On This Day

What Happened in February 2006

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Economist Ben Bernanke becomes chairman of the US Federal Reserve, succeeding Alan Greenspan

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Alan Greenspan
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • Feb 1 High school senior Epiphanny Prince scores US girls national prep basketball record 113 points in Murry Bergtraum HS's 137-32 win over Brandeis HS; surpasses Cheryl Miller's 105
  • Feb 4 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl XL, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10; MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 8 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 9 56th Berlin International Film Festival: "Grbavica" wins the Golden Bear

OlympicsOlympic Games

Feb 10 XX Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 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 12 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 23-17; MVP: Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB
  • 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.

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 19 55th NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: East beats West, 122-120; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Feb 19 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson driving from Hendrick Motorsports wins 203 lap race; goes on to win his first championship
  • Feb 19 59th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Brokeback Mountain" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
  • 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
  • Feb 26 XX Winter Olympic Games close in Turin, Italy

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 3 "The Science Guy" Bill Nye (50) weds author/oboist Blair Tindall at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles
  • Feb 3 Academy Award-winning actress Glenn Close (58) weds David Evans Shaw in Maine
  • Feb 4 Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica
  • Feb 4 2004 Summer Olympics badminton player gold medalist Taufik Hidayat (24) weds Armi Dianti Gumelar at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta
  • Feb 10 "Creed" former lead singer Scott Stapp (32) weds Miss New York USA 2004 winner Jaclyn Nesheiwat (25) in Miami
  • Feb 11 Mexican telenovela actor Guillermo Capetillo (47) weds model Tania Amezcua in Mixcoac, Mexico

LoveWedding 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

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), dies at 68
  • Feb 1 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)
  • Feb 3 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), dies at 82
  • Feb 3 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), dies at 74

Person of interestBetty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist (The Feminine Mystique), dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • Feb 4 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • Feb 5 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • Feb 9 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • Feb 9 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Feb 10 J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 10 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), dies from pneumonia at 58
  • Feb 11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

Feb 11 Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Feb 11 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • Feb 13 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • Feb 14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • Feb 14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, dies at 80
  • Feb 16 Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Feb 16 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • Feb 18 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), dies at 68
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), dies at 86
  • Feb 20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdry, American sportscaster, author (Ford C. Frick Award, Pete Rozelle Award, lifetime achievement Emmy 1992), dies from leukemia at 86
  • Feb 21 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Feb 23 Benno Besson, Swiss actor and director (Der Arzt wider Willen), dies at 83
  • Feb 23 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • Feb 24 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), died of lung cancer at 81
  • Feb 24 John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • Feb 24 Dennis Weaver, American actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered), dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • Feb 25 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • Feb 27 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, dies at 97
  • Feb 27 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • Feb 28 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85