Born On This Day:
- William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820
- Jules Verne, 1828
- Martin Buber, 1878
- Dame Edith Evans, 1888
- King Vidor, 1895
- Lana Turner, 1920
- Jack Lemmon, 1925
- Audrey Meadows, 1926
- James Dean, 1931
- John Williams, 1932
- Nick Nolte, 1940
- Ted Koppel, 1940
- Robert Klein, 1942
- Mary Steenburgen, 1953
- John Grisham, 1956
- Gary Coleman, 1968
- Alonzo Mourning, 1970
Died On This Day:
- Mary Queen of Scots beheaded, 1587
- Czar Peter I (Peter the Great), 1725
- Connie Mack, 1956
- John Hay 'Jock' Whitney, 1982
- Del Shannon suicide, 1990
- Eliot Janeway, 1993
- Iris Murdoch, 1999
- Anna Nicole Smith, 2007
- 1690 - Schenectady, NY attacked and burned by French and Indian forces in King William's War.
- 1693 - Charter founding College of William and Mary College in Virginia signed.
- 1837 - No candidate wins Vice President; first time in history Senate selects VP -Richard Mentor Johnson.
- 1861 - After a four day convention, delegates announce the formation of the Confederate States of America.
- 1865 - Gregor Mendel presents results of his pea plant studies to the Nature Research Society of Brünn, thereby founding the field of genetics.
- 1865 - Boxing declared illegal in the State of Missouri.
- 1904 - Russo Japanese War starts; surprise attack at Fort Arthur, Korea; 7 Russian warships disabled.
- 1905 - Cyclone with 120 mph winds, 65 foot tidal waves wipe out whole villages, kill 100,000 in Tahiti.
- 1910 - Boy Scouts of America formally incorporated by William Boyce in Washington, DC.
- 1915 - 'The Birth of a Nation' by D.W. Griffith opens at Clunes' Auditorium in Los Angeles; $2.00 admission.
- 1922 - President Warren Harding installs first radio in White House.
- 1924 - World's first gas chamber execution in Nevada; Gee Jon executed for Chinese tong murder.
- 1956 - First red London double-decker buses go into service.
- 2005 - Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas agree ceasefire in first step towards Israeli/Palestine peace.
Feast Day of Saint:
- John of Matha
- Saint Oncho (Celtic)
- TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
- PRESIDENT'S DAY 3rd Monday in February observing births of Washington & Lincoln
- SHROVE TUESDAY (or Fat Tuesday). Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fasnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany and Austria, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S., Street Urchins' Carnival in Denmark & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
- ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
- PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
- HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring and Vernal Fire)
- HOLA MOHALLA, Sikh Festival celebrated in India
- LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
- SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
- CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
- MAHA SHIVARATRI, Hindu Festival of the Night of Shiva, celebrated mid-February
- TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
- CHINESE NEW YEAR celebrated all over the world in February
- SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - first Sunday in February from 2004
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