On this day
The US Maine was destroyed.
The destruction of a battleship known as the USS Maine resulted in the deaths of a reported 260 people on board - and the event would lead to the start of the Spanish-American War. This occurred on February 15th 1898 - and it’s an event that would be marked by Cuba striving to run independently from Spain.
Muhammad Ali finally fell.
Largely regarded (thanks to his own moniker) as the “Greatest of All Time”, legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali was knocked off his title perch by Leon Spinks on February 15th 1978, claiming the worldwide heavyweight title. Even the greats have bad days, it seems!
Special Days Falling on February 15thDespite just appearing to be the day after Valentines, February 15th has a few special accolades of its own beyond the historic moments we’ve touched on above. Here are just three for you to tuck into…
World Hippo Day
This majestic giant doesn’t get enough interest - while deadly, the hippo remains one of the planet’s best-loved mammals. This gargantuan, water-dwelling beast is quicker than it looks - and believe it or not, they’re also related to dolphins! Today’s the day to recognise these big, wonderful beasts in all their glory.
Singles Awareness Day
Also known to many as Singles Appreciation Day, February 15th is seen as something of a celebration for all those who may not get all the glory on February 14th. It’s an important date for many to establish that being single is no longer seen as a disadvantage - many people choose to be partnerless for reasons of freedom and enjoying their own company.
National Gumdrop Day
Yes, believe it or not, mid February gets even sweeter - your dentist may not advise you to celebrate it, but February 15th is the perfect day to enjoy a few gumdrops if you can. These multicolor sweet treats are enjoyed by kids and adults all over the world - give a few a chew!