What Happened in February 2012

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
  • Feb 2 Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
  • Feb 2 MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papa New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside)
  • Feb 2 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • Feb 4 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17 at the Lucas Oil Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • Feb 6 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
  • Feb 9 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Caesar Must Die" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
  • Feb 12 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is re-elected president of Turkmenistan with 97% of the vote
  • Feb 12 Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Feb 12 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins
  • Feb 12 65th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Artist" Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director
  • Feb 15 United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • Feb 15 Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358
  • Feb 17 Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
  • Feb 17 The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
  • Feb 17 43rd NAACP Image Awards: "The Help" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 18 Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the first native American saint
  • Feb 19 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
  • Feb 20 South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
  • Feb 20 Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
  • Feb 21 Yemeni voters go to the polls for a presidential election where the only candidate on the ballot paper is vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi
  • Feb 22 Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds
  • Feb 23 A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
  • Feb 25 Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama
  • Feb 25 Al Qaeda suicide bombing kills at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen
  • Feb 25 World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries
  • Feb 26 Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • Feb 26 Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 26 84th Academy Awards: "The Artist" wins five Oscars and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep also win

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
  • Feb 26 61st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 152-149 at Orlando
  • Feb 27 Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor
  • Feb 28 Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral
  • Feb 28 Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall
  • Feb 28 54th Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins (140.256 MPH)

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 18 Activist and contributor for ABC News Elizabeth Smart (24) weds Matthew Gilmour (22) in Hawaii
  • Feb 29 "Diagnosis Murder" actor Dick Van Dyke (86) weds make-up artist Arlene Silver (40) in Malibu

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 9 Actress Parminder Nagra files for divorce from photographer James Stenson due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • Feb 1 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • Feb 1 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman, dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • Feb 2 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Feb 3 Christopher Samuel Youd, British science fiction writer, dies at 89
  • Feb 3 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3 Norton Zinder, American biologist, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 3 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • Feb 4 Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110
  • Feb 4 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Feb 4 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Sam Coppola, American actor, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Janice Voss, American astronaut, dies from breast cancer at 55
  • Feb 6 Antoni Tapies, Spanish artist, dies at 88
  • Feb 6 Peter Breck, American actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 7 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Feb 7 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • Feb 7 Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • Feb 8 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • Feb 8 Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • Feb 10 Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97
  • Feb 10 Jeffrey Zaslow, American author and columnist, dies in a car accident at 53

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 John Severin, America comic book artist, dies at 90
  • Feb 13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • Feb 13 Mohamed Lamari, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Feb 13 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter, dies at 94
  • Feb 14 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 16 Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57
  • Feb 16 Baddeley Devesi, first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands, dies at 70
  • Feb 16 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, dies from asthma at 43
  • Feb 16 Harry McPherson, presidential counsel and lobbyist, dies from cancer at 82
  • Feb 16 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94
  • Feb 17 Ulric Neisser, American psychologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92
  • Feb 19 Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100
  • Feb 20 Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97
  • Feb 21 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer, dies at 86
  • Feb 21 Colin Ireland, British 'Gay Slayer' serial killer, dies at 57
  • Feb 21 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • Feb 21 John Michuki, Kenyan politician, dies from heart attack at 79
  • Feb 21 Barney Rosset, American publisher and free speech advocate, dies at 89
  • Feb 21 Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Feb 22 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Jan Berenstain, American author dies from a stroke at 88
  • Feb 24 Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 24 Kenneth Price, American ceramic artist and print maker, dies from cancer at 77
  • Feb 24 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • Feb 25 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • Feb 25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • Feb 27 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91

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Feb 29 Davy Jones, English musician, dies from heart attack at 66

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones