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Historical Calendar - February

Historic events for February

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Sir Walter Raleigh
1587

The Colony of Roanoke Island is established by the landing of Sir Walter Raleigh.

New Amsterdam
1653

New Amsterdam, North America,  becomes a city later to be renamed New York.

Cheese
1815

World's first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland.

Codex Sinaiticus
1859

The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.

King Leopold II
1885

King Léopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.

Singapore
1819

Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles founded Singapore.

Sir Thomas More
1478

Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist, and author (d.1535), born.

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Mary, Queen of Scots
1587

Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

Venice
1499

France and Venice sign treaty against Milan.

Crusader
1098

Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch.

Fox Taldot
1800

William Henry Fox Talbot, Wiltshire England, photographic pioneer is born.

China
1912

China adopts the Gregorian calendar.

Riot in Trafalgar Square
1887

The Riot in Trafalgar Square - The Social Democratic Federation (SDF) organise a meeting in Trafalgar Square to protest against the policies of the Conservative Government.

St. Valentines Day
St Valentines Day
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Socrates
399

Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death.

Egypt
1923

Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Egypt.

Fay Godwin
1931

Fay Godwin, one of Britain’s greatest landscape and portrait photographers, born.

Jerusalem
1129

Jerusalem taken by Emperor Frederik II.

Alcohol
1881

Kansas becomes 1st US state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.

Orkney
1472

Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

Robert Southwell
1595

Robert Southwell, English poet is hanged.

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Author
1774

English House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright.

James Herriot
1995

James Herriot, author and veterinary surgeon, dies.

Charles Cornwallis
1786

Charles Cornwallis appointed Governor-General of India.

Robert Devereux
1601

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, executed for treason.

Bank of England
1797

Bank of England issues first £1-note.

Luggage
1892

Louis Vuitton, French luggage maker (b.1821), dies.

Alice image
1820

John Tenniel, English illustrator (d. 1914) is born.

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Kangaroo image
"Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine."









 

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