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Events

  • 364 – Roman Emperor Jovian dies after a reign of eight months. He is found dead in his tent at Tyana (Asia Minor) en route back to Constantinople in suspicious circumstances.
  • 1370Northern Crusades: Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights meet in the Battle of Rudau.
  • 1411 – Following the successful campaigns during the Ottoman Interregnum, Musa Çelebi, one of the sons of Bayezid I, becomes Sultan with the support of Mircea I of Wallachia.
  • 1500 – Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
  • 1600 – The philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive, for heresy, at Campo de' Fiori in Rome.
  • 1621Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America.
  • 1753 – In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1801 – 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.
  • 1814War of the Sixth Coalition: The Battle of Mormant.
  • 1819 – The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
  • 1838Weenen massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus.
  • 1854 – The United Kingdom recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
  • 1859Cochinchina Campaign: The French Navy captured the Citadel of Saigon, a fortress that was manned by 1,000 Nguyễn dynasty soldiers, en route to conquering Saigon and other regions of southern Viet Nam.
  • 1863 – A group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • 1864American Civil War: The Template:Ship becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the Template:Ship.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.
  • 1871 – The victorious Prussian Army parades through Paris, France, after the end of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
  • 1904Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.
  • 1913 – The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
  • 1919 – The Ukrainian People's Republic asks Entente and the US for help fighting the Bolsheviks.
  • 1933 – Newsweek magazine is first published.
  • 1944World War II: The Battle of Eniwetok begins: The battle ends in an American victory on February 22.
  • 1944 – World War II: Operation Hailstone begins: U.S. naval air, surface, and submarine attack against Truk Lagoon, Japan's main base in the central Pacific, in support of the Eniwetok invasion.
  • 1949Chaim Weizmann begins his term as the first President of Israel.
  • 1959Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2: The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
  • 1964 – In Wesberry v. Sanders the Supreme Court of the United States rules that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.
  • 1964 – Gabonese president Léon M'ba is toppled by a coup and his rival, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, is installed in his place.
  • 1965Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the "Sea of Tranquility" would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
  • 1968 – In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
  • 1972 – Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.
  • 1974Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.
  • 1978The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30 others, all Protestants.
  • 1979 – The Sino-Vietnamese War begins.
  • 1980 – First winter ascent of Mount Everest by Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy.
  • 1992Nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenian troops massacre more than 20 Azerbaijani civilians during the Capture of Garadaghly.
  • 1995 – The Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ends on a ceasefire brokered by the UN.
  • 1996 – In Philadelphia, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
  • 1996 – NASA's Discovery Program begins as the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lifts off on the first mission ever to orbit and land on an asteroid, 433 Eros.
  • 1996 – The 8.2 Mw Biak earthquake shakes the Papua province of eastern Indonesia with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A large tsunami followed, leaving one-hundred sixty-six people dead or missing and 423 injured.
  • 2006 – A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 2008Kosovo declares independence as the Republic of Kosovo.
  • 2011Libyan protests begin. In Bahrain, security forces launched a deadly pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday.
  • 2015 – Eighteen people are killed and 78 injured in a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade in Haiti.
  • 2016 – Military vehicles explode outside a Turkish Armed Forces barracks in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 29 people and injuring 61 others.

Births

  • 624Wu Zetian, Chinese wife of Emperor Taizong of Tang (d. 705)
  • 1201Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Persian astronomer, biologist and theologian (d. 1274)
  • 1490Charles III, Duke of Bourbon (d. 1527)
  • 1519Francis, Duke of Guise (d. 1563)
  • 1524Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine (d. 1574)
  • 1646Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist (d. 1714)
  • 1653Arcangelo Corelli, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1713)
  • 1723Tobias Mayer, German astronomer and academic (d. 1762)
  • 1740Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist and meteorologist (d. 1799)
  • 1752Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, German author and playwright (d. 1831)
  • 1754Nicolas Baudin, French cartographer and explorer (d. 1803)
  • 1781René Laennec, French physician, invented the stethoscope (d. 1826)
  • 1796Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician and botanist (d. 1866)
  • 1817Édouard Thilges, Luxembourgian jurist and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (d. 1904)
  • 1820Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1881)
  • 1821Lola Montez, Irish-American actress and dancer (d. 1861)
  • 1836Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1870)
  • 1844Aaron Montgomery Ward, American businessman, founded Montgomery Ward (d. 1913)
  • 1848Louisa Lawson, Australian poet and publisher (d. 1920)
  • 1854Friedrich Alfred Krupp, German businessman (d. 1902)
  • 1861Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont (d. 1922)
  • 1862 – Mori Ōgai, Japanese general, author, and poet (d. 1922)
  • 1864Jozef Murgaš, Slovak priest, botanist, and painter (d. 1929)
  • 1864 – Banjo Paterson, Australian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1941)
  • 1874Thomas J. Watson, American businessman (d. 1956)
  • 1877Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and author (d. 1904)
  • 1877 – André Maginot, French sergeant and politician (d. 1932)
  • 1887Joseph Bech, Luxembourgian lawyer and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (d. 1975)
  • 1887 – Leevi Madetoja, Finnish composer and critic (d. 1947)
  • 1888Otto Stern, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)
  • 1890Ronald Fisher, English-Australian statistician, biologist, and geneticist (d. 1962)
  • 1891Abraham Fraenkel, German-Israeli mathematician and academic (d. 1965)
  • 1893Wally Pipp, American baseball player and journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1899Jibanananda Das, Bangladeshi-Indian poet and author (d. 1954)
  • 1900Ruth Clifford, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1903Sadegh Hedayat, Iranian-French author and translator (d. 1951)
  • 1904Hans Morgenthau, German-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (d. 1980)
  • 1906Mary Brian, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1908Red Barber, American sportscaster (d. 1992)
  • 1908 – Bo Yibo, Chinese general and politician, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 2007)
  • 1910Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1910 – Marc Lawrence, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1911Oskar Seidlin, German-American author, poet, and scholar (d. 1984)
  • 1912Andre Norton, American author (d. 2005)
  • 1914Arthur Kennedy, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1914 – Wayne Morris, American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1959)
  • 1916Alexander Obolensky, Russian rugby player and pilot (d. 1940)
  • 1916 – Don Tallon, Australian cricketer (d. 1984)
  • 1916 – Raf Vallone, Italian footballer and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1918William Bronk, American poet and academic (d. 1999)
  • 1919J. M. S. Careless, Canadian historian and academic (d. 2009)
  • 1919 – Kathleen Freeman, American actress and singer (d. 2001)
  • 1920Ivo Caprino, Norwegian director and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1920 – Curt Swan, American soldier and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1921Duane Gish, American biochemist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1922Tommy Edwards, American singer-songwriter (d. 1969)
  • 1923John M. Allegro, English archaeologist and scholar (d. 1988)
  • 1923 – Buddy DeFranco, American clarinet player and bandleader (d. 2014)
  • 1924Margaret Truman, American singer and author (d. 2008)
  • 1925Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
  • 1925 – Hal Holbrook, American actor and director
  • 1928Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1929Chaim Potok, American rabbi and author (d. 2002)
  • 1929 – Nicholas Ridley, Baron Ridley of Liddesdale, English lieutenant and politician, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (d. 1993)
  • 1929 – Patricia Routledge, English actress and singer
  • 1930Roger Craig, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1930 – Benjamin Fain, Ukrainian-Israeli physicist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Ruth Rendell, English author (d. 2015)
  • 1931Jiřina Jirásková, Czech actress and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Buddy Ryan, American football coach (d. 2016)
  • 1933Larry Jennings, American magician and author (d. 1997)
  • 1933 – Craig L. Thomas, American captain and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1934Alan Bates, English actor (d. 2003)
  • 1934 – Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), Australian comedian, actor, and author
  • 1935Christina Pickles, English-American actress
  • 1936Jim Brown, American football player and actor
  • 1937Mary Ann Mobley, American model and actress, Miss America 1959 (d. 2014)
  • 1940Vicente Fernández, Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, and producer
  • 1940 – Gene Pitney, American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1941Julia McKenzie, English actress, singer, and director
  • 1942Huey P. Newton, American activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party (d. 1989)
  • 1944Karl Jenkins, Welsh saxophonist, keyboard player, and composer (Soft Machine)
  • 1945Zina Bethune, American actress, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2012)
  • 1945 – Brenda Fricker, Irish actress
  • 1946Shahrnush Parsipur, Iranian-American author and academic
  • 1948José José, Mexican singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1948 – Rick Majerus, American basketball player and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1949Fred Frith, English guitarist and songwriter
  • 1949 – Dennis Green, American football player and coach (d. 2016)
  • 1950 – Rickey Medlocke, American guitarist
  • 1951Rashid Minhas, Pakistani soldier and pilot (d. 1971)
  • 1952Karin Büttner-Janz, German gymnast and physician
  • 1952 – Vladimír Padrůněk, Czech bass player (d. 1991)
  • 1954Miki Berkovich, Israeli basketball player
  • 1954 – Rene Russo, American actress
  • 1955Mo Yan, Chinese author and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1956Richard Karn, American actor and game show host
  • 1957Loreena McKennitt, Canadian singer-songwriter, accordion player, and pianist
  • 1958Alan Wiggins, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1959Aryeh Deri, Moroccan-Israeli rabbi and politician, Israeli Minister of Internal Affairs
  • 1959 – Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer and sportscaster
  • 1960Lindy Ruff, Canadian hockey player and coach
  • 1961Angela Eagle, English politician, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
  • 1961 – Maria Eagle, English politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
  • 1961 – Andrey Korotayev, Russian anthropologist, historian, and sociologist
  • 1962Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor and director
  • 1963Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and voice actor
  • 1963 – Alison Hargreaves, English mountaineer (d. 1995)
  • 1963 – Jen-Hsun Huang, Taiwanese-American businessman, co-founded Nvidia
  • 1963 – Michael Jordan, American basketball player and actor
  • 1965Michael Bay, American director and producer
  • 1966Quorthon, Swedish guitarist and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1966 – Michael Lepond, American bass player
  • 1966 – Luc Robitaille, Canadian ice hockey player, manager, and actor
  • 1967Chanté Moore, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1968Wu'erkaixi, Chinese journalist and activist
  • 1968 – Bryan Cox, American football player and coach
  • 1969David Douillet, French martial artist and politician
  • 1970Dominic Purcell, English-born Irish-Australian actor and producer
  • 1971Denise Richards, American model and actress
  • 1972Billie Joe Armstrong, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and producer
  • 1972 – Philippe Candeloro, French figure skater
  • 1972 – Taylor Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and drummer
  • 1972 – Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model and businesswoman
  • 1972 – Lars Göran Petrov, Swedish singer and drummer
  • 1973Raphaël Ibañez, French rugby player
  • 1974Kaoru, Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1974 – Jerry O'Connell, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1975Václav Prospal, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1976Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • 1976 – Tonie Carroll, New Zealand-Australian rugby player and coach
  • 1976 – Scott Williamson, American baseball player and coach
  • 1978Rory Kinnear, English actor
  • 1980Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • 1981Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1981 – Paris Hilton, American model, media personality, actress, singer, DJ, author and businesswoman
  • 1981 – Pontus Segerström, Swedish footballer (d. 2014)
  • 1981 – Andrew Stephenson, English politician
  • 1982Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982 – Brian Bruney, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Daniel Merriweather, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1983Kevin Rudolf, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1984AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
  • 1984 – Jimmy Jacobs, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Drew Miller, American ice hockey player
  • 1984 – Marcin Gortat, Polish basketball player
  • 1985Anders Jacobsen, Norwegian ski jumper
  • 1987Aseem Trivedi, Indian cartoonist and activist
  • 1988Adil Rashid, English cricketer
  • 1988 – Vasyl Lomachenko, Ukrainian boxer
  • 1989Rebecca Adlington, English swimmer
  • 1989 – Chord Overstreet, American actor and singer
  • 1989 – Tom Symonds, Australian rugby player
  • 1990Marianne St-Gelais, Canadian speed skater
  • 1991Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1991 – Bonnie Wright, English actress, director, and screenwriter
  • 1993Nicola Leali, Italian footballer
  • 1993 – Marc Márquez, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1994Angie Miller, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1996Sasha Pieterse, South African-American singer-songwriter and actress

Deaths

  • 306Theodore of Amasea, Roman soldier and Christian martyr
  • 364Jovian, Roman emperor (b. 331)
  • 440Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian monk, linguist, and theologian (b. 360)
  • 661Finan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and saint
  • 1178Evermode of Ratzeburg, bishop of Ratzeburg
  • 1220Theobald I, Duke of Lorraine
  • 1339Otto, Duke of Austria (b. 1301)
  • 1371Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria
  • 1500Adolph, Count of Oldenburg-Delmenhorst, German noble (b. before 1463)
  • 1600Giordano Bruno, Italian mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher (b. 1548)
  • 1609Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1549)
  • 1624Juan de Mariana, Spanish priest and historian (b. 1536)
  • 1659Abel Servien, French politician, French Minister of Finance (b. 1593)
  • 1673Molière, French actor and playwright (b. 1622)
  • 1680Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English politician (b. 1599)
  • 1680 – Jan Swammerdam, Dutch biologist, zoologist, and entomologist (b. 1637)
  • 1715Antoine Galland, French orientalist and archaeologist (b. 1646)
  • 1732Louis Marchand, French organist and composer (b. 1669)
  • 1768Arthur Onslow, English lawyer and politician, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1691)
  • 1841Ferdinando Carulli, Italian guitarist and composer (b. 1770)
  • 1854John Martin, English painter, engraver, and illustrator (b. 1789)
  • 1856Heinrich Heine, German journalist and poet (b. 1797)
  • 1874Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician, and sociologist (b. 1796)
  • 1890Christopher Latham Sholes, American publisher and politician (b. 1819)
  • 1905William Bickerton, English-American religious leader, leader in the Latter Day Saint movement (b. 1815)
  • 1909Geronimo, American tribal leader (b. 1829)
  • 1912Edgar Evans, Welsh sailor and explorer (b. 1876)
  • 1919Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1841)
  • 1934Albert I of Belgium (b. 1875)
  • 1934 – Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player and theoretician (b. 1862)
  • 1939Willy Hess, German violinist and educator (b. 1859)
  • 1946Dorothy Gibson, American actress and singer (b. 1889)
  • 1961Lütfi Kırdar, Turkish physician and politician, Turkish Minister of Health (b. 1887)
  • 1961 – Nita Naldi, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1962Joseph Kearns, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1962Bruno Walter, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1876)
  • 1970Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Ukrainian-Israeli novelist, short story writer, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1970 – Alfred Newman, American composer and conductor (b. 1900)
  • 1977Janani Luwum, Ugandan archbishop and saint (b. 1922)
  • 1982Nestor Chylak, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1982 – Thelonious Monk, American pianist and composer (b. 1917)
  • 1982 – Lee Strasberg, American actor and director (b. 1901)
  • 1986Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian-American philosopher and author (b. 1895)
  • 1988John M. Allegro, English archaeologist and scholar (b. 1923)
  • 1988 – Karpoori Thakur, Indian educator and politician, 11th Chief Minister of Bihar (b. 1924)
  • 1989Lefty Gomez, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • 1990Jean-Marc Boivin, French mountaineer, skier, and pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1994Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (b. 1951)
  • 1998Ernst Jünger, German soldier, philosopher, and author (b. 1895)
  • 2003Steve Bechler, American baseball player (b. 1979)
  • 2004José López Portillo, Mexican lawyer and politician, 51st President of Mexico (b. 1920)
  • 2005Dan O'Herlihy, Irish-American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Omar Sívori, Argentinian footballer and manager (b. 1935)
  • 2006Ray Barretto, American drummer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Bill Cowsill, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2009Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter and journalist (b. 1922)
  • 2009 – Mike Whitmarsh, American volleyball player (b. 1962)
  • 2010Kathryn Grayson, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2012Robert Carr, English engineer and politician, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Michael Davis, American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn, Dutch mathematician and theorist (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Ulric Neisser, German-American psychologist and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2013Richard Briers, English actor (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Shmulik Kraus, Israeli singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Sophie Kurys, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Mindy McCready, American singer-songwriter (b. 1975)
  • 2014Bob Casale, American guitarist, keyboard player, and producer (b. 1952)
  • 2014 – Peter Florin, German politician and diplomat, President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Wayne Smith, Jamaican singer (b. 1965)
  • 2015John Barrow, American-Canadian football player and manager (b. 1935)
  • 2015 – Cathy Ubels-Veen, Dutch politician (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Liu Yudi, Chinese general and pilot (b. 1923)
  • 2016Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (b. 1921)
  • 2016 – Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, Egyptian journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2016 – Claude Jeancolas, French historian, author, and journalist (b. 1949)
  • 2016 – Tony Phillips, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 2016 – Andrzej Żuławski, Polish film director (b. 1940)

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Seven Founders of the Servite Order
      • Alexis Falconieri
    • Constabilis
    • Fintan of Clonenagh
    • Janani Luwum (Anglican Communion)
    • Lommán of Trim
    • February 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Independence Day (Kosovo), celebrates the independence declaration of Kosovo in 2008, still under dispute.
  • Quirinalia, in honor of Quirinus (Roman Empire)

External links

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