February 2008 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 5 A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • Feb 7 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.
  • Feb 10 The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.
  • Feb 11 In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
  • Feb 13 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • Feb 14 Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.
  • Feb 17 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
  • Feb 17 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • Feb 23 a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.

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Feb 24 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 28 Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
  • Feb 5 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • Feb 6 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 6 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • Feb 9 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • Feb 9 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • Feb 10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • Feb 18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • Feb 20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • Feb 21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • Feb 23 Janez DrnovÅ¡ek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • Feb 23 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • Feb 26 Dick Fletcher, Meteorologist (b.1942)
  • Feb 26 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • Feb 27 William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)
  • Feb 27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)