Born On This Day:
- Frank Harris, 1856
- Israel Zangwill, 1864
- George Jean Nathan, 1882
- Jack Benny, 1894
- Thelma Ritter, 1905
- James Pike, 1913
- Mel Allen, 1913
- Jimmy Hoffa, 1913
- Hugh Downs, 1921
- Vic Morrow, 1932
- Florence Henderson, 1934
- Donna Shalala, 1941
- Michael Bloomberg, 1942
- Alan Parker, 1944
- Carl Bernstein, 1944
- Gregory Hines, 1946
- Meg Tilly, 1960
Died On This Day:
- Saint Valentine murdered, AD 270
- Saint Cyril, AD 869
- Richard II murdered, 1400
- Captain James Cook murdered, 1779
- William Tecumseh Sherman, 1891
- P. G. Wodehouse, 1975
- Frederick Loewe, 1988
- Dolly the cloned sheep, 2003
- Dick Francis, 2010
- George Shearing, 2011
- AD 270 - A.D. (Trad) St. Valentine draws picture of heart and writes 'From your Valentine.'
- 1477 - World's first known Valentine sent to John Paston from Margery Brews in Medieval England.
- 1797 - Horatio Nelson defeats Spanish fleet off Cape St. Vincent.
- 1807 - First use of the expression "red herring" in an article by William Cobbett in Britain's Weekly Political Register about the mistaken report of Napoleon's defeat.
- 1849 - Matthew Brady takes first photograph of a President in office-James Polk.
- 1859 - Oregon 33rd State admitted to Union.
- 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell applies to the patent office for a patent on his 'improvement in telegraphy.'
- 1895 - Premiere Oscar Wilde's 'Importance of Being Ernest' in London; Marquis of Queensberry objects.
- 1912 - Arizona is 48th State admitted to Union.
- 1919 - United Parcel Service (UPS) incorporated in Oakland, California.
- 1920 - League of Women Voter's formed.
- 1929 - St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Al Capone orders 14 Bugs Moran's gang killed in N. Clark St. garage.
- 1939 - German battleship Bismarck launched with Adolf Hitler looking on.
- 1958 - Arab federation of Iraq and Jordan proclaimed.
- 1962 - 80 million TV viewers watch Jackie Kennedy tour the White House.
- 1972 - 'Grease' opens at Eden Theatre, N.Y.
- 1989 - Ayatollah Khomeini offers $1 million for death of 'Satanic Verses' British author Salmon Rushdie.
- 2011 - Japan's shrinking GDP figures released today show that China has become the world's second-biggest economy after the US.
- 2013 - Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius alledgedly fires four bullets into gorgeous girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Pretoria South Africa.
- 2018 - 17 people shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida by Nikolas Cruz; gun control activists begin major offensive.
Feast Day of Saint:
- 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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