Born On This Day:
- Sir Thomas More, 1477
- John Deere, 1804
- Charles Dickens, 1812
- Frederick Douglass, 1817
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867
- Eubie Blake, 1883
- Sinclair Lewis, 1885
- Buster Crabbe, 1908
- Oscar Brand, 1920
- Eddie Bracken, 1920
- An Wang, 1920
- Gay Talese, 1932
- Miguel Ferrer, 1954
- James Spader, 1960
- Eddie Izzard, 1962
- Chris Rock, 1966
Died On This Day:
- King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, 1837
- Henry Steinway, 1871
- Pope Pius IX, 1878
- Adolphe Sax, 1894
- Elihu Root, 1937
- Josef Mengele drowned, 1979
- Jimmy Van Heusen, 1990
- Carl Wilson, 1998
- King Hussein of Jordan, 1999
- Doug Henning, 2000
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 2001
- Dale Evans, 2001
- Albert Finney, 2019
- 1795 - 11th Amendment to U.S. Constitution ratified; powers of individual States affirmed.
- 1821 - Capt. John Davis aboard the Huron from New Haven makes first landing on Antarctica at Hughes Bay.
- 1827 - First ballet 'The Deserter' presented in America at Bowery Theatre, New York City by Mme. Hutin.
- 1845 - Original 1st century Roman Portland Vase, finest surviving cameo glass, smashed by drunk at British Museum
- 1882 - Boxer John L. Sullivan knocks opponent, Paddy Ryan, unconscious; expression 'a knockout' coined.
- 1904 - Great fire of Baltimore causes $777 million in damage to over 1,500 buildings.
- 1935 - The board game Monopoly, invented by Charles Darrow in 1933, first marketed by Parker Brothers.
- 1940 - Disney's 'Pinocchio' premieres.
- 1942 - Hitler names architect Albert Speer to lead armaments and munitions despite Speer's lack of qualifications.
- 1947 - Dead Sea Scrolls discovered by Bedouin shepherds in a cave in mountains of Qumran.
- 1964 - Beatles arrive in America at Kennedy Airport at 1:20 p.m. to pandemonium.
- 1965 - U.S. begins bombing North Vietnam.
- 1971 - Woman's suffrage finally comes to Switzerland; women can vote and stand for Parliament.
- 1984 - Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart take the first untethered spacewalk for almost six hours during Challenger mission STS-41-B.
- 1986 - Jean-Claude ('Baby-Doc') Duvalier flees Haiti to exile in France; Gen. Henri Manphy succeeds him.
- 1990 - Soviet Communist Party gives up power monopoly after 70 years; multi-party system OK.
- 2005 - Ellen MacArthur smashes solo round-the-world voyage record by 32 hours after 71 days at sea.
- 2018 - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes longest speech in over a century defending rights of illegal children immigrants - 8 hours 7 minutes.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Theodore the General
- Independence Day Grenada (1974)
- 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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