Historic World Events / February (page 20)

February

List historic world events in February

February, 2016

  • 8 February

    Patrick Roy gets 300th win as NHL goalie

    Patrick Roy gets 300th win as NHL goalie

    On this day in 1996, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy earns his 300th win in the National Hockey League. Roy retired from hockey in 2003 with 551 career wins, a record that still stands. Patrick Roy, a native of Quebec City, Canada, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984. …

  • 8 February

    FDR signs Executive Order 9066

    FDR signs Executive Order 9066

    On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, initiating a controversial World War II policy with lasting consequences for Japanese Americans. The document ordered the removal of resident enemy aliens from parts of the West vaguely identified as military areas. After the bombing of Pearl …

  • 8 February

    Rescuers reach Donner Party

    Rescuers reach Donner Party

    The first rescuers from Sutter’s Fort reach the surviving remnants of the Donner emigrant party at their snowbound camp in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains. The events leading up to the Donner party tragedy began the summer before, when 89 emigrants from Springfield, Illinois, set out overland for California. Initially …

  • 8 February

    Thomas Alva Edison patents the phonograph

    Thomas Alva Edison patents the phonograph

    The technology that made the modern music business possible came into existence in the New Jersey laboratory where Thomas Alva Edison created the first device to both record sound and play it back. He was awarded U.S. Patent No. 200,521 for his invention–the phonograph–on this day in 1878. Edison’s invention …

  • 8 February

    Amy Tan’s birthday

    Amy Tan’s birthday

    Novelist Amy Tan is born on this day in 1952 to Chinese immigrants who came to Oakland in 1949. Tan studied English at San Jose State and Berkeley. Although she planned an academic career, she grew bored with university life and turned to technical writing, business writing, and publishing. At …

  • 8 February

    Bob Hope marries Dolores Reade

    Bob Hope marries Dolores Reade

    On this day in 1934, the legendary comic actor and entertainer Bob Hope marries Dolores Reade in Erie, Pennsylvania. Their marriage would last until Hope’s death 69 years later, making it by far one of Hollywood’s most enduring unions. Born Leslie Townes Hope in 1903 near London, Hope emigrated with …

  • 8 February

    Solzhenitsyn reunited with family

    Solzhenitsyn reunited with family

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn awaits reunion with his family after exile from Russia. Publication of The Gulag Archipelago, a detailed history of the Soviet prison system, prompted Russia to exile the 55 year-old author. One of Russia’s most visible and vocal dissidents, Solzhenitsyn once served an 11-year prison term. Solzhenitsyn had previously …

  • 8 February

    Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066

    Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066

    Ten weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people from military areas “as deemed necessary or desirable.” The military in turn defined the entire West Coast, home to the majority of Americans of Japanese …

  • 8 February

    Aaron Burr arrested for treason

    Aaron Burr arrested for treason

    Aaron Burr, a former U.S. vice president, is arrested in Alabama on charges of plotting to annex Spanish territory in Louisiana and Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic. In November 1800, in an election conducted before presidential and vice-presidential candidates shared a single ticket, Thomas …

  • 8 February

    Copernicus born

    Copernicus born

    On February 19, 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, a city in north-central Poland on the Vistula River. The father of modern astronomy, he was the first modern European scientist to propose that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Copernicus was born into a family of well-to-do …