What Happened in February 2014

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
  • Feb 1 Ray Guy becomes the first pure NFL punter to be inducted in the hall of fame
  • Feb 1 Syrian civil war death toll reaches 130,000, while 4 million are displaced

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Feb 1 Adam Silver becomes the 5th NBA Commissioner

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver
  • Feb 2 Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers
  • Feb 2 Protests in Ukraine turn violent after parliament passes legislation that outlaws protest
  • Feb 3 2 students are shot & killed in a school shooting in Moscow
  • Feb 4 10 people are killed & 35 injured after a bus falls into a ravine in Pune, India
  • Feb 4 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Scotland

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Feb 4 Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella
  • Feb 5 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code

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Feb 5 US President Obama and journalists globally call for the release of 3 Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 6 Jay Leno ends his time on The Tonight Show
  • Feb 6 The Taliban and Pakistani government begin peace negotiations
  • Feb 6 64th Berlin International Film Festival: "Black Coal, Thin Ice" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 7 German treasurer Helmut Linssen resigns amid a scandal involving offshore banking accounts in the Bahamas and Panama
  • Feb 7 22nd Winter Olympic Games open at Sochi, Russia
  • Feb 8 15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Feb 8 17 people are killed after a truck & bus collide in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Feb 8 Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12
  • Feb 9 Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old
  • Feb 9 Protest erupt in Sarajevo and other cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the unemployment rate remains at 40% (57% for youth)
  • Feb 9 Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas
  • Feb 11 11 people are killed after a grenade was tossed into a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Feb 11 77 people are killed after a military transport plane crashes in Algeria
  • Feb 11 Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria
  • Feb 12 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating
  • Feb 12 Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years
  • Feb 14 Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office

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Feb 14 Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference

Actress Ellen Page
Ellen Page
  • Feb 15 Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock
  • Feb 16 63rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 163-155 at New Orleans
  • Feb 16 67th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "12 Years a Slave" Best Film, Alfonso Cuaron Best Director

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Feb 17 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC

Comedian and TV Host Jimmy Fallon
Comedian and TV Host
Jimmy Fallon

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Feb 17 US Secretary of State John Kerry claims climate change requires urgent action and that only a small "window of time" remained open

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • Feb 18 2014 Ukrainian Revolution begins
  • Feb 18 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand

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Feb 19 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • Feb 19 Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters
  • Feb 21 11 people are killed after a Libyan Air Force plan crashes in Tunisia

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Feb 21 US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 21 10 words from the 15th C Voynich manuscript have been decoded
  • Feb 21 Police in Kiev open fire on protesters: 27 killed and around 570 injured
  • Feb 22 Matteo Renzi becomes Prime Minister of Italy
  • Feb 22 Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals
  • Feb 22 Protests in Kiev, Ukraine, occupy the office of President Yanukovich
  • Feb 22 45th NAACP Image Awards: "12 Years a Slave" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 23 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
  • Feb 23 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)
  • Feb 23 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Russia

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Feb 24 Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time

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  • Feb 24 7 people are killed & 37 are injured after a bridge collapses in Vietnam
  • Feb 24 A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust
  • Feb 25 50 students are killed in a Boko Harem attack on a college in Buni, Nigeria
  • Feb 25 Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters block the Crimean parliament and demand a referendum on Crimea's independence
  • Feb 27 Republic of Crimea announces a referendum & ousts its regional government
  • Feb 27 Arseniy Yatsenyuk appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine
  • Feb 27 Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service mistakenly invites 61,000 people to a job interview in Stockholm
  • Feb 27 US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers
  • Feb 28 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine

Famous Deaths

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Feb 2 Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (Capote, Moneyball) dies at 46 of a suspected drug overdose

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Feb 10 Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi), dies of natural causes at 85

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Feb 12 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer ("Your Show of Shows"), dies at 91
  • Feb 13 Ralph Waite, White Plains NY, American actor, director and political candidate (John Walton Snr. in The Waltons)
  • Feb 16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author, dies at 67
  • Feb 17 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • Feb 18 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, dies at 99
  • Feb 19 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • Feb 19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • Feb 22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist & Poet, dies at 98
  • Feb 24 Harold Ramis, American actor & director, dies from vasculitis at 69
  • Feb 26 Frank Reed, American soul singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94