Today in History: February 15

Today in History: February 15

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1798

The first serious fist fight occurs in Congress.

1804

New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery.

1862

Union General Ulysses S. Grant launches a major assault on Fort Donelson, Tenn.

1869

Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped.

1898

The U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor, killing 268 sailors and bringing hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War.

1900

The British threaten to use natives in the Boer War fight.

1925

The London Zoo announces it will install lights to cheer up fogged-in animals.

1934

U.S. Congress passes the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, allotting new funds for Federal Emergency Relief Administration.

1940

Hitler orders that all British merchant ships will be considered warships.

1942

British forces in Singapore surrender to Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

1943

The Germans break the American Army's lines at the Fanid-Sened Sector in Tunisia, North Africa.

1944

American bombers attack the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.

1946

Royal Canadian mounted police arrest 22 as Soviet spies.

1950

Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung sign a mutual defense treaty in Moscow.

1957

Andrei Gromyko replaces Dmitri T. Shepilov as the Soviet Foreign Minister.

1961

Eighteen members of the U.S. figure skating team are lost in an airplane crash in Belgium.

1965

Canada's maple leaf flag is raised for the first time.

1967

Thirteen U.S. helicopters are shot down in one day in Vietnam

1974

U.S. gas stations threaten to close because of federal fuel policies.