February 15

1758 - Mustard was advertised for the first time in America. 

1764 - The city of St. Louis was established. 

1799 - Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania. 

1842 - Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post (Office) in New York City. 

1879 - U.S. President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

1898 - The USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were killed. 

1900 - The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers. 

1903 - Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America. 

1932 - George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "The Guy Lombardo Show" on CBS radio. 

1933 - U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack. 

1942 - During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. 

1943 - "My True Story" was heard for the first time on ABC radio. 

1946 - Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in themajor leagues. 

1953 - The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright. 

1961 - A Boeing 707 crashed in Belgium killing 73 people. 

1962 - CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000. 

1965 - Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard. 

1982 - During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed. 

1985 - The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay. 

1989 - After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan. 

1991 - The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming thier countties to free-market economies. 

1995 - The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation's most protected computers. He served five years in jail. 

2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste.