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11th February 1936 (86 Years)
Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, one of the most elaborate cinematic critiques of the effects of mass production on 20th century life, premièred in the UK.
11th February 1938 (84 Years)
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".
11th February 1963 (59 Years)
Suicide of Sylvia Plath, poet and novelist.
11th February 1975 (47 Years)
Margaret Thatcher elected leader of the Conservative Party.
11th February 1978 (44 Years)
Censorship: China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
11th February 1990 (32 Years)
Revolutionary and politician, Nelson Mandela freed.
12th February 1816 (206 Years)
The Teatro di San Carlo, an opera house in Naples, was destroyed by fire.
12th February 1942 (80 Years)
Grant Wood, American artist, dies.
13th February 1891 (131 Years)
Grant Wood, American painter best known for 'American Gothic', was born.
13th February 1941 (81 Years)
Sigmar Polke, German painter and photographer, was born.
13th February 1945 (77 Years)
Thousands of bombs destroy the German city Dresden, WW2.
13th February 1958 (64 Years)
Christabel Pankhurst, English activist, co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union, died.
14th February 1537 (485 Years)
England's King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
14th February 1861 (161 Years)
Richard Cadbury created the very first heart shaped box of chocolates.
14th February 1891 (131 Years)
William Tecumseh Sherman, American Civil War General, died in New York City.
14th February 1912 (110 Years)
First flight of Zeppelin LZ-11 Viktoria Luise with Ferdinand von Zeppelin present.
14th February 1912 (110 Years)
LZ-11 Viktoria Luise zeppelin takes its first flight.
14th February 1929 (93 Years)
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place.
14th February 1975 (47 Years)
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century, died.
15th February 1764 (258 Years)
The city of Saint Louis, Missouri in America, was founded.
15th February 1867 (155 Years)
The Blue Danube, composed by Johann Strauss II, is first performed at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein.
16th February 1843 (179 Years)
Henry M. Leland, American machinist, inventor, engineer, automotive entrepreneur and founded of Cadillac and Lincoln, was born.
16th February 1923 (99 Years)
Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen's tomb in Thebes.
16th February 1923 (99 Years)
Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb discovered in Egypt by Howard Carter.
16th February 1937 (85 Years)
US Patent #2,071,250 is granted to Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers, inventor of nylon, via DuPont, Inc.
16th February 1990 (32 Years)
Keith Haring, American artist, dies aged 31.
17th February 1867 (155 Years)
First ship passed through Suez Canal.
17th February 1867 (155 Years)
First ship passed through Suez Canal. 150 years.
18th February 1516 (506 Years)
Mary Tudor, Queen of England and child of Henry VIII, is born.
18th February 1564 (458 Years)
Michelangelo Buonarroti died.