Today in History for February 15th

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Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union's last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo and suffragist Susan B. Anthony born. (Feb. 15)

Februrary 15th, 1898:

(AP Photos)

(NAT of "We Have Remembered the Maine")

The U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blows up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba --- then a Spanish colony.

More than 260 crew members on board are killed in the blast. War breaks out between the U.S. and Spain months later.

1989:

(AP Archive Video / AP Photos)

The Soviet Union says the last of its troops have left Afghanistan, ending more than nine years of military intervention.

A few years later, the Taliban seize power in Afghanistan, establishing a theocracy --- and providing a base for Osama bin Laden.

In 2001, bin Laden's al-Qaida network masterminds the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.

1564:

(AP Photos)

Galileo --- the astronomer whose discoveries drew the wrath of the Catholic Church's Inquisition --- is born in Pisa, Italy.

And 1820:

(AP Photos)

(NAT of "Columbia's Daughters" from Smithonsian's "Song of the Suffragettes")

Susan B. Anthony --- the suffragist who fought for the right of women to vote in America --- is born in Adams, Massachusetts.

Today in History, February 15th --- ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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