Fidel Castro ( 2008 ) Fidel Castro the Cuban revolutionary who had ruled Cuba for nearly 50 years retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, his retirement was forced due to illness and the Cuban National Assembly elects Raúl Castro to succeed him as the President of Cuba

Salman Rushdie
24th February ( 1989 ) : Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa (religious edict) and offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of author Salman Rushdie who had written The Satanic Verses. The Satanic Verses caused major controversy around the world In Muslim communities due to what many Muslims believed were blasphemous references to their religion

Charles and Diana
24th February ( 1981 ) : The Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer ending months of speculation by the tabloid press.

Unidentified Flying Objects 24th February ( 1942 ) Los Angeles sightings beginning on this day called by the contemporary press "Battle of Los Angeles", a Plane / Blimp / Weather Balloon / UFO is fired on with a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage but is not hit, Air raid sirens were sounded throughout Los Angeles County at 2:25 a.m. and a total blackout was ordered. Why was the ?? never hit or if it was hit why not damaged , this is a radio news report of the incident and makes very interesting listening.


Iraq Allied Ground Offensive ( 1991 ) President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun

Schindler’s List
23rd February ( 1997 ) : For the first time ever, a movie had been shown on television without commercial interruptions. The movie the Schindler’s List, a movie about the saving of the lives of Jewish factory workers in Germany, was aired on NBC on this date.

James Byrd Jr
23rd February ( 1999 ) : A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted the first of those accused ( John William King ) of murder in the dragging death of a black man, James Byrd Jr. John William King, found guilty of kidnapping and murder on February 23 and was sentenced to death on February 25. Shawn Allen Berry, found guilty of kidnapping and murder on February 23 sentenced to life. Lawrence Russell Brewer, was sentenced to death.

Polio Vaccines Started 23rd February ( 1954 ) The first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk to a group of children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Dolly The Sheep ( 1997 ) Scottish scientists from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh announce they have successfully cloned an adult sheep named Dolly, The sheep was born in July of 1996, and Dolly was the world's first cloned mammal.

Aldershot Bombing
22nd February ( 1972 ) : The IRA plant a bomb at the 16th Parachute Brigade headquarters at Aldershot, Hampshire killing 5 women and an army priest.

Symbionese Liberation Army
22nd February ( 1974 ) :The ransom demanded by the kidnappers ( Symbionese Liberation Army ). of newspaper heiress, Patty Hearst of $2 million food handout to the hungry in slum areas throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco begins with many of the homeless refusing the handouts .

Tina Turner 22nd February ( 1989 ) Tina Turner had won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocalist at age 49 during this year, on this date. She originally had recorded with her husband Ike Turner, however, she had left Ike in 1976. From that time until 1981 she had remained behind the scenes. After 1981, she became one of the oldest female artists in history to stage such a strong comeback, and she changed her tune from a style to Rock and Roll. Her first solo album Private Dancer had sold five million copies. She was introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.


Land Camera Demonstrated ( 1947 ) Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his instant camera and associated film. Called the Land Camera, , which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds. Two years later he put 57 Polaroid Land Cameras at Boston's Jordan Marsh department store before the Christmas holiday, and they sold out within the first day after the demonstration.

Evangelist Scandal
21st February ( 1988 ) : TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart has resigned from his ministry after it was revealed he had been consorting with a prostitute. This is the third in a series of high profile evangelist scandals including Martin Gorman and Rev Jim Bakker .

Malcolm X Assassinated
21st February ( 1965 ) : African American leader Malcolm X was assassinated while delivering a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.

Steve Fossett Balloon Record 21st February ( 1995 ) Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, taking off from South Korea, and landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. Fossett was reported missing on September 3, 2007 after the plane he was flying over the Nevada desert failed to return and his wife asked for him to be declared legally dead on November 26, 2007 .


Friendship 7 ( 1962 ) The Friendship 7 piloted by Marine Lieutenant John Glenn, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This was the first complete orbit around the earth made by an American astronaut.

San Francisco Bay Bridge
20th February ( 1931 ) :President Hoover signed a bill that authorizes the state of California to build the San Francisco Bay bridge across San Francisco Bay.

Oil and Gas in North Sea
20th February ( 1965 ) : With the ever increasing need for oil and gas around the world and the jump in crude oil prices Britain is prospecting for Oil and Gas in the icy waters of the North Sea off Britain East Coast. The economy unlike any other is beset with problems including the falling value of the pound, the strangle hold Trade Unions have over both business and Government with shorter working weeks combined with higher wages companies in Britain are no longer competitive with the rest of the world . The country still has great engineers as can be seen by the joint British / French project of building the worlds first supersonic passenger plane ( The Concord ), so maybe all that is needed is the boost finding large deposits of oil and natural gas in the north sea to make Britain Great again.

Channel Tunnel Announced 20th February ( 1986 ) On this day, it was announced that a tunnel channel would be built by France and Britain. This underground travel path was commonly referred to as the “Chunnel” which combines the words tunnel and channel. This was a project that had originally been planned back in the early 1800s. Napoleon was the ones who had drawn up the original blueprints for this project. Finally, in 1994 this project was complete. Since 1994, the Channel Tunnel has been used for the passing of trains, cars, and buses, which cross under the English Channel in less than a half hour.


Ford T-Bird ( 1954 ) The Ford T-Bird appears as a prototype but did not selling until late in 1954 costing $2,900

Jeffrey Skilling Enron
19th February ( 2004 ) :Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling is charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse. He was convicted in 2006 of multiple federal felony charges relating to Enron's financial collapse

Executive Order 9066
19th February ( 1942 ) : President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, a controversial World War II policy with lasting consequences for Japanese Americans. The document ordered the “removal of resident enemy aliens” from parts of the West Coast vaguely identified as “military areas.”

US Marines Land On Iwo Jima 19th February ( 1945 ) United States Marines landed on the tiny island of Iwo Jima where they were met with heavy resistance from the Japanese.