This Day In History
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
On This Day

February

February 1, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
February 1, 1920 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins operations.
February 1, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
February 2, 1913 - Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
February 2, 1943 - The Battle of Stalingrad comes to conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.
February 2, 1974 - The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
February 3, 1488 - Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, becoming the first known European to travel so far south.
February 3, 1834 - Wake Forest University is established.
February 3, 1966 - The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
February 4, 1797 - The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador.
February 4, 1861 - In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.
February 4, 1936 - Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
February 5, 1783 - In Calabria a sequence of strong earthquakes begins.
February 5, 1869 - The largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the "Welcome Stranger", is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.
February 5, 1941 - Allied forces begin the Battle of Keren to capture Keren, Eritrea.
February 6, 1788 - Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
February 6, 1806 - Battle of San Domingo British naval victory against the French in the Caribbean.
February 6, 1819 - Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.
February 7, 1863 - HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.
February 7, 1940 - The second full length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres.
February 7, 2009 - Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
February 8, 1904 - A surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese at Port Arthur, China starts the Russo-Japanese War.
February 8, 1910 - The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
February 8, 1960 - The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
February 9, 1849 - New Roman Republic established
February 9, 1900 - The Davis Cup competition is established.
February 9, 1969 - First test flight of the Boeing 747.
February 10, 1354 - The St. Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford.
February 10, 1846 - Battle of Sobraon – British defeat Sikhs in final battle of the war.
February 10, 1962 - Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
February 11, 1929 - Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
February 11, 1942 - The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
February 11, 1942 - The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for "Chattanooga Choo Choo".
February 12, 1851 - Starting the Australian gold rush.
February 12, 1855 - Michigan State University is established.
February 12, 1934 - The Austrian Civil War begins
February 13, 1880 - Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect.
February 13, 1934 - The Soviet steamship Cheliuskin sinks in the Arctic Ocean.
February 13, 1960 - With the success of a nuclear test codenamed "Gerboise Bleue", France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.
February 14, 1779 - The Battle of Kettle Creek is fought in Georgia.
February 14, 1859 - Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
February 14, 1912 - Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
February 15, 1764 - The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established.
February 15, 1804 - The Serbian revolution begins.
February 15, 1906 - The British Labour Party is organised.
February 16, 1852 - Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
February 16, 1923 - Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
February 16, 1968 - In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 911 emergency telephone system goes into service.
February 17, 1864 - The H. L. Hunley becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.
February 17, 1933 - Newsweek magazine is published for the first time.
February 17, 1979 - The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
February 18, 1268 - The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.
February 18, 1814 - The Battle of Montereau.
February 18, 1930 - While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
February 19, 1847 - The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
February 19, 1878 - Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
February 19, 1986 - The Soviet Union launches its «Mir» spacecraft.
February 20, 1864 - Battle of Olustee occurs.
February 20, 1872 - In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
February 20, 1935 - Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
February 21, 1885 - The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
February 21, 1918 - The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
February 21, 1925 - The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
February 22, 1744 - The Battle of Toulon.
February 22, 1819 - By the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.
February 22, 1959 - Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
February 23, 1896 - The Tootsie Roll is invented.
February 23, 1903 - Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity".
February 23, 1987 - Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
February 24, 1525 - Spanish-Imperial army defeat French army at Battle of Pavia.
February 24, 1920 - The Nazi Party is founded.
February 24, 2011 - Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery
February 25, 1836 - Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
February 25, 1933 - The USS Ranger is launched.
February 25, 1951 - The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
February 26, 1794 - The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down.
February 26, 1946 - Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets.
February 26, 1972 - The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia.
February 27, 1700 - The island of New Britain is discovered.
February 27, 1870 - The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships.
February 27, 1940 - Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
February 28, 1854 - The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
February 28, 1928 - C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
February 28, 1997 - The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
February 29, 1712 - February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.
February 29, 1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
February 29, 1960 - Family Circus makes its debut.
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