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Forward Planner: News Anniversaries for the next 6 months

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February 2024

1 Year (2023)
Feb 06: Turkey–Syria earthquake: A 7.8 (Mww) earthquake & a 7.5 Mww  aftershock occurs on the same day killing at least 50,000
Feb 10: Death - Hugh Hudson, (25.08.1936 – 10.02.2023) 86, English film director (Chariots of Fire, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, My Life So Far)
Feb 15: Death - Raquel Welch, (05.09.1940 – 15.02.2023) 82, American actress (One Million Years B.C., The Three Musketeers, Fantastic Voyage).
Feb 21: Russia - Vladimir Putin announces that Russia is suspending its participation in New START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty with the US
Feb 23: Death - Irving Wardle, (20.07.1929 – 23.02.2023) 93, English theatre critic and writer. He wrote about theatre for The Observer from 1959 to 1963, for The Times from 1963 to 1989, and for The Independent on Sunday from 1989 to 1995.
Feb 24: Death - Sir Bernard Ingham (21 June 1932 – 24 February 2023) was a British journalist and civil servant. He was Margaret Thatcher's chief press secretary throughout her time as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.
Feb 25: Death - Sir David James Lumsden (19 March 1928 – 25 February 2023) was a British musical educator, choirmaster, organist and harpsichordist. After studying music at Cambridge he was a church organist, and later an academic. He was principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow from 1976 to 1982 and of the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1982 to 1993.
Feb 27: The United Kingdom and the European Union reach a new agreement surrounding modifications to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

2 Years (2022)
Feb 08: COVID-19 pandemic: the number of confirmed cases exceeds 400 million worldwide
Feb 09: Fusion Energy - The biggest breakthrough since 1997 is reported at the Joint European Torus in Oxford, the UK.
Feb 24: Russo-Ukrainian crisis: Russia begins a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, prompting countries to impose even harsher sanctions on Russia's government.
Feb 26: Russian invasion of Ukraine: The EU, US, and their allies commit to imposing further restrictions and other sanctions, fueling a financial crisis in Russia.
Feb 28: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report on climate change. It concludes that many impacts are now "irreversible".

5 Years (2019)
Feb 01: Australia weather: January 2019 hottest month on record.
Feb 01: Pres Donald Trump confirms USA quitting Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, 1987.
Feb 01: Death of English actor Clive Swift aged 82 (TV series 'Keeping Up Appearances').
Feb 03: Pope Francis arrives Abu Dhabi, UAE: first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula.
Feb 05: Russia announces plans to develop new missile systems.
Feb 07: Six die in gas explosion at an abandoned coal mine in South Africa.
Feb 07: Oldest known elephant in captivity' dies at 88 in India.
Feb 07: World Health Organisations says number of measles cases in Europe tripled during 2018.
Feb 11: Iran rally marks 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution.
Feb 12: Leaders of Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid go on trial in Madrid.
Feb 12: Death of England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks aged 81.
Feb 14: Archaeologists in Pompeii claim to find - a fresco of Narcissus, who loved only himself.
Feb 15: Pakistani suicide bomber kills 46 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Feb 15: Two men sentenced to death in Myanmar for murder of a Muslim lawyer at Yangon Airport.
Feb 15: Pres Trump confirms use of emergency powers to build a wall on US border with Mexico.
Feb 18: UK: 7 MPs resign from Labour Party in protest party's approach to Brexit & anti-Semitism.
Feb 19: Death of German-born fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in Paris aged 85.
Feb 19: South African chef Kobus van der Merwe wins inaugural World Restaurant Awards, Paris.
Feb 20: 'Ivory Queen' jailed in Tanzania for 15 years (led one of Africa's biggest smuggling rings).
Feb 20: UK: 3 Conservative MPs leave party to join breakaway group of Labour MPs.
Feb 20: Blaze kills at least 78 in historic district of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Feb 21: World's biggest bee has been re-discovered in Indonesia.
Feb 21: SpaceIL launches 'Beresheet' probe: world's 1st privately-financed mission to the Moon.
Feb 21: Death US film director Stanley Donen aged 94 ( 'On the Town'; 'Singin' in the Rain').
Feb 22: Reports show many insect populations throughout the world are declining.
Feb 22: Hayabusa-2: Japan spacecraft touches down on an asteroid.
Feb 26: Indian jets launch aerial strikes on terror camps in parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Feb 26: Australia: Trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell reported after a judge lifts restrictions.
Feb 27: US Pres Donald Trump & N. Korea's leader Kim Jong-un begin 2nd summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Feb 28: US Pres Trump claims 100% of Islamic State's territory in Syria has now been taken by force.

10 Years (2014)
Feb 01: Death film actor Maximilian Schell, 83 ('Judgement at Nuremberg', 'A Bridge Too Far').
Feb 01: Death of Maximilian Schell, 83, Austrian-Swiss Oscar-winning actor.
Feb 01: Death of Tony Hateley, 72, English footballer.
Feb 01: Growing international concern of Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.
Feb 04: UK: ITV broadcasts last edition of hit quiz show 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?'
Feb 05: UK Floods: Powerful storm washes away South Devon Railway sea wall.
Feb 06: UK: 'Coronation Street' actor William Roache cleared of all sex offence charges.
Feb 06: UK: PC Keith Wallis jailed for lying over 'Pledbgate Incident' in Downing Street.
Feb 08: Severe flooding spreads to Thames Estuary & Worcester.
Feb 08: UK Immigration minister Mark Harper resigns for having cleaner without work permit.
Feb 10: Death of Hollywood child film star Shirley Temple in California aged 85.
Feb 12: Death of Sid Caesar, 91, American Emmy-winning comedian and actor.
Feb 13: Belgium 1st country to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age.
Feb 14: Death of John Henson (son of Jim) aged 48, US puppeteer (The Muppets).
Feb 14: Death of Preston & England footballer Sir Tom Finney aged 91.
Feb 18: Death of Maria Franziska von Trapp, 99, Austrian-born American singer.
Feb 25: UK: Controversy over criminal IRA suspects given letters of immunity from prosecution.
Feb 26: UK: Two men sentenced to life in jail for murder of British serviceman Lee Rigby.
Feb 28: Russian military forces begin build up in Crimea.

15 Years (2009)
Feb 05: Bank of England reduces base interest rate to 1%.
Feb 08: British film 'Slumdog Millionaire' collects 7 BAFTA Awards.
Feb 22: British film 'Slumdog Millionaire' collects 8 Academy Awards.
Feb 22: Terminally ill Reality TV star Jade Goody marries boyfriend Jack Tweed.
Feb 26: Death of British actress Wendy Richard aged 65 ('Are You Being Served?', 'Eastenders').
Feb 26: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announces annual loss of £24billion.

20 Years (2004)
Feb 02: UK: Merger of independent TV companies Carlton and Granada into ITV plc.
Feb 04: US student Mark Zuckerberg & others start social media website called 'The Facebook'.
Feb 05: 23 Chinese cockle-pickers drown in Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.
Feb 06: Moscow Metro Bombing: suicide bomber kills 41 & injures 120.
Feb 21: Death of Welsh international footballer John Charles aged 72.

25 Years (1999)
Feb 09: Death of English actor Bryan Mosley aged 67 ('Coronation Street').
Feb 12: US President Bill Clinton acquitted of perjury & obstruction of justice.
Feb 24: Publication Macpherson Report on death of black British teenager Stephen Lawrence.

30 Years (1994)
Feb 01: BMW confirm it is buying 80% stake in Rover Cars from British Aerospace.
Feb 03: US President Clinton lifts trade embargo on Vietnam.
Feb 05: Motor bomb explosion in Sarajevo market. Over 70 killed.
Feb 07: Death of Conservative MP Stephen Milligan, 45, at home in Chiswick, London.
Feb 12: Thieves steal Edvard Munch painting 'The Scream' from National Art Museum, Oslo.
Feb 25: UK serial killer Fred West arrested over daughter's disappearance.

35 Years (1989)
Feb 02: Mike Tyson beats Frank Bruno in heavyweight title fight, Las Vegas. Stopped in 5th round.
Feb 05: Launch of Sky TV in the UK
Feb 12: Northern Ireland human rights lawyer Pat Finucane shot & killed.
Feb 14: Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini issues 'fatwa' on Salman Rushdie author: 'Satanic Verses'.
Feb 15: Last Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan.

40 Years (1984)
Feb 14: UK: 24m watch ice dance skaters Torvil & Dean win gold at Winter Olympics ('Bolero').
Feb 15: Death of US singer Ethel Merman, 76 ('There's No Business Like Showbusiness').
Feb 26: UK: 1st broadcast of ITV satirical puppet programme 'Spitting Image'.

45 Years (1979)
Feb 01: Religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 14 years in exile.
Feb 09: UK's 1st £1m football transfer: Trevor Francis from Birminham City to Notts Forest.

50 Years (1974)
Feb 04: IRA coach bombing on M62. Nine British soldiers & 3 civilians killed
Feb 04: IRA coach bombing on M62. Nine British soldiers & 3 civilians killed.
Feb 04: Kidnap of 19-year-old heiress Patty Hearst by Symbionese Liberation Army.
Feb 13: Russian dissident writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn deported from Soviet Union.
Feb 28: Labour's Harold Wilson is British PM for 2nd time (Hung Parliament).

55 Years (1969)
Feb 18: UK: British singer Lulu (20) marries Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb (19).

60 Years (1964)
Feb 06: Britain & France announce an agreement on building the Channel Tunnel.
Feb 07: 'Beatlemania' in New York as British group The Beatles arrive for 1st US tour.
Feb 09: Beatles appear live on American TV on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Feb 25: US Boxer Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston to be World Heavyweight Champ.

65 Years (1959)
Feb 03: 22 year old US singer Buddy Holly dies in plane crash.
Feb 16: Fidel Castro sworn is as Cuban leader.

70 Years (1954)
Feb 12: British Medical Cttee report suggests link between smoking & lung cancer.

90 Years (1934)
Feb 12: Birth of British actress Annette Crosby ('One Foot In The Grave').
Feb 23: Death of English composer Edward Elgar.

95 Years (1929)
Feb 04: UK: 1st section of Green Belt land designated near Hendon to control London sprawl.
Feb 28: Birth of Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry (Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao).

100 Years (1924)
Feb 19: Birth of US film actor Lee Marvin ('The Dirty Dozen', 'Paint Your Wagon', 'Cat Ballou').

110 Years (1914)
Feb 02: 1st Charlie Chaplin film release: 'Making A Living'.
Feb 25: Death of illustrator Sir John Tenniel (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).


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