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February 1: Black History Month begins in Canada and the United States; Fajr decade begins in Iran; National Freedom Day in the United States

The Shard, London
The Shard, London

Thomas Campbell (b. 1763) · Clara Butt (b. 1872) · George Whipple (d. 1976)

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February 2: Groundhog Day in Canada and the United States

Statue of Alexander Selkirk
Statue of Alexander Selkirk

Piotr Skarga (b. 1536) · Vincenzo Dimech (d. 1831) · Christie Brinkley (b. 1954)

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February 3: Setsubun in Japan; Four Chaplains' Day in the United States

José de San Martín
José de San Martín

Caroline von Wolzogen (b. 1763) · Giuseppe Moretti (b. 1857) · C. N. Annadurai (d. 1969)

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February 4: Independence Day in Sri Lanka (1948)

Emperor Taizu of Song
Emperor Taizu of Song

Ceolnoth (d. 870) · Carl Michael Bellman (b. 1740) · Jenny Shipley (b. 1952)

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February 5

A tulip from a 1637 Dutch catalog
A tulip from a 1637 Dutch catalog

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (b. 1804) · Peg Entwistle (b. 1908) · Margaret Oakley Dayhoff (d. 1983)

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February 6: Sami National Day (Sami people); Ronald Reagan Day in most U.S. states

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

Joseph Priestley (d. 1804) · Isabella Beeton (d. 1865) · Eva Braun (b. 1912)

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February 7

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

Bartholomäus Sastrow (d. 1603) · Desmond Doss (b. 1919) · Steve Nash (b. 1974)

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February 8: Fat Thursday (Catholicism, 2018)

Theatrical poster for The Birth of a Nation
Theatrical poster for The Birth of a Nation

Muhammad ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid (b. 882) · Jules Verne (b. 1828) · Iris Murdoch (d. 1999)

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February 9: Rio Carnival begins in Brazil (2018)

Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis

Judith Quiney (d. 1662) · Alberto Vargas (b. 1896) · Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)

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February 10

The fire at Namdaemun in 2008
The fire at Namdaemun in 2008

Ary Scheffer (b. 1795) · Harold Macmillan (b. 1894) · Pope Pius XI (d. 1939)

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University College London Main Building
University College London Main Building

Heraclius (d. 641) · Ellen Broe (b. 1900) · Kelly Rowland (b. 1981)

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February 12: Shrove Monday (Western Christianity, 2018)

Soviet frigate Bezzavetny (right) bumping the USS Yorktown
Soviet frigate Bezzavetny (right) bumping the USS Yorktown

Jan Ladislav Dussek (b. 1760) · Charles Darwin (b. 1809) · Anna Anderson (d. 1984)

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February 13: Shrove Tuesday (Western Christianity, 2018)

The Cambridge Union building
The Cambridge Union building

Muhammad ibn Ra'iq (d. 942) · George Rogers Clark (d. 1818) · Faiz Ahmad Faiz (b. 1911)

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February 14: Valentine's Day ; Ash Wednesday (Western Christianity, 2018)

The Pale Blue Dot photograph of Earth
The Pale Blue Dot photograph of Earth

John Wilkins (b. 1614) · Margaret E. Knight (b. 1838) · Adnan Saidi (d. 1942)

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February 15: National Flag of Canada Day; Statehood Day in Serbia (1804)

Flag of Canada
Flag of Canada

Tiberios III/Leontios (d. 706) · Sophie Bryant (b. 1850) · Irena Sendler (b. 1910)

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February 16: Day of the Shining Star in North Korea

The original hand-written Act of Independence of Lithuania
The original hand-written Act of Independence of Lithuania

Coluccio Salutati (b. 1331) · Thomas Bracken (d. 1898) · Mary Amdur (d. 1998)

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February 17: Independence Day in Kosovo (2008)

Armory Show poster
Armory Show poster

María de las Mercedes Barbudo (d. 1849) · Karen O'Connor (b. 1958) · Ed Sheeran (b. 1991)

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February 18

Vasil Levski
Vasil Levski

Francesco Redi (b. 1626) · Kristijonas Donelaitis (d. 1780) · Swraj Paul, Baron Paul (b. 1931)

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February 19: Family Day in various regions of Canada (2018); Washington's Birthday (Presidents' Day) in the United States (2018)

Old Trafford stadium
Old Trafford stadium

Dorothe Engelbretsdatter (d. 1716) · Émilie Gamelin (b. 1800) · Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama (b. 1938)

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February 20

Parícutin volcano erupting, 1943
Parícutin volcano erupting, 1943

Alfred Escher (b. 1819) · P. G. T. Beauregard (d. 1893) · Gail Kim (b. 1977)

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February 21

Malcolm X
Malcolm X

Gaius Caesar (d. AD 4) · Ambrose Dudley, 3rd Earl of Warwick (d. 1590) · Thelma Estrin (b. 1924)

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February 22

Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Peder Syv (b. 1631) · Charles Blondin (d. 1897) · Elizabeth Keawepoʻoʻole Sumner (d. 1911)

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February 23

Remnant of supernova 1987A
Remnant of supernova 1987A

George Frideric Handel (b. 1685) · César Ritz (b. 1850) · L. S. Lowry (d. 1976)

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February 24: Independence Day in Estonia (1918)

The Burning of Drury Lane Theatre from Westminster Bridge by Thomas Luny
The Burning of Drury Lane Theatre from Westminster Bridge by Thomas Luny

Arcangela Tarabotti (b. 1604) · Thomas Bowdler (d. 1825) · Alain Prost (b. 1955)

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February 25: Ayyám-i-Há begins (Bahá'í calendar, 2018); Soviet Occupation Day in Georgia (1921); National Day in Kuwait (1961)

Edvard Beneš
Edvard Beneš

Ibn Battuta (b. 1304) · Andranik (b. 1865) · Elizabeth Gertrude Britton (d. 1934)

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February 26

"Napoleon's Return from Elba", by Charles de Steuben
Napoleon's Return from Elba, by Charles de Steuben

John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford (d. 1462) · Herbert Henry Dow (b. 1866) · Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (b. 1954)

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February 27

Bayern Munich logo
Bayern Munich logo

Robert of Melun (d. 1167) · Joaquín Sorolla (b. 1863) · Leah Poulton (b. 1984)

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February 28: Fast of Esther (Judaism, 2018); Kalevala Day in Finland

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI

Guillaume Delisle (b. 1675) · Hortense Allart (d. 1879) · Henry James (d. 1916)

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February 29: Leap day (Gregorian calendar)

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree

Oswald of Worcester (d. 992) · Gioachino Rossini (b. 1792)

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