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This day in history.

In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later.

Today is Sunday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2015. There are 319 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 15, 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag, which replaced the ''Red Ensign'' design, was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.

On this date:

In 1764, the site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.

In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.

In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain's King George VI, who had died nine days earlier.

In 1965, singer Nat King Cole, 45, died in Santa Monica, California.

In 1971, Britain and Ireland ''decimalised'' their currencies, making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence.

In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.

In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.

In 1995, the FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick, its ''most wanted hacker,'' and charged him with cracking security for some of the nation's most protected computers.

In 2002, a private funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain's Princess Margaret, who had died six days earlier at age 71.

Ten years ago: Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges.

Five years ago: Eighteen people were killed when two trains collided south of Brussels.

One year ago: President Barack Obama signed measures lifting the federal debt limit and restoring benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on security video punching his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer inside a casino elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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