Born On This Day:
- Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473
- David Garrick, 1717
- Luigi Boccherini, 1743
- Cedric Hardwicke, 1893
- Merle Oberon, 1911
- Stan Kenton, 1912
- Eddie Arcaro, 1916
- Carson McCullers, 1917
- George Rose, 1920
- Lee Marvin, 1924
- John Frankenheimer, 1930
- Smokey Robinson, 1940
- Margaux Hemingway, 1955
- Prince Andrew, Duke of York, 1960
- Justine Bateman, 1966
Died On This Day:
- Georg Büchner, 1837
- Blondin (Jean-François Gravelet), 1897
- André Gide, 1951
- Violet Bonham Carter, 1969
- Charles O. Finley, 1996
- Deng Xiaoping, 1997
- Stanley Kramer, 2001
- Harper Lee, 2016
- Umberto Eco, 2016
- AD 197 - Emperor Septimius Severus fights bloody last civil war battle at Lyons; 300K estimate soldiers.
- 1803 - U.S. Federal laws extend to Ohio.
- 1847 - Rescuers reach 45 survivors Donner Party stranded six months in Sierra Nevada mountains.
- 1864 - Knights of Pythias fraternal group founded at Washington, DC.
- 1878 - Phonograph (Wax Cylinder Machine) becomes first invention patented by Thomas Alva Edison.
- 1881 - First prohibition in America; Kansas goes dry.
- 1935 - Clifford Odets' 'Awake and Sing' opens at Belasco Theatre, New York.
- 1942 - President Roosevelt agrees to intern Japanese-Americans in concentration camps effective 3/23.
- 1945 - Landing of 30,000 U.S. Marines on the Island of Iwo Jima; decisive battle begins. WWII
- 1945 - 1,000 Japanese soldiers devoured by crocodiles in Bay of Bengal.
- 1953 - William Inge's 'Picnic' starts 477 performance Pulitzer-prize run in N.Y.
- 1985 - Cherry Coke launched by Coca-Cola Company in New York.
- 1985 - BBC Television launches landmark soap opera Eastenders.
- 1990 - Adobe Corp releases their best-selling photo management software program Photoshop 1.0.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Zodiac: Aquarius ends, Pisces begins
- 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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