What Happened in February 2007

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.

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Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Feb 8 57th Berlin International Film Festival: "Tuya's Marriage" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 31-28
  • Feb 11 A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 11 49th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins

  • Feb 11 60th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Queen" Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director
  • Feb 12 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

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Feb 12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

  • Feb 13 Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement when mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for 2008 presidential election.
  • Feb 18 56th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-132 at Las Vegas
  • Feb 18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala.
  • Feb 21 Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
  • Feb 23 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • Feb 23 A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
  • Feb 24 27th Golden Raspberry Awards: Basic Instinct 2 wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 25 79th Academy Awards: "The Departed", Forest Whitaker & Helen Mirren win

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • Feb 27 The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
  • Feb 27 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.

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Feb 27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Feb 28 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 28 Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 3 Winner of "Strictly Come Dancing and "Eastenders" actress Jill Halfpenny (31) weds actor Craig Conway (32) at St. Andrew's Church in Newcastle
  • Feb 3 Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia
  • Feb 5 "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City
  • Feb 14 Former Felicity actress Keri Russell (30) weds longtime boyfriend Shane Deary (30) in New York, New York
  • Feb 14 Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (26) weds Mark Croft in Gretna Green
  • Feb 17 Japanese actress Noria Fujiwara weds comedian Tomonori at Jinnai Ikuta Shrine in Kobe, Japan
  • Feb 17 "Home and Away" actress Ada Nicodemou (29) weds Chrys Xipolitas at St. Andrew's Greek church in Redfern, Australia
  • Feb 17 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 6 "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (32) divorces actress Andrea Elmer Faustino (31) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 20 Baywatch actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer (b. 1911)
  • Feb 1 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 1 Ray Berres, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
  • Feb 1 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
  • Feb 2 Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • Feb 2 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • Feb 2 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners) (b. 1939)
  • Feb 2 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • Feb 2 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 3 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • Feb 3 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • Feb 3 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • Feb 4 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 4 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • Feb 5 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • Feb 5 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Lee Hoffman, American author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (b. 1939)
  • Feb 6 Frankie Laine, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 8 Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture dies suddenly at 39
  • Feb 8 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation expert (b. 1918)
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Feb 9 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • Feb 10 Ned Austin, American character actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • Feb 11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • Feb 12 Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • Feb 13 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 13 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • Feb 14 Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker. (b. 1943)
  • Feb 15 Walker Edmiston, actor (b. 1926)
  • Feb 15 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Feb 17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Feb 17 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Feb 17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • Feb 19 Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)
  • Feb 19 Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1921)
  • Feb 20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 20 Mike Awesome, Pro Wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 22 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • Feb 22 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran, dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • Feb 23 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Bruce Bennett, American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies from complications of a broken hip at 100
  • Feb 24 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • Feb 24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 25 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Mark Spoelstra, American singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Feb 27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)
  • Feb 28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b.1917)
  • Feb 28 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)