What Happened in February 2017

Historical Events


AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Feb 1 Rex Tillerson confirmed as 69th US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
  • Feb 1 British MPs vote in favour of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit
  • Feb 5 African Cup of Nations 2017: Cameroon defeat Egypt 2-1 in Libreville
  • Feb 5 Romanian government scraps corruption degree after 6 days of mass demonstrations
  • Feb 5 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England
  • Feb 5 Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in a great comeback in extra time at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha
  • Feb 8 US Senate confirms Jeff Sessions Attorney General, after controversy and protests
  • Feb 12 Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse, 180,00 residents ordered to evacuate

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 12 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • Feb 12 North Korea conducts a solid fuel ballistic missile test from Banghyon air base

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
National Security Advisor
Michael Flynn
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Harrison Ford involved in a near miss while flying a plane at John Wayne Airport, Orange County

  • Feb 15 The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight
  • Feb 16 Suicide attack on shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan, Pakistan kills 72, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Feb 16 Car bomb in Bayaa, Baghdad kills at least 48, Islamic State claims responsibility. 3rd attack in 3 days
  • Feb 17 Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific announced in research journal "GSA Today"
  • Feb 20 Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million
  • Feb 21 Bodies of 87 African migrants wash ashore at Zawiya, Libya
  • Feb 21 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board
  • Feb 22 Discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 announced in Journal "Nature" - raises possibility of alien life

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 US President Donald Trump overturns Obama directive on Transgender rights to use toilets

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 25 Tom Perez is elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Feb 26 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Moonlight" (after mix-up), Best Director Damien Chazelle, Best Actor Casey Affleck, Best Actress Emma Stone

  • Feb 26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch in a Ford leads for just a single lap to win from Ryan Blaney

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 11 Actor Bug Hall (32) weds Jill Marie DeGroff in Encino, California
  • Feb 14 Fast and the Furious star Tyrese Gibson (38) weds Samantha Lee in a secret ceremony
  • Feb 27 Gossip Girl's star Penn Badgley (30) weds singer Domino Kirke in New York

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 √Čtienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • Feb 4 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • Feb 5 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 6 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • Feb 6 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • Feb 6 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102
  • Feb 7 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71
  • Feb 8 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45
  • Feb 8 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • Feb 8 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • Feb 8 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77

Person of interestMike Ilitch

Feb 10 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • Feb 11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97
  • Feb 17 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), dies at 91
  • Feb 18 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Feb 22 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Feb 22 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 91
  • Feb 23 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Faye Glenn Abdellah, American pioneer in nursing research and US government official (health services), dies at 97
  • Feb 25 Bill Paxton, American actor (Titanic, Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61
  • Feb 25 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • Feb 26 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • Feb 26 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 26 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 28 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93