What Happened on February 15

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Historical Events

1799 – 1st US printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania
1895 – 23 cm (9 inches) of snow falls on New Orleans
1986 – National Assembly of the Philippines proclaims Ferdinand Marcos President for six more years after rigged elections against Corazon Aquino, supercharging the EDSA people power revolution
1987 – 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph
1995 – Burundi premier Anatole Kanyenkiko resigns
2009 – 58th NBA All-Star Game, US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 146-119; MVPs: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F; Shaquille O’Neal, LA Lakers, C

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Famous Birthdays

1885 – Richard Würz, German composer, and music critic, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1965)
1921 – Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
1923 – Justice Drake, British justice
1937 – Terry Everett, American politician (Rep-R-Alabama 1993-2009), born in Dothan, Alabama
1947 – John Adams, American composer (Nixon In China), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
1979 – Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Canadian actor (Quarantine), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Famous Deaths

1503 – Henry Deane, Archbishop of Canterbury (1501-03), dies
1891 – Claudius W. Sears, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 74
1994 – Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), dies of heart failure 72
2005 – Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
2010 – Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
2022 – P. J. O’Rourke, American journalist and satirist (Parliament of Whores; National Lampoon), dies of lung cancer at 74

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