Born On This Day:
- Carlo Goldoni, 1707
- Pierre-August Renoir, 1841
- Enrico Caruso, 1873
- John Foster Dulles, 1888
- Myra Hess, 1890
- Zeppo Marx, 1901
- Jim Backus, 1913
- Gert Frobe, 1913
- Anthony Burgess, 1917
- Bobby Riggs, 1918
- Philip Habib, 1920
- Larry Gelbart, 1928
- Tommy Newsome, 1929
- Tom Courtenay, 1937
- David Puttnam, 1941
- Sally Jessy Raphael, 1943
- George Harrison, 1943
Died On This Day:
- Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl Essex beheaded, 1601
- King Fredrich I Prussia, 1713
- Sir Christopher Wren, 1723
- Thomas Moore, 1852
- Paul Julius von Reuter, 1899
- Sir John Tenniel, 1914
- 'Bluebeard' (Henri Landru) guillotined, 1922
- Mark Rothko suicide, 1970
- Elijah Muhammad, 1975
- Tennessee Williams, 1983
- James Coco, 1987
- Jersey Joe Walcott, 1994
- Haing S. Ngor killed, 1996
- Darren McGavin, 2006
- C. Everett Koop, 2013
- 1308 - Edward II of England crowned at Westminster Abbey, Middlesex.
- 1570 - Pope Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I believing her to be illegitimate and preferring Mary Stuart.
- 1836 - Samuel Colt receives patent on his gun improvement-the revolving cylinder.
- 1870 - First Black person is sent to Congress, Republican Sen. Hiram Revels of Mississippi.
- 1885 - Germany annexes Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
- 1901 - The United States Steel Corp. incorporated by JP Morgan.
- 1908 - Tunnel under Hudson River between Manhattan and Jersey City opens to train traffic.
- 1913 - U.S. Federal Income Tax becomes law with the passing of the 16th Amendment; filing deadline 3/1.
- 1919 - First gasoline tax in U.S. imposed by the state of Oregon; one cent per gallon for road building.
- 1940 - First televised hockey game between Rangers and Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.
- 1964 - Cassius Clay, 22, KO's Sonny Liston in 7th for world heavyweight boxing championship in Miami.
- 1986 - Philippines President Marcos and wife Imelda flee to exile; U.S. recognizes Corazon Aquino as leader.
- 1998 - First legal brothel in Switzerland opens in Zurich.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Ethelbert of Kent
- 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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