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What Happened in February 2011

Historical Events

  • Feb 3 All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities.

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 5 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 6 Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25; MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Laureus World Sports Awards, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Sportsman: Rafael Nadal; Sportswoman: Lindsey Vonn; Team: Spanish Men's National Football team

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

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Feb 9 Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reaches number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • Feb 9 Latvia leaves deep recession with an annualised growth of 3.7% in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • Feb 10 61st Berlin International Film Festival: "A Separation" wins the Golden Bear

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests (Arab Spring)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Feb 13 53rd Grammy Awards: Need You Now, Esperanza Spalding wins
  • Feb 13 64th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The King's Speech" Best Film, David Fincher Best Director
  • Feb 14 The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi

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Feb 15 US President Barack Obama awards writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • Feb 15 "A Separation" written and directed by Asghar Farhad, starring Leila Hatamiand and Payman Maadi premieres at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran (Academy Award Best Foreign Film)

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 20 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Feb 20 53rd Daytona 500: 20 year old Trevor Bayne, driving for Wood Brothers Racing, wins to become the youngest Daytona 500 winner
  • Feb 21 Thailand's GDP rose 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a minor recession caused by GDP contractions of 0.4% in the second quarter and 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • Feb 22 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
  • Feb 23 Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today
  • Feb 24 Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
  • Feb 25 In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1921
  • Feb 25 French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris
  • Feb 26 31st Golden Raspberry Awards: "The Last Airbender" wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture "The King's Speech", Colin Firth and Natalie Portman win best acting awards

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 83rd Academy Awards: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win Best Original Score for 'The Social Network'

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 16 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai
  • Feb 25 Actor and comedian Kelsey Grammer (57) weds Kayte Walsh (29) at the Longacre Theater in Manhattan, New York
  • Feb 26 Musician Cisco Adler (32) weds model Barbara Stoyanoff (30) at Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 10 Former Playboy model Camille Donatacci (42) divorces "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (56) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • Feb 2 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
  • Feb 3 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • Feb 3 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), dies at 75
  • Feb 4 Tura Satana, Japanese-American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • Feb 5 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • Feb 6 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • Feb 8 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Feb 10 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, top score 134, 132 wickets; BBC), dies in a fire in his retirement flat at 87
  • Feb 11 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 11 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • Feb 12 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • Feb 12 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Kenneth Mars, American comedic actor (The Producers), dies at 75
  • Feb 13 T. P. McKenna [Thomas Patrick McKenna], Irish actor (Rivals, Holocaust), dies at 81
  • Feb 14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • Feb 16 Len Lesser, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 16 Alfred Burke, British actor (Public Eye, Backfire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), dies of a chest infection at 92
  • Feb 17 Egbert van Paridon, Dutch actor and director (Flodder, The Assault), dies at 90
  • Feb 19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • Feb 20 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • Feb 21 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 22 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 26 James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Feb 26 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • Feb 27 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), dies at 84
  • Feb 28 Annie Girardot, French actress (Three Rooms in Manhattan, Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), dies at 79
  • Feb 28 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
  • Feb 28 Jane Russell, American actress and leading sex symbol in 1940s-50s (The Outlaw), dies at 89