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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

Sport awardSuper 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

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning

Sport awardSuper Bowl

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

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Feb 6 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philippines with 43 confirmed deaths

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot
Singer-songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 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
  • Feb 12 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins

  • Feb 12 65th British Film and Television 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

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Feb 25 World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • 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

Film tv awardsAcademy 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

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
Actor and Comedian Jean Dujardin
Actor and Comedian
Jean Dujardin
  • Feb 26 61st NBA All-Star Game, Amway Centre, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 152-149; MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder, F
  • 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