On This Day

February 2011 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 3 All available blocks of IPv4 internet addresses are officially distributed to regional authorities.
  • Feb 9 Latvia leaves deep recession with an annualised growth of 3.7% in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today

Historic Event

Feb 11 Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests (Arab Spring)

  • Feb 14 The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.

Historic Event

Feb 15 Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule

Historic Event

Feb 15 US President Barack Obama awards writer and activist Maya Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Feb 21 Thailand's GDP rose 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a minor recession caused by GDP contractions of 0.4% in the second quarter and 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • Feb 22 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
  • Feb 23 Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today
  • Feb 24 Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
  • Feb 25 In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state in 1921
  • Feb 25 French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • Feb 6 Kenneth H Olsen, American electrical engineer, and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • Feb 18 Marshall Stoneham, British physicist,, dies at 70
  • Feb 21 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 24 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • Feb 26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 26 James A. McClure, American politician (Senator - Idaho), dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • Feb 28 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)