What Happened in February 2008

Historical Events

  • 3rd Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • 5th A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • 7th 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear
  • 8th Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.
  • 10th The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.

Music awardsMusic Awards

10th 50th Grammy Awards: Rehab, Amy Winehouse wins

  • 10th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 42-30
  • 10th 61st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Atonement" Best Film, Ethan and Joel Coen Best Director
  • 11th In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
  • 13th Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • 14th Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.
  • 14th 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 17th Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
  • 17th 57th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 134-128 at New Orleans
  • 17th 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • 19th Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
  • 23rd a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
  • 23rd 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

24th Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

24th 80th Academy Awards: "No Country for Old Men", Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win

  • 28th Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.

Famous Weddings

  • 2nd Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2nd 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 14th Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London
  • 19th "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London

Famous Divorces

  • 22nd "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) divorces Rick Salomon (39) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 months after getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • 3rd Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • 4th Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
  • 5th Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • 6th John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 6th Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 6th Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 7th Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • 7th Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 8th Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • 9th Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • 9th Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 9th Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • 9th Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 10th Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • 10th Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • 11th Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • 11th Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • 12th Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 13th Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • 15th Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • 15th Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 17th Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 18th Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • 18th Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • 18th Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • 19th Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • 19th Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • 20th Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • 20th Larry Davis (criminal)
  • 21st Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 21st Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 23rd Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • 23rd Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • 23rd Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • 24th Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • 25th Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 25th Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • 25th Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 26th Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • 26th Dick Fletcher, Meteorologist (b.1942)
  • 26th Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • 27th Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 27th William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)
  • 27th Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 28th Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)