On This Day — February 15th
February 15th is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining until the end of the year (320 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).
1493 – While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.
1898 – The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
1933 – In Miami, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate US President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
1952 – King George VI of the United Kingdom is buried in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
1992 – Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison.
Actress Jane Seymour turns 67
Supermodel Janice Dickinson turns 63
Family Guy Actress Alex Borstein turns 47
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Actor Zachary Gordon turns 20
Glee Actress Amber Riley turns 32