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February Week 1
Posted on Jun 10, 2002 – 04:24 AM by Bill McCann

This page provides daily updates on past events and anniversaries during the First week of February. The events included are those that either happened in London or had an effect, one way or another, on the lives of Londoners.


Daily updates on Events during the First week
Below are the events and anniversaries for this week both about London and Londoners and Outside London.The archive for these pages has been arranged in a series of monthly Digests. To speed up navigation, these have been further divided into four weekly instalments. These pages are all comprehensively interlinked.The Outside London section offers daily updates on a range of political, cultural, scientific and religious events and anniversaries in History and which had, in one way or another, an effect on London Life.Each Section has its own background page which provides additional and in-depth information about many of the events and people in the daily listings. They are intended to both amuse and inform and can be found at Gazette Briefings and Historical Anecdotes .Links to the anniversaries and events in the other weeks of the month are given in the following table whilst links to the other months of the year can be found at the bottom of the page.Second WeekThird WeekFinal WeekLondon and Londoners1st
1282, February, There was a very severe period of ice and snow on the Thames from December 1281 when the river was frozen. In February the weight of the ice on the piers of London Bridge brought down five of them, destroying the bridge.
1444, Saturday February 1, The steeple of St Paul’s was struck by lightning and the subsequent fire caused a great deal of damage.
1552, Monday February 1, Death of Edward Coke, the Lord Chief Justice.
1554, Thursday February 1, Sir Thomas Wyatt and his rebels reached Southwark but London Bridge was closed to them. They then moved on to Kingston where they crossed the river.
1587, Wednesday February 1, Under pressure from her Council, Elizabeth I finally signed the warrant for the execution of Mary Stuart.
1616, Thursday February 1, Ben Jonson was granted pension of one hundred marks (£66) a year for life.
1678, Friday February 1, Thomas Wancklyn Member for Westbury was expelled from the House of Commons for Corrupt misuse of the privilege of Parliament against the arrest of MP’s ‘menial servants’.
1692, Monday February 1, Death of the Restoration dramatist George Etherege.
1698, Tuesday February 1, Charles Duncombe Member for Downton was expelled from the House of Commons. Obliged to pay £10000 to public funds Duncombe paid in Exchequer Bills to save himself about £400 in interest but one of the Bills was discovered to have been wrongly endorsed as having been issued twice.
1698, Tuesday February 1, John Knight Member for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis was expelled from the House of Commons for Party to a scheme whereby his brother William Knight falsely endorsed exchequer bills. The two then tried to persuade Reginald Marryott a Treasury official with power to endorse the Bills to say that he had done so.
1703, Monday February 1, Rt. Hon. Earl of Ranelagh Member for West Looe was expelled from the House of Commons for appropriating £72000 of public money as Paymaster-General of the Army.
1814, Tuesday February 1, Lord Byron’s The Corsair sold 10,000 copies on the day of publication.
1875, Monday February 1, Death of the pianist and composer William Sterndale Bennett.
1878, Friday February 1, Death of the illustrator George Cruikshank.
1897, Monday February 1, Birth of the romantic novelist Denise Robins in London.
1903, Sunday February 1, Death of the physicist and president of the Royal Society George Stokes.
1906, Thursday February 1, The Government dropped plans to build a fast motor highway between London and Brighton.
1915, Friday February 1, Passport photographs were made obligatory in Britain.
1930, Saturday February 1, The Times published its first crossword puzzle.
1936, Saturday February 1, Newly released figures showed that there were 2,581,027 registered cars on British roads, a rise of 17.5% since 1934.
1941, Saturday February 1, The Air Training Corps, affiliated to the RAF, was established.
1946, Friday February 1, It was announced that the soon to be launched British European Airways will offer fares of £7.10s to Paris and £8.10s to Amsterdam.
1965, Monday February 1, Medical prescriptions on the NHS became free of charge (they remained so until June 1968).
1975, Saturday February 1, Death of the actor Richard Wattis.
1989, Wednesday February 1, Students marched in London to protests against government plans to introduce student loans.
1993, Monday February 1, The Government outlined its plans to privatise British Rail.2nd
1626, Friday February 2, The coronation of Charles I was held at Westminster Abbey.
1650, Saturday February 2, Birth of the actress and mistress of Charles II Nell Gwyn.
1688, Thursday February 2, The Catholic chapel known later as the Sardinian church was opened by Father Cross. For many years, as part of the Portuguese Embassy, it was the only Catholic chapel in London.
1716, Thursday February 2, Thomas Forster Member for Northumberland was expelled from the House of Commons for participation in the 1715 Jacobite rebellion. He was General of all the pretender’s forces in England.
1742, Tuesday February 2, Having lost the confidence of the Crown, Horace Walpole, the first Prime Minister, accepted a peerage and resigned from government.
1793, Saturday February 2, Death of the botanist William Aiton.
1801, Monday February 2, The first parliament of the newly formed United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland assembled.
1864, Tuesday February 2, The Middlesex Cricket Club was formed with a aground at the Princes Club, Knightsbridge. It moved to Lord’s Cricket Ground in 1877.
1874, Monday February 2, Liverpool Street Station in Bishopsgate opened on the site of the old Bethlehem Hospital. Permission to build a high building was refused with the result that the station was build deep into the ground.
1886, Monday February 2, 20,000 Dockers and building workers marched to Trafalgar Square demanding work. The demonstration was followed by rioting and the looting of West End shops.
1910, Wednesday February 2, An official report claimed that Britain could face a serious shortage of horses should war break out.
1914, Monday February 2, Wagner’s Parsifal was performed for the first time at Covent Garden.
1936, Sunday February 2, A national coal strike was averted as miners accepted new wage terms.
1942, Monday February 2, Rose-hip syrup went on sale nationwide and 2,000,000 additional children qualified for free cod liver oil.
1991, Saturday February 2, A protest against the Gulf War in Hyde Park was attended by more than 40,000 people.
1992, Sunday February 2, It was reported that the House of Lords would censure the BBC for deciding to screen Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ.
1993, Tuesday February 2, The Queen’s solicitors began proceedings against the Sun newspaper for publishing the text of her 1992 Christmas Day broadcast two days before its transmission.
1995, Thursday February 2, Death of the lawn-tennis player Fred Perry.
1995, Thursday February 2, Death of the actor Donald Pleasence.
1970, Monday February 2, Death of the philosopher Bertrand Russell.
1999, Tuesday February 2, Glenn Hoddle was sacked as England soccer coach following his suggestion that the disabled might be paying for the sins of a previous life.3rd
1399, Monday February 3, Death of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of Edward III.
1594, Sunday February 3, The Privy Council closed London theatres because of the plague.
1621, Saturday February 3, James I’s third Parliament assembled.
1730, Wednesday February 3, The Daily Advertiser was founded. It ceased publication in 1798.
1762, Wednesday February 3, Death of the dandy and gambler Richard ‘Beau’ Nash.
1769, Tuesday February 3, John Wilkes Member for Middlesex was expelled from the House of Commons for his previous conviction for libel and blasphemy and a further seditious libel in the introduction to a letter to Daniel Ponton Chairman of Quarter Sessions at Lambeth in the St. James’s Chronicle.
1794, Friday February 3, At the Haymarket Theatre 15 people were killed in the crush to get tickets, including the Somerset Herald at the College of Arms.
1830, Wednesday February 3, Birth of the statesman and Prime Minister Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury.
1852, Tuesday February 3, The new House of Commons chamber was used for the first time.
1947, Monday February 3, Birth of the Opera singer and director Elaine Padmore.
1963, Sunday February 3, Britain’s worst learner driver, Margaret Hunter, was fined for continuing to drive on after her instructor jumped out of the car shouting “this is suicide.”
1976, Tuesday February 3, Labour’s George Thomas was chosen to succeed Selwyn Lloyd as Speaker of the House of Commons.
1995, Friday February 3, Against a background of Euro-sceptic turmoil in his party, the Prime Minister, John Major, promised that Britain would not back a proposed single European currency before 1997.4th
1194, Friday February 4, The Regents, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Prince John, finally raised the £100,000 to ransom Richard I from Leopold of Austria.
1503, Saturday February 4, Death of Elizabeth, Queen consort of Henry VII.
1540, Wednesday February 4, With great reluctance, Henry VIII married Ann of Cleves at Westminster.
1555, Monday February 4, John rogers, former vicar of St Sepulchre’s was burned as a heretic at Smithfield.
1586, Friday February 4, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was appointed governor of Netherlands.
1693, Saturday February 4, Birth of the dramatist George Lillo, in London.
1725, Thursday February 4, Francis Elde Member for Stafford was expelled from the House of Commons for a corrupt attempt to compromise an election petition against him.
1817, Tuesday February 4, The church of St Marylebone on the Marylebone Road was consecrated.
1868, Tuesday February 4, Birth, in London, of Constance Gore-booth, Countess Markiewicz Irish patriot, playwright and Sinn Fein MP. She was he first woman to be elected to the House of Commons but did not take her seat.
1903, Wednesday February 4, The new headquarters of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was opened in London.
1909, Thursday February 4, Birth of the actor Robert Coote, in London.
1918, Monday February 4, Birth of the actress Ida Lupino, in London.
1920, Wednesday February 4, Birth of the comedian Norman Wisdom in London.
1920, Wednesday February 4, The airplane Silver Queen set off to fly to the Cape, testing the possibility of a regular air service between London and South Africa. The journey took one and a half months.
1953, Wednesday February 4, Sweets were taken off the Ration list.
1954, Thursday February 4, BOAC announced that after making 50 modifications, its Comet fleet could now fly again.
1962, Sunday February 4, Launch of Sunday Times magazine as Sunday Times Colour Section.
1971, Thursday February 4, Rolls Royce were forced into bankruptcy after a disastrous contract to supply aero engines to Lockheed Aircraft.
1975, Tuesday February 4, Edward Heath withdrew from the Conservative party leadership after losing the first-round vote to Margaret Thatcher.
1981, Wednesday February 4, The Gang of Four, founders of the Social Democratic Party, published a list of 100 sympathisers amongst MPs.
1993, Thursday February 4, The Law lords ruled that Tony Bland, a victim of the Hillsborough disaster and kept alive only by artificial feeding, would be allowed to die peacefully.5th
1308, Monday February 5, The Coronation of Edward II at Westminster Abbey was a brilliant event. The Mayor and Aldermen fromn the City processed to Westminster in their full robes and regalia.
1601, Thursday February 5, The followers of Essex paid the actors at the Globe 40 shillings to perform Richard II as a symbolic warning to the Council.
1788, Tuesday February 5, Birth of the statesman Robert Peel.
1799, Tuesday February 5, Birth of the botanist John Lindley.
1830, Friday February 5, The newly invented steam fire engine made its debut at a fire at the Argyll concert rooms on Oxford Street. Extremely cold weather had frozen the manually operated engines but the steam operated engine continued to work for five hours until the fire was put out.
1833, Tuesday February 5, Birth of John Watkinson founder of the first Chess Magazine.
1855, Monday February 5, Palmerston formed his first administration after the fall of the coalition of Viscount Aberdeen.
1912, Monday February 5, The Arbitration League issued an appeal against air war. The signatures included those of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy and J.S. Sargent.
1921, Saturday February 5, Birth of the conductor Sir John Pritchard in London.
1924, Tuesday February 5, The BBC time signals, (‘pips’, from Greenwich Observatory) broadcast on the hour, were heard for the first time .
1926, Tuesday February 5, The Food Council recommended the sale of food in standard measures of weight and volume .
1961, Sunday February 5, The first issue of the Sunday Telegraph was published.
1982, Friday February 5, Laker Airways collapsed with debts of $270 million.6th
1594, Wednesday February 6, Titus Andronicus was entered in the Stationers Register.
1665, Monday February 6, Princess Anne daughter of James Duke of York later Queen Anne born.
1685, Friday February 6, Death of Charles II.
1685, Friday February 6, Accession of James II.
1778, Friday February 6, Because of her actions in the American war of Independence, Britain declared war on France.
1838, Tuesday February 6, Birth of the actor Sir Henry Irving [John Brodribb].
1861, Wednesday February 6, Rear Admiral Robert Fitzroy issued the first storm warnings for ships.
1875, Saturday February 6, The first of the 64 Cabmen’s huts in London was opened in Acacia Road, St John’s Wood.
1897, Saturday February 6, The Bedford Theatre, Camden Town was opened. It went on to become one of the most successful of London’s Music Halls.
1913, Friday February 6, Birth of the palaeontologist Mary Leakey, in London.
1917, Tuesday February 6, Neville Chamberlain announced a scheme of non-military national service for women.
1918, Wednesday February 6, The Act allowing Women over 30 to vote came into force.
<1948, Friday February 6, The Commons passed the Women’s Service bill, making the ATS and WAAF permanent.
1952, Wednesday February 6, Death of George VI.
1952, Wednesday February 6, Accession of Elizabeth II.
b>1922, Monday February 6, Birth of the actor Patrick MacNee in London.
1964, Thursday February 6, Britain and France reached an agreement on the construction of a Channel Tunnel.
1985, Wednesday February 6, Death of the actress Dandy Nichols.
1992, Thursday February 6, Barbara Mills QC, became the first female Director of MI6.
1994, Sunday February 6, Death of the conductor Norman Del Mar.7th
1478, Saturday February 7, Birth of the statesman Sir Thomas More, in Milk Street, Cheapside.
1601, Saturday February 7, The performance of Richard II the Globe which had been commissioned by the Essex conspirators took place.
1612, Friday February 7, Birth of the humorist and playwright Thomas Killigrew.
1612, Friday February 7, Thomas Killigrew born in Lothbury London.
1764, Tuesday February 7, Birth of the Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe in London.
1779, Sunday February 7, Death of the organist and composer William Boyce.
1865, Tuesday February 7, The Pall Mall Gazette was launched. It merged with the Evening Standard in 1923.
1873, Friday February 7, Death of the Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu.
1900, Tuesday February 7, The Independent Labour Party and the Trade Unions come together to for the Labour Party.
1905, Tuesday February 7, The Liberals, under Henry Cambell-Bannerman, swept to a landslide election victory.
1912, Wednesday February 7, Birth of the actor Derek Farr in London.
1917, Wednesday February 7, Birth of the actor/comedian Dick Emery in London.
1923, Wednesday February 7, Birth of the chairman of English National Opera George Lascelles, earl of Harewood.
1937, Sunday February 7, Birth of the writer and broadcaster Peter Jay.
1952, Thursday February 7, The new Queen, Elizabeth II, arrived back from Kenya.
1991, Thursday February 7, Prime minister John Major and his senior cabinet ministers escaped an apparent assassination attempt when the IRA fired three mortar shells at 10 Downing Street from a van parked in Whitehall.
1994, Monday February 7, Death of the MP Stephen Milligan in a bizarre, self-inflicted, sexual accident.Outside London1st
1552, Monday February 1, Birth of the jurist and statesman Sir Edward Coke in Mileham, Norfolk.
1650, Friday February 1, Death of the French philosopher René Descartes.
1671, Wednesday February 1, Birth of the Italian violin-maker Francesco Stradivari.
1709, Sunday February 1, Alexander Selkirk,the inspiration for Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, was rescued from Juan Fernandez.
1757, Tuesday February 1, Birth of the actor/director John Kemble in Prescot.
1793, Friday February 1, Revolutionary France declared war on Britain and Holland.
1827, Thursday February 1, Birth of the French banker Alphonse de Rothschild.
1851, Saturday February 1, Death of the novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
1859, Tuesday February 1, Birth of the composer Victor Herbert in Dublin.
1873, Saturday February 1, Birth of the contralto Clara Butt in Southwick, Sussex.
1874, Sunday February 1, Birth of the Austrian poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
1884, Wednesday February 1, The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1893, Wednesday February 1, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut premiered in Turin.
1895, Friday February 1, Birth of the American film director John Ford.
1896, Saturday February 1, Puccini’s La Bohème premiered in Turin.
1904, Monday February 1, Enrico Caruso made his first recordings for the Victor company. During the afternoon he recorded ten sides.
1905, Wednesday February 1, Death of the German painter Oswald Aschenbach.
1915, Friday February 1, Birth of the footballer Stanley Matthews in Hanley, Staffordshire.
1918, Friday February 1, Birth of the novelist Muriel Spark in Edinburgh.
1922, Wednesday February 1, An alarming 117 outbreaks of foot and mouth disease were reported throughout Britain.
1922, Wednesday February 1, Birth of the Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi.
1930, Saturday February 1, Birth of the politician Peter Tapsell.
1932, Monday February 1, Birth of the politician John Nott in Bideford, Devon.
1942, Sunday February 1, Birth of the actor Terry Jones in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
1947, Saturday February 1, Birth of the politician Adam Ingram.
1951, Thursday February 1, Birth of the politician Andrew Smith.
1953, Sunday February 1, Storms devastated the eastern coastline of Britain, killing 200 persons.
1966, Tuesday February 1, Death of the American film actor Buster Keating.
1974, Friday February 1, Ronnie Biggs, one of the ‘Great Train’ robbers, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro.
1976, Sunday February 1, Death of the German physicist Werner Heisenberg who formulated the uncertainty principle.
1995, Wednesday February 1, Jill Phipps, a regular demonstrator, died at a protest by animal- rights activists whilst trying to stop a lorry which was carrying calves for export.2nd
1141, Sunday February 2, King Stephen was captured at Lincoln.
1461, Monday February 2, At the second battle of St Alban’s, during The War of the Roses the Lancastrians defeat the Yorkists.
1461, Monday February 2, Battle of Mortimer’s Cross.
1583, Saturday February 2, Birth of the Dutch poetess Anna Roemers Visscher.
1594, Saturday February 2, Death of the Italian composer Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina.
1754, Saturday February 2, Birth of the French statesman and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.
1789, Monday February 2, Death of the French composer Armand-Louis Couperin.
1817, Sunday February 2, Birth of the chemist John Glover.
1823, Sunday February 2, Rossini’s opera Semiramide premiered in Venice.
1829, Monday February 2, Jonathan Martin set fire to York Cathedral and caused £60,000 worth of damage.
1875, Tuesday February 2, Birth of the Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler.
1882, Tuesday February 2, Birth of the Irish poet James Stephens.
1882, Tuesday February 2, Birth of the Irish author James Joyce.
1888, Tuesday February 2, Birth of the Scottish actor and director Frank Lloyd.
1900, Friday February 2, Charpentier’s opera Louise premiered in Paris.
1901, Saturday February 2, Birth of the Lithuanian violinist Jascha Heifetz.
1905, Thursday February 2, Birth of the American writer Ayn Rand.
1907, Saturday February 2, Death of the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev.
1911, Thursday February 2, Birth of the Swedish tenor Jussi Björling.
1913, Sunday February 2, For the first time in the history of the Davis cup (established in 1900), Canada proposed to send a tennis team.
1914, Monday February 2, The Cub Scouts were founded in Robertsbridge, Sussex.
1922, Thursday February 2, James Joyce’s Ulysses was published in Paris and sold 1,000 copies.
1927, Wednesday February 2, Birth of the American actress Elaine Stritch.
1933, Thursday February 2, Birth of the Comedian Les Dawson.
1937, Tuesday February 2, Birth of the American soprano Martina Arroyo.
1938, Wednesday February 2, Birth of the politician Norman Fowler.
1940, Friday February 2, Birth of the actor David Jason.
1946, Saturday February 2, Short-wave communications between the U.S. and Europe were severely disrupted by a magnetic storm on the sun which covered 3.5 billion square miles.
1962, Friday February 2, Eight of the nine planets in the solar system aligned for the first time in 400 years.
1965, Tuesday February 2, Joe Orton’s Loot premiered in Brighton.
1969, Sunday February 2, Death of the Italian tenor Giovanni Martinelli.
1969, Sunday February 2, Death of the actor Boris Karloff [William Henry Pratt].
1972, Wednesday February 2, The British Embassy in Dublin was burned down by protesters angered by the “Bloody Sunday” shootings in Derry.
1976, Monday February 2, The Queen opened the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham.
1986, Sunday February 2, Death of the Swedish diplomat Alva Myrdal, (1982 Nobel Peace prize).
1987, Monday February 2, Death of the Scottish novelist Alistair Maclean.
1996, Friday February 2, Death of the American film actor/dancer Gene Kelly.3rd
1468, Wednesday February 3, Death of the German printer Johannes Guttenberg.
1809, Friday February 3, Birth of the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
1821, Saturday February 3, Birth of the first woman physician Elizabeth Blackwell, in Bristol.
1826, Friday February 3, Birth of the economist and journalist Walter Bagehot in Langport Somertshire.
1832, Friday February 3, Death of the vicar and poet George Crabbe.
1844, Saturday February 3, Carnaval Romain by Berlioz had its first performance, in Paris.
1846, Tuesday February 3, Death of the Austrian composer Joseph Weigl.
1862, Monday February 3, Death of the French physicist/astronomer Jean-Baptiste Biot.
1874, Tuesday February 3, Birth of the American author Gertrude Stein.
1874, Tuesday February 3, Birth of the actor Franklyn Dyall in Liverpool.
1904, Wednesday February 3, Birth of the Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola.
1907, Sunday February 3, Birth of the American novelist James Michener.
1909, Wednesday February 3, Birth of the French philosopher and writer Simone Weil.
1919, Monday February 3, The League of Nations held its first meeting in Paris with American President Wilson in the chair.
1920, Tuesday February 3, Birth of the Journalist and author Iain Hamilton.
1934, Saturday February 3, Birth of the actor Jeremy Kemp in Chesterfield.
1940, Saturday February 3, A Heinkel He111 bomber was the first German plane shot down over England.
1950, Friday February 3, The Atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs was convicted of spying.
1951, Saturday February 3, Tennessee Williams’ Rose Tattoo premiered in New York.
1989, Friday February 3, Twenty villages were evacuated in Russia, after high radiation fall-out from an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.4th
1189, Saturday February 4, Death of Gilbert of Sempringham, founder of the Gilbertine order in Lincolnshire.
1592, Saturday February 4, John Marston matriculated at Brasenose College Oxford.
1615, Saturday February 4, Death of the Italian natural philosopher Giambattista della Porta.
1617, Monday February 4, Death of the Dutch publisher Louis Elsevier.
1746, Tuesday February 4, Birth of the Scottish poet Robert Blair.
1805, Tuesday February 4, Birth of the writer William Ainsworth, in Manchester.
1904, Thursday February 4, John Millington Synge’s The Well of the Saints premiered in Dublin.
1912, Sunday February 4, Birth of the Austrian conductor Erich Leinsdorf.
1914, Wednesday February 4, Suffragettes burned two Scottish mansions.
1920, Wednesday February 4, Birth of Derek Worlock the Catholic archbishop of Liverpool.
1925, Wednesday February 4, Death of the physicist Oliver Heaviside.
1927, Friday February 4, Malcolm Cambell set world land speed record of 174.22 m.p.h. in Bluebird powered by airplane engine.
1928, Saturday February 4, Death of the physicist Hendrik Lorentz (Nobel 1902).
1931, Wednesday February 4, Nine airmen died and two were hurt when an RAF flying-boat sank off Plymouth.
1935, Monday February 4, Birth of the Finnish bass Martti Talvela.
1943, Thursday February 4, Bertolt Brecht’s Der gute Mensch von Sezuan premiered in Zürich.
1944, Friday February 4, Jean Anouilh’s Antigone premiered in Paris.
1968, Sunday February 4, The world’s largest hovercraft was launched at Cowes, Isle of Wight.
1968, Sunday February 4, Ninety-six Asian refugees expelled by Idi Amin from Uganda arrived in Britain.
1987, Wednesday February 4, Death of the American pianist and entertainer Liberace.
1988, Thursday February 4, An all-out ferry strike brought chaos to the Channel ports.
1995, Saturday February 4, Death of the Swiss novelist Patricia Highsmith.5th
1626, Sunday February 5, Birth of the Parisian letter-writer Madame Marie de Sévigné.
1721, Sunday February 5, Death of General James Stanhope, first earl of Stanhope.
1840, Wednesday February 5, Birth of the Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop.
1861, Tuesday February 5, Kinematoscope patented by Coleman Sellers, Philadelphia.
1861, Tuesday February 5, The first moving picture peep show machine was patented by Samuel Goodale of Cincinnati.
1866, Monday February 5, Birth of the Scottish anthropologist Arthur Keith.
1870, Saturday February 5, The first US motion picture was shown to a theatre audience in Philadelphia.
1878, Tuesday February 5, Birth of the French car maker André-Gustave Citroën.
1879, Wednesday February 5, In Newcastle, Joseph Swan demonstrated a light bulb using a carbon filament.
1879, Wednesday February 5, Birth of the actor Edward Rigby.
1881, Saturday February 5, Birth of the playwright Frederick Lonsdale.
1881, Saturday February 5, Death of the author and historian Thomas Carlyle.
1887, Saturday February 5, Verdi’s opera Otello premiered at La Scala, Milan.
1906, Monday February 5, Birth of the American film actor John Carradine.
1914, Thursday February 5, Birth of the neurologist Alan Hodgkin (Nobel 1963).
1914, Thursday February 5, Birth of the American novelist William Burroughs.
1916, Saturday February 5, Enrico Caruso recorded O Sole Mio for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
1917, Monday February 5, Birth of the Hungarian film actress Zsa Zsa Gabor [Zsa Sari].
1918, Tuesday February 5, Birth of the actor Robert Brown in the Hebrides Islands.
1919, Wednesday February 5, Birth of the Greek actress and politician Melina Mercouri.
1922, Friday February 5, Reader’s Digest magazine first published in Greenwich Village, New York.
1931, Thursday February 5, Malcolm Campbell set 245 m.p.h. land-speed record at Daytona Beach.
1944, Saturday February 5, Michel Hollard, the British agent who spied on the German V-bomb program, was arrested by the Gestapo.
1946, Tuesday February 5, Death of the actor George Aliss.
1946, Tuesday February 5, Birth of the actress Charlotte Rampling in Sturmer, Cambridgeshire.
1949, Saturday February 5, Birth of the soft porn/newspaper publisher David Sullivan.
1958, Wednesday February 5, Death of the writer Henry Tomlinson .
1961, Sunday February 5, Death of the philanthropist Anthony de Rothschild.
1962, Monday February 5, A rare conjunction of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn, all within 16º of each other.
1962, Monday February 5, Death of the French composer Jacques Ibert.
1976, Thursday February 5, Death of the actor Roger Livesey.
1989, Sunday February 5, The satellite television station Sky TV was launched.
1993, Friday February 5, Death of the American film producer and scriptwriter Joseph Mankiewicz.
1995, Sunday February 5, Death of the American rodeo rider/actor Doug McClure.
1996, Monday February 5, Death of the Italian conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni.6th
1140, Tuesday February 6, Death of Thurstan archbishop of York, who had battled with Canterbury for the Primacy of England.
1189, Monday February 6, The fierce anti-Jewish riots in Lynn, Norfolk, spread to Norwich and other towns in England.
1564, Sunday February 6, Birth of the dramatist Christopher Marlowe, in Canterbury.
1564, Sunday February 6, Christopher Marlowe born in Canterbury.
1577, Wednesday February 6, Birth of the tragic Italian beauty Beatrice Cenci.
1597, Sunday February 6, Twenty six Christians including Saint Peter Baptist tortured and martyred in Nagasaki Japan.
1783, Thursday February 6, Death of the landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
1793, Wednesday February 6, Death of the Italian dramatist Carlo Goldoni.
1802, Saturday February 6, Birth of the physicist Charles Wheatstone, in Gloucester.
1804, Monday February 6, Richard Trevithick demonstrated the first railway locomotive at Penydarren, Wales.
1804, Monday February 6, Death of the chemist Joseph Priestley.
1832, Monday February 6, The first of four cholera epidemics to hit Britain in the 19t century at started at Edinburgh.
1840, Thursday February 6, The Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Great Britain and the Maori chiefs of New Zealand, granting British sovereignty over the islands.
1851, Thursday February 6, Robert Schumann’s 3rd Symphony, the Rhenisch, premiered in Düsseldorf.
1854, Monday February 6, The composer Robert Schumann was rescued by fishermen after throwing himself into the Rhine.
1872, Tuesday February 6, Birth of the Swiss engineer Robert Maillart.
1884, Wednesday February 6, Birth in, New Zealand, of the Lexicographer Eric Partridge.
1890, Thursday February 6, Birth of the Dutch aviation pioneer Anton Fokker.
1897, Saturday February 6, Death of the writer Ebenezer Brewer.
1904, Saturday February 6, Birth of the Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau.
1918, Wednesday February 6, Death of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
1919, Thursday February 6, Death of the German sculptor/painter Friedrich Mengelberg.
1922, Friday February 6, Birth of the scriptwriter and television personality Denis Norden.
1929, Wednesday February 6, Birth of the writer Keith Waterhouse.
1931, Friday February 6, Birth of the American actor Rip Torn.
1932, Saturday February 6, Birth of the French film director François Truffaut.
1933, Monday February 6, Birth of the television comic Leslie Crowther.
1935, Wednesday February 6, The Board Game Monopoly went on sale for the first time, in Philadelphia. It did not become a success until Christmas.
1940, Tuesday February 6, Birth of the television comic Jimmy Tarbuck.
1956, Monday February 6, Birth of the television actor Jon Walmsley in Lancashire.
1958, Thursday February 6, An aeroplane carrying the Manchester United football team crashed on take-off at Munich, killing seven players.
1965, Saturday February 6, Death of the American actor Jack Wagner.
1988, Saturday February 6, Death of the author Marghanita Laski.
1989, Monday February 6, Death of the American historian Barbara Tuchman.
1994, Sunday February 6, Death of the American actor Joseph Cotten.7th
1301, Tuesday February 7, Edward Caernarvon (later King Edward II) became the first Prince of Wales.
1700, Wednesday February 7, Birth of the French cartographer Philippe Buache.
1792, Tuesday February 7, Cimarosa’s opera Il Matrimonio Segreto premiered in Vienna.
1801, Saturday February 7, Birth of the merchant and philanthropist John Rylands in St Helens, Merseyside.
1812, Friday February 7, Birth of the novelist Charles Dickens, in Portsmouth.
1834, Friday February 7, Birth of the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendelejev.
1837, Friday February 7, Birth of the lexicographer Sir James Augustus Henry Murray in Denholm, Scotland.
1872, Wednesday February 7, South Wales Daily News launched in Cardiff.
1885, Thursday February 7, Birth of the American novelist Sinclair Lewis.
1894, Wednesday February 7, Death of the Belgian inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax.
1906, Wednesday February 7, Birth of the last emperor of China, P’u-i.
1907, Thursday February 7, Birth of the politician Arthur Bottomley.
1908, Friday February 7, Birth of the American film actor “Buster” Crabbe.
1918, Thursday February 7, Death of the Russian composer Alexander Taneyev.
1920, Saturday February 7, Birth of the American actor Eddie Bracken.
1922, Tuesday February 7, The slaughter of thousands of cattle began in an attempt to stop a Foot and Mouth epidemic.
1924, Thursday February 7, Birth of the actress Dora Bryan [Broadhurst] in Southport.
1924, Thursday February 7, Birth of the actress Hattie Jacques in Sandgate.
1937, Sunday February 7, Britain’s first dive-bomber, the prototype B.24 Skua, made its maiden flight over Yorkshire. It was piloted by Dasher Blake.
1940, Wednesday February 7, Birth of the English actor Gary Bond.
1943, Sunday February 7, Birth of the television actor Gareth Hunt.
1947, Friday February 7, The main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls was found in caves on the west bank of the Jordan.
1979, Wednesday February 7, Neptune became the outermost planet in the solar system and will remain so for 20 years.
1993, Sunday February 7, Death of the tennis player Arthur Ashe (Wimbledon 1975).
1994, Monday February 7, Death of the Polish conductor Witold Lutoslawski.