On This Day

Historical Events in February 2012

  • Feb 1 At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
  • Feb 2 Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
  • Feb 2 MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside)
  • Feb 2 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • Feb 4 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland

Super Bowl

Feb 5 Super Bowl XLVI, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

Super Bowl

Feb 5 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

  • Feb 6 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philippines with 43 confirmed deaths

Historic Event

Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so

Music History

Feb 6 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Laureus Awards

Feb 6 Laureus World Sports Awards, Central Hall Westminster, London, England: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Vivian Cheruiyot; Team: FC Barcelona

  • Feb 9 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Caesar Must Die" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 11 Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
  • Feb 12 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is re-elected President of Turkmenistan with 97% of the vote
  • Feb 12 Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations

Grammy Awards

Feb 12 54th Grammy Awards: "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele;, Bon Iver win

  • Feb 12 65th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Artist" Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director
  • Feb 15 United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • Feb 15 Fire at Comayagua prison, Honduras, kills 358
  • Feb 17 Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
  • Feb 17 The President of Germany, Christian Wulff, resigns over a corruption scandal
  • Feb 17 43rd NAACP Image Awards: "The Help" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 19 44 people killed in prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels
  • Feb 20 South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
  • Feb 20 Scientists successfully regenerate the flowering plant, Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
  • Feb 21 Yemeni voters go to the polls for a presidential election where the only candidate on the ballot paper is vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi
  • Feb 22 Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds
  • Feb 23 A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
  • Feb 25 Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama
  • Feb 25 Al Qaeda suicide bombing kills at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen
  • Feb 26 Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • Feb 26 Train derailment kills 3 and injures 45 in Burlington, Ontario

Academy Awards

Feb 26 84th Academy Awards: "The Artist" wins five Oscars and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep also win

  • Feb 26 61st NBA All-Star Game, Amway Centre, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 152-149; MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder, F
  • Feb 26 17-year old black teenager Trayvon Martin shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, highlighted issue of racial profiling in the US
  • Feb 27 Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor
  • Feb 28 Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral
  • Feb 28 Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall
  • Feb 28 54th Daytona 500: Rain affected race stopped for 2 hours because of fuel on track; Matt Kenseth leads for final 34 laps to win