Born On This Day:
- William Henry Harrison, 1773
- Mrs. Patrick Campbell, 1865
- George Ade, 1866
- Ronald Colman, 1891
- Brian Donlevy, 1899
- Dean Rusk, 1909
- Bill Veeck, 1914
- Carmen Miranda, 1914
- Kathryn Grayson, 1923
- Brendan Behan, 1923
- Letitia Baldrige, 1926
- Roger Mudd, 1928
- Carole King, 1941
- Alice Walker, 1944
- Mia Farrow, 1945
Died On This Day:
- Lord Darnley, husband Mary, Queen of Scots murdered, 1567
- King Frederick III Denmark, 1670
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1881
- George Norman Douglas, 1952
- Sophie Tucker, 1966
- Gabby Hayes, 1969
- Percy Faith, 1976
- Bill Haley, 1981
- Yuri Andropov, 1984
- David Wayne, 1995
- J. William Fulbright, 1995
- Princess Margaret, 2002
- Vera Hruba Ralston, 2003
- Ian Richardson, 2007
- John Gavin, 2018
- 1540 - First recorded organized horse race meeting in England is run at Roodee Fields, Chester.
- 1801 - Peace of Lunéville signed between the French Republic and Austria marks the end of the Holy Roman Empire.
- 1849 - Republic of Rome proclaimed under Giuseppe Mazzini
- 1861 - Confederate States of America choose Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens president and VP.
- 1893 - World’s first striptease performed at Moulin Rouge Paris by Mlle Mona who was jailed amid protests of fans.
- 1893 - Giuseppe Verdi's third and last opera 'Falstaff' premieres in Milan.
- 1919 - First European commercial plane, the Goliath, completes Paris to London round trip.
- 1923 - Russian commercial airline, now called Aeroflot, founded.
- 1928 - First transatlantic TV transmission by John Logie Baird from Britain to New York.
- 1943 - Japanese evacuate Guadacanal Island ending this major battle with allied victory. WWII
- 1963 - First Boeing 727 flies.
- 1964 - Beatles make U.S. TV debut on Ed Sullivan Show.
- 1969 - Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet makes first flight.
- 1971 - Major California Sylmar 6.5 earthquake kills 65 in San Fernando Valley.
- 1996 - Huge IRA bomb explodes in London's Docklands injuring 100, killing 2.
- 2020 - "Parasite" becomes first film not in English to win the Academy Award for Best Picture; Bong Joon Ho wins Best Director.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Cyril of Alexandria
- Nicephorus of Antioch
- 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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