Born On This Day:
- Felix Mendelssohn, 1809
- Horace Greeley, 1811
- Gertrude Stein, 1874
- Norman Rockwell, 1894
- Mabel Mercer, 1900
- James Michener, 1907
- Joey Bishop, 1919
- Shelley Berman, 1926
- Victor Buono, 1938
- Fran Tarkenton, 1940
- Blythe Danner, 1943
- Morgan Fairchild, 1950
- Nathan Lane, 1956
Died On This Day:
- John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, 1399
- Jonannes Gutenberg, 1468
- Belle Starr shot, 1889
- Woodrow Wilson, 1924
- Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.), Buddy Holly killed, 1959
- Lucius Beebe, 1966
- Neal Cassady, 1968
- Boris Karloff, 1969
- John Cassavetes, 1989
- Audrey Meadows, 1996
- Ben Gazzara, 2012
- 1690 - First paper money issued in American colonies; soldiers in Massachusetts first recipients.
- 1830 - Greece declared an independent kingdom.
- 1844 - The saxophone first played in public in Paris by Adolphe Sax.
- 1863 - 'Mark Twain' born when Samuel Clemens signs name to Virginia City Territorial Enterprise article.
- 1870 - Sherwin Williams paint company founded.
- 1876 - Spalding Company incorporated, manufacturers of first baseball, tennis, golf and footballs.
- 1881 - P.T. Barnum ships Jumbo, an African elephant to U.S.
- 1912 - New football rules: field shortened from 110 to 100 yds; TD counts 6 not 5; 4 downs instead of 3.
- 1945 - Yalta Conference begins in Russia with Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin organizing world.
- 1948 - First Cadillac with tail fins manufactured.
- 1954 - Queen Elizabeth becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia; makes 100 speeches in 70 towns.
- 1962 - Ocean Liner 'France' starts maiden voyage from Le Havre, France to New York City.
- 1962 - President JFK bans all trade with Cuba.
- 1966 - First soft landing on Moon by Soviet Luna 9.
- 1969 - Endangered Species Act passed into law by President Richard M. Nixon.
- 2010 - Giacometti's L'Homme Qui Marche fetches auction world record price of £65 million beating out Picasso's Garcon a la Pipe.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Lawrence of Canterbury
- Setsubun (Change of Season Bean-Throwing Night) in Japan
- 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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