TODAY IN HISTORY
Feb. 15, 1798
A feud between two members of the U.S. House of Representatives boiled over as Roger Griswold of Connecticut used a cane to attack Vermont’s Matthew Lyon, who defended himself with a set of tongs.
ALSO ON THIS DATE
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.
The site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.
The U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.