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    This day in history

    Friday, Feb. 15, is the 46th day of 2013. There are 319 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 91. Former Defense and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger is 84. Actress Claire Bloom is 82. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 69. Actress Jane Seymour is 62. Singer Melissa Manchester is 62. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 60. ‘‘Simpsons’’ creator Matt Groening is 59. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 53. Actor-director Miranda July is 39. Actress Amber Riley is 27.

    In 1898, the US battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.


    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.

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    In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrendered to Japanese forces.

    In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member US figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.

    In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.

    In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.