February 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71.
  • Feb 9 56th Berlin International Film Festival: "Grbavica" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • Feb 16 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
  • Feb 17 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • Feb 19 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (142.667 MPH)
  • Feb 22 At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
  • Feb 23 Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue possible military coup.

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Weddings in History

  • Feb 3 "The Science Guy" Bill Nye (50) weds author/oboist Blair Tindall at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Mobster and nbi informant Henry Hill (62) weds Lisa Caserta

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • Feb 4 Myron Waldman, American animator (b. 1908)
  • Feb 7 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • Feb 9 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11 Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Feb 13 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • Feb 20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • Feb 27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • Feb 27 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., U.S. General, Flying Tiger, and author (b. 1908)
  • Feb 28 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)