spotlight Today in history: Feb. 15 Feb 15, 2020 Feb 15, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1879: Rutherford B. Hayes In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court. AP 1933: Franklin D. Roosevelt In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later. AP 1952: King George VI In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain's King George VI, who had died nine days earlier. AP 1961: Plane Crash In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium. AP 1988: USS Maine In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain. AP 1989: Soviet Withdrawal In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention. AP 1992: Jeffrey Dahmer In 1992, a Milwaukee jury found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15 men and boys. (The decision meant that Dahmer, who had already pleaded guilty to the murders, would receive a mandatory life sentence for each count; Dahmer was beaten to death in prison in 1994.) Milwaukee Journal 2005: Paul Shanley In 2005, defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges. AP 2006: Dick Cheney In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accepted blame for accidentally shooting a hunting companion, calling it "one of the worst days of my life," but was defiantly unapologetic in a Fox News Channel interview about not publicly disclosing the incident until the next day. AP 2007: Interstate 78 In 2007, National Guardsmen in Humvees ferried food, fuel and baby supplies to hundreds of motorists stranded for nearly a day on a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 78 in eastern Pennsylvania because of a monster storm. AP 2010: Didier Defago Ten years ago: At the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Didier Defago of Switzerland won the gold in the Olympic downhill and American Bode (BOH’-dee) Miller took the bronze. AP 2010: Seth Wescott Ten years ago: American Seth Wescott defended his Olympic title, overtaking Canada's Mike Robertson to win the gold medal in men's snowboardcross. AP 2010: Train Crash Ten years ago: Eighteen people were killed when two trains collided south of Brussels, Belgium. AP 2015: NBA All-Star Game 2015: Russell Westbrook scored 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 win over the East in the NBA All-Star Game. AP 2019: Lee Radziwill One year ago: Socialite Lee Radziwill, a stylish jet-setter who was the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy, died at the age of 85. Invision 2019: National Emergency One year ago: In a move to secure more money for his border wall, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers. (Congress voted to block the emergency declaration, but Trump vetoed that measure.) AP 2019: Shooting One year ago: Gary Martin, a 15-year employee who was being fired from a suburban Chicago manufacturing company, opened fire on co-workers, killing five of them and wounding five police officers before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police. 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