What Happened in February 2015

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Serbian ace Novak Đoković wins an Open era record 5th men's singles crown, beating Scotsman Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0

  • Feb 1 France defeats Qatar, 25-22 to win the World Men's Handball Championship in Lusail, Qatar

Super Bowl

Feb 1 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

Music History

Feb 4 Post Malone uploads his debut single "White Iverson" to his SoundCloud account

  • Feb 5 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear

Music History

Feb 5 70's glam rocker Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) found guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13 between 1975 and 1980

  • Feb 5 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • Feb 6 46th NAACP Image Awards: "Selma" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 8 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith; Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

BAFTA Awards

Feb 8 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director

  • Feb 8 Ivory Coast wins the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football championship

Film & TV History

Feb 10 Comedian Jon Stewart announces he will be leaving "The Daily Show" at the end of the year

  • Feb 11 Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia that ran aground 2012, is convicted of manslaughter in Grosseto and sentenced to 16 years in jail

Music History

Feb 13 "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released

  • Feb 15 64th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: West beats East, 163-158; MVP: Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder, G

Film & TV History

Feb 20 Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria"

  • Feb 21 35th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Saving Christmas" wins worst film
  • Feb 22 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins event for 2nd time after taking lead with 10 laps to go; is ahead of Kevin Harvick before caution flag on last lap ends race in his favour

Academy Awards

Feb 22 87th Academy Awards: "Best Picture - "Birdman", Best Director, and Best Screenplay - Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Birdman:"), Best Actor - Eddie Redmayne – ("The Theory of Everything"), Best Actress - Julianne Moore ("Still Alice")

BRIT Awards

Feb 25 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran

  • Feb 27 70's glam rocker Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) sentenced to 16 years in prison for various child sex convictions
  • Feb 27 Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Feb 3 Golden Globe Award actor Johnny Depp (51) weds model Amber Heard (28) at their home in Los Angeles

  • Feb 4 Actress Riley Keough (25) weds stuntman Ben-Smith Petersen in Napa, California

Benedict Cumberbatch

Feb 14 British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO of the Equal Opportunities Commission, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Monty Oum, American animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • Feb 2 Joseph Alfidi, American classical prodigy pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 65
  • Feb 2 Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause), dies at 92

Charlie SiffordCharlie Sifford (1922-2015)

Feb 3 American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), dies of a stroke at 92

  • Feb 3 Norman Yemm, Australian actor (Oklahoma!), dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78
  • Feb 3 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • Feb 5 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), dies at 94
  • Feb 6 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee (NBA Supervisor of Officials 1977–81; ABA Supervisor of the Officials 1969–73), dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Feb 7 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Joe B. Mauldin, American rock double-bass player (The Crickets), songwriter, and recording engineer (Gold Start Studios), dies of cancer at 74
  • Feb 7 Joseph M. Gaydos, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher and multi-millionaire (St Ives Group), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Feb 8 Filipe Pires, Portuguese pianist, composer (Portugaliae Genesis), and educator, dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Stanley Cup 1968-69, Montreal Canadiens), dies at 76

Ed SabolEd Sabol (1916-2015)

Feb 9 American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

  • Feb 9 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), dies after a car crash at 73
  • Feb 11 Roger Hanin, French actor (Navarro), dies at 89
  • Feb 12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 12 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Sam Andrew, American musician (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Steve Strange [Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Feb 14 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Louis Jourdan [Louis Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89
  • Feb 14 Pamela Cundell, British stage and screen character actress (Dad's Army - "Mrs. Fox"), dies at 95
  • Feb 14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • Feb 16 Lesley Gore, American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 16 Robert Wade-Gery, British diplomat (High Commissioner to India 1982–87), dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • Feb 17 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Ward Swingle, American vocalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger, and conductor (The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sebastian Bach), dies at 87
  • Feb 21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • Feb 21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • Feb 21 Daniel Topolski, British writer and rowing coach, dies at 69
  • Feb 22 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 68
  • Feb 26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42

Earl LloydEarl Lloyd (1928-2015)

Feb 26 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

  • Feb 26 Theodore Hesburgh, president (University of Notre Dame), dies at 97
  • Feb 27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Feb 27 American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • Feb 27 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91

Alex JohnsonAlex Johnson (1942-2015)

Feb 28 American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, AL batting champion 1970, California Angels), dies from prostate cancer at 72

  • Feb 28 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • Feb 28 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), dies at 90 [1]
  • Feb 28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91