In case you are wondering where to get chronologically arranged historical events that took place on February 15, this article titled Today in History – February 15 – India and World is the perfect place to look for. We have segregated the events that took place in India and rest of the world separately so that it becomes easy for those who are appearing for or are preparing for all India competitive examinations such as SSC and UPSC. Detailed account of the events that are mentioned here can be found online through various sources.
What Happened On This Day in History – February 15
Today in History – February 15: “India”
1869: Mirza Ghalib – one of the most eminent Indian Urdu poets of all times – died on this day.
1936: One of the most famous freedom fighters from Northeastern state of Assam – Nabin Chandra Bardoloi – died on this day.
1948: One of the most famous Hindi poets of India – Subhadra Kumari Chauhan – died on this day.
1967: Fourth Lok Sabha General Elections were held in India on this day.
Today in History – February 15: “World”
1214: During Anglo-French War that started in 1213 and ended in 1214, a British invasion force landed at France’s La Rochelle.
1493: An open letter was written by Christopher Columbus on this day while he was on board Niña. The letter described all his discoveries and all the unexpected items that he came across in the New World.
1637: Ferdinand III became Holy Roman Emperor on this day.
1835: Modern Serbia adopted the first constitutional law.
1862: During American Civil War, Fort Donelson in Tennessee was attacked by General Ulysses S. Grant and his forces.
1879: Rutherford B. Hayes – the then President of United States – signed a bill that gave power to women attorneys to argue cases in front of US Supreme Court.
1898: USS Maine – a battleship of United States of America – exploded and sank in Cuba’s Havana harbor. 274 people lost their lives in the explosion. It was this event that led US to declare war on Spain.
1921: Its legation was established by Kingdom of Romania in Helsinki.
1923: Greece adopted the Gregorian Calendar. It was the last European nation to do so.
1925: During the “1925 Serum Run to Nome”, a second delivery of serum arrived at Alsaka’s Nome.
1942: During the Fall of Singapore during WWII, a British General named Arthur Percival surrendered to Japanese forces following an assault by Imperial Japanese Army. Nearly 80,000 soldiers became prisoners of war and included soldiers from India, Australia and United Kingdom. It was the largest ever surrender by any British-led military personnel.
1944: During WWII, the assault on Italy’s Monte Cassino began on this day.
1944: During WWII, the Narva Offensive started on this day.
1945: During WWII, it was the third day of bombing in Dresden.
1965: Canada adopted a new red-and-white maple leaf design as its flag.
1971: British coinage’s decimalisation was completed on Decimal Day.
1972: US federal copyright protection is granted to sound recordings for the first time in history.
1972: José María Velasco Ibarra – who was serving as the President of Ecuador for the 5th time was overthrown by the military for the 4th time.
1989: During the Soviet-Afghan War, Soviet Union officially announced that all Soviet troops left Afghanistan.
2001: The first draft of the complete human genome was published in the journal Nature.
2013: A meteor exploded over Russia. 1,500 people were injured because of the shock wave that was created by the explosion. The shock wave managed to blow out windows and even rocked the buildings. Interestingly, this incident took place exactly 60 minutes before the expected closest ever approach of 2012 DA14 – an unrelated and large asteroid.