Born On This Day:
- Samuel Pepys, 1633
- George Frideric Handel, 1685
- W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868
- Victor Fleming, 1883
- Karl Jaspers, 1883
- Norman Taurog, 1899
- William Shirer, 1904
- Peter Fonda, 1939
- Johnny Winter, 1944
- Ed 'Too Tall' Jones, 1951
- Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, 1960
- Michael Dell, 1963
Died On This Day:
- Humphrey duke of Gloucester, 1447
- Johannes Gutenberg, 1468
- KIing Ferdinand V, 1516
- King Stanislas I of Poland, 1766
- Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1792
- John Keats, 1821
- John Quincy Adams, 1848
- Mabel Normand, 1930
- Dame Nellie Melba, 1931
- Edward Elgar, 1934
- Stan Laurel, 1965
- Fannie Hurst, 1968
- King Saud Saudi Arabia, 1969
- Harry Ruby, 1974
- Sir Adrian Boult, 1983
- José Napoleon Duarte, 1990
- James Herriot, 1995
- Robert W. Sarnoff, 1997
- 1820 - Cato Street Conspiracy uncovered - plot to assassinate entire British cabinet.
- 1836 - Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna begins siege of Alamo in San Antonio, TX.
- 1861 - Texas seceded from the Union.
- 1874 - Lawn Tennis patented in England by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield
- 1883 - World's first anti-vivisection society organized at Philly founded by Caroline Earle White.
- 1886 - Aluminum manufacturing process discovered by Charles Martin Hall in Oberlin, OH.
- 1905 - World's first Rotary Club founded in Chicago by attorney Paul P. Harris; spreads to 6 continents by 1921.
- 1915 - State of Nevada passes easy divorce bill requiring only six months' residence.
- 1917 - Storming of the Winter Palace starts Russian Revolution.
- 1920 - First regular broadcasting service begins in Britain.
- 1927 - Establishment of the Federal Radio Commission, later the F.C.C.
- 1945 - After four days of battle, U.S. Marines raise Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima. WWII
- 1954 - First mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
- 1996 - U.S. National debt surpasses five trillion dollar mark for the first time.
- 1997 - Announcement that world's first cloned sheep, Dolly, had been born in Scotland.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Peter Damian
- Day of Atisha - reformer of Tibeton Buddhism
- National Day in Brunei
- 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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