On February 15:
509 Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia
1564 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist, was born.
1637 – Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
1804 – Serbian revolution started.
1805 – Harmony Society was officially formed.
The Harmony Society church in Old Economy Village, Pennsylvania.
1812 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweller, was born.
1820 Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist, was born.
1835 – The first constitutional law in modern Serbia was adopted.
1852 – Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admitted its first patient.
1874 Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer, was born.
1877 Louis Renault, French automobile executive, was born.
1879 American President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
1882 The first shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand.
1891 AIK was founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens.
1898 – Spanish-American War: The USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbour, killing more than 260.
1906 – The British Labour Party was formed.
1909 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank, was born.
1909 The Flores Theatre fire in Acapulco, 250 died.
1942 The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, British General Arthur Percival surrendered. 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 began.
Lt Gen. Arthur Percival, led by a Japanese officer, walks under a flag of truce to negotiate the capitulation of Allied forces in Singapore, on 15 February 1942.
1944 The assault on Monte Cassino, started.
Ruins of Cassino town after the battle
1944 Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks), was born.
1945 – John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp), was born.
1947 David Brown, American musician (Santana), was born.
1950 – The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China signed a mutual defense treaty.
1951 Jane Seymour, British actress, was born.
1952 – King George VI was buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
1959 Ali Campbell, British singer and songwriter (UB40), was born.
1960 Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club), was born.
1961 – Sabena Flight 548 crashed in Belgium, killing 73, with the entire United States Figure Skating team, several coaches and family.
1965 – A new red-and-white mapleleaf design was 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 was completed on Decimal Day.
1972 – Sound recordings were granted U.. federal copyright protection for the first time.
1976 – The 1976 Constitution of Cuba was adopted by the national referendum.
1978 New Zealand beat England in a cricket test for the first time.
1980 Television One and Television Two (formerly South Pacific Television) under the newly formed Television New Zealand went to air for the first time.
1982 The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sank during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
1989 Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
1991 The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, was signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
2001 First draft of the complete Human Genome
is published in Nature.
2003 Protests against the Iraq war occurred in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people took part, making this the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world.
StWC poster advertising the demonstration
2005 – YouTube, was launched in the United States.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia