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Events in History in February 2020

  • Feb 1 Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years
  • Feb 1 Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, appointed the new Prime Minister of Iraq by President Barham Salih after 4 months of protests
  • Feb 2 Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111)
  • Feb 3 Malawi's constitutional court annuls 2019 election which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected due to voting irregularities

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Feb 3 First Democratic caucus in Iowa won narrowly by Pete Buttigieg (most delegates) and Bernie Sanders (most votes) after lengthy delays and irregularities in reporting the results

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Feb 3 Cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3700 passengers quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after cases of coronavirus found on board

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Feb 5 US Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 6 US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan
  • Feb 6 Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station
  • Feb 6 Date of the 1st coronavirus COVID-19 related death in the US (only confirmed by the CDC on April 21)
  • Feb 8 Gunman shoots and kills 29 people in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, with 57 injured. Shooter shot and killed by security forces a day later.
  • Feb 8 Irish General Election: No party wins a majority, Sinn Féin 37 seats and the popular vote, Fianna Fáil 38 seats, Leo Varadkar's ruling Fine Gael only 35 seats
  • Feb 9 Fastest supersonic New York to London journey made by British Airways Boeing 747-436 in four hours and 56 minutes, speeds of 1,327 km/h / 825 mph due to Storm Ciara
  • Feb 9 Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected
  • Feb 9 Suspected militants attack and kill at least 30 people, many while sleeping in their cars in Auno, north-eastern Nigeria, kidnapping women and children
  • Feb 9 Solar Orbiter probe attached to an Atlas rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral

  • Feb 9 Storm Ciara makes landfall in northern Scotland bringing widespread wind and flooding to northern Europe resulting in 18 deaths
  • Feb 10 More than 30 bushfires put out by heaviest rainfall for 30 years in New South Wales, Australia, helping end one of the worst bushfire seasons ever, 46 million acres burnt, over 1 billion animals killed, 34 people dead
  • Feb 11 Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq, for only the second time in a century
  • Feb 11 Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary
  • Feb 11 US attorney general, William Barr recommends cutting suggested sentence of Roger Stone, prompting prosecutors to resign
  • Feb 11 Largest wave ever surfed by a woman by Brazilian Maya Ganeira riding a 73.5ft (22.4m) wave at Nazaré, Portugal
  • Feb 13 Fire in US-run orphanage kills 15 children near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Feb 13 January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Feb 13 Scientists overturn current thought about how planets form - not by violent collision but gentle clumping, through study of Arrokoth in Kepler belt, published in "Science"
  • Feb 14 More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold
  • Feb 15 Beijing orders people returning to the city after Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of Covid-19
  • Feb 16 America evacuates 400 citizens from coronavirus-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan
  • Feb 16 'Ghost ship' cargo vessel MV Alta washed up on the Irish coast near Ballycotton by Storm Dennis, after drifting across the Atlantic from Bermuda
  • Feb 17 India's Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in the armed forces
  • Feb 17 General Motors announces it is retiring the Holden brand in Australasia

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Feb 17 Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Feb 18 Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, suspending those claims
  • Feb 18 Ashraf Ghani declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections five months after the vote, fraud allegations meant recounting
  • Feb 18 Swarms of desert locusts affecting east Africa reach South Sudan, threatening a food crisis
  • Feb 19 German gunman opens fire in a bar in Hanau, Germany, killing nine in a racially motivated attack

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Feb 20 New Bank of England £20 note with painter JMW Turner released, replacing earlier one with economist Adam Smith

Romantic Painter J. M. W. Turner
Romantic Painter
J. M. W. Turner
Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • Feb 20 Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation

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Feb 23 President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of Coronavirus reported with six deaths

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • Feb 23 First major coronavirus outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy

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Feb 23 China's Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country's coronavirus outbreak as the China's largest health emergency since 1949

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Feb 23 Fashion designer heavyweights Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons announce they will work alongside each other at Prada
  • Feb 23 Violent protests against new citizenship laws in Delhi, India erupt leaving at least 38 people dead over the next few days

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Feb 24 Malaysia's 94-year old Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns only to be reinstated later in the day as interim Prime Minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad

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Feb 24 US President Donald Trump begins a 2 day trip to India meeting Indian PM Narendra Modi

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 24 New York firefighter Daniel Foley, who found his brother's body in ruins of World Trade Center, dies of cancer bringing first responders death toll to 343
  • Feb 24 Scientists identify the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to breathe - a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS
  • Feb 25 African American Ahmaud Arbery shot to death after being chased down by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. Video of the killing emerges in May, prompting arrests.
  • Feb 25 147 murders occurred during a five day police strike in Ceará, Brazil, despite army patrolling the streets according to authorities
  • Feb 25 Iran emerges as new coronavirus hotspot, recording 95 cases and 11 deaths as a deputy health minister that appeared on TV confirmed also infected
  • Feb 26 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of coronavirus fears for 1st time in living memory
  • Feb 27 Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in Ophiuchus galaxy 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Miky Ways), published in "Astrophysical Journal"

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Feb 27 Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about coronavirus

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • Feb 29 US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. US and NATO allies will withdraw their troops after 14 months if deal kept.