February 15: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, February 15, 1927, the silent movie ‘IT' was released in the US?

February 15th is National Gumdrop Day and Singles Awareness Day.

Today marks day 46 of the year, and we have 319 days left of the year.

You’re in for a surprise if today is your birthday as this day marks a very unique and varied day in history including; foods and drinks we can’t live without, advances in motion pictures and human body discoveries.

Did you know that on this day in 1927, the silent movie ‘IT’ was released in the US? The movie follows a salesgirl who pursues a handsome playboy while working in a department store.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 15th in history!

What Events Happened On February 15 In History?

2021 Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization.


2013 A meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, which sent shockwaves that smashed windows and injured 1,500 people.

2001 The first draft of the human genome was published in Nature Magazine.

1992 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was sentenced to life in prison.

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1989 The Soviet Union announced that all of its troops had officially withdrawn from Afghanistan.

1971 Great Britain ditched their Pence and Shillings currency values for decimal varieties.

OTD in 1971: Great Britain ditched their Pence and Shillings currency values for decimal varieties.

The Pence and Shilling had been used in Britain for 1,200 years.


1961 Sabena Flight 458 crashed, killing the entire US Figure Skating team.

The US Figure Skating team was traveling to Prague, Czechoslovakia, to attend the World Figure Skating Championship.

1936 Adolf Hitler announced the construction of the Volkswagen Beetle.

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1933 An assassination attempt was made against US President Franklin D. Roosevelt by an Italian immigrant, Giuseppe Zangara.

OTD in 1933: An assassination attempt was made against US President Franklin D. Roosevelt by an Italian immigrant

Giuseppe fired five times, missing FDR but hitting five others, including Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak.

1927 The silent movie “IT,” directed by Clarence G. Badger and Josef von Sternberg, was released in the US.

The movie is based on the serialized novella by Elinor Glyn.


1906 A trade union was founded that later became the current British Labor Party.

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

1864 Heineken International was founded in the Netherlands.

OTD in 1864: Heineken International was founded in the Netherlands.

399 BC The Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death for corrupting the minds of Athens’s youth.

He chose not to flee the city and take his execution by drinking hemlock, a highly poisonous plant from the carrot family.

Famous People Born On February 15

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Matt Groening? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1998 Zachary Gordon

American Actor

Zachary Gordon
25 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1564 Galileo Galilei

Italian Astronomer

Galileo Galilei
Died On:
Jan 8, 1642 (Age 77)
Born In:
Pisa, Italy

1954 Matt Groening

American Cartoonist

Matt Groening
69 years old
Born In:
Oregon, USA

1951 Jane Seymour

British-American Actress

Jane Seymour
72 years old
Born In:
England, UK

Special Holidays On February 15

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

February 15: Singles Awareness Day

Singles Awareness Day

Being single on Valentine’s day can be a pretty rough time, but that’s all in the past now! Now it’s time for Singles Awareness Day, where singles get to treat themselves a little, and everyone else should be nice to them!

February 15: National Gumdrop Day

National Gumdrop Day

They’re chewy, they’re gooey, they’re tasty, they’re bright and colorful - what’s not to love about gumdrops? There’s no better way to celebrate National Gumdrop Day than stuffing yourself silly with gumdrops. Just remember to brush your teeth tonight!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Ron Swanson’s character on Parks and Recreation is based on a real person – a woman who works in a high bureaucratic position who is also anti-government.

February 15 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on February 15th share the Aquarius zodiac sign.

Those born under the Aquarius zodiac sign are water-bearers because they pass on knowledge to others.

All those born in February have the Amethyst birthstone. With its warm, rich purple colors, Amethyst is one of the most well-known semi-precious colored stones around the world.

If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around May 25th in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will likely be born around November 8, 2023.

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