15th February

The events happened on 15th February are :

1898 : USS Maine destroyed, leading to Spanish-American War : On this day in 1898, an explosion in Havana harbour sank the battleship USS Maine, killing 260 American seamen and precipitating the Spanish-American War, which originated in the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain.

1989 : Under President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan after occupying the country since 1979.

1978 : Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

1933 : An assassin's bullet meant for the U.S. president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt, wounded Mayor Anton J. Cermak of Chicago, who died three weeks later.

1764 : Auguste Chouteau settled St. Louis at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

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