Born On This Day:
- Christopher Marlowe, 1564
- Queen Anne, 1665
- Aaron Burr, 1756
- Sir Henry Irving, 1838
- Louis Phillippe-Robert duc d'Orleans, 1869
- Babe Ruth, 1895
- Ramon Novarro, 1899
- Louis Nizer, 1902
- Claudio Arrau, 1903
- Ronald Reagan, 1911
- Eva Braun, 1912
- Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917
- Keith Waterhouse, 1929
- Rip Torn, 1931
- François Truffaut, 1932
- Mike Farrell, 1939
- Tom Brokaw, 1940
- Fabian (Forte), 1943
- Michael Tucker, 1944
- Bob Marley, 1945
- Natalie Cole, 1950
- Kathy Najimy, 1957
- Molly Ringwald, 1968
Died On This Day:
- King Charles II, 1685
- Capability Brown, 1783
- Carlo Goldoni, 1793
- Joseph Priestley, 1804
- Gustav Klimt, 1918
- Gustav Klimt, 1918
- King George VI, 1952
- Henry Morgenthau, 1967
- Barbara Tuchman, 1989
- Danny Thomas, 1991
- Arthur Ashe AIDS, 1993
- Joseph Cotten, 1994
- Frankie Laine, 2007
- James Whitmore, 2009
- 1508 - Maximilian I, son of Frederick III, becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
- 1685 - King James II accedes to the throne of England on the death of Charles II.
- 1778 - Britain declares war on France.
- 1778 - First U.S. treaty signed-with France. France is first to recognize U.S. independence.
- 1788 - France agrees to back America's Revolution against Britain.
- 1788 - Massachusetts admitted to Union; 6th of original 13 states to ratify Constitution.
- 1819 - East India company establishes settlement at Singapore.
- 1840 - New Zealand becomes a British Colony with Treaty of Waitangi; rights of Maori tribes recognized.
- 1865 - Robert E. Lee appointed commander in chief of the armies of the Confederacy.
- 1927 - Ten year-old violin prodigy Yehudi Menuhim a sensation in Paris debut; is paid $5,000 per concert.
- 1943 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower named commander of Allied expeditionary forces in North Africa.
- 1952 - Queen Elizabeth II ascends throne on death of her father George VI.
- 1964 - France and England agree to proceed on the building of a tunnel under the English Channel.
- 1967 - Muhammad Ali outpoints Ernie Terrell at Houston for World Boxing Assn. Championship.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Amand of Maastricht
- Waitangi Day in New Zealand
- 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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