Historical Events on February

  • Canberra


    The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne.

  • Roger Federer


    Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.

  • Charles de Gaulle


    French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.

  • The Holocaust


    The so-called Big Three banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.

  • John F. Kennedy


    Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower


    World War II: General Dwight D. Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

  • Egyptian Revolution of 2011


    The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.

  • Thomas Jefferson


    An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr, Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.

  • United States Postal Service


    The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.

  • Spanish Civil War


    The League of Nations bans foreign national "volunteers" in the Spanish Civil War.

  • Sino-American relations


    United States President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.

  • Hagia Sophia


    Byzantine emperor Justinian I orders the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople - the Hagia Sophia.

  • Manila


    World War II: The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is liberated by combined Filipino and American forces.

  • History of Poland (1939-45)


    World War II: Capitulation of German garrison in Poznań. The city is liberated by Soviet and Polish forces.

  • Impeachment of Andrew Johnson


    Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.

  • Japanese American internment


    A special commission of the United States Congress condemns the Japanese American internment during World War II.

  • Turkey


    World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.

  • Ferdinand Marcos


    People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.