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February 1

1968:  Saigon's police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene captured in a famous news photograph.

1991:  A US Air jetliner crashed on top of a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. 35 people were killed

1992:  Irving R. Kaufman,Federal Judge, who sentenced Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to death, died in New York at age 81.

1997:  Herb Caen, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, died in San Francisco at age 80.

2002: US Space shuttle Discovery exploded while entering atmosphere in early Saturday morning 7:58am above states of Texas.  Some parts found later scattered as far as Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arizona.  5 American astronauts, one American Indian born woman astronaut and one Israeli astronaut died after being in space for a 16 day research mission.

2004:  Around 10-11 in the morning, 251 Moslem pilgrims died in a stampede in Jamarat location in Mina desert near Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

US Politicians who died Feb. 1

February 2

1996:  Gene Kelly, dancer, actor and choreographer, died at his Beverly Hills home in California. He was 83.

1992: Bert Parks, Longtime "Miss America", died in La Jolla, California, at age 77.

US Politicians who died Feb. 2

February 3

1959:  A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

1924: Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, died in Washington D.C., at age 68.

US Politicians who died Feb. 3

February 4

1976: 22,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala and Honduras.

1977: 11 people were killed when a Chicago Transit Authority train fell off elevated tracks after a collision with another train.

1997:  73 Israeli soldiers were killed in the collision of two helicopters.

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February 5

1997:  Pamela Harriman, former US Ambassador, died in Paris at age 76.

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February 6

1952: Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded as reigning monarch by his daughter, Elizabeth II.

1991: Danny Thomas, comedian and TV performer, died in Los Angeles at age 79.

1992:  16 people were killed when a Boeing C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.

1993: Arthur Ashe, Famous tennis player and human rights advocate, died in New York at age 49.

US Politicians who died Feb. 6

February 7

1999: Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.

2001:  Dale Evans, singer-actress, died at age 88.

2001:  Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh, died at age 94.

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February 8

1924:  The first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

1968:  3 college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.

1989:  144 Italian tourists were killed when an American Boeing 707 slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores.

US Politicians who died Feb. 8

February 9

1984:  Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko.

2001:  9 men and boys were killed when a U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the Hawaiian coast.

US Politicians who died Feb. 9

February 10

1981:  8 people were killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.

1992:  American author Alex Haley died in Seattle, WA, USA, at age 70.

2001:  Abraham D. Beame, former New York City Mayor, died at age 94.

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February 11

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February 12

1915:  The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C., USA.

1942:   Grant Wood, American painter, creator of ``American Gothic,'' died in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, just one day before his 51st birthday.

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February 13

1542:  Catherine Howard, Fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, was executed for adultery.

2001:  A 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook El Salvador, killing at least 402 people.  Just one month after another quake killed more than 840 people on January13,  2001.

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February 14

1979:  Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.

1990:  94 people were killed when an Indian Airlines passenger jet crashed while landing at a southern Indian airport.

2001:  A Palestinian crashed a bus into Israeli soldiers and civilians standing at a bus stop in Azur, Israel, killing eight. (The driver, Khalil Abu Olbeh, was later sentenced to eight life terms.) 

US Politicians who died Feb. 14

February 15

1898:  U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.

1933:  President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that claimed the life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.

1961:  73 people, including 18members of U.S. figure skating team on their way to Czechoslovakia, were killed in Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 crash in Belgium.

1982:  The Ocean Ranger, a huge oil-drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm. 84 men were killed. 

1992:  William Schuman, Pulitzer Prize-winning music composer, died in New York at age 81.

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February 16

1923: The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen was unsealed in Egypt.

1977:  Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident.

1992:  Israeli helicopters attacked a convoy in Sidon, Lebanon, killing Sheik Abbas Musawi, leader of the pro-Iranian group Hezbollah.

2001:  Dr. William H. Masters, who with his partner and future wife Virginia Johnson, pioneered research in the field of human sexuality, died in Tucson, Arizona, USA, at age 85.

US Politicians who died Feb. 16

February 17

1992:  Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison (however, he was beaten to death in prison in November 1994).

2001:   Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Nation of Islam official, known for his harsh rhetoric about Jews and whites, died at a hospital in Marietta, Georgia, USA, at age 53.

US Politicians who died Feb. 17

February 18

1546:  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died.

1564:  Famous Italian Painter and sculptor Michelangelo died in Rome.

2001: Dale Earnhardt  Sr., auto racing star, died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49. 

2001:  Eddie Mathews, US baseball player, died at age 69.

2001:  Roger Caras, TV broadcaster died at age 72.

2001:  Frank B. Gilbreth  Jr., American writer, died at age 89. 

2001:  Painter Balthus died at age 92.

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February 19

1942: 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.

1997:  Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died. 

2001:  President George W. Bush opened a museum commemorating the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 

2001:  Stanley Kramer, American  producer-director, died in Woodland Hills, California, USA,, at age 87.

2004: 2 trains carrying cotton, Benzene, Sulfur acid, and Fertilizer collided near Nishaboor, east of Iran, killing more than 300 and 600 injuries.

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February 20

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February 21

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February 22

1987:  Andy Warhol, world famous pop artist, died at a New York City hospital at age 58.

1997:  Albert Shanker, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, died in New York at age 68.

US Politicians who died Feb. 22

February 23

1848:  John Quincy Adams, sixth United States President, died of a stroke at age 80.

1997:  Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York's Empire State Building, killing one person and wounding six others before shooting himself to death. 

1997:  200 people were killed in eastern India when fire swept through a tent built for a religious festival.

US Politicians who died Feb. 23

February 24

1989: Emperor Hirohito's state funeral was held in Japan.  He died on January 7, 1989 at age 87.

2001: Claude Shannon, mathematician and computer scientist, whose theories about binary code became the basis for modern mass communications networks, died in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, at age 84.

US Politicians who died Feb. 24

February 25

1991:  During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

1994:  American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was beaten to death by worshippers.

1996: 27 people were killed when blasts set off by suicide bombers in Jerusalem and Ashkelon. 

1996 :Cambodian activist Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who won an Academy Award for his performance in the 1984 movie "The Killing Fields" was shot to death outside his Los Angeles apartment.

1997:  China's Deng Xiaoping final farewell was held for the country's last great revolutionary leader.

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February 26

1993: A bomb built by a group of Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

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February 27

1861: Five marchers were killed in Warsaw, when Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. 

1992:  Former US Sen. S. I. Hayakawa died in San Francisco at age 85.

US Politicians who died Feb. 27

February 28

1844:  A 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.

1975:  More than 40 people were killed in London's Underground when a subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel.

1986:  Olof Palme, Swedish Prime Minister, was shot to death in central Stockholm.

1993:  A gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians. Four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.

1997:  In North Hollywood, California, two heavily armed masked robbers rubbed a bank came out firing, unleashing their arsenal on police, bystanders, cars and TV choppers before they were killed.

2000:  A 6-year-old Kayla Rolland was fatally shot by a fellow first-grader at Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Michigan, USA.

2001:  A train collision in northeast England killed 10 people and injured more than 70.

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February 1998: A Sudanease military plane crash in upper Nile state killed the first Sudanease vice president, General al-Zubair Mohammed Saleh, and 25 other people.

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