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February 1: Feast day of Saint Brigid of Kildare (Western Christianity); Black History Month begins in North America; Fajr decade begins in Iran; National Freedom Day in the United States

Ruhollah Khomeini
Ruhollah Khomeini

Menas of Ethiopia (d. 1563) · Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix (d. 1761) · Michelle Akers (b. 1966)

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February 2: Groundhog Day in Canada and the United States

Seal of the U.S. Export–Import Bank
Seal of the U.S. Export–Import Bank

Alix Le Clerc (b. 1576) · William Stanley (b. 1829) · Philip Seymour Hoffman (d. 2014)

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February 3: Feast day of Saint Laurence of Canterbury (various Christian churches); Setsubun in Japan; Four Chaplains' Day in the United States

José de San Martín
José de San Martín

Scipione Rebiba (b. 1504) · Isaac Baker Brown (d. 1873) · Dolly Rudeman (b. 1902)

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February 4: Independence Day in Sri Lanka (1948)

Patty Hearst during a bank robbery
Patty Hearst during a bank robbery

Rabanus Maurus (d. 856) · Oliver Ames (b. 1831) · Betty Friedan (b. 1921)

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February 5: Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan

Charles XIV John
Charles XIV John

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (b. 1804) · William Bostock (b. 1892) · Francisco Varallo (b. 1910)

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February 6: Sámi National Day (Sámi people, 1917); Waitangi Day in New Zealand (1840)

Shipyard workers on strike in Seattle
Shipyard workers on strike in Seattle

Donnchad Midi (d. 797) · Aldus Manutius (d. 1515) · Zsa Zsa Gabor (b. 1917)

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February 7

Michael Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions
Michael Jordan in training
with the Scottsdale Scorpions

Alfonsina Orsini (d. 1520) · Henry Fuseli (b. 1741) · Herman Vandenburg Ames (d. 1935)

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February 8

Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots

Daniele Barbaro (b. 1514) · Kate Chopin (b. 1850) · Walther Bothe (d. 1957)

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February 9

Wreckage of the Ehime Maru, off Oahu, Hawaii
Wreckage of the Ehime Maru,
off Oahu, Hawaii

Agnès Sorel (d. 1450) · Thomas Paine (b. 1737) · Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (d. 2002)

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February 10: Tu BiShvat (Judaism, 2020)

Albert, Prince Consort
Albert, Prince Consort

Robert Garran (b. 1867) · Edith Clarke (b. 1883) · Joan Curran (d. 1999)

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February 11: Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979); National Foundation Day in Japan (660 BC)

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Ala-ud-Din Bahman Shah (d. 1358) · Helene Kröller-Müller (b. 1869) · Sylvia Plath (d. 1963)

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February 12: Red Hand Day; Darwin Day

Isabella I of Castile
Isabella I of Castile

Wulfhelm (d. 941) · Bobby Peel (b. 1857) · Judy Blume (b. 1938)

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February 13

The covering of the Senne
The covering of the Senne

Luis de Carvajal y de la Cueva (d. 1591) · Sarojini Naidu (b. 1879) · Dorothy Bliss (b. 1916)

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February 14: Valentine's Day; Fatimah's Birthday / Mother's Day in Iran (2020)

Pale Blue Dot
Pale Blue Dot

Valentin Friedland (b. 1490) · Eleanora Atherton (b. 1782) · Franjo Mihalić (d. 2015)

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February 15: National Flag of Canada Day (1965); Statehood Day in Serbia (1804)

Kevin Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick

Gisela of Swabia (d. 1043) · Charles-André van Loo (b. 1705) · Esther Takei Nishio (b. 1925)

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February 16: Day of the Shining Star in North Korea

Painting of the burning Philadelphia by Edward Moran
Painting of the burning Philadelphia by Edward Moran

Richard of Dover (d. 1184) · Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (b. 1922) · Theresa Goh (b. 1987)

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February 17: Family Day in parts of Canada (2020); Washington's Birthday / Presidents' Day in the United States (2020)

Geraldine Farrar as Madama Butterfly
Geraldine Farrar as Madama Butterfly

Al-Tabari (d. 923) · Lola Montez (b. 1821) · Wally Pipp (b. 1893)

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February 18

Vasil Levski
Vasil Levski

Angilbert (d. 814) · Joseph Marie Terray (d. 1778) · Toni Morrison (b. 1931)

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February 19

Rodolfo Graziani
Rodolfo Graziani

Dorothe Engelbretsdatter (d. 1716) · Lydia Thompson (b. 1838) · Sócrates (b. 1954)

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February 20: Fat Thursday (Western Christianity, 2020)

Parícutin erupting, 1943
Parícutin erupting, 1943

Judith Montefiore (b. 1784) · Elizabeth Holloway Marston (b. 1893) · Toru Takemitsu (d. 1996)

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February 21: Language Movement Day in Bangladesh (1952); Carnival begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2020); Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism, 2020)

Malcolm X
Malcolm X

Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi (d. 1543) · Léo Delibes (b. 1836) · Ellen Page (b. 1987)

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February 22

Dolly
Dolly

García Sánchez I of Pamplona (d. 970) · Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (b. 1805) · Ted Kennedy (b. 1932)

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February 23: The Emperor's Birthday in Japan

Scene of the Grayrigg derailment
Scene of the Grayrigg derailment

Balthazar Gerbier (b. 1592) · Anna Hofman-Uddgren (b. 1868) · Lotika Sarkar (d. 2013)

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February 24: Shrove Monday (Western Christianity, 2020); Independence Day in Estonia (1918)

Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson

Joseph Banks (b. 1743) · Carlo Buonaparte (d. 1785) · Sridevi (d. 2018)

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February 25: Shrove Tuesday (Western Christianity, 2020); Soviet Occupation Day in Georgia (1921); National Day in Kuwait (1961)

Hiram Rhodes Revels
Hiram Rhodes Revels

John Wood, the Younger (b. 1728) · Mary Locke Petermann (b. 1908) · Hans Raj Khanna (d. 2008)

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February 26: First day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í calendar, 2020); Ash Wednesday (Western Christianity, 2020)

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

Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll (b. 1629) · Nadezhda Krupskaya (b. 1869) · Howard Hanson (d. 1981)

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February 27

The Reichstag on fire
The Reichstag on fire

William Alabaster (b. 1567) · Alice Hamilton (b. 1869) · Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar (d. 1956)

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February 28: Kalevala Day in Finland

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI

Martin Bucer (d. 1551) · Guillaume Delisle (b. 1675) · Hortense Allart (d. 1879)

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February 29: Leap day (Gregorian calendar)

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree

Oswald of Worcester (d. 992) · Gioachino Rossini (b. 1792) · Ina Coolbrith (d. 1928)

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