What Happened in February 2016

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 WHO declares a global public health emergency over the rapid spread of zika-linked conditions
  • Feb 1 Alphabet, Google's parent company surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results
  • Feb 1 Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 1 Iowa Caucuses: Republican Ted Cruz defeats Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton beats Bernie Sanders by a coin toss

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump
  • Feb 1 Poor weather conditions strand 100,000 Chinese New Year travelers at a railway station in Guangzhou, China
  • Feb 2 First case of Zika contracted on US mainland (Texas) and second known sexually transmitted case confirmed in Texas

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 3 Rand Paul drops out of the Republican Presidential nomination race

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • Feb 3 Lord Lucan's death certificate is granted, 42 years after he disappeared following the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 US President Barack Obama visits his first US mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 4 Morocco's Mohammed VI switches on world's largest solar plant near Ouarzazate. Planned to power 1 million homes when fully completed 2018
  • Feb 4 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire
  • Feb 5 Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities
  • Feb 6 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • Feb 9 Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 9 US primary elections: New Hampshire Primary, In Republican race Donald Trump wins (35%), John Kasich 2nd (16%), and Bernie Sanders (60%) defeats Hillary Clinton (38%) in Democratic race

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump
  • Feb 9 Two German passenger trains collide near Bad Aibling, Bavaria, killing 10 and seriously injuring 18
  • Feb 10 Venezuelan government orders more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity, due to drought caused by El Niño
  • Feb 10 Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspend their campaigns
  • Feb 11 Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Feb 11 Riot between rival drug cartels at a prison in Monterrey, Mexico, leaves 52 dead
  • Feb 11 Last of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge surrenders to authorities after 41 days
  • Feb 11 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 12 Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City
  • Feb 12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years
  • Feb 12 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)
  • Feb 12 Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
  • Feb 12 Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Feb 13 Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 14 69th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Revenant" Best Film, Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinging Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Feb 16 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds
  • Feb 16 China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world's largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals."

  • Feb 17 Oldest known case of human-Neanderthal sex (100,000 yrs ago) revealed by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), 50,000 yr old Neanderthal woman's remains from Altai mountains show traces of Homo Sapiens DNA
  • Feb 17 Channing Dungey announced new President of ABC Entertainment Group, first African-American to lead a major US broadcast network
  • Feb 17 Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Pope Francis questions US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a wall on the Mexican border

Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President Donald Trump
Businessman, TV Personality and 45th US President
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • Feb 20 US primary elections: South Carolina Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 32.5%
  • Feb 20 US primary elections: Nevada Democratic Primary - Hillary Clinton wins with 52.6%
  • Feb 20 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6
  • Feb 20 Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 21 Bombings in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus kill 140 people, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Feb 22 10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal
  • Feb 23 US primary elections: Nevada Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 45.9.5%
  • Feb 24 Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a buriel site in Nimes, France
  • Feb 25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 26 Iranian elections: reformers and moderates win control of parliament
  • Feb 28 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress
  • Feb 28 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 28 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Spotlight", Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor/Actress Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson


Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 5 Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, heir to throne of Bhutan, born in Thimphu

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 14 Model and actress Liberty Ross (37) weds producer Jimmy Iovine (62) in Malibu, California
  • Feb 20 R&B singer Ne-Yo (36) weds Crystal Renay Williams in Los Angeles
  • Feb 20 Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams (27) weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Feb 20 TV personality and actress Casey Reinhardt (30) weds longtime beau Sean Brown in California
  • Feb 27 "The Voice" winner RaeLynn Woodward weds Josh Davis in Nashville
  • Feb 29 Actor Michael C. Hall (45) weds editor Morgan MacGregor at New York's City Hall

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • Feb 2 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92
  • Feb 4 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • Feb 4 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), dies at 98
  • Feb 4 Edgar Mitchell, american NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), dies at 93
  • Feb 6 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • Feb 9 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76
  • Feb 12 Johnny Lattner, American football player, dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 66
  • Feb 15 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57
  • Feb 15 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Punky Brewster), dies at 98
  • Feb 16 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992- 96), dies at 93
  • Feb 17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • Feb 19 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 19 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • Feb 20 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101
  • Feb 22 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), dies at 103
  • Feb 22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • Feb 22 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, dies at 87
  • Feb 22 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, dies at 79
  • Feb 25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83
  • Feb 27 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun films), dies at 91
  • Feb 28 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77