This month in history: February


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Between Valentine’s Day and the snow February is a busy month

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This month in history according to The People History website:

-Feb. 1st: -1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established
-2004, Janet Jackson’s outfit malfunctions and her chest is briefly exposed by Justin Timberlake during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show

-Feb. 2nd: -1925, the first Sears store opens
-1949, the first 45 RPM vinyl record is released
-1964, GI Joe is launched

-Feb. 3rd: -1931, banks go bust by the thousands following losses during the Wall Street crash
-1959, Rock ‘n’ Roll singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ( The Big Bopper

) died in a plane crash

-Feb. 4th: -1959, Barbie Doll invented by Ruth Handler
-1976, In Guatemala and Honduras a 7.5 magnitude earthquake centered about 160 km northeast of Guatemala City kills more than 22,000
-2004, Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg

-Feb. 5th: -1917, Congress passes the Immigration Act which required a literacy test
-1922, Reader’s Digest first published
-2008, C.I.A. admits to ‘waterboarding’ terror suspects

-Feb. 6th: -1952, King George VI dies
-1971, Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the moon

-Feb. 7th: -1964, The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States

-Feb. 8th: -1952, Queen Elizabeth the Second becomes Queen

-Feb. 10th: -1964, Bob Dylan releases “The Times They Are a-Changing”


-Feb. 11th: -1990, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years.


-Feb. 12th: -1924 Calvin Coolidge Gives First Presidential Radio Address

-Feb. 14: -1912 Arizona becomes the 48th state of the union
-1929 Sir Alexander Fleming discovers Penicillin
-1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
-2008 Shooting At Northern Illinois University

-Feb. 15: -1965 Canada adopts Maple Leaf For Canadian Flag
-1971 England D Day introduces Decimal Currency

 –Feb. 16: -1923 The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen Opened

-Feb. 22: -1879 1st Woolworth 5 Cents Store Opened
-1997 Scottish scientists announce Cloned Sheep ( Dolly )