Historical Events in February 2017

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

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 5 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 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 awardsGrammy 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

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Feb 12 70th British Academy Awards (Baftas): "La La Land" Best Film, Damien Chazelle Best Director, Best Actors Casey Affleck / Emma Stone

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 18 67th Berlin International Film Festival: Hungarian film "On Body and Soul" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 19 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F
  • 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
  • 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 wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500