On this day: February 15

POSTED: 04:12 PM PST Feb 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 14, 2016 

The USS Maine explodes mysteriously in Havana Harbor, the teddy bear is born, President Franklin D. Roosevelt survives an assassination attempt, and Jeffrey Dahmer is found guilty, all on this day.

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1898: The USS Maine, sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain, explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260. The cause and responsibility for her sinking remained unclear after a board of inquiry. The event, fanned by inflammatory articles printed in the newspapers of the day blaming Spain, served as a catalyst to the Spanish-American War.


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