February 1976 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • Feb 4 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • Feb 4 US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Feb 4 Hua Guofeng becomes Premier of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 5 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • Feb 7 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WCPR (Brooklyn New York)
  • Feb 7 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • Feb 7 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (USSR)
  • Feb 8 Largest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Wash-21,130)
  • Feb 11 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st African American US Secretary of Army
  • Feb 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 13 Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • Feb 13 Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo becomes military ruler of Nigeria
  • Feb 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
  • Feb 19 Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
  • Feb 20 The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • Feb 21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • Feb 23 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
  • Feb 24 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • Feb 24 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock" premieres in NYC

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Feb 24 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Feb 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Feb 27 Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 28 Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
  • Feb 28 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Phil Ivey, American poker player
  • Feb 3 Karen Bradley, Miss Rhode Island USA (1996)
  • Feb 13 Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist
  • Feb 20 Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • Feb 13 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88