History Of The Day – 15th February

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1869: Mirza Ghalib Died

Mirza Ghalib, a prominent Urdu and Persian poet, died on this day in 1869. He used a pen-name Ghalib which means “dominant.” He is famous for his Shayari & Ghazals, and one of his best Sher says:

“ham ko maalūm hai jannat kī haqīqat lekin,

dil ke ḳhush rakhne ko ‘ġhālib’ ye ḳhayāl achchhā hai..”

1939: Birthday Of Randhir Kapoor

Indian film actor, director, and producer Randhir Kapoor (Eldest son of Raj Kapoor) was born.

1964: Ashutosh Gowariker Was Born

Popular Indian film director Ashutosh Gowariker was born on this day. His prominent works include Jodhaa Akbar, Lagaan, and Swades.

ACROSS THE WORLD

1798: Fist Fight In Congress

The first serious fistfight occurred in Congress.

1804: Abolishment Of Slavery In New Jersey

New Jersey became the last northern state that abolished slavery.

1898: U.S. Battleship Maine Blows Up In Havana Harbor

The U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor. It killed almost 268 sailors and brought hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War.

1934: Civil Works Emergency Relief Act

Civil Works Emergency Relief Act was passed by U.S. Congress. It allotted news funds for Federal Emergency Relief Administration.

1940: Hitler Ordered Merchant Ships To Be Considered Warships

In 1940, Hitler announced that all the merchant ships would be considered warships henceforth.

1944: American Bombers Attacked The Monte Cassino

Bombers from America attacked the Abbey of Monte Cassino. It was an effort to neutralize it as a post for German observation in central Italy.

1965: Canadian Maple Leaf Flag

For the first time, The Canadian flag with Maple leaf was raised on this day in 1965.

1969: U.S. Helicopters Were Shot Down

13 U.S. Helicopters were shot down in one day in Vietnam.

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