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