Born On This Day:
- Charles Lamb, 1775
- Boris Pasternak, 1890
- Alan Hale, 1892
- Bill Tilden, 1893
- Jimmy Durante, 1893
- Harold Macmillan, 1894
- Dame Judith Anderson, 1898
- Bertolt Brecht, 1898
- Lon Chaney, Jr., 1905
- Joyce Grenfell, 1910
- Stella Adler, 1910
- Douglas Bader, 1910
- Larry Adler, 1914
- Alex Comfort, 1920
- Leontyne Price, 1927
- Robert Wagner, 1930
- Roberta Flack, 1939
- Michael Apted, 1941
- Mark Spitz, 1950
- Greg Norman, 1955
- George Stephanopoulos, 1961
- Lenny Dykstra, 1963
- Laura Dern, 1967
Died On This Day:
- Pope Leo XII, 1829
- Alexandr Pushkin, 1837
- Joseph Lister, 1912
- Wilhelm von Roentgen, 1923
- Pope Pius XI, 1939
- Alice Hegan Rice, 1942
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1957
- Norman, Lord Birkett, 1962
- Billy Rose, 1966
- Alex Haley, 1992
- Arthur Miller, 2005
- Roy Scheider, 2008
- Shirley Temple Black, 2014
- 1185 - London's Temple Church consecrated by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem.
- 1355 - Argument between two Oxford University students leads to three-day St Scholastica Day Riot with upwards of 90 dead.
- 1763 - 7 year French Indian War ends between Britain and Spain-Britain gets Canada, Spain gets Louisiana.
- 1824 - Simon Bolivar proclaimed Emperor of Peru.
- 1840 - Queen Victoria marries first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
- 1841 - Penny Red stamp issued in Britain when it was discovered that people re-used Penny Blacks.
- 1846 - Battle of Sobraon; 10,000 Sikhs killed by British in last battle of first Sikh War.
- 1863 - Fire extinguisher patented by inventor Alanson Crane of VA.
- 1863 - General Tom Thumb (35' tall) marries Lavinia Warren (32' tall) at Grace Church, N.Y.
- 1891 - Ouija Board patented by inventors Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard
- 1904 - Japan and Russia at war after Japanese fleet's victory off Port Arthur; Russo Japanese War.
- 1931 - New Delhi becomes capital of India.
- 1942 - First 'Gold' Record awarded to Glenn Miller by RCA Victor for his 'Chattanooga Choo Choo.'
- 1949 - Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' begins 742 performance Pulitzer-winning run in N.Y.
- 1962 - First spy exchange-Francis Gary Powers swapped for Col. Rudolf Abel at Glienicke Bridge in Berlin.
- 1990 - Mike Tyson first knocked out - in 10th by James (Buster) Douglas in big World Heavyweight upset.
- 1992 - Mike Tyson convicted of raping beauty queen.
- 2007 - Barack Obama launches presidential campaign in Springfield, IL's Old State Capitol where Abe Lincoln accepted his nomination for president 6/16/1858.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Caedmon (Anglo Saxon poet)
- Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck celebrated in Malta
- 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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