On This Day In History, 15 February


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World Events Today

  • The United Kingdom and Ireland, introduced decimalization today in 1971, it replaced the old system of Pounds, Shillings and pence
  • The Soviet-Afghan War, which started in December 1979, ended today in 1989 when the Soviet Union President, Mikhail Gorbachev, withdrew the last troops from the region
  • The American Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, was found legally sane and guilty of 15 murders today in 1992, he received 15 life sentences

Entertainment Events Today

  • Cinderella, the original animated musical fantasy movie by Disney, was released today in 1950 in Boston
  • The British singer-songwriter John Lennon, co-founder of The Beatles, passed his driving test today in 1965
  • The American boxer Leon Spinks, defeated his fellow countryman Muhammad Ali today in 1978, he become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world

Family Events Today

  • The Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei, “The Father of Modern Science”, was born today in 1564 in Pisa
  • The American cartoonist Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, was born today in 1954 in Portland, Oregon
  • Nathaniel Adams Coles, better known as the American jazz singer Nat King Cole, died today in 1965 aged 45

Main Event Today

  • The Maple Leaf Flag was adopted as the national flag of Canada today in 1965

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Gumdrop Day

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