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February 2010 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 13 A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Bibliothèque nationale de France purchases the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova a for €7 million

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • Feb 20 On the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, leaving at least 32 deaths in the worst disaster on the history of the archipelago.
  • Feb 22 Taiwan's economy exits from the recession with 9.22% growth in the last quarter of 2009 after increased demand from China and other key markets in the region
  • Feb 23 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million litres of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 23 Danielle Steel’s novel “Big Girl” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Feb 24 Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009
  • Feb 27 Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 Kostas Axelos, Greek-French philosopher, dies at 85
  • Feb 5 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • Feb 8 John Murtha, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 77
  • Feb 9 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • Feb 9 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • Feb 10 Charles Wilson, American politician (b. 1933)
  • Feb 11 [Lee} Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, commits suicide at 40
  • Feb 13 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), dies at 73
  • Feb 18 John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
  • Feb 19 Laura Spurr, Tribal Chairperson, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (b. 1945)
  • Feb 20 Alexander Haig Jr, American General and 59th Secretary of State (1981-82), dies from a staphylococcal infection at 85
  • Feb 25 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish paediatrician, academic and the founder of YÖK, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • Feb 26 Violet Barclay, American illustrator, dies at 87
  • Feb 27 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, dies at 87