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Events in History in February 2019

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Feb 1 US President Donald Trump confirms US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty because of Russia's violation of the treaty

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 1 January 2019 was Australia's hottest month on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Feb 2 More than 40 mummies from 323-30 BC found at a burial site at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site south of Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 2 Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admits to wearing blackface in 1984 but says he's not in a photo of men wearing blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe on a yearbook page

BeatificationPapal Visit

Feb 3 Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the first ever papal visit to the Arabian peninsula

  • Feb 3 Dam in Townsville, Australia, deliberately opened flooding 20,000 homes after city receives record 3.3ft of rain in a week
  • Feb 3 Wreckage from light aircraft carrying EPL team Cardiff City's record signing Emiliano Sala is discovered on seabed of the English Channel; cause of death, head and trunk injuries
  • Feb 5 Pierre Davis is the first transgender designer to show at New York Fashion Week with label No Sesso
  • Feb 5 Pope Francis admits for the first time that clerics have sexually abused nuns
  • Feb 5 China’s first science fiction blockbuster, “The Wandering Earth” premieres, directed by Frant Gwo, based on a story by Liu Cixin
  • Feb 6 Quadriga, Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange is unable to get to $145 million of bitcoin assets after its CEO dies with its access passwords
  • Feb 6 US President Donald Trump makes presidential State of Union address to Congress a week later than usual due to government shutdown
  • Feb 6 Honeybees are able to add and substract and understand concept of zero according to research from RMIT University in Australia
  • Feb 6 2018 named the 4th warmest year on record according to NOAA and NASA, after 2016, 2015, and 2017
  • Feb 7 Measles cases in Europe highest in a decade, tripling in a year to 82,596 according to WHO
  • Feb 7 New kangaroo fossil research published from Riversleigh, Australia, show Kangaroos learned to hop 20 million years ago, much earlier than first thought

  • Feb 7 Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio declares national emergency over rape and sexual assault violence after instances double
  • Feb 7 Measles outbreak declared in the Philippines with 1,813 cases and 26 deaths
  • Feb 7 France recalls its Italian ambassador from Rome after Italian deputy PM Luigi Di Maio met with yellow vest protesters
  • Feb 7 First reports of poisonous homemade alcohol killing people in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, will go on to kill about 100
  • Feb 8 Washington's Governor Jay Inslee declares a state emergency after heavy snowfall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses The National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc, of blackmail over private messages detailing an extramarital affair

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Feb 8 Thai King Vajiralongkorn issues royal decree calling Princess Ubolratana 's candidacy for Prime Minister for Thai Raksa Chart political party “improper and highly inappropriate”

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Elizabeth Warren officially announces her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Feb 10 Sexual abuse investigation into US Southern Baptist churches reveals 400 church members implicated with over 700 victims, according to The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News
  • Feb 10 Insect populations are collapsing worldwide threatening a“catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems” according to a global review saying 40% declining, 30% endangered
  • Feb 10 Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar announces her 2020 presidential campaign
  • Feb 10 Number of women alleging sexual assault by former Costa Rica President Óscar Arias Sánchez grows to nine
  • Feb 10 Mine collapse at an illegal gold mine in north-eastern Liberia traps about 40 people underground
  • Feb 11 Artificial Intelligence system meant to assist diagnosis in the future, pitted against physicians in test to diagnose 600,000 patients in results published in "Nature Medicine", A.I. won, just
  • Feb 12 Republic of Macedonia officially changes it name to the Republic of North Macedonia to end long dispute with Greece
  • Feb 12 WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet, which sank in 1942 with loss of 140 sailors re-discovery announced by Vulcan Inc. near the Solomon Islands
  • Feb 12 Australian government loses historic vote on own bill with amendment to allow offshore sick refugees access to healthcare, first loss in 78 years
  • Feb 12 24 hour general strike in Belgium forces all fights to be cancelled and schools shut

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Feb 12 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán found guilty of all 10 federal crimes against him in New York after 200 hours of testimony
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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
  • Feb 12 Hotel fire in New Delhi, India, kills 17

  • Feb 12 Nasa data shows the world has got greener - 5% more leafier since early 2000s, mostly due to tree planting in China, intensive farming in India
  • Feb 12 US national debt tops 22 trillion for the first time according to US Treasury
  • Feb 12 Rare Black panthers spotted for the first time in nearly 100 years in Laikipia County, Kenya
  • Feb 12 Trial of 12 Catalonia independence leaders begins in Madrid
  • Feb 13 NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover's mission has ended after 15 years due to sandstorm damaging communications
  • Feb 13 Suicide attack on bus carrying Iranian military's Revolutionary Guard kills 23 in Sistan-Baluchestan province, separatist group Jaish al-Adl claim responsibility
  • Feb 13 Iran marks 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution with huge street marches and protests against the US
  • Feb 13 Flinders River swells to 37 miles wide (60km) creating its own weather system after intense flooding in Queensland, Australia
  • Feb 14 Amazon cancels plans to build a corporate campus in Long Island, Queens, New York after widespread opposition
  • Feb 14 US Senate confirms William Barr as Attorney General
  • Feb 14 Explosive-packed vehicle rams paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir killing at least 40. Islamic group Jaish-e-Mohammad claim responsibility.
  • Feb 14 Egyptian parliament approves measures to enable President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to extend his rule till 2034
  • Feb 14 Colombian Juan Carlos Sánchez Latorre jailed for sexual abuse of 276 children in Barranquilla
  • Feb 14 JP Morgan is the first bank to create its own crypto-currency JPM Coin
  • Feb 15 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to divert funds to build a border wall, after signing bipartisan spending agreement to avoid another government shutdown
  • Feb 15 A fired employee opens fire at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, killing five and injuring six
  • Feb 16 India's new high-speed train the Vande Bharat Express breaks down on its first return trip on Delhi to Varanasi route
  • Feb 16 Pope Francis defrocks ex-cardinal and archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick for sexually abusing minors and adults. First Cardinal to be removed for sexual abuse.
  • Feb 17 Protests continue by thousands in streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, against government corruption and inflation
  • Feb 18 British parliamentary committee issues scathing report on Facebook, accusing company of breaking privacy laws, calling for new regulations
  • Feb 18 Gun battle in Pulwama, Indian-controlled Kashmir, kills nine with Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad held responsible
  • Feb 18 25-year old murder of a woman solved when police in Minnesota run DNA though a genealogy site and find suspect
  • Feb 18 16 US states, including California and New York, band together to sue President Donald Trump over his use of emergency powers to build a border wall.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 19 Bernie Sanders announces he is running for President for a second time

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Feb 19 New York city bans hair discrimination, to limit racial stereotyping
  • Feb 19 Vatican confirms secret church guidelines for children of priests
  • Feb 21 Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 touches down on asteroid Ryugu on mission to collect rock samples
  • Feb 21 The Lunar Library, a 30 million page digital library launched on board Israel’s Beresheet Lunar Lander, aiming to be stored on the Moon
  • Feb 23 Clashes on Venezuelan border kills two as its country's officials try to stop aid getting in

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir declares a national emergency, dismisses the federal government and sacks all state governors

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 23 Nigerian presidential election: President Muhammadu Buhari wins re-election defeating Atiku Abubakar, amid violence and a delay, on turnout of 35.6%

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Feb 24 At least 133 people have died and 200 treated in hospital after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in Golaghat district, north-eastern India
  • Feb 24 Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia ends with Pope Francis promising more action and calling those guilty "tools of Satan"
  • Feb 26 India launches air strikes on alleged terrorist camps within Pakistan
  • Feb 26 Catholic Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse in Melbourne, Australia. As treasurer at the Vatican, the highest-ranking church official to be convicted.
  • Feb 26 More than 4,500 complaints of child sexual abuse against migrant children received by US Health Department, Department of Justice received 1,300 more
  • Feb 26 UK reaches its highest-ever winter temperature with 21.2°C (70.2F) in Kew Gardens, London
  • Feb 26 City of Venice in Italy introduces a day visitors tax
  • Feb 27 Michael Cohen, former lawyer to Donald Trump testifies before the House Oversight Committee saying Trump is "racist", a "con man" and "a cheat"
  • Feb 27 Train crashes into a buffer at Cairo's main railway station killing 25 and injuring dozens in Egypt

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

Feb 27 Second summit begins between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 27 Smallest baby boy ever born to be later successfully released, goes home, after original birth weight of 268g (9.45oz) from Tokyo hospital
  • Feb 27 First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives, with new federal background checks
  • Feb 27 Doctors announce world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 27 Pakistan shoots down an Indian fighter jet and captures the pilot, further escalating tensions in the disputed Kashmir region
  • Feb 28 Lost Caravaggio painting "Judith and Holofernes" (1607) announced rediscovered in a Toulouse attic in 2014 to be auctioned worth $171 million
  • Feb 28 Summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump collapses without agreement