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This Day in History for February 15

1768 – 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised. Philadelphia.

1842 – 1st adhesive postage stamps in US (private company), NYC.

1898 – USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die.

1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom.

1916 – NY Yankees buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Athletics for $37,500.

1926 – Contract air mail service begins in US.

1932 – George Burns & Gracie Allen debut as regulars on the “Guy Lombardo Show”

1941 – Duke Ellington first records “Take the A Train”

1950 – Walt Disney’s animated film “Cinderella” premieres in Boston.

1955 – 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced.

1961 – Entire US figure skating team is killed in an air crash outside Brussels airport in Belgium while flying to World Championship in Prague from NYC, 72 passengers, including 34 American skaters, coaches, officials, and other members of extended team are lost.

1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.

1978 – Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Florida.

1980 – Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tying 7 goals.

1981 – 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds.

1987 – 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot.

1992 – Jeffrey Dahmer found sane and guilty of killing 15 boys.

1998 – 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt’s only Daytona win in his 20th start, snaps a 59-race winless streak.

2002 – At the Tri-State Crematory in La Fayette, Georgia, investigators find uncremated bodies disposed of in the woods and buildings on crematorium’s property.  One of the worst incidents of abuse in the funeral service business

2005 – YouTube, Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.

2019 – US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to divert funds to build a border wall, after signing bipartisan spending agreement to avoid another government shutdown.

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