Historical Events in February 2016

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

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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 L: Denver Broncos defeat Carolina Panthers 24–10, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara. Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform the halftime show.

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

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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

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 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 "Thinking 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

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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

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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

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

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

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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)

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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