On This Day

Historical Events in February 2009

  • Feb 1 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of Government in the modern world.
  • Feb 1 Super Bowl XLIII, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23; MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Spanish ace Rafael Nadal wins his first Australian title; beats Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2

Television Premiere

Feb 2 "RuPaul's Drag Race" hosted by RuPaul premieres on Logo TV

Historic Event

Feb 3 Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attoney General, succeeding Michael Mukasey

  • Feb 5 The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef
  • Feb 5 59th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Milk of Sorrow" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 7 Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.

Grammy Awards

Feb 8 51st Grammy Awards: Best Album "Raising Sand" and Record of the Year "Please Read The Letter", both by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss win

  • Feb 8 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 30-21; MVP: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals, WR

BAFTA Awards

Feb 8 62nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Film, Danny Boyle Best Director

Music History

Feb 8 Singer Rihanna cancels appearance at the Grammys after being assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown

Historic Event

Feb 11 Uri Geller purchases Lamb Island, Scotland, previously known for its witch trials

  • Feb 12 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo in the state of New York killing 50 people.
  • Feb 12 40th NAACP Image Awards: "The Secret Life of Bees" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 13 Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).
  • Feb 13 The Dutch Statistics agency confirms the Netherlands are in recession

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 15 58th NBA All-Star Game, US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 146-119; MVPs: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F; Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C

  • Feb 15 51st Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins shortened race; called off with 48 laps to go after a severe rainstorm hits the track
  • Feb 18 The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced that the Taiwanese economy has contracted an unprecedented 8.36% in the fourth quarter of 2008; thus placing the country in a technical recession

Knighthood

Feb 18 English fantasy author Terry Pratchett receives a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

  • Feb 21 29th Golden Raspberry Awards: "The Love Guru" wins

Academy Awards

Feb 22 Heath Ledger posthumously wins Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"

  • Feb 25 BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.
  • Feb 27 Statistics Finland informs that Finland's gross domestic product diminished by 1.3% in the last quarter of 2008 from the previous quarter