Born On This Day:
- Cotton Mather, 1663
- Emperor Francis II, 1768
- Charles Darwin, 1809
- Abraham Lincoln, 1809
- Marie Lloyd, 1870
- John L. Lewis, 1880
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 1884
- Gen. Omar Bradley, 1893
- Ted Mack, 1904
- Lorne Greene, 1915
- Franco Zeffirelli, 1923
- Joe Garagiola, 1926
- Sen. Arlen Specter, 1930
- Bill Russell, 1934
- Judy Blume, 1938
- Joe Don Baker, 1943
- Maud Adams, 1945
- Simon MacCorkindale, 1953
- Arsenio Hall, 1958
- Christina Ricci, 1980
Died On This Day:
- Lady Jane Grey beheaded, 1554
- Ethan Allen, 1789
- Immanuel Kant, 1804
- Lillie Langtry, 1929
- Escoffier, 1935
- Grant Wood, 1942
- J. C. Penney, 1971
- Sal Mineo murdered, 1976
- Jean Renoir, 1979
- Eubie Blake, 1983
- Charles Schulz, 2000
- Gary Owens, 2015
- Marty Allen, 2018
- 1429 - Battle of the Herrings - salt fish convoy for English army at siege of Orleans repulses French.
- 1733 - 100 Englishmen under General James Oglethorpe land in new world on site of Savannah, GA.
- 1738 - First puppet show in America held in New York City-'The Adventures of Harlequin'
- 1818 - Independence of Chile proclaimed in Santiago.
- 1831 - Boston inventor J.W. Goodrich invents rubber galoshes.
- 1877 - Alexander Graham Bell gives first demo of telephone with a hookup between Boston and Salem, Mass.
- 1878 - Baseball catcher's mask patented by inventor Frederick Winthrop Thayer.
- 1908 - Six contestants drive from N.Y. at 11 a.m. in first around-the-world automobile race. U.S. wins.
- 1912 - 'La Dame aux Camelias,' the movie released in Paris starring Sarah Bernhardt.
- 1912 - Chi'ng dynasty ends in China; Last Emperor, Henry Pu-Yi, deposed; China becomes a republic.
- 1924 - Calvin Coolidge gives first political speech to be broadcast on radio.
- 1924 - Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' first performed-Gershwin solos with Paul Whiteman orchestra in NY.
- 1940 - 'The Adventures of Superman' radio program premieres on the Mutual network with Budd Collyer.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Julian the Hospitaller
- The Seven Founders of the Servite order.
- Feast of Diana, Virgin goddess of Hunting
- Burgsonndeg Festival in Luxembourg
- Lincoln's Birthday
- 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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