Born On This Day:
- Galileo Galilei, 1564
- Louis XV, 1710
- Henry E. Steinway, 1797
- John Sutter, 1803
- Cyrus McCormick, 1809
- Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1812
- Susan B. Anthony, 1820
- Russell Herman Conwell, 1843
- Elihu Root, 1845
- Alfred North Whitehead, 1851
- Ernest Shackleton, 1874
- John Barrymore, 1882
- James Forrestal, 1892
- Gale Sondergaard, 1899
- Harold Arlen, 1905
- Cesar Romero, 1907
- Kevin McCarthy, 1914
- Herman Kahn, 1922
- Harvey Korman, 1927
- Claire Bloom, 1931
- Marisa Berenson, 1948
- Art Spiegelman, 1948
- Melissa Manchester, 1951
- Jane Seymour, 1951
- Matt Groening, 1954
Died On This Day:
- Herbert Asquith, 1928
- Minnie Maddern Fiske, 1932
- Mayor Anton Cermak killed, 1933
- Nat King Cole, 1965
- Wally Cox, 1973
- Ethel Merman, 1984
- Richard Feynman, 1988
- Norman Parkinson, 1990
- McLean Stevenson, 1996
- John Ehrlichman, 1999
- 1763 - Seven Years War between Austria and Prussia ends with Treaty of Hubertusburg.
- 1764 - City of St. Louis established.
- 1768 - Mustard first advertised for sale by manufacturer Benjamin Jackson of Philly.
- 1798 - Roman republic proclaimed, Pius VI exiled.
- 1842 - First adhesive stamps issued in U.S. for a private New York mail service-3˘ each or $2.50 per 100.
- 1867 - Johann Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz" first performed at Imperial Riding School in Vienna.
- 1882 - First cargo of frozen meat leaves New Zealand for Britain.
- 1898 - Battleship Maine mysteriously blows up in Havana Harbor at 9:40 p.m.-260 dead U.S. sailors.
- 1933 - Franklin D. Roosevelt target of unsuccessful assassination attempt in Miami by Giuseppe Zangara.
- 1942 - Japanese capture Singapore described by Churchill as 'worst disaster.' WWII
- 1944 - Monastery at Monte Cassino, Italy, pulverized by 1,400 tons of US bombs in mistaken belief it was a German Army stronghold
- 1946 - First computer, ENIAC, goes into operation at Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philadelphia.
- 1950 - William Inge's 'Come Back Little Sheba' opens on Broadway at the Booth Theatre.
- 1954 - Ronald Reagan becomes a hit in his Las Vegas debut singing, dancing and even doing pratfalls.
- 1965 - Canada introduces its maple leaf flag.
- 1971 - After 1,000 years, Britain abolishes the shilling and goes on the decimal system.
- 1978 - Leon Spinks upset against Muhammad Ali for World Heavyweight boxing Championship at Las Vegas.
- 2003 - Largest anti-war rally in history: three million march through Rome, Italy protesting US-led invasion of Iraq.
- 2013 - 7,000 ton meteor is first to burn up over populated area - Chelyabinsk, Siberia; causes largest recorded explosion since 1908.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Sigfrid of Vaxjo
- Sigfrid Pan God of Nature
- Agape of Terni
- Tanco or Tatto
- Walfrid or Galfrid
- 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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