Forthcoming historic anniversaries, Feb 2008

You may wish to write about the following historical events. Dates are given 6 months in advance to allow you time for research and writing. Dates and facts are taken from a reliable source, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. Please cross-check all information as part of your research and let us know of any errors.

We will shortly be publishing The Date-A-Base Book: forthcoming historic anniversaries 2008-2012, which will contain over 100 entries for each month (more than twice the size of our current lists!) and over 6,000 entries in total. More details soon.

750 years ago (10 Feb 1258)
The Mongols captured and destroyed Baghdad

700 years ago (25 Feb 1308)
Coronation of King Edward II of England

500 years ago (6 Feb 1508)
Maximilian I assumed the title of Holy Roman Emperor

375 years ago (13 Feb 1633)
Galileo was detained by the Italian Inquisition in Rome

375 years ago (23 Feb 1633)
Birth of Samuel Pepys, English diarist and naval administrator

325 years ago (28 Feb 1683)
Birth of René Antoine de Réaumur, French scientist
(Inventor of a thermometer scale)

250 years ago (10 Feb 1758)
Death of Thomas Ripley, English architect

225 years ago (4 Feb 1783)
American Revolutionary War: The UK declares an end to hostilities with the USA

225 years ago (6 Feb 1783)
Death of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, English landscape gardener

200 years ago (11 Feb 1808)
Anthracite was first burned as a fuel

200 years ago (26 Feb 1808)
Birth of Honoré Daumier, French artist, illustrator, and sculptor

150 years ago (11 Feb 1858)
Bernadette Soubirous saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France

150 years ago (24 Feb 1858)
Birth of Arnold Dolmetsch, Swiss maker and restorer of musical instruments

125 years ago (13 Feb 1883)
Death of Richard Wagner, German composer

125 years ago (23 Feb 1883)
Birth of Victor Fleming, American film director (Wizard of Oz)

100 years ago (1 Feb 1908)
Death of King Carlos I of Portugal and his eldest son, Luís Felipe, assassinated by revolutionaries in Lisbon

100 years ago (7 Feb 1908)
Birth of Buster Crabbe, American Olympic Gold medal swimmer and actor.
(Note: this is his real date of birth, though he usually gave his year of birth as 1910)

100 years ago (11 Feb 1908)
Birth of Vivian Fuchs, British geologist and Antarctic explorer

100 years ago (22 Feb 1908)
Birth of Sir John Mills, English actor

100 years ago (25 Feb 1908)
Birth of Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist

100 years ago (26 Feb 1908)
Birth of Tex Avery, American cartoon animator

100 years ago (29 Feb 1908)
Birth of Balthus, French-Polish painter

90 years ago (6 Feb 1918)
Women over 30 gained the right to vote in Britain

80 years ago (15 Feb 1928)
Death of Herbert Henry Asquith, British Prime Minister

75 years ago (10 Feb 1933)
The first singing telegram, introduced by the Postal Telegram Company, New York

75 years ago (17 Feb 1933)
Newsweek magazine was first published in the USA

75 years ago (25 Feb 1933)
Launch of USS Ranger, the first aircraft carrier

75 years ago (27 Feb 1933)
The German Reichstag in Berlin was destroyed by fire

50 years ago (1 Feb 1958)
The United Arab Republic was founded

50 years ago (6 Feb 1958)
Seven members of Manchester United football club were killed in a plane crash in Munich

50 years ago (13 Feb 1958)
Death of Georges Rouault, French artist

50 years ago (17 Feb 1958)
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was founded in London

50 years ago (23 Feb 1958)
Cuban rebels kidnapped world motor racing champion Juan Fangio

40 years ago (29 Feb 1968)
First pulsar discovered by British astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell

25 years ago (4 Feb 1983)
Death of Karen Carpenter, American singer

25 years ago (5 Feb 1983)
Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was expelled from Bolivia and flew to France to be tried for crimes against humanity

25 years ago (8 Feb 1983)
Champion racehorse Shergar was kidnapped in Ireland and a £2m ransom demanded

25 years ago (10 Feb 1983)
British civil servant Dennis Nilsen was arrested in London after police discovered the remains of multiple victims in drains near his home

25 years ago (23 Feb 1983)
Death of Adrian Boult, British conductor

25 years ago (25 Feb 1983)
Death of Tennessee Williams, American playwright

20 years ago (1 Feb 1988)
Death of Heather O’Rourke, American actress

20 years ago (5 Feb 1988)
Comic Relief held the first “Red Nose Day”

20 years ago (21 Feb 1988)
American TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned over a sex scandal

10 years ago (3 Feb 1998)
A low-flying military jet hit a cable car near Trento, Italy, killing 20 people

10 years ago (4 Feb 1998)
An earthquake in north-east Afghanistan killed 5,000 people

10 years ago (6 Feb 1998)
Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

10 years ago (6 Feb 1998)
Death of Carl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys)

10 years ago (23 Feb 1998)
Osama bin Laden issued a fatwa against all Jews and Crusaders

10 years ago (26 Feb 1998)
Death of Theodore Schultz, Nobel prize-winning American economist

10 years ago (28 Feb 1998)
Kosovo War: Serbia launches a military offensive against the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army)

10 years ago (28 Feb 1998)
Death of Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted)

10 years ago (28 Feb 1998)
Death of Arkady Shevchenko, Russian diplomat

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