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This Day in History – February 15, 2011

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1764 – St. Louis, Mo., was founded as a French fur-trading post. 1879 – President Rutherford Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court. 1898 – USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor, touching off the Spanish-American War. 1913 – The New York Armory Show opened, introducing America to Picasso, Duchamp, and Matisse. 1933 – Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in an assassination attempt on president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami. 1965 – The Maple Leaf Flag officially became the new national flag of Canada. 1989 – More than 100,000 Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan almost 10 years after the USSR invaded the country. 2002 – Olympics officials resolved the judging scandal by awarding Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier a gold medal while allowing the Russians, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, to keep their medal. 2003 – Millions of protesters around the world demonstrated against the threat of a U.S. war on Iraq.]]]]> ]]>

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