Historic World Events / February (page 4)

February

List historic world events in February

February, 2016

  • 12 February

    Gorbachev calls for nuclear weapons treaty

    Gorbachev calls for nuclear weapons treaty

    In a surprising announcement, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev indicates that his nation is preparing to sign “without delay” a treaty made to eliminate U.S. and Soviet medium-variety nuclear missiles from Europe. Gorbachev’s supply resulted in a breakthrough in negotiations and, ultimately, to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) …

  • 12 February

    Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid begins

    Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid begins

    On today in 1864, amajor Union cavalry raid begins when General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick leads 3,500 troopers south from Stevensburg, Virginia. Aimed at Richmond, the raid sought to no cost Federal prisoners and spread word of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction hoping of convincing Confederates to lay …

  • 11 February

    Racing legend Mario Andretti born

    Racing legend Mario Andretti born

    Mario Andretti, whose name will become synonymous with American auto racing, exists in Montona, Italy, on February 28, 1940. In an occupation that spanned 5 decades, Andretti was recognized for his versatility as a driver, taking the checkered flag when driving of sports cars, sprint stock and vehicles cars on …

  • 11 February

    John Wesley charters first Methodist Church in U.S.

    John Wesley charters first Methodist Church in U.S.

    On today in 1784, John Wesley charters the 1st Methodist Church in the United States. Despite the fact he was an Anglican, Wesley saw the necessity to supply church structure for his followers immediately after the Anglican Church abandoned its American believers through the American Revolution. Wesley first brought his …

  • 11 February

    Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA

    Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA

    On today in 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announce they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes. Though DNA-short for deoxyribonucleic acid-was within 1869, its vital function in determining genetic inheritance wasn’t demonstrated till 1943. In the first 1950s, …

  • 11 February

    U.S. aircraft carrier Langley is sunk

    U.S. aircraft carrier Langley is sunk

    On today, the U.S. Navy’s initial aircraft carrier, the Langley, is sunk by Japanese warplanes (with a little the help of U.S. destroyers), and most of its 32 aircraft are lost. The Langley premiered in 1912 because the naval collier (coal transport ship) Jupiter. After World War I, the Jupiter …

  • 11 February

    Austrians occupy Durazzo in Albania

    Austrians occupy Durazzo in Albania

    After completing their conquest of Serbia and Montenegro, the Austro-Hungarian army turns its attentions toward Albania, occupying the coastal city of Durazzo on the Adriatic Sea on February 27, 1916. Durazzo, also referred to as Durres, had served being an important port in your community as the 5th century, when …

  • 11 February

    Communist offensive continues

    Communist offensive continues

    Communist forces shell 30 military installations and nine towns in South Vietnam, in what becomes named the “Post-Tet Offensive.” U.S. sources in Saigon put American losses in this newest offensive at between 250 and 300, weighed against enemy casualties totaling 5,300. South Vietnamese officials report 200 civilians killed and 12,700 …

  • 11 February

    Diem survives coup attempt

    Diem survives coup attempt

    South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem survives just one more coup attempt when Republic of Vietnam Air Force pilots Lieutenants Pham Phu Quoc and Nguyen Van Cu make an effort to kill him and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu by bombing and strafing the presidential palace. Lieutenant Quoc was arrested …

  • 11 February

    U.S. Olympic hockey team beats Soviet Union

    U.S. Olympic hockey team beats Soviet Union

    On this day in 1960, the underdog U.S. Olympic hockey team defeats the Soviet Union in the semifinals at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. The next day, the U.S. beats Czechoslovakia to win its first-ever Olympic gold medal in hockey. The 1960 U.S. team was led by Jack …