What Happened in February 2008

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • Feb 5 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.
  • Feb 7 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.
  • Feb 10 The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 42-30
  • Feb 10 61st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Atonement" Best Film, Ethan and Joel Coen Best Director
  • Feb 11 In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
  • Feb 13 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • Feb 14 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.
  • Feb 14 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 17 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
  • Feb 17 57th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 134-128 at New Orleans
  • Feb 17 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
  • Feb 23 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.
  • Feb 23 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 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

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 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
  • Feb 14 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London
  • Feb 19 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London

Famous Divorces

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

Famous Deaths

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