On This Day

Deaths in History in February 2020

  • Feb 3 George Steiner, French American literary critic and educator, dies at 90
  • Feb 4 Daniel Arap Moi, Kenya's longest serving President (1978-2002), dies at 95
  • Feb 4 Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean poet (Born to Slow Horses) and academic, dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Li Wenliang, Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm over COVID-19, dies of COVID-19 in Wuhan at 34
  • Feb 8 Erhard Schnell, German automotive designer 'Father of the Opel GT', dies at 92
  • Feb 16 Larry Tesler, American computer scientist (invented copy, cut, paste), dies at 74
  • Feb 19 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), dies at 70
  • Feb 19 Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish Lego designer of the minifigure, dies at 78

Hosni Mubarak

Feb 25 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, dies at 91

  • Feb 26 Nexhmije Hoxha, Albanian wife of dictator Enver Hoxha 'Lady Macbeth of Albania', dies at 99
  • Feb 28 Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), dies at 96
  • Feb 29 Bill Roe, American sports executive (President USA Track & Field 2000-2008), dies at 69