Today in history – February 15, 2019

1797 – Henry Steinway, piano maker, is born.

1798 – The first serious fist fight occurs in Congress.

1804 – New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery.

1869 – Charges of treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped.

1898 – The U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor, killing 268 sailors and bring hordes of western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War.

1940 – Hitler orders that all British merchant ships will be considered warships.

1950 – Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung sign a mutual defense treaty in Moscow.