February 2009 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of Government in the modern world.

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Feb 3 Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attoney General, succeeding Michael Mukasey

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • Feb 5 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef
  • Feb 5 59th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Milk of Sorrow" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 7 Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.

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Feb 11 Uri Geller purchases Lamb Island, Scotland, previously known for its witch trials

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller
  • Feb 12 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo in the state of New York killing 50 people.
  • Feb 13 Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).
  • Feb 13 The Dutch Statistics agency confirms the Netherlands are in recession
  • Feb 15 51st Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins (132.816 MPH)
  • Feb 18 The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced that the Taiwanese economy has contracted an unprecedented 8.36% in the fourth quarter of 2008; thus placing the country in a technical recession

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Feb 18 English fantasy author Terry Pratchett receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 25 BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.
  • Feb 27 Statistics Finland informs that Finland's gross domestic product diminished by 1.3% in the last quarter of 2008 from the previous quarter

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 9 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 11 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • Feb 14 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • Feb 15 Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • Feb 16 Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church (b. 1921)
  • Feb 17 Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • Feb 25 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91

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Feb 28 Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster, dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey