Historic World Events / February (page 5)

February

List historic world events in February

February, 2016

  • 11 February

    Mathew Brady photographs presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln

    Mathew Brady photographs presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln

    On this day in 1860, President Abraham Lincoln poses for the first of several portraits by noted Civil War-era photographer Mathew Brady. Days later, the photograph is published on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar with the caption, Hon. Abram [sic] Lincoln, of Illinois, Republican Candidate for President. A relatively new …

  • 11 February

    AIM takes Wounded Knee

    AIM takes Wounded Knee

    Angered over a long history of violated treaties, mistreatment, and discrimination, 200 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupy the tiny hamlet of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Former Sioux and Ojibwa convicts attempting to stop police harassment of Indians in the Minneapolis area founded the American Indian Movement in …

  • 11 February

    “I Will Survive” wins the first—and last—Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording

    “I Will Survive” wins the first—and last—Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording

    After watching it utterly dominate the musical landscape of the late 1970s, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave disco their stamp of approval, deciding to give a Grammy award for Best Disco Recording, just as the musical style was preparing to die. The first and final Grammy …

  • 11 February

    The Valley of Fear is published

    The Valley of Fear is published

    On this day in 1915, The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle is published in novel form. Sherlock Holmes had been a popular character since he first appeared in the story “A Study in Scarlet,” published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887. The thin, highly strung detective with extraordinary …

  • 11 February

    Shirley Temple receives $50,000 per film

    Shirley Temple receives $50,000 per film

    On this day in 1936, Shirley Temple receives a new contract from 20th Century Fox that will pay the seven-year-old star $50,000 per film. Temple was born in 1928 in Santa Monica, California, and started appearing in a series of short films spoofing current movies, called Baby Burlesks, at the …

  • 11 February

    AIM occupation of Wounded Knee begins

    AIM occupation of Wounded Knee begins

    On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, some 200 Sioux Native Americans, led by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), occupy Wounded Knee, the site of the infamous 1890 massacre of 300 Sioux by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. The AIM members, some of them armed, took 11 residents …

  • 11 February

    Leaning Tower needs help

    Leaning Tower needs help

    On February 27, 1964, the Italian government announces that it is accepting suggestions on how to save the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa from collapse. The top of the 180-foot tower was hanging 17 feet south of the base, and studies showed that the tilt was increasing by a fraction …

  • 11 February

    Supreme Court defends women’s voting rights

    Supreme Court defends women’s voting rights

    In Washington, D.C., the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for female suffrage, is unanimously declared constitutional by the eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 19th Amendment, which stated that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by …

  • 11 February

    Britain recognizes U.S. authority over Western Hemisphere

    Britain recognizes U.S. authority over Western Hemisphere

    Great Britain agrees to U.S. arbitration in a border dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, defusing a dangerous U.S.-British diplomatic crisis. In 1841, gold was discovered in eastern British Guiana, intensifying a long-standing boundary dispute between Britain and Venezuela. In 1887, Venezuela accused Britain of pushing settlements farther into the …

  • 11 February

    Mine explosion kills 74 in Montana

    Mine explosion kills 74 in Montana

    On this day in 1943, an explosion at the Montana Coal and Iron Company mine kills 74 workers. It was the worst mining disaster in Montana’s history. The small communities of Washoe and Bearcreek, Montana, consisted almost entirely of mine workers and their families. Many of them worked Smith Mine …