Historical Events in February 2013

  • Feb 1 The Nigerian Army bombs a Boko Haram camp, killing 18 people
  • Feb 1 21 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a market suicide bombing in Hangu, Pakistan
  • Feb 1 26 people are killed after a fireworks truck explodes and causes a highway to collapse in Henan, China
  • Feb 1 Zenit-3SL, a Ukranian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean

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Feb 1 "House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix

  • Feb 1 44th NAACP Image Awards: "Red Tails" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 2 23 people are killed and 8 are injured after militants attacked an army base in the Lakki Marwat District, Pakistan

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Feb 2 Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs"

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Feb 2 18 people are killed and 34 are injured after a bus catches fire after falling down a ravine in Gansu province, China
  • Feb 3 33 people are killed by a suicide bombing by an explosive-packed truck in Kirkuk, Iraq
  • Feb 3 Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
  • Feb 4 20 people are killed after an apartment building was struck by a rocket in Aleppo, Syria
  • Feb 4 22 people are killed and 44 are injured after a suicide bombing in Taji, Iraq
  • Feb 4 8 people are killed and 30 are injured after a bus collides with two vehicles and flips in Yucaipa, California
  • Feb 4 22 people are killed and 24 are injured after a bus and a truck collide in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 4 Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing
  • Feb 5 UK House of Commons votes in favour of same-sex marriage
  • Feb 5 The US Postal Service announces the cessation of Saturday first-class mail delivery from August 2013
  • Feb 6 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurs off the Solomon Islands coast causing the death of nine people
  • Feb 7 Eugène Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People is vandalized at the Louvre-Lens museum
  • Feb 7 Azerbaijan launches its first satellite, Azerspace-1
  • Feb 7 63rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Child's Pose" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 29 people are killed and 69 are injured in a series of Iraq bombings
  • Feb 8 16 people are killed and 27 are wounded by a market bombing in Kalaya, Pakistan
  • Feb 8 100, 000 people march to demand justice for the atrocities of the Bangladesh Liberation War in Dhaka
  • Feb 8 A massive blizzard begins in the US and Canada that resulted in 15 deaths, 5,300 cancelled flights, and loss of power for 900,000 people
  • Feb 9 5 people are killed after Cessna plane crashes on a Brussels runway

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 10 66th British Academy Awards:" Argo", Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis and Emmanuelle Riva win

  • Feb 10 55th Grammy Awards: Somebody That I Used To Know (Goyte), We are Young (Fun), and Babel (Mumford & Sons) win
  • Feb 10 36 people are killed and 39 are injured in a stampede at a train station in Allahabad, India
  • Feb 10 5 people are killed by a falling lifeboat from the cruise ship Thomson Majesty in the Canary islands
  • Feb 10 Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 to win the football 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
  • Feb 10 66th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Argo" Best Film, Ben Affleck Best Director
  • Feb 11 18 coal miners are killed in an explosion in the Komi region, Russia

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Feb 11 Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Feb 12 North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized

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Feb 12 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Feb 13 16 Muslim insurgents are killed in an attack on a Narathiwat military base, Thailand
  • Feb 13 10 civilians, including 3 children, are killed by a NATO airstrike in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • Feb 13 Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, says he believes "a recovery is in sight" after fears raised about a triple dip recession
  • Feb 14 A suicide bombing kills 4 police officer and injures 5 in Dagestan
  • Feb 14 Oscar Pistorius, a South African amputee sprinter, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp
  • Feb 14 The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, will be switched off for two years for upgrading
  • Feb 14 The recession in the Eurozone economy deepens with a fall of 0.6% in GDP in the fourth quarter of 2012
  • Feb 14 Japan remains in recession as the economy shrinks by a further 0.1%
  • Feb 15 Over 1,200 people are injured after a meteor breaks up over Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Feb 15 2012 DA14, an asteroid with a 50m diameter, comes within 27,700km of Earth
  • Feb 16 84 people are killed and 190 are injured after a market bombing in Hazara Town, Pakistan
  • Feb 16 Anthony Carmona is elected President of Trinidad and Tobago

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Feb 16 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

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Feb 16 Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene

  • Feb 17 37 people are killed and 130 are injured in a series of Baghdad car bombings
  • Feb 17 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic
  • Feb 17 President Rafael Correa wins the Ecuadorian general election in a landslide victory
  • Feb 17 Australia defeat the West Indies to win the women's 2013 Cricket World Cup
  • Feb 17 62nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-138 at Houston
  • Feb 17 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats West Indies by 114 runs
  • Feb 18 15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia
  • Feb 18 $50 million worth of diamond is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium
  • Feb 19 12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a
  • Feb 20 Estonia becomes the first country to establish a national system of fast chargers for electric cars
  • Feb 20 Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, is discovered
  • Feb 21 83 people are killed and 250 are injured in a series of bombing attacks in Damascus, Syria
  • Feb 21 21 people are killed and 54 are injured in a bombing in Hyderabad, India
  • Feb 22 29 people are killed and 150 are injured by by 3 Syrian army missiles in Aleppo
  • Feb 22 13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Northern Mali
  • Feb 22 The UK's credit rating is downgraded from AAA to AA1 by Moody's Investors Service
  • Feb 22 The European Commission forecast for 2013 expects growth of 0.1% across the 27 members of the EU but a contraction of 0.3% in the Eurozone economy
  • Feb 22 The UK's AAA credit rating is downgraded by Moody's to AA+; the agency expects growth to "remain sluggish over the next few years"
  • Feb 23 51 people are killed and 62 are injured in conflict between rival tribes in Darfur, Sudan
  • Feb 23 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 wins
  • Feb 24 10 Chadian soldiers and 28 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Adrar des Ifoghas, Mali

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 24 85th Academy Awards: "Argo", Daniel Day-Lewis & Jennifer Lawrence win

  • Feb 24 Nicos Anastasiades wins the Cypriot presidential election

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 24 Raúl Castro is elected to a second term as the President of Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Feb 24 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (159.25 MPH)
  • Feb 25 Cuban President Raul Castro announces he will not seek another term in 2018
  • Feb 25 Italy Common Good, a centre left alliance, wins the Italian general election
  • Feb 26 A rocket launched from the Gaza strip into Israel ends the ceasefire since November 2012
  • Feb 26 A hot air balloon crashes in Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 tourists
  • Feb 26 A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed
  • Feb 27 17 Afghan militia are killed by Taliban insurgents in an attack in the Andar District
  • Feb 27 20 people are killed in a market fire in Calcutta, India
  • Feb 27 Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City
  • Feb 28 35 people are killed in violent demonstrations across Bangladesh
  • Feb 28 28 people are killed and 60 are injured after a series of bombings across Baghdad, Iraq
  • Feb 28 The brains of two rats successfully connected so that they share information