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TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2024. There are 320 days left in the year.

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

On Feb. 15, 1965, singer Nat King Cole, who despite facing extreme racism throughout his short career sold more than 50 million records that included massive hits such as “Mona Lisa” and “Route 66,” died in Santa Monica. He was 45.

1764 — The site of present-day St. Louis was establishe­d by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.

1879 — President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.

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

1933 — 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.

1944 — Allied bombers destroyed the monastery atop Monte Cassino in Italy.

1950 — Walt Disney’s animated film “Cinderella” premieres in Boston.

1961 — Seventy-three people, including an 18-member US figure skating team en route to the World Championsh­ips in Czechoslov­akia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.

1967 — The rock band Chicago was founded by Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Robert Lamm; the group originally called itself The Big Thing, then Chicago Transit Authority.

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

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.)

2003 — Millions of protesters around the world demonstrat­ed against the prospect of a US attack on Iraq.

2005 — Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges.

2013 — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across Russia’s western Siberian sky and exploded, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows.

2018 — The last of the bodies of the 17 victims of a school shooting in Florida were removed from the building after authoritie­s analyzed the crime scene; 13 wounded survivors were still hospitaliz­ed. In response to the shooting, President Donald Trump, in an address to the nation, promised to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health,” but avoided any mention of guns. Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the shooting, was ordered held without bond at a brief court hearing.

2021 — Salsa music idol Johnny Pacheco died at 85 in New York, where he had been hospitaliz­ed with pneumonia.

2022 — The families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting agreed to a $73 million settlement of a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 20 first graders and six educators in 2012.

2023 — Raquel Welch, whose emergence from the sea in a skimpy, furry bikini in the film “One Million Years B.C.” would propel her to internatio­nal sex symbol status throughout the 1960s and ’70s, died at age 82.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

Actor Claire Bloom is 93. Author Susan Brownmille­r is 89. Songwriter Brian Holland is 83. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 80. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 80. Actor-model Marisa Berenson is 77. Actor Jane Seymour is 73. Singer Melissa Manchester is 73. Actor Lynn Whitfield is 71. “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is 70. Model Janice Dickinson is 69. Actor Christophe­r McDonald is 69. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 65. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 65. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 64. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 64. Actor-comedian Steven Michael Quezada is 61. Actor Michael Easton is 57. Latin singer Gloria Trevi is 56. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 53. Actor Alex Borstein is 53. Actor Renee O’Connor is 53. Actor Sarah Wynter is 51. Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is 51. Actor-director Miranda July is 50. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 48. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 48.

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