kurt Atterberg, Swedish composer (b. 1887)
1981 - Mike Bloomfield, American musician (b. 1944)
1981 - Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
1984 - Ethel Merman, American singer and actress (b. 1908)
1988 - Richard Feynman, 10:34 p.m. at UCLA Medical Center, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
1996 - Tommy Rettig, American actor (b. 1941)
1996 - McLean Stevenson, American actor (b. 1929)
1999 - Big L (Lamont Coleman), American rapper (b. 1974)
1999 - Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
2002 - Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
2002 - Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (b. 1963)
2004 - Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and International Court of Justice judge (b. 1917)
2004 - Jan Miner, American actress (b. 1917)
2005 - Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)

Events

399 BC - The philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death.
590 - Khosrau II crowned as king of Persia
1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
1764 - The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established.
1805 - Harmony Society is officially formed.
1852 - Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient.
1862 - American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
1879 - Women's rights: American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
1898 - Spanish-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.
1903 - Morris Michtom and his wife Rose introduce the first teddy bear in America.
1906 - The British Labour Party is organized.
1933 - In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago, Illinois Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
1942 - World 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.
1944 - World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy begins.
1950 - The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty.
1952 - King George VI is buried at St George's Chapel on his Windsor Castle estate.
1953 - Seventeen-year-old Tenley Albright becomes the first American to win the world figure skating championship.
1961 - Sabena Flight 548 crashes in Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team and several coaches.
1965 - A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
1970 - A Dominican DC-9 crashes into the sea during takeoff from Santo Domingo, killing 102.
1971 - Decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
1971 - Decimalisation of Irish coinage is completed on Decimal Day.
1980 - Television One and Television Two (formerly South Pacific Television) under the newly formed Television New Zealand goes to air for the first time.
1982 - The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
1989 - Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops had left Afghanistan.
1991 - The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, is signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
1995 - Hacking: Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with breaking into some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
1999 - Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers Party, is arrested in Kenya by Turkish agents.
2000 - Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails.
2002 - At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on the crematorium's property. The discovery reveals one of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service industry.
2003 - protests against the Iraq war occur in over 600 cities worldwide. Estimates from 8,000,000-30,000,000 make this the largest day of protest in history.
2004 - John Daly the PGA golfer, wins his first PGA TOUR event in 9 years by winning the Buick Invitational golf tournament on the first hole of a playoff in San Diego, California.

Holidays

Flag Day in Canada
National Day in Serbia
John Frum Day in Vanuatu [1]
Lupercalia
Candlemas in Russia and other Eastern Orthodox countries
Saint Siegfried of Sweden
Saints Faustin and Jovita
Saint Georgia
Blessed Claude de la Colombière
Gummy Bear Day in United States
     
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