Today in history: Feb. 15 In 1898, the U.S. battleship...


February 15, 2000

Today in history: Feb. 15

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 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa.

In 1820, American suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Mass.

In 1879, President Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court.

In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that killed Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.

In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.

In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank in a storm off the Newfoundland coast.

In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after nearly a decade of military intervention.

In 1992, Benjamin L. Hooks announced plans to retire as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Ten years ago: President Bush and the leaders of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru met in Cartagena, Colombia, for a drug-fighting summit.

Five years ago: The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick, its "most wanted hacker," and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation's most protected computers. (Mitnick was released last month after serving five years behind bars.)

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