Posted: Feb 15, 2017 11:03 PM PST
Updated: Feb 15, 2017 11:03 PM PST
2015: Singer Lesley Gore, best known for such pop hits as "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me," dies of lung cancer at the age of 68 in New York City.
2013: English singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Sheridan dies at age 72 in Hamburg, Germany, after undergoing heart surgery. Sheridan was best known as an early collaborator of The Beatles during the band's early days in Hamburg. He is one of two non-Beatles to receive label performance credit on a record with the group and is the only non-Beatle to appear as a lead singer on a Beatles recording that charted as a single. That song, "My Bonnie," was originally released in the U.S. in 1962 and credited to "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers," but was re-released in February 1964 as "The Beatles with Tony Sheridan," eventually reaching No. 26 on the U.S. Billboard charts.
2012: A federal judge in Detroit orders life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest Airlines jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear on Dec. 25, 2009. Abdulmutallab, known as the "Underwear Bomber," had pleaded guilty to eight of the charges against him, including the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and the attempted murder of the 289 people on the plane, in October 2011, telling authorities he had been directed by al-Qaeda and that he had obtained the device in Yemen.
2012: Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who played 21 years in the major leagues, mostly with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, dies of brain cancer at age 57 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. An 11-time All-Star, Carter hit 324 home runs in his career and won a World Series title with the Mets in 1986.
2011: The bookstore chain Borders files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Unable to find a buyer acceptable to its creditors, the last Borders stores closed their doors on Sept. 18, 2011.
2006: The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army. The tents and medical equipment of the 212th MASH, which was last deployed to Pakistan to support the 2005 Kashmir earthquake relief operations, was purchased by the U.S. State Department and donated to the Pakistani military. The U.S. Army replaced MASH units with Combat Support Hospitals, which are more flexible and portable.
2005: The NHL announces the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute. A new agreement was reached on July 13, 2005, with the 10-month lockout officially ending nine days after that.
2005: The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia. The treaty sets binding obligations on industrialized countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
2002: Ray Brent Marsh, the operator of Tri-State Crematory in Noble, Georgia, is arrested after more than 300 corpses are found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around in the surrounding woods. He ultimately was charged with 787 counts, including theft by deception, abusing a corpse, burial service related fraud and giving false statements. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2004. The incident led to nationwide changes on crematory regulations.
1998: China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, killing all 196 aboard and seven more on the ground. Pictured is a China Airlines Airbus A300-600 similar to the one used on Flight 676.
1990: Singer-songwriter and music producer The Weeknd is born Ab?l Makkonen Tesfaye in Toronto, Canada. He is best known for his 2015 No. 1 album "Beauty Behind the Madness," which featured the No. 1 hits "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face."
1989: Actress Elizabeth Olsen, best known for her roles in movies such as "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Godzilla," "Silent House" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," is born in Sherman Oaks, California. Olsen is also the younger sister of "Full House" actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.
1984: Bill Johnson becomes the first American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold, winning the downhill event at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. With the gold medal, Johnson became the first racer from outside the Alps to win an Olympic downhill.
1972: Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes the first player to reach the 30,000-point mark in his NBA career during a game against the Phoenix Suns. Chamberlain would go on to score a total of 31,419 points in his NBA career before retiring in 1973. He now ranks fifth all-time among NBA career scoring leaders, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
1972: Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis is born in Detroit, Michigan. He played his first three seasons for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams before playing 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping the team to victory in Super Bowl XL in his hometown in what would be his final NFL game. The six-time Pro Bowler retired as the NFL's fifth all-time leading rusher with 13,662 yards and 91 touchdowns.
1970: Joe Frazier begins his reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion by knocking out Jimmy Ellis in five rounds at Madison Square Garden. He would hold the title until Jan. 22, 1973, when George Foreman beat him for the first loss in his professional career.
1968: In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
1964: The Beatles perform for the second time on "The Ed Sullivan Show," making their return appearance just a week after their debut on the show. The band is seen here performing in 1963.
1961: Baseball Hall of Famer Charles Arthur "Dazzy" Vance, the only pitcher to lead the National League in strikeouts seven consecutive seasons, dies of a coronary thrombosis at age 69 in Homosassa Springs, Florida. Vance played 16 seasons in the major leagues, most notably for the Brooklyn Robins during the 1920s, and pitched a no-hitter in 1925.
1960: The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe. It would complete its trip on April 25, 1960, after a voyage covering 30,752 miles over 60 days and 21 hours generally following the same course for the first circumnavigation of the world led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan between 1519-1522.
1959: A month and a half after leading the revolution that overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro is sworn in as the prime minister of Cuba. He would hold the office until 1976, and then serve as Cuba's president from 1976 to 2008.
1959: American tennis star John McEnroe is born in Wiesbaden, West Germany. A former world No. 1 professional tennis player, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open), nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title in a career that stretched from the late 1970s to the early '90s. McEnroe, seen here in 2013, is also known for his temper and confrontational on-court behavior.
1958: Rapper and actor Ice-T is born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, New Jersey. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and eventually courted controversy when his 1990s metal band Body Count released the song "Cop Killer." He's had roles in movies such as "Breakin'," "New Jack City," "Tank Girl" and "3000 Miles to Graceland," and has been a regular on the police drama series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" since 2000.
1957: Actor and filmmaker LeVar Burton is born Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. in Landstuhl, West Germany. He is best known for his roles as Kunta Kinte in the 1977 miniseries "Roots" and as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and for hosting and producing the long-running PBS children's series "Reading Rainbow."
1941: Kim Jong-il, who would succeed his father as the 2nd Supreme Leader of North Korea in 1994, is born either in the Soviet Union or Japanese-occupied Korea. He presided over the world's most isolated regime as a dictator for 17 years before dying of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70 on Dec. 17, 2011, and was succeeded by his own son, Kim Jong-un.
1935: Sonny Bono is born Salvatore Phillip Bono in Detroit, Michigan. He initially found fame thanks to a partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. The duo sang such hits as "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On" and also appeared in movies and their own TV variety shows. He was also the mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992, and represented California's 44th district in the U.S. House from 1994 until his death in a skiing accident in January 1998.
1923: Archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
1921: Actress and dancer Vera-Ellen, best known for her starring roles in "On the Town" and "White Christmas," is born Vera Ellen Westmeier Rohe in Norwood, Ohio. She died from cancer at the age of 60 on Aug. 30, 1981.
1909: Actor Hugh Beaumont, best known for playing Ward Cleaver on the television series "Leave It to Beaver," is born in Eudora, Kansas. He died of a heart attack at the age of 73 on May 14, 1982.
1903: Ventriloquist and actor Edgar Bergen, best known for Charlie McCarthy, the ventriloquist dummy who became his lifelong performance partner, is born in Chicago. He died of kidney disease at age 75 on Sept. 30, 1978.
1883: Ladies Home Journal begins publication. The magazine was originally title The Ladies Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper, but the last three words were dropped in 1886.
1804: During the First Barbary War, U.S. Navy Lt. Stephen Decatur leads a successful nighttime raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the USS Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates after running around in October 1803.