February 2005 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • Feb 1 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
  • Feb 6 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister
  • Feb 7 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world
  • Feb 8 Israel and Palestinians agree to ceasefire.
  • Feb 8 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"

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Feb 10 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announces engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • Feb 10 55th Berlin International Film Festival: "U-Carmen" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 14 Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
  • Feb 14 Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines' Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
  • Feb 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • Feb 20 Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
  • Feb 20 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)

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Feb 23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Feb 23 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.

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Feb 26 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Feb 28 Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
  • Feb 28 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95
  • Feb 3 Corrado Cardinal Bafile, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
  • Feb 3 Ernst Mayr, German-born biologist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 3 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)

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Feb 5 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, President of Togo (b. 1937)

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • Feb 6 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)

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Feb 10 Arthur Miller, American playwright, dies at 89

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • Feb 13 Lúcia Santos, Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • Feb 13 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (b. 1965)
  • Feb 14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • Feb 15 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 16 Queen Narriman, second and last wife of King Farouk and mother of their only child King Fuad II
  • Feb 20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  • Feb 20 Tom Willmore, English geometer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
  • Feb 26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)