Historic World Events / February (page 30)

February

List historic world events in February

February, 2016

  • 6 February

    Gallup Poll released

    Gallup Poll released

    Despite an extremely active antiwar movement, a Gallup Poll implies that most those polled (55 %) oppose an instantaneous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. Those that favored American withdrawal had risen from 21 %, in a November poll, to 35 %. President Nixon had taken office in January 1969 …

  • 6 February

    Kennedy authorizes U.S. advisors to fire in self-defense

    Kennedy authorizes U.S. advisors to fire in self-defense

    President John F. Kennedy authorizes U.S. military advisors in Vietnam to come back fire if fired upon. At a news conference, he stated, “The training missions we have [in South Vietnam] have been instructed that if they are fired upon, they are of course to fire back, but we have …

  • 6 February

    Olympic speed skater Jansen falls after sister dies

    Olympic speed skater Jansen falls after sister dies

    On February 14, 1988, U.S. speed skater Dan Jansen, a popular to win the gold medal in the 500-meter race at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, falls throughout competition, only hours after learning his sister had died of cancer. Jansen suffered disappointment following disappointment in the Olympics, earning him …

  • 6 February

    Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die

    Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die

    On today in 1884, future President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die, only hours apart. Roosevelt was at function in the New York state legislature wanting to get yourself a government reform bill passed when he was summoned property by his household. He returned residence to discover his mother, Mittie, …

  • 6 February

    First trainload of oranges leaves Los Angeles

    First trainload of oranges leaves Los Angeles

    Destined to show into 1 of the state’s main exports, the original trainload of oranges grown by southern California farmers leaves Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad. The Spanish had established Los Angeles, a definite of the oldest cities in the Far West, in 1781 to aid colonize the region. …

  • 6 February

    The B-52’s play their first gig

    The B-52’s play their first gig

    The B-52’s, a definite of the strangest and, to fans, most irresistible, pop groups to achieve mainstream great results ever, makes its worldwide debut at a Valentine’s Day residence party in Athens, GA, with this day in 1977. In their official Warner Brothers bio, the B-52’s described themselves in this …

  • 6 February

    The Boz Ball celebrates Dickens

    The Boz Ball celebrates Dickens

    On today, fans of Charles Dickens organize the Boz Ball, at the very top party for the celebrated writer who had found its way to the United States in January for a 5-month tour. (Dickens’ earliest operates have been published beneath the pseudonym Boz.) Only members of New York’s aristocracy …

  • 6 February

    Hedda Hopper’s first column appears in the L.A. Times

    Hedda Hopper’s first column appears in the L.A. Times

    On today in 1938, the former silent film actress Hedda Hopper pens the initial installment of what would become her tremendously influential gossip column in the Los Angeles Times. Born Elda Furry in 1890, she was the fifth of nine small children of Quaker parents surviving in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. She …

  • 6 February

    Valentine’s Day Massacre takes place

    Valentine’s Day Massacre takes place

    In Chicago, gunmen in the suspected employment of organized-crime boss Al Capone murder seven members of the George “Bugs” Moran North Siders gang in a garage on North Clark Street. The so-called St. Valentine’s Day Massacre stirred a media storm centered on Capone and his illegal Prohibition-era activities and motivated …

  • 6 February

    Penicillin discovered

    Penicillin discovered

    Sir Alexander Fleming was a bacteriologist when an accidental discovery resulted in an individual of the wonderful developments of present day medicine with this day in 1929. Having left a bowl of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming pointed out that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many …