Today is Monday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2010. There are 319 days left in the year. This is Presidents’ Day.
On Feb. 15, 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
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In 1879, President Rutherford 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 mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.
In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.
In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.