This day in history

Saturday, Feb. 15, is the 46th day of 2014. There are 319 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Claire Bloom is 83. Author Susan Brownmiller is 79. Actress Marisa Berenson is 67. Actress Jane Seymour is 63. Singer Melissa Manchester is 63. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 61. ‘‘Simpsons’’ creator Matt Groening is 60. Model Janice Dickinson is 59. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 54. Actress-director Miranda July is 40. Blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. is 30.

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 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member US figure skating team, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.

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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.

In 2013, with a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across Russia’s Siberian sky and exploded, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows.