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.
President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
The British colony Singapore surrendered to Japanese forces during World War II.
Tenley Albright, 17, became the first American woman to win the world figure skating championship, which was held in Davos, Switzerland.
The Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
A Milwaukee jury found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15men and boys.
With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across Russia’s western Siberian sky and exploded, injuring more than 1,000people as it blasted out windows.