This Day in History - February
Historical events by day for the month of February :
February 1, 1920 -Royal Canadian Mounted Police are established.
February 1, 1964 - G. I. Joe toy action figure hits the market. It originally sold for $2.49 by Hasbro.
February 2, 1949 - The first 45 RPM vinyl record is released.
February 6, 1964 - The G.I. Joe toy hits the market.
February 3, 1959 - Rock singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash.
February 4, 1938 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released.
February 4, 1949 - Ruth Handler invents the Barbie Doll.
February 4, 2004 - Mark Zuckerberg creates Facebook social media platform.
February 5, 1922 - Reader's Digest is first published.
February 6, 1926 - The first doughnut machine is sold.
February 6, 1935 - The board game Monopoly first went on sale.
February 6, 1943 - Frank Sinatra makes his singing debut on radio show "Your Hit Parade".
February 6, 1971 - Astronaut Alan Shepard hits three golf balls on the moon.
February 7, 1964 - The Beatles arrive in the U.S. for the fist time.
February 8, 1910 - The Boy Scouts of America is founded.
February 9, 1964 - The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show.
February 9, 1861 - An act of Congress is passed authorizing the US Weather Bureau .
February 10, 1942 - Glenn Miller receives the first ever gold record for selling a million copies of a song. And the song....."The Chattanooga Choo Choo"
February 10, 1763 - France cedes Canada to England, ending the French and Indian War.
February 11, 1809 - Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.
February11, 1929 - The Vatican becomes a sovereign nation.
February 11, 1945 - The Yalta agreement is signed by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.
February 12, 1870 - Women in the Utah Territory win the right to vote.
February 13, 1826 - The American Temperance Society is formed in Boston, MA.
February 13, 1866 - Jesse James robs his first(of many) banks.
February 13, 1917 - Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is arrested on suspicion she is a German spy.
February 13, 2000 - The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after the death of Charles M. Schulz, it's creator.
February 14, 1826 - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
February 13, 1849 - President John Knox Polk becomes the first sitting president to have his photograph taken.
February 14, 1929 - The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre occurred. Mobsters, dressed as policemen, gunned down seven members of a rival gang.
February 14, 1931 - The original film "Dracula" starring Bela Lugosi is released.
February 14, 1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson becomes the world middleweight champion by defeating Jake LaMotta.
February 14, 1971 - President Richard M. Nixon installs a secret taping system in the White House.
February 15, 399 B.C. - Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death in Athens for corrupting the minds of the youth in the city.
February 15, 1842 - The Post Office uses adhesive postage stamps for the first time.
February 15, 1936 - Adolph Hitler announces the construction of the Volkswagen Beetle.
February 16, 600 - Pope Gregory the Great declares "God Bless You" is the proper response to a sneeze.
February 16, 1868 - Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks is formed.
February 16, 1883 - "Ladies Home Journal" is first published.
February 16, 1937 - Nylon is patented. But it won't become popular for a few more decades.
February 16, 1948 - NBC TV begins it's first nightly newscast.
February 17, 1621 - Myles Standish is elected the fist commander of Plymouth Colony.
February 17, 1815 - President James Madison signs the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
February 18, 1861 - Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America.
February 18, 1885 - Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.
February 18, 1930 - A ninth planet is discovered in the solar system and is named Pluto. The discover is Clyde Tombaugh.
February 18, 1913 - A prize is inserted into a Crackerjacks box for the first time
February 18, 1979 - Snow falls in the Sahara desert.
February 19, 1878 - Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his Gramophone (Phonograph).
February 19, 1913 - Prizes begin to be inserted into Cracker Jack boxes.
February 19, 1968 - Mister Rogers Neighborhood debuts on television.
February 20, 1869 - Congress bans dueling in the District of Columbia.
February 20, 1927 - Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating the Sabbath.
February 20, 1944 - Batman and Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers.
February 20, 1962 - John Glenn become the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth.
February 21, 1842 - John Greenough receives a U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
February 21, 1931 - Alka Seltzer is first sold.
February 21, 1972 - Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. President to visit China.
February 22, 1879 - Frank Woolworth opens the first "Five Cent Store in Utica, N.Y.
February 22, 1888 - John Reid, the "Father of American Golf", demonstrates golf in a cow pasture in Yonkers, NY.
February 22, 1959 - Inaugural Daytona 500 race is run.
February 23, 1836 - The Battle of the Alamo begins. It lasts 13 days.
February 23, 1874 - Walter Wingfield of Pimlico, England, patented the game of lawn tennis.
February 23, 1896 - The Tootsie Roll rolls into stores in America. Created by Leo Hirshfield.
February 23, 1940 - Walt Disney releases Pinocchio to movie theaters.
February 23, 1945 - U.S. marines raise the America flag in Iwo Jima.
February 24, 1839 - William Otis of Philadelphia, PA patents the steam shovel.
February 24, 1868 - The first parade with floats is held for Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL.
February 24, 1909 - The Hudson Motor Company is founded.
February 24, 1981 - Britain's Prince Charles announces his engagement to Lady Diana.
February 24, 1998 - Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
February 24, 2011 - Final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
February 25, 1791 - The 1st Bank of the United States is chartered.
February 25, 1836 - Samuel Colt patents the revolver.
February 25, 1837 - Thomas Davenport patents the first electric printing press.
February 25, 1908 - The first tunnel under the Hudson river opens.
February 25, 1925 - Glacier Bay National Monument in Alaska is established.
February 25, 1964 - Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) wins his first World Heavyweight Title, defeating Sonny Liston.
February 26, 1919 - Congress creates the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
February 26, 1993 - A bomb explodes at the World Trade Center killing 6 people.
February 26, 1983 - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album is #1 on the charts and stays there for 37 weeks.
February 27, 1814 - Ludwig van Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres.
February 27, 1827 - Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans for the first time.
February 27, 1960 - The U.S. Men's Olympic hockey team defeats the U.S.S.R. to win Olympic Gold.
February 27, 1981 - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record "Ebony and Ivory".
February 28, 202 B.C. - The Han dynasty begins a four hundred year rule with the coronation of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han.
February 28, 1692 - The Salem Witch Hunts begin.
February 28, 1784 - Evangelist John Wesley charters the Methodist church.
February 28, 1849 - The California Gold Rush begins as the first boatload of prospectors arrive in San Francisco.
February 28, 1983 - The final episode of M.A.S.H. is aired.
February 29, 1872 - Yellowstone becomes the first National Park
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