29th January 1888
Edward Lear, poet and author, died. 130 years.
30th January 1948
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the pre-eminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India was assassinated in New Delhi. 70 years.
30th January 1968
The Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched. 50 years.
1st February 1918
Russia adopts the Gregorian calendar. 100 years.
1st February 2013
The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, is opened to the public. 5 years.
2nd February 1868
Pro-Imperial forces captured Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground. 150 years.
2nd February 1943
World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces. 75 years.
3rd February 1468
Johannes Gutenberg, German publisher, invented the Printing press, died. 550 years.
4th February 1948
Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth. 70 years.
4th February 1918
Ida Lupino, a pioneering director and producer working within the 1950s Hollywood system, was born.100 years.
5th February 1888
Anton Mauve, Dutch painter and cousin of Vincent van Gogh, died age 49. 130 years.
6th February 1793
Carlo Goldoni, Italian-French playwright, died. 225 years.
6th February 1918
British women over the age of 30 get the right to vote. 100 years.
6th February 1918
Gustav Klimt, Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement, died. 100 years.
8th February 1968
Gary Coleman, American actor, was born. 50 years.
9th February 1943
Joe Pesci, American actor, singer, and producer, was born. 75 years.
9th February 1943
WWII: The Guadalcanal Campaign, fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943, the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan, ended. 75 years
11th February 1868
Léon Foucault, French physicist and academic, died. 150 years.
11th February 1938
BBC produces the world's first ever science fiction TV program, an adaptation of a part of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term "robot". 80 years.
11th February 1978
Censorship: China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. 40 years.

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