February 15: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1493 - While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.
- 1879 - Women's rights: American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1946 - ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
- 1965 - A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
- 2001 - First draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.
- Famous Birthdays: Galileo Galilei (Italian astronomer and physicist), Louis XV of France, Susan B. Anthony (American activist), Robert Fuchs (Austrian composer and educator), Charles édouard Guillaume (French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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