February 2014 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
  • Feb 1 Syrian civil war death toll reaches 130,000, while 4 million are displaced
  • Feb 2 Protests in Ukraine turn violent after parliament passes legislation that outlaws protest
  • Feb 3 2 students are shot & killed in a school shooting in Moscow
  • Feb 4 10 people are killed & 35 injured after a bus falls into a ravine in Pune, India
  • Feb 4 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Scotland

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Feb 4 Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella
  • Feb 5 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code

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Feb 5 US President Obama and journalists globally call for the release of 3 Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 6 Jay Leno ends his time on The Tonight Show
  • Feb 6 The Taliban and Pakistani government begin peace negotiations
  • Feb 6 64th Berlin International Film Festival: "Black Coal, Thin Ice" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 7 German treasurer Helmut Linssen resigns amid a scandal involving offshore banking accounts in the Bahamas and Panama
  • Feb 8 15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Feb 8 17 people are killed after a truck & bus collide in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Feb 9 Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old
  • Feb 9 Protest erupt in Sarajevo and other cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the unemployment rate remains at 40% (57% for youth)
  • Feb 9 Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas
  • Feb 11 77 people are killed after a military transport plane crashes in Algeria
  • Feb 11 Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria
  • Feb 12 Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years
  • Feb 14 Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office
  • Feb 15 Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock

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Feb 17 US Secretary of State John Kerry claims climate change requires urgent action and that only a small "window of time" remained open

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • Feb 18 2014 Ukrainian Revolution begins
  • Feb 18 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Feb 19 Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters
  • Feb 21 11 people are killed after a Libyan Air Force plan crashes in Tunisia

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Feb 21 US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 21 10 words from the 15th C Voynich manuscript have been decoded
  • Feb 21 Police in Kiev open fire on protesters: 27 killed and around 570 injured
  • Feb 22 Matteo Renzi becomes Prime Minister of Italy
  • Feb 22 Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals
  • Feb 22 Protests in Kiev, Ukraine, occupy the office of President Yanukovich
  • Feb 23 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
  • Feb 23 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)

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Feb 24 Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time

Pope Francis
  • Feb 24 7 people are killed & 37 are injured after a bridge collapses in Vietnam
  • Feb 24 A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust
  • Feb 25 50 students are killed in a Boko Harem attack on a college in Buni, Nigeria
  • Feb 25 Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters block the Crimean parliament and demand a referendum on Crimea's independence
  • Feb 27 Republic of Crimea announces a referendum & ousts its regional government
  • Feb 27 Arseniy Yatsenyuk appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine
  • Feb 27 Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service mistakenly invites 61,000 people to a job interview in Stockholm
  • Feb 27 US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers
  • Feb 28 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine

Deaths in History

  • Feb 16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • Feb 19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist & Poet, dies at 98
  • Feb 28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94