February 18, 1564
Michelangelo dies. He was one of the most famous and influential Italian Renaissance painters. He was also a sculptor, engineer and architect. His most famous works of art are The Statue of David and Creation of Adam.
February 18, 1883
Nikos Kazantzakis is born. He is considered to be the most important Greek writer as well as a great thinker of the 20th c. His works include Zorba the Greek, The Passion, Freedom or Death, The Last Temptation and many more.
Dimitris Mitropoulos is born. He was an important Greek composer,conductor and pianist.
The first Academy Awards are announced in Hollywood.
February 18, 1930
Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
February 18, 1930
Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed – wing aircraft and the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
February 18, 1954
The first church of Scientology is created in Los Angeles, California.
February 18, 1979
Snow falls in Sahara desert, perhaps it is the only time in recorded history.
Jean – Baptiste Poquelin, mainly known as Moliere dies. Moliere was a French playwright and is considered to be one of the greatest of the Western literature.Some of his best works are The Misanthrope, Tartuffe or the Hypocrite, The Imaginary Invalid and more.
February 17, 1901
600 people died from tuberculosis in Athens, Greece.
February 17, 1933
Newsweek magazine is published for the first time.
February 17, 1963
Micheal Jordan, the American basketball layer is born
February 17, 1978
The Troubles. The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, closed to Belfast. 12 people are killed and 30 are seriously injured.
February 17, 2008
Kosovo declares independence.
February 16, 1646
The battle of Torrington , Devon. The last great battle of the first English Civil War.
February 16, 1907
Angelos Terzakis is born. Terzakis was a significant figure of the greek literature. He wrote short stories, novels and plays. Some of his best known works are Princes Izambo, The Purple City, Without God, The Novel of the Four.
February 16, 1923
Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
February 16, 1959
Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba after the dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown, January 1st.
February 15, 399
Socrates is sentenced to drink the conium.
Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer and physicist, is born.
February 15, 1965
Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Cole) dies. He was an American musician and a leading figure of the jazz music.
February 15, 1982
The Ocean Ranger, drilling rig, sinks due to a storm off the coast of Newfoundland and 84 rig workers are killed.
February 15, 2005
YouTube is launched in the United States.
February 13, 1883
Wilhelm Richard Wagner dies. He was a German composer and famous for his operas.Perhaps his most well-known works is the magnificent Die Walkure” (The Ride of Valkyries).
February 13, 1894
The Lumiere brothers patent the cinematographe, a machine that combines movie camera and projector.
February 13, 1931
New Delhi becomes the capital of India.
February 13, 1950
Peter Gabriel is born. He is an English musician, former member of the Genesis band.
February 13, 1970
Black Sabbath release one of their most successful album Black Sabbath.
February 13, 2000
The last “Peanuts ” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
February 12, 1804
Immanuel Kant dies. Kant was a German philosopher with an interest in the theory of knowledge. He was into the structure of reason and one of his most known work is the Critique of Pure Reason.
February 12, 1809
Abraham Lincoln is born. He served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.
February 12, 1809
Charles Darwin is born. Darwin was an English naturalist claiming that all species of life come from a common ancestry. In his most famous work in 1859 On the Origin of Species Darwin developes his theory of natural selection.
February 12, 1934
The Austrian Civil War begins.
February 12, 1947
A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote- Alin, Soviet Union.
February 12, 1956
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins records the song I put a spell on you.
February 10, 1634
Galileo says the famous statement ” and yet it moves” after facing the Roman Inquisition.
February 10. 1755
Charles de Montesquieu dies.He was a French political thinker at the Enlightenment period.
February 10, 1898
Bertolt Brecht is born. One of the most important and influential play writers of the 20th c.
February 10, 1975
Nikos Kavvadias dies. He was one of the most famous and important poets of Greece.