Historical Events in February 2012

  • 1st At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
  • 2nd Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
  • 2nd 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)
  • 2nd 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
  • 4th Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • 5th Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17 at the Lucas Oil Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • 6th 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths

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6th 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

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6th 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
  • 9th 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Caesar Must Die" wins the Golden Bear
  • 11th Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
  • 12th Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is re-elected president of Turkmenistan with 97% of the vote
  • 12th Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • 12th 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins
  • 12th 65th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Artist" Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director
  • 15th United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • 15th Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358
  • 17th Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
  • 17th The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
  • 17th 43rd NAACP Image Awards: "The Help" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 18th Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the first native American saint
  • 19th 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
  • 20th South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
  • 20th Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
  • 21st 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
  • 22nd Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds
  • 23rd A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
  • 25th Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama
  • 25th Al Qaeda suicide bombing kills at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen
  • 25th World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries
  • 26th Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • 26th Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario

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