On This Day: What happened on 15 February?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 15 FEBRUARY

2013 | A meteorite exploded over Russia, injuring 1 500 people as a wave of shock shattered windows and toppled buildings. This happened unexpectedly just hours before the expected closest approach to the largest and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.

2012 | Three hundred and sixty people died in a fire at Honduras prison in the city of Comayagua.

2010 | Two trains collided in a Halle train crash in Halle, Belgium, killing 19 people and injuring 171 others.

2003 | Protests against the Iraq war took place in more than 600 cities around the world. An estimated eight million to 30 million people  participated, making the largest peace protests in history.

2001 | Twenty one years ago, on this day the first draft of the complete human genome was published in Nature.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1992 | Peruvian activist, María Elena Moyano, 32.

2016 | Canadian-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress,Denise Katrina Matthews, 57.

2010 | American general, Jeanne M. Holm, 89.

2007 | American actor, Walker Edmiston, 82.

2019 | American socialite, Lee Radziwill, 86.

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BIRTHDAYS

1945 | American author and academic, Douglas Hofstadter.

1957 | American race car driver and sportscaster, Jimmy Spencer.

1927 | American actor and comedian, Harvey Korman, died in 2008.

1981 | Mexican footballer, Diego Martínez.

1957 | American guitarist and songwriter, Jake E. Lee.

SPORTS

1952 | Stoke City goalkeeper Dennis Herod suffered a first half injury in a Division 1 League match against Aston Villa at Villa Park Stadium,  Stoke won 3-2.

ENTERTAINMENT

2013 | On this day in the United States “Escape From Planet Earth” was released for the first time.

AFRICA FACT

Mauritania is the last country to end slavery. The country passed the law in 1981 but was punishable only as a criminal act in 2007.

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