Born On This Day:
- George Washington, 1732
- Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788
- James Russell Lowell, 1819
- Robert Baden-Powell, 1857
- Jules Renard, 1864
- Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892
- Luis Buñuel, 1900
- Robert Young, 1907
- John Mills, 1908
- Charles O. Finley, 1918
- Jean-Bédel Bokassa, 1921
- Giulietta Masina, 1921
- Nelson Bunker Hunt, 1926
- Bruce Forsyth, 1928
- Edward M. Kennedy, 1932
- George 'Sparky' Anderson, 1934
- Jonathan Demme, 1944
- Niki Lauda, 1949
- Julius Erving, 1950
- Michael Chang, 1972
- Drew Barrymore, 1975
Died On This Day:
- David Bruce, David II, King of Scotland , 1371
- Amerigo Vespucci, 1512
- Baron Munchhausen, 1797
- Sydney Smith, 1845
- Camille Corot, 1875
- Bill Nye, 1896
- Stefan Zweig, 1942
- Paul Leautaud, 1956
- Felix Frankfurter, 1965
- Peter Arno, 1968
- Elizabeth Bowen, 1973
- Florence Ballard, 1976
- Alexander Scourby, 1985
- Efrem Zimbalist, 1985
- David Susskind, 1987
- Andy Warhol, 1987
- Chuck Jones, 2002
- Nanette Fabray, 2018
- 1630 - Popcorn first introduced to colonists at Thanksgiving dinner by Indian Quadequina.
- 1819 - Spain cedes Florida to U.S.
- 1862 - Jefferson Davis inaugurated president of the Confederacy inc. MI,FL,AL,GA,LA,TX,VA,TN,AR,NC.
- 1879 - Frank Winfield Woolworth opens first 5¢ store in Utica, N.Y.; no item in store cost more than nickel.
- 1892 - Oscar Wilde's scandalous 'Lady Windermere's Fan' premieres in London.
- 1902 - Report published by Walter Reed and Dr. James Carroll: Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes.
- 1920 - Mechanical rabbit first introduced on the Emeryville, CA dog track.
- 1924 - Calvin Coolidge makes first Presidential radio broadcast from the White House. (see 12/6/23)
- 1946 - Discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis, announced.
- 1952 - Welsh poet Dylan Thomas records first audio book - Child's Christmas in Wales for Caedmon.
- 1956 - Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and 80 others arrested for continuing 3 month old bus boycott.
- 1980 - US hockey team crushes Soviet team in one of the most startling upsets in Olympic history.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Independence Day St. Lucia (1979)
- Pagan Festival of Charistes
- Poya Day in Sri Lanka
- Washington's Birthday in USA
- 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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