This month in History

This month in History: February 2020

General events not linked to a day

Canned Food Month

National Chocolate Lovers Month

National Cherry Month

National Grapefruit Month

National Snack Food Month

National Potato Lovers Month

Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month

National Hot Breakfast Month

1st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week

3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend

“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)

1 February

Robinson Crusoe Day

National Baked Alaska Day

National Cake Pops Day

National Dark Chocolate Day

1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Established

1969 John DeLorean becomes general manager of Chevrolet

1978 Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France

1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 14 years in exile

2004 Janet Jackson’s breast is briefly exposed by Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show

2004 Hajj Pilgrimage Stampede

2 February

National Tater Tot Day

Groundhog Day

1916 German zeppelins drop close to 400 bombs over the West Midlands

1925 Sears, Roebuck Opens It’s First Store

1949 First 45 RPM vinyl record released

1964 GI Joe Launched

3 February

National Carrot Cake Day

1931 Major Earthquake Napier in New Zealand

1931 Banks Go Bust by the thousands following losses during the Wall Street Crash

1959 Rock ‘n’ Roll singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ( The Big Bopper ) died in a plane crash

4 February

National Homemade Soup Day

National Stuffed Mushroom Day

1902 Charles Lindbergh’s Birthday (1902 – 1974)

1913 Rosa Parks Birthday (1913 – 2005)

1938 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Released

1948 Ceylon now Sri Lanka gains independence from British rule

1959 Barbie Doll Invented By Ruth Handler

1974 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is kidnapped in Berkeley, California

1976 In Guatemala and Honduras a 7.5 magnitude earthquake centred about 160 km northeast of Guatemala City kills more than 22,000

2004 Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg

5 February

World Nutella Day

National Frozen Yogurt Day

Western Monarch Day (U.S.A.)

1917 Congress passes the Immigration Act which required a literacy test

1922 Readers Digest First Published

1953 Sweet rationing ends in Great Britain

1974 Patty Hearst is Kidnapped by The Symbionese Liberation Army

1983 Klaus Barbie indicted for “crimes against humanity.”

2002 John Walker Lindh Indicted

2008 C.I.A. admits to ‘waterboarding’ terror suspects

6 February

National Chopsticks Day

1895 Babe Ruth’s Birthday (1895 – 1948)

1911 Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)

1926 First Doughnut Making Machine

1935 Monopoly Board Game

1938 Bondi Beach Freak Waves “Black Sunday” in Australia

1943 Frank Sinatra makes his singing debut on the popular radio show “Your Hit Parade.”

1952 King George V1 Dies

1954 Mercedes introduced the 300SL coupe

1958 Manchester United Football Club Disaster

1971 Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moo

7 February

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

1812 Charles Dickens Birthday (1812 – 1870)

1867 Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 – 1957)

1962 A U.S. embargo ordered by President Kennedy will go into effect on all imports from Cuba including tobacco, seafood, fruits and vegetables

1964 The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States

1992 The Maastricht Treaty Signed

2008 Congress has approved the $168 billion economic stimulus program

2009 Black Saturday Bushfires Australia

2010 Super Bowl XLIV breaks viewing record

8 February

National Pizza Day

National Molasses Bar Day

National Potato Lover’s Day

1828 Jules Verne (1828 – 1905)

1910 The Boy Scouts of America, was incorporated

1922 President Warren G. Harding has a radio installed in the White House

1943 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal

1952 Queen Elizabeth the Second Becomes Queen

1983 Shergar is stolen from a stud farm owned by the Aga Khan in County Kildare, Ireland

9 February

Clean out Your Computer Day

National Bagels and Lox Day

1894 Hershey Chocolate Founded

1961 President Kennedy asked Congress to approve a health insurance program ( The Medicare Program )

10 February

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

National “Have a Brownie” Day

60AD the ship carrying Paul (and some 274 others) to Rome, shipwrecked off the coast of Malta. The Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck is celebrated in Malta to celebrate this day

1722 Welsh Pirate, Black Bart (Bartholomew Roberts), 39, dies at sea off Cape Lopez, Gabon. Black Bart captured 400 vessels in three years from 1719 off the Americas and West Africa during the most successful of the Golden Age of Piracy

1840 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, both 20, marry in the Chapel Royal of St James’ Palace in the United Kingdom. They had nine children and Prince Albert died 14 December 1861, age 42. Queen Victoria wore black for the rest of her life. She reigned for 63 years and seven months until her death on 22 January 1901, aged 81

1890 Boris Pasternak, Russian poet and novelist is born in Moscow. Doctor Zhivago is credited to him

1933 Ernie Schaaf, 24 year old US heavyweight boxer, collapses during a fight against Italian boxer, Primo Carnera in New York City. He died 14 February from ‘an inflammation of the brain caused by a bad case of influenza’ and ‘ recent signs of spinal meningitis’, according to an autopsy

1933 Postal Telegraph-Cable Company in New York City delivered the first singing telegraph. It was considered a good idea but 50 years ahead of its time! This good idea was not enough to save the business and it merges with Western Union

1939 Japan occupies the island of Hainan, off the coast of a French Indochina (Vietnam), as part of a campaign by the Empire of Japan during the Sino-Japanese War to isolate the Republic of China

1950 Mark Spitz, nine Olympic gold medals, US swimmer (2 in 1968, 7 in 1972), is born in Modesto, California

1964 Dylan Releases ” The Times They Are A Changing”

1984 Kenyan soldiers massacre an estimated 10 000 ethnic Somalis at the Wagalla airstrip, reportedly to help defuse clan-related conflict

1992 Mike Tyson, found guilty of raping Desiree Washington

1996 IRA Bomb Docklands In London

1999 4 people die on board a MI-8MTV helicopter which – positioned itself to deliver an air-conditioning unit on the roof of a Cape Town building – spins out of control, crashes and bursts into flames after its tail rotor had clipped an advertising board

11 February

National Peppermint Patty Day

1650 René Descartes died, father of modern philosophy who erected new epistemically foundations with the dictum “I think, therefore I am”

1847 birth of Thomas Edison, American inventor. Responsible for 1 093 patents and played a critical role in introducing the modern age of electricity (1847 – 1931)

1858 in Lourdes, 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous, a miller’s daughter, had her first visions of the Virgin Mary. The visions were authenticated by Pope Pius IX in 1862, initiating the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes. Bernadette becomes St. Bernadette

1916 Emma Goldman Jailed for Advocating Birth Control

1929 Vatican City gains independent sovereignty. Benito Mussolini of Italy and Pretor Gasparri of the Vatican signed the Lateran Treaty, recognizing papal sovereignty over Vatican City, an enclave in Rome

1929 the Dawes Plan of 1924 was revised by a committee that met in Paris. The ‘Young Plan’ renegotiated Germany’s reparations for WW1

1945 President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement which closed the Yalta Conference between the Allied leaders of WW2

1964 Sarah Palin was born. Palin was the first woman to appear on a Republican presidential ticket. She was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 US presidential election

1969 Jennifer Aniston was born. Best known for her role in the sitcom Friends (1994-2004)

1975 British politician Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative Party. She replaced Edward Heath

1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took control of Iran

1989 Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris of the Protestant Episcopal Church became the first female bishop of an apostolic-succession church

1990 Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years

2006 Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded Harry Whittington

2010 The United States has tested an airborne laser weapon

2011 Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power. Mass demonstrations as part of the pro-democracy, called Arab Spring, finalised his decision

2012 Whitney Houston died. She became a pop superstar in the 1980’s

12 February

National Plum Pudding Day

(National PB&J Day)

National Biscotti Day

1554 Lady Jane Grey, titular queen of England, was executed at age 16 in London by order of Mary I

1804 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher, died today in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia)

1809 Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

1809: Charles Darwin, who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection, was born today (died 1882)

1818 Chile’s independence from Spain declared

1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

1912 Hsian-T’ung, the last emperor of China Forced To Abdicate at the end of the Chinese Revolution

1921 South Africa Independence

1924 Calvin Coolidge Gives First Presidential Radio Address

1934 Bill Russell, American basketball player and the first black coach of a major professional American sports team, the Boston Celtics, was born. He was one of the greatest defensive centres in NBA history!

1953 The Egyptian government signed an agreement with Britain granting self-government for the Sudan and self-determination within three years for the Sudanese

1958 The first Trans Atlantic passenger jetliner service

1994  The Scream by Edyard Munch was stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo. It is one of several version from this Norwegian artist. It was however later recovered

2002 Slobodan Milosevic, president of Yugoslavia in 1997–2000, went on trial for war crimes in The Hague, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; he died four years later, before the trial had ended

2007 Trolley Square Mall Shooting

13 February

National Tortellini Day

National “Italian Food” Day

1935 Bruno Hauptmann convicted of the Lindbergh baby murder

1960 France becomes the worlds fourth atomic power

1975 British Coal Miners get 35% Pay Rise

14 February

World Book Giving Day

Valentines Day

Ferris Wheel Day

National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

1912 Arizona becomes the 48th state of the union

1929 Sir Alexander Fleming discovers Penicillin

1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

1948 NASCAR holds its first race for modified stock cars on a 3.2 mile-course at Daytona Beach

1962 First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gives a tour of the White House shown on Television

1974 Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn Charged with treason

2008 Shooting At Northern Illinois University

15 February

National Gumdrop Day

National Chewing Gum Day

1564 Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)

1942 World War II Singapore Surrenders To Japanese

1965 Canada adopts Maple Leaf For Canadian Flag

1971 England D Day introduces Decimal Currency

1982 The world’s largest oil rig ( The Ocean Ranger ) Sinks In North Atlantic

16 February

Presidents Day

National Almond Day

1923 The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen Opened

1939 Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon

1959 Fidel Castro sworn in as prime minister of Cuba.

1965 Beeching Report on British Railways Closes 25%

1968 First 911 emergency telephone system in Haleyville, Ala

2005 The Kyoto accord Comes Into Force

17 February

National Cafe’ Au Lait Day

1911 The First Electric Self Start was installed in a Cadillac

1925 The New Yorker is published for the first time

1992 Jeffrey Dahmer, sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences

2008 Kosovo Declares independence

18 February

World Whale Day

National “Drink Wine” Day

1930 Pluto Discovered

1932 Sonja Henie won her 6th straight World Women’s figure skating title in Montreal

1937 Dust storms hit five states-in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico

1992 Žižkov Television Tower, in Prague, was put into service

The Official Tourism Website for Prague

– The babies that decorated the tower were to be removed 2017

2001 Dale Earnhardt died in a crash during the Daytona 500

2005 Fox hunting with dogs becomes illegal in England and Wales

19 February

National Chocolate Mint Day

1473 Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543)

1942 President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066

2004 Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling is charged

2008 Fidel Castro retires as President of Cuba

20 February

National Cherry Pie Day

National Muffin Day

1872 Toothpick patented

1933 Repeal of the 18th Amendment

1962 John Glen orbits the earth

1986 The Soviet Union launches the world’s biggest space station, Mir

21 February

National Pancake Day

National Sticky Bun Day

1947 Land Camera Demonstrated ( 1st Polaroid )

1965 Malcolm X Assassinated

1995 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon

22 February

National Margarita Day

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

1732 George Washington (1732 – 1799)

1879 1st Woolworth 5 Cents Store Opened

1967 The Tet offensive By North Vietnam Ends

1997 Scottish scientists announce Cloned Sheep ( Dolly )

23 February

National Chili Day

National Banana Bread Day

1945 US Marines Land On Iwo Jimaa and Take Control

1954 Polio Vaccines Start in United States

1991 Allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces begins

1997 Dolly the Sheep Cloned

2009 Shares are their lowest for twelve years Dow Jones closes at 7,114.8

24 February

National Tortilla Chip Day

1786 Wilhelm Grimm (1786 – 1859)

1942 Voice of America goes on the air for the first time

1972 President Nixon visits the Great Wall of China

25 February

National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day

National Clam Chowder Day

1841 Pierre Renoir (1841 – 1919)

1913 The Sixteenth Amendment, which paved the way for the United States adoption of income tax, was ratified

2010 2/3 of the worlds population using mobile phones

26 February

National Pistachio Day

1829 Levi Strauss (1829 – 1902)

1846 Buffalo Bill (1846 – 1917)

1919 Congress established Grand Canyon National Park

1972 Buffalo Creek Valley Flooding

1995 Barings PLC, Britain’s oldest investment banking firm, collapses

27 February

Polar Bear Day

National Strawberry Day

National Kahlua Day

1807 Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

1922 Nineteenth Amendment To The Constitution passed

1938 Los Angeles Flood Begins

1951 22nd amendment to the Constitution is ratified

28 February

National Chocolate Souffle Day

1953 DNA discovered

1954 DNA Double Helix Discovered

1975 Moorgate Underground Crash

1986 Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister is shot dead

1991 Gulf War Ends

1993 Waco, Texas bloody gun battle

29 February

National Frog Legs Day!


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