February in history

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Momentous and interesting things which have happened over the years in February around the world…

Famous birthdays

1812 English novelist, Charles Dickens – famous for writing Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, was on born on 7 February

1932 Actress Elizabeth Taylor was born on 27 February

1954 Matt Groening, the creative cartoonist behind The Simpsons, was born on 15 February

1974 Singer, Robbie Williams was born on 13 February

elizabeth taylor


1928 A new device is introduced by Bell Labs to put an end to the fluttering of the television image

1938 On the 17 February, the first colour television was demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London

1994 Walt Disney’s Peter Pan premieres

dominion theatre

Other interesting things that have happened this month…

1066 The most famous church in England, Westminster Abbey opened its doors

westminster abbey

1400 Richard II, who was King of England until he was deposed in 1399, is murdered in Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire

1797 The Bank of England releases the first ever one pound note on 26 February

1878 On the 21 February, the world’s first telephone book is issued by the New Haven Connecticut Telephone Company – containing the names of its 50 subscribers

first tel book

Image courtesy of www.oldtelephonebooks.com 

1949 A radio station in Ecuador is burnt down by a mob after the broadcast of H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds

1954 A 75,000-watt lightbulb is lit at New York’s Rockefeller Centre to mark the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s first light bulb

1958 On the streets of London’s exclusive Mayfair district, parking meters appear for the first time in the UK

1964 On 9 February, 73 million Americans tuned in to the Ed Sullivan Show as The Beatles appeared for the first time

1971 Britain goes decimal on 15 February and pennies, bobs and half-crowns all disappear

1975 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party

1994 On the 9 February, Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa



Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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