24th February 1786 (242 Years)
Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two storytelling Grimm brothers, is born.
24th February 1842 (186 Years)
Arrigo Boito, Italian author, poet, and composer, was born.
24th February 1922 (106 Years)
British Pop Artist Richard Hamilton, was born.
24th February 1955 (73 Years)
The big freeze across Britain, resulting in more than 70 roads being closed down.
24th February 2008 (20 Years)
Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
25th February 1841 (187 Years)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter, was born.
25th February 1914 (114 Years)
Sir John Tenniel, the British illustrator and political cartoonist, best know for his work for Punch and Alice in Wonderland, died.
25th February 1943 (85 Years)
George Harrison, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, was born.
25th February 1964 (64 Years)
Muhammad Ali, the famous American boxer, become World Champion.
26th February 1616 (412 Years)
Galileo Galilei was banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching that the earth orbits the sun.
26th February 1802 (226 Years)
Victor Marie Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement, was born.
26th February 1935 (93 Years)
Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR.
26th February 1939 (89 Years)
The first Grand National steeplechase, took place at Aintree Racecourse.
27th February 1902 (126 Years)
John Steinbeck, American author, Nobel Prize laureate, was born.
27th February 2015 (13 Years)
Leonard Nimoy, American actor best known for his role as Spock of the Star Trek franchise, dies aged 83.
28th February 1820 (208 Years)
Sir John Tenniel, English graphic humorist, political cartoonist and famous for the illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, was born.
28th February 1903 (125 Years)
Vincente Minnelli, American stage and film director, famous for directing classic movie musicals as An American in Paris, was born.
28th February 1916 (112 Years)
Henry James, American-born British novelist and key figure of literary realism, died in London.
28th February 1929 (99 Years)
Frank Gehry, the architect, was born.
28th February 1941 (87 Years)
Alfonso XIII, King of Spain from 1886 until 1931, and monarch from birth, as his father Alfonso XII had died the previous year, died.
28th February 1975 (53 Years)
A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
28th February 1985 (43 Years)
The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
28th February 2013 (15 Years)
Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.
29th February 1792 (236 Years)
Gioachino Antonio Rossini, Italian composer who wrote The Barber of Seville, was born.
29th February 1908 (120 Years)
Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, best known as Balthus, Polish-French modern artist, was born.

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