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Forward Planner: News Anniversaries for the next 6 months

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February 2020

1 Year (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.

2 Years (2018)
Feb 01: UK: Darren Osborne convicted murder after carrying out Finsbury Park Terror attack in June 2016
Feb 04: Death: John Mahoney, British-American actor (b. 1940), known for his acting in Frasier as the father.
Feb 05: UK will leave customs union no 10 insists. 
Feb 05: UK.  Lloyds bank bans bitcoin purchases for its credit card customers
Feb 06: SpaceX successfully conducts its maiden flight of its most powerful rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy, from LC39A at John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Feb 09: US: Government shuts down for second time
Feb 09: South Korea:  Winter Olympics open under one Korean flag
Feb 09: February 925 The 2018 Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are followed by the Paralympics from March 918.
Feb 10: Australia - Kay Goldsworthy becomes the first female archbishop in the Anglican Communion on her installation in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.
Feb 11: Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashes shortly after take-off from Moscow, killing 71 people on board.
Feb 14: SA: President Zuma resigns


Feb 14: USA:  Florida high school shooting leaves at least 17 dead
Feb 14: South Africa - Jacob Zuma resigns as President of South Africa, after nine years in power.
Feb 14: Florida, USA - A school shooting occurs at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17.
Feb 15: SA:  Cyril Rhamaposa becomes SA president
Feb 16: US:  13 Russians charged with US election tampering
Feb 17: UK:  UKIP leader Henry Bolton sacked
Feb 18: Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704 crashes in the Zagros Mountains, en route from Tehran to Yasuj. All 65 passengers and crew members perish.
Feb 19: Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell jailed for 30 years
Feb 21: Billy Graham dies aged 99
Feb 21: Death - Billy Graham, American evangelist (b. 1918)
Feb 26: UK:  Five killed in shop explosion in Leicester

5 Years (2015)
Feb 04: UK: New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard appointed to head historic child sex abuse inquiry.
Feb 13: UK: Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot convicted of indecent assault on 2 boys.
Feb 20: UK: Search on for 3 London schoolgirls heading for ISIL in Syria via Turkey.
Feb 27: Death of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy aged 83.
Feb 27: Paul Gadd (Gary Glitter) jailed for 16 years for sexual abuse of 3 young girls.

10 Years (2010)
Feb 05: Death of English actor Ian Carmichael aged 89 ('Private's Progress', 'I'm All Right Jack' ).
Feb 11: Suicide of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen aged 40.
Feb 14: Death of author & former champion jockey Dick Francis aged 89.
Feb 19: UK: Special 'live' edition of BBC soap opera 'Eastenders' to mark 25th anniversary.
Feb 24: UK: ITN newsreader Julie Etchingham 1st woman to win RTS 'Presenter of the Year'.

15 Years (2005)
Feb 02: UK: 20th anniversary of BBC soap opera 'Eastenders'.
Feb 06: UK:Tony Blair becomes longest-serving Labour Prime Minister ( 2,838 days).
Feb 07: British sailor Ellen MacArthur sets fastest time for solo voyage around world.
Feb 10: Death of American playwright Arthur Miller aged 89.
Feb 10: Engagement of Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles announced.
Feb 14: Assassination of former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Feb 15: United States: Launch of YouTube internet site.
Feb 16: Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol aiming to slow down global warming.
Feb 16: UK: 1st episode of UK version of 'The Apprentice' broadcast on BBC 2.
Feb 18: Hunting with dogs in England and Wales becomes illegal.
Feb 25: Death of Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, aged 83.

20 Years (2000)
Feb 12: Death of cartoonist Charles M.Schulz, creator of 'Peanuts' comic strip.
Feb 13: Last orginal "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers worldwide.
Feb 23: Death of Blackpool, Stoke & England footballer Sir Stanley Matthews, 85.

25 Years (1995)
Feb 02: Death of English tennis champion Fred Perry aged 85.
Feb 03: US astronaut Eileen Collins becomes 1st woman to pilot the Space Shuttle.
Feb 23: Death of English country vet & author James Herriot aged 78.
Feb 26: Collapse of Barings Bank, UK's oldest investment banking firm.

30 Years (1990)
Feb 02: S.Africa lifts 30-year ban on the African National Congress.
Feb 11: South Africa: Nelson Mandela released from prison after serving 27 years.
Feb 26: Soviet Union agrees to withdraw all 75,000 troops from Czechoslovakia.

35 Years (1985)
Feb 08: Death of Sir William Lyons. Co-founder of Jaguar Cars Ltd.
Feb 16: MoD civil servant Clive Ponting resigns over Belgrano Affair (Falklands War).
Feb 19: 1st episode of BBC TV soap opera 'Eastenders' broadcast in UK.
Feb 20: Legalisation of the sale of contraceptives in Ireland.
Feb 28: IRA mortar attack on RUC police station, Newry. 9 officers killed.

40 Years (1980)
Feb 25: UK: 1st episide of parliamentary comedy 'Yes, Minister' broadcast on BBC TV.

45 Years (1975)
Feb 11: Conservative Party elect their first woman leader: Margaret Thatcher.
Feb 14: Death of writer & author P.G.Wodehouse, creator of 'Jeeves & Worster'
Feb 21: Watergate Scandal: former Attorney General John Mitchell jailed.
Feb 28: London Underground train crash at Moorgate, Driver & 43 passengers killed.

55 Years (1965)
Feb 11: Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox in London.
Feb 15: Death of American singer Nat 'King' Cole aged 45.
Feb 16: British Railways chairman Dr Richard Beeching report outlines major rail cuts.
Feb 16: British Railways chmn Dr Richard Beeching report outlines major rail cuts.
Feb 21: Black civil rights leader Malcolm X assassinated in New York.
Feb 22: US President Johnson agrees to send 1st US combat troops to Vietnam.
Feb 23: Death of British-born American comedy actor Stan Laurel.

60 Years (1960)
Feb 03: UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan warns of "wind of change" in Africa.
Feb 05: Future British PM Margaret Thatcher maiden speech in House of Commons.
Feb 19: Birth of Queen Elizabeth II's third child, Prince Andrew.

65 Years (1955)
Feb 04: Birth of US technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs (Apple & Pixar).
Feb 22: 19 yr old US tennis star Maureen Connolly(Little Mo)retires after horse-racing accident.
Feb 22: US tennis star Maureen Connolly (Little Mo) retires at19, after horse-racing accident.

70 Years (1950)
Feb 22: Birth of British actress Julie Walters.
Feb 24: Labour PM Clement Attlee wins UK General Election but only a 5 seat majority.
Feb 24: Labour PM Clement Attlee wins UK General Election with a 5 seat majority.

75 Years (1945)
Feb 04: WW2: Allied Leaders Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin meet for Yalta Conference.
Feb 13: WW2: Allied aircraft bomb the German city of Dresden. Over 25,000 killed.
Feb 23: WW2: US Marines take Mt Suribachi on Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima.
Feb 24: WW2: Princess Elizabeth joins Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service.

80 Years (1940)
Feb 02: Birth of British comedian & actor David Jason ('Only Fools and Horses', 'A Touch of Frost').
Feb 06: Birth of British comedian Jimmy Tarbuck.
Feb 11: Death of British statesman & novelist John Buchan (The 39 Steps).
Feb 20: Birth of England footballer Jimmy Greaves.
Feb 29: USA: Film 'Gone With The Wind' wins 10 Academy Awards.

85 Years (1935)
Feb 13: Bruno Hauptmann guilty of kidnap & murder of Charles Lindbergh's son.
Feb 28: First production of nylon at DuPont research centre, Delaware USA.

90 Years (1930)
Feb 27: Birth of US actress Joanne Woodward ('The Three Faces of Eve').

95 Years (1925)
Feb 26: Adolph Hitler re-establishes Nazi Party in Munich after lifting of ban.

105 Years (1915)
Feb 01: Birth of Blackpool, Stoke & England footballer Sir Stanley Mathews.
Feb 04: Birth of British stage, film & TV comedian Sir Norman Wisdom.

180 Years (1840)
Feb 05: Birth of Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop.
Feb 10: Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha.

205 Years (1815)
Feb 26: Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from exile on the Island of Elba.


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