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What Happened in February 2018

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 The Indian government announces plan to give 500 million people free healthcare
  • Feb 1 Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million
  • Feb 2 All 955 miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom town, South Africa, after 2 days underground
  • Feb 3 Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees
  • Feb 4 Super Bowl LII, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots, 41-33; MVP: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB
  • Feb 5 A share market sell off starts on Wall Street with Dow Jones sinking 4.6%, spreads around the globe

InventionHistoric Invention

Feb 6 Elon Musk's company SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Feb 6 Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares state of emergency ordering arrest of two judges
  • Feb 6 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro
  • Feb 6 UN calls for ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area by Syrian government troops after 40 people reportedly killed
  • Feb 6 Polish president Andrzej Duda signs controversial Holocaust law, outlaws accusing Poles of complicity under Nazis
  • Feb 6 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Hualien County, Taiwan, leaving 10 dead and over 50 missing
  • Feb 7 Armed groups release 300 child soldiers from Yambio, South Sudan according to UN
  • Feb 7 "The Los Angeles Times" is bought by LA doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong from Tronc for $500 million

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Feb 7 Missing Nigerian painting masterpiece of Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi by Ben Enwonwu announced rediscovered in London

Artist Ben Enwonwu
Artist
Ben Enwonwu
  • Feb 7 DNA analysis of Chedder Man, UK's oldest complete skeleton shows he had dark skin and blue eyes

  • Feb 7 White House aide Rob Porter resigns in wake of physical abuse allegations by ex-wives
  • Feb 7 All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in "Nature"
  • Feb 7 Angel Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party reaches a coalition deal with Social Democrats after four months
  • Feb 8 Noriaki Kasai of Japan becomes first athlete in history to participate in 8 Winter Olympics in the ski jumping qualification prior to the Pyeongchang Games
  • Feb 8 Twitter reports its first quarterly profit as a public company
  • Feb 8 Bangladesh court sentences former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to 5 years in prison for corruption

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Feb 9 XXIII Olympic Winter Games open in PyeongChang, South Korea

Snowboarder Chloe Kim
Snowboarder
Chloe Kim
  • Feb 10 German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins women's 7.5k sprint gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 10k pursuit gold
  • Feb 10 Tottenham Hotspur edge Arsenal, 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in front of English Premier League record single-game attendance of 83,222 fans
  • Feb 10 Swedish cross country skier Charlotte Kalla wins 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 15k skiathlon in Pyeongchang; also wins 10k freestyle gold in Vancouver (2010) and 4 x 5k relay in Sochi (2014)
  • Feb 10 Sochi (2014) Olympic large hill ski jump champion Andreas Wellinger of Germany wins the individual normal hill gold medal at Pyeongchang by just 0.2m from Norway's Johann André Forfang
  • Feb 11 Dutchman Sven Kramer becomes only male speed skater to win same Olympic event 3 times, claiming gold in the 5,000m at Pyongchang; first man to win total 8 Olympic medals in the sport
  • Feb 11 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board

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Feb 11 MOMA opens a major solo exhibition for Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral in New York

  • Feb 11 Norway sweeps the medals in the Olympic 30k cross country skiathlon at Pyeongchang; Simen Hegstad Krüger wins gold ahead of team mates Martin Johnsrud Sundby & Hans Christer Holund
  • Feb 12 American snowboarder Jamie Anderson retains her Olympic slopestyle title (Sochi 2014) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, comfortably ahead of Canada's Laurie Blouin

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Feb 12 Portait paintings of Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald are unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 12 German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's 10k pursuit; also wins 7.5k sprint gold
  • Feb 12 Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst becomes first Winter Olympian to win an individual gold medal in 4 straight Games with victory in the 1,500m at Pyeongchang; first speed skater to win 10 Olympic medals
  • Feb 12 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins men's 12.5k pursuit gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 15k mass start gold

  • Feb 12 Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage
  • Feb 12 Oxfam deputy director resigns over charity's failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad
  • Feb 13 After winning Olympic gold in the women's curling in Sochi (2014), Canadian Kaitlyn Lawes wins the mixed doubles with dual gold medallist John Morris in Pyeongchang
  • Feb 13 South African President Jacob Zuma is ordered to step down by the A.N.C.
  • Feb 13 South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Feb 13 Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins the men's 1,500m gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also takes 1,000m gold
  • Feb 13 Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the men's combined gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; goes on to also win giant slalom gold
  • Feb 14 South African President Jacob Zuma resigns from office
  • Feb 14 Ex-student Nikolas Cruz shoots and kills 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, before being captured

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Feb 14 American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented 3rd Olympic halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 10) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • Feb 14 Dutch speed skater Jorien ter Mors wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 1,000m at Pyeongchang; 1,500m and team pursuit champion in Sochi (2014)
  • Feb 15 Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President, replacing Jacob Zuma
  • Feb 15 German figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot set new ISU best free skating score of 159.31 on their way to pairs gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • Feb 15 IBU Female Rookie of the Year, Hanna Öberg of Sweden wins 15k individual biathlon gold medal with 4 clean shootings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first victory and podium of her career
  • Feb 15 German women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the team relay event
  • Feb 15 First known case of transgender woman breastfeeding reported in "Transgender Health Journal" in US
  • Feb 15 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns in a surprise move
  • Feb 15 Vancouver (2010) Olympic super-G champion Aksul Lund Svindal of Sweden wins the downhill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • Feb 15 Sochi (2014) Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the US wins the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Games; also takes combined silver
  • Feb 15 Frenchman Pierre Vaultier retains his Olympic snowboard cross title (Sochi 2014) with a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • Feb 15 Denver's Serbian center Nikola Jokić records fastest triple double in NBA history (14 minutes, 33 seconds) in the Nuggets' 134-123 win at Milwaukee; Jokić finishes with 30 points, 17 assists, 15 rebounds
  • Feb 16 More than 100,00 orangutans killed in Borneo since 1999 according to study published in "Current Biology"
  • Feb 16 National state of emergency declared in Ethiopia in wake of anti-government protests
  • Feb 16 Sochi (2014) Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria wins the super-G gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • Feb 16 Swiss cross country skier Dario Cologna wins 4th career Olympic gold medal in the 15k freestyle in Pyeongchang; wins event in Vancouver (2010), and 15k classical & 30k skiathlon in Sochi (2014)
  • Feb 17 3 suicide bombers kill 18 in Konduga, north-east Nigeria
  • Feb 17 Czech skier Ester Ledecká wins super-G gold medal at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; later wins parallel giant slalom snowboarding to be first female to win gold in different sports at a single Games
  • Feb 17 Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins her 2nd consecutive Olympic women's skeleton gold medal in Pyeongchang; also wins event in Sochi (2014)
  • Feb 17 Russian biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in women's 12.5k mass start in Pyeongchang; 7.5k sprint champion in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014)
  • Feb 17 Japanese defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu retains his Olympic men's figure skating title by winning the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first wins gold at Sochi (2014)
  • Feb 17 10k freestyle cross country champion Ragnhild Haga and 30k classical winner Marit Bjørgen win their 2nd Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang as part of Norway's 4 x 5k relay team
  • Feb 17 Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch retains his Olympic individual large hill title (Sochi 2014) with gold in Pyeongchang; beats normal hill winner Andreas Wellinger of Germany by 3.4m

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 18 NBA All Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: Team LeBron beats Team Curry, 148-145; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Feb 18 Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 15k mass start biathlon; also wins men's 12.5k pursuit & mixed relay
  • Feb 18 Aseman Airlines flight crashes in the Zagros mountains, Iran, killing all 66 on board
  • Feb 18 Syrian government forces begin a new offensive on Eastern Ghouta in Syria's civil war
  • Feb 18 60th Daytona 500: Austin Dillon wins after multi-car wreck sends race into overtime (207 laps) ahead of rookie Darrell Wallace Jr

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Feb 18 71st British Academy Film Awards (Baftas): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri " Best Film, Guillermo del Toro Best Director, Best Actors Frances McDormand / Gary Oldman

Actress Frances McDormand
Actress
Frances McDormand
Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
Actor and Filmmaker
Gary Oldman
  • Feb 18 After taking out the men's combined gold medal, Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • Feb 19 Canadian team of Justin Kripps & Alexander Kopacz dead-heat in 3:16.86 with Germans Francesco Friedrich & Thorsten Margis for the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • Feb 19 Syrian government forces bombard Gouta in deadliest day in 3 years, killing over 100 civilians
  • Feb 19 At least 17 killed when a garbage mound collapses in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Feb 19 Nigeria says 110 girls missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state
  • Feb 20 Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 3rd gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the biathlon mixed relay; also wins 12.5k pursuit & 15k mass start; 5th career gold (2 Sochi 2014)
  • Feb 20 After winning the Olympic ice dance gold medal in Vancouver (2010), Canadian pair Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir follow their team event gold by taking the ice dance title at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • Feb 20 Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors becomes first female to win Olympic medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); 1,000m speed skating gold, 3000m short track relay bronze

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Queen of England, Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 20 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis
  • Feb 20 Dutch women’s short track speed skating 3000m relay team skates a world record 4:03.471 in the B Final at the Pyeongchang Olympics; South Korea takes the gold medal in an inferior time, 4:07.361; Dutch win bronze by default
  • Feb 21 Indian film star Kamal Haasan launches a new political party - Makkal Needhi Mayyam in Tamil Nadu state
  • Feb 21 Winter Olympics: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first Americans in history to win a cross country gold medal (team sprint)
  • Feb 21 Norwegian cross country skiers Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Johannes Høsflot & Klæbo win their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the men's team sprint freestyle; trio also wins gold in 4 x 10k relay

MyanmarLaykyun Sekkya

Feb 21 Laykyun Sekkya, the world's third tallest statue at 116 meters (381 ft) depicting Gautama Buddha completed in Khatakan Taung, Myanmar
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The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Myanmar
The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Myanmar

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Feb 22 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stirs up controversy by declaring he prefers quinoa to rice, the national dish

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Feb 22 US wins Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada in Pyeongchang; scores tied 3-3 after overtime
  • Feb 22 Chinese short track speed skater Wu Dajing beats men's 500m world record twice en route to winning the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; 2nd man in history under 40 seconds (39.584s)
  • Feb 22 German individual Nordic combined 10k large hill champion Johannes Rydzek and normal hill winner Eric Frenzel win their 2nd gold medals of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 4 x 5k team event
  • Feb 22 Women's big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Austria's Anna Gasser is inaugural gold medallist
  • Feb 22 Neanderthals not humans were the first artists on Earth, producing red cave paintings 65,000 years ago in Spain, according to new research published in "Science"
  • Feb 23 Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova wins the women's singles gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; earlier sets a new ISU best short program score of 82.92
  • Feb 23 Study suggests earliest European Palaeolithic artwork in Spain made by Neanderthals not humans in "Science Journal"
  • Feb 23 Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 1,000m; also 1,500m champion
  • Feb 24 Men's big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Canada's Sébastien Toutant is inaugural gold medallist

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 3 Actor John Stamos (Full House) weds model Caitlin Mchugh at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Comedian Amy Schumer weds chef Chris Fischer in Malibu

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa was a Rollin' Stone), dies following a stroke at 74
  • Feb 1 Alan Stout, American composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Patricia Lindop, British radiobiologist and physician, dies at 87
  • Feb 2 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), dies of brain cancer at 63
  • Feb 2 Dave Barrett, 26th Premier of British Columbia (1972-75), dies at 87
  • Feb 4 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), dies of throat cancer at 77
  • Feb 4 Kenneth Haigh, British actor (Look Back in Anger, Search for the Nile), dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • Feb 7 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), dies at 76
  • Feb 7 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead), dies at 70
  • Feb 9 Reginald "Reg" E Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Feb 9 John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), dies of complications from pneumonia at 86
  • Feb 9 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • Feb 11 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer (On the Street Where You Live), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), dies at 89
  • Feb 13 Henrik [Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat], Prince Consort of Denmark, dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), dies at 85
  • Feb 16 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), dies at 92
  • Feb 17 Arno Motulsky, German-born founder of medical genetics, known as the "father of pharmacogenomics," dies at 94
  • Feb 19 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87

Person of interestBilly Graham

Feb 21 Billy Graham, American Baptist evangelist (Crusades) described as 1 of the 20th century's most influential Christian leaders, dies at 99

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • Feb 21 Emma Chambers, British actress (The Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill), dies from natural causes at 53
  • Feb 22 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), dies at 97
  • Feb 23 Lewis Gilbert, British director, producer and screenwriter (You Only Live Twice, Sink the Bismarck!), dies at 97

Person of interestSridevi Kapoor

Feb 24 Sridevi Kapoor [Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan], Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), drowns at 54

Actress and Film Producer Sridevi Kapoor
Actress and Film Producer
Sridevi Kapoor
  • Feb 24 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100
  • Feb 25 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, dies of cardiogenic shock at 90
  • Feb 28 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Feb 28 Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader (69th Shankaracharya Guru), dies at 82