TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day's High­light in His­tory:

On Feb. 15, 1798, a feud be­tween two mem­bers of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (meet­ing in Philadel­phia) boiled over as Roger Gris­wold of Con­necti­cut used a cane to at­tack Ver­mont’s Matthew Lyon, who de­fended him­self with a set of tongs. (Gris­wold was en­raged over the House’s re­fusal to ex­pel Lyon for spit­ting tobacco juice in his face two weeks ear­lier; af­ter the two men were sep­a­rated, a mo­tion to ex­pel them both was de­feated.)

Other High­lights To­day: In 1564, Ital­ian as­tronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.

In 1764, the site of present-day St. Louis was es­tab­lished by Pierre La­clede and Au­guste Chouteau.

In 1898, the U.S. bat­tle­ship Maine mys­te­ri­ously blew up in Ha­vana Har­bor, killing more than 260 crew mem­bers and bring­ing the United States closer to war with Spain.

In 1933, Pres­i­dent-elect Franklin D. Roo­sevelt es­caped an as­sas­sina- tion at­tempt in Mi­ami that mor­tally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cer­mak; gun­man Giuseppe Zan­gara was ex­e­cuted more than four weeks later.

In 1942, the Bri­tish colony Sin­ga­pore sur­ren­dered to Ja­panese forces dur­ing World War II.

In 1952, a fu­neral was held at Wind­sor Cas­tle for Bri­tain’s King Ge­orge VI, who had died nine days ear­lier.

In 1953, Ten­ley Al­bright, 17, be­came the first Amer­i­can woman to win the world fig­ure skat­ing cham­pi­onship, which was held in Davos, Switzer­land.

In 1961, 73 peo­ple, in­clud­ing an 18-mem­ber U.S. fig­ure skat­ing team en route to the World Cham­pi­onships in Cze­choslo­vakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Air­lines Boe­ing 707 in Bel­gium.

In 1971, Bri­tain and Ire­land “dec­i­malised” their cur­ren­cies, mak­ing one pound equal to 100 new pence in­stead of 240 pence.

In 1989, the Soviet Union an­nounced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, af­ter more than nine years of mil­i­tary intervention.

In 1992, a Mil­wau­kee jury found that Jef­frey Dah­mer was sane when he killed and mu­ti­lated 15 men and boys. (The de­ci­sion meant that Dah­mer, who had al­ready pleaded guilty to the mur­ders, would re­ceive a manda­tory life sen­tence for each count; Dah­mer was beaten to death in prison in 1994.)

In 2002, a pri­vate fu­neral was held at Wind­sor Cas­tle for Bri­tain’s Princess Mar­garet, who had died six days ear­lier at age 71.

To­day's Birth­days: Ac­tress Claire Bloom is 87. Au­thor Su­san Brown­miller is 83. Song­writer Brian Hol­land is 77. Rock mu­si­cian Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 74. Jazz mu­si­cian Henry Thread­g­ill is 74. Ac­tress­model Marisa Beren­son is 71. Ac­tress Jane Sey­mour is 67. Singer Melissa Manch­ester is 67. Ac­tress Lynn Whit­field is 65.

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