This Day in History on 15th February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 15th February. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

399: Socrates was sentenced to death.

1879: US Supreme Court allowed women lawyers to fight lawsuits.

1939: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was elected as the President of the Congress.

1942: World War II- British troops surrendered in Singapore. 80,000 Indian, British, and Australian troop’s ceasefire.

1965: Canada adopted a new flag.

1967: Fourth general election held in India.

1976: Central Agricultural Research Institute was established in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

2010: Two trains collide in the Halle train collision in Halle, Belgium, killing 19 and injuring 171 people.

2012: Three hundred sixty people die in a fire at a Honduran prison in the city of Comayagua.

2013: A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest-ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Hironori Kusano

1564: Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer.

1710: Louis XV, the King of France.

1824: Rajendralal (Raja Mitra), the first president of the Asiatic Society, an Orientalist researcher in Bengal.

1923: Sathyavani Muthu, an Indian politician and an influential leader from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Tim Mannah
Rui Patrício

1934: Niklaus Wirth, a Swiss computer scientist.

1935: Bashir Badr, an Indian poet of Urdu.

1947: Randhir Kapoor, an Indian film actor, producer, and director.

1949: Namdeo Dhasal, a Marathi poet, writer, and Dalit activist from Maharashtra, India.

Charles Pic
Ángel Sepúlveda

1964: Ashutosh Gowariker, an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter, and producer.

1988: Hironori Kusano, Japanese singer and actor

1988: Tim Mannah, Australian-born Lebanese rugby league player


1988: Rui Patrício, Portuguese footballer

1990: Charles Pic, French race car driver

1991: Ángel Sepúlveda, Mexican footballer

1993: Ravi, a South Korean rapper

2017: The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight.

Death/ Death Anniversary

George Gaynes

1869: Mirza Ghalib, a prominent Urdu, and Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire.

1948: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, an Indian poet.

1953: Sureshbabu Mane, a prominent Hindustani classical music singer of Kirānā Gharānā in India.

Stuart McLean
Lee Radziwill

1988: Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist.

1869: Ghalib, Indian poet and educator (b. 1796)

2016: George Gaynes, Finnish-American actor (b. 1917)

2016: Vanity, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (b. 1959)

Caroline Flack

2017: Stuart McLean, Canadian radio broadcaster (b. 1948)

2019: Lee Radziwill, American socialite (b. 1933)

2020: Caroline Flack, English Actress and TV Presenter (b. 1979)

Further Reading

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