February 2007 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.
  • Feb 8 57th Berlin International Film Festival: "Tuya's Marriage" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Feb 12 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
  • Feb 13 Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement when mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for 2008 presidential election.
  • Feb 18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala
  • Feb 21 Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns from office. His resignation is rejected by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
  • Feb 23 Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • Feb 23 A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
  • Feb 27 The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
  • Feb 27 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
  • Feb 28 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 28 Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

Weddings in History

  • Feb 3 Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia
  • Feb 14 Former Atomic Kitten member Kerry Katona (26) weds Mark Croft in Gretna Green

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader (b. 1946)
  • Feb 2 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • Feb 3 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • Feb 3 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • Feb 4 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • Feb 4 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 5 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • Feb 5 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Lee Hoffman, American author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American professor and reincarnation expert (b. 1918)
  • Feb 11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • Feb 13 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 13 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • Feb 14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • Feb 15 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), dies at 93
  • Feb 17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • Feb 19 Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1921)
  • Feb 20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 22 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • Feb 22 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran, dies at 88
  • Feb 25 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • Feb 27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)
  • Feb 28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b.1917)