This Day in History - February

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of February?
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Feb 1
This singer has a "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl
halftime show
Janet Jackson
Feb 2
"Ulysses", by this author, is first published
James Joyce
Feb 3
This musician dies in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens
and the Big Bopper. Known as the "Day the Music Died".
Buddy Holly
Feb 4
This website is founded by Mark Zuckerberg
Feb 5
This generalísimo becomes leader of Spain
Francisco Franco
Feb 6
This Asian city is founded as a trading post for the British Empire
by Sir Stamford Raffles
Feb 7
173 are killed by the "Black Saturday" wildfires in this country
Feb 8
The Stasi, secret police of this country, is established
East Germany
Feb 9
This rock band's appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" creates
a mania in the United States
The Beatles
Feb 10
This country announces that it has nuclear weapons
North Korea
Feb 11
In a shocking upset, this boxer is defeated by Buster Douglas
Mike Tyson
Feb 12
This country annexes the Galápagos Islands
Feb 13
The 13th Dalai Lama proclaims the independence of this country
Feb 14
Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for this device
The telephone
Feb 15
A maple-leaf design is adopted as the flag of this country
Feb 16
This revolutionary becomes leader of Cuba
Fidel Castro
Feb 17
This country declares independence from Serbia
Feb 18
This dwarf planet is discovered
Feb 19
The Soviet Union launches this space station
Feb 20
This Tchaikovsky ballet premieres at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Swan Lake
Feb 21
Marx and Engels publish this "manifesto"
The Communist
Feb 22
This city in New Zealand is struck by a deadly earthquake
Feb 23
This printer publishes his first Bibles
Johannes Gutenberg
Feb 24
Ayatollah Khomeini offers a $3 million bounty for the death of this author
Salman Rushdie
Feb 25
Gamal Abdel Nasser becomes premier of this country
Feb 26
This famous leader escapes from the island of Elba
Napoleon Bonaparte
Feb 27
The Reichstag building is set on fire in this city
Feb 28
This war comes to an end
The Gulf War
Feb 29
Jean-Bertrand Aristide is deposed as leader of this country
Level 77
Feb 11, 2013
Would you please accept Desert Storm in addition to Gulf War?
Level 74
Feb 1, 2015
The Gulf War is not called Desert Storm. Desert Storm is the name of only one operation on only one side of the war. Nobody calls WWII "Operation Quicksilver" or "Operation Clawhammer."
Level 83
Feb 13, 2017
How many "sides" were there? I think it's generally accepted that the pre-war buildup was Operation Desert Shield and the actual combat operations were Operation Desert Storm.

Level 83
Feb 13, 2017
At least the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait wasn't a part of Desert Storm
Level 75
Feb 1, 2018
I tried Gulf Assault.
Level 89
Sep 2, 2018
I tried Gulf Oil Company.
Level 60
Feb 1, 2018
Wikipedia redirects Desert Storm to Gulf War. I think this justifies accepting Desert Storm as an answer.
Level 69
Jun 8, 2019
No, otherwise it would redirect gulf war to desert storm...
Level 83
Aug 14, 2020
No, redirects don't always mean it's the same, just that something doesn't get a separate article.
Level 74
Feb 1, 2021
Exactly. Redirects on WP can be for many reasons, including mistaken terminology or merged content. A redirect does not indicate a synonym by default.
Level 75
Feb 2, 2021
Only took 8 years to clear this up lol
Level 65
Feb 13, 2013
Shouldn't Desert Storm work for the Gulf War clue?
Level 67
Feb 2, 2015
Level 73
Oct 4, 2013
What?! My birth in Tasmania, Australia is not on here? I demand satisfaction!
Level 62
Jul 9, 2022
Level 86
Mar 23, 2014
100% with 1:23 leftover. only tough one was which king died in 1952 because I am not English.
Level 55
Feb 1, 2015
Sad not to see the one historical event of February I always remember, which is the destruction of Dresden in 1945. (A bit downbeat, I know). Late January to early February are bad months for NASA and the British Royal Family. Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia - George III, Victoria, George V, George VI.
Level 70
Feb 1, 2018
Dresden 1945, just for balance see the bombing of British Cities 1940 onward it is
Level 68
Feb 1, 2021
What the hell does "balance" mean? Do atrocities justify atrocities?
Level 66
Feb 2, 2021
If you want balance why not post a list of German cities as well. Or just look at the civilian casualty rates - by some estimates ten times as many German civilians were killed by strategic bombing than British. Or you could mention that evacuations due to unexploded WWII bombs still happen in Germany pretty much every week (and rarely make even the local news).

I'm not saying either side's actions justify or negate the other's, just that that's an odd definition of balance.

Level 67
Feb 13, 2015
Good clues - spent nearly a whole minute on North Korea (thought their nuclear announcement was more recent than 2005)
Level 91
Sep 16, 2017
Just looked up that 2011 earthquake. Incredible amount of damage and unfortunate loss of life for that magnitude of earthquake. I generally associate anything in the 6 range with minor damage, but the photos of this are anything but minor.
Level 67
Feb 2, 2021
The quake was incredibly shallow on a previously unknown fault line right under the CBD which is largely a drained swamp.
Level 90
Feb 1, 2018
I nearly missed the event on the 28th because I wanted to call it Desert storm. If you go to the current Wikipedia page it opens with "The Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), codenamed Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991)". If you are only going to take Gulf War then the question needs to state that it started in August because Desert Storm ended on the 28th as well. It's the equivalent of saying that after the end of a non tied basketball game that it's not acceptable to say the 4th period ended only the game did. There are a lot more squishy fills ins throughout this site.
Level 74
Feb 1, 2021
No. One country's operation is not synonymous with a whole war. The Gulf War ended February 28. Other things may also have ended February 28, but they're not synonymous with the war. If there were different names for the actual Gulf War, that's a different story and I would support those names being accepted (like Vietnam War and American War referring to the same war).

I don't think your analogy helps your case either by the way; if the question asked "What operation ended Feb. 28" your analogy might make sense. But it's asking for the name of the *war*, and ending date is not the only criteria. People don't talk about the fourth period as if it is representative of the game itself.

Level 95
Aug 13, 2020
Great quiz, But Swan Lake was given its premiere at the Bolshoi in February 1877, not 1962!
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Aug 14, 2020
Level 95
Aug 14, 2020
Level 83
Aug 13, 2020
Quick correction: It's "Big Bopper," not "Popper."
Level ∞
Aug 14, 2020
Level 87
Aug 14, 2020
Although that gives me a great marketing idea.
Level 83
Aug 14, 2020
The Tchaikovsky question was the first one in this series where I actually found the month useful - The Nutcracker would have premiered around Christmas time so could be ruled out.
Level 69
Aug 15, 2020
Could you please accept the Cold War as an answer for a war coming to an end in 1991?
Level 88
Aug 18, 2020
Well, the Cold War was not technically a real war so...
Level 78
Feb 1, 2021
It didn't end on February 28th specifically though.
Level 76
Aug 16, 2020
Spelling: Generalissimo
Level ∞
Aug 16, 2020
Look again. Notice the accent. I used the Spanish version.
Level 76
Aug 16, 2020
¡Mis disculpas!
Level 49
Nov 9, 2020
i tried cold war lol, it isnt that wrong
Level 52
Dec 8, 2020
Well actually it is, the Cold War ending wasn't in February.
Level 21
Feb 4, 2021
August 13th was my birthday thanks for the gift of this quiz
Level 33
Oct 2, 2021
East Berlin should be accepted for East Germany
Level 67
Sep 27, 2023
For 1991 I could only think of Cold War, forgot there was an actual war that ended