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February Happenings

Guess these things that happen in the month of February.
Last updated: September 16, 2017
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Feb 1
2004
This singer has a "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl halftime show
Janet Jackson
Feb 2
1922
"Ulysses", by this author, is first published
James Joyce
Feb 3
1959
This singer dies in a plane crash, along with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper
Buddy Holly
Feb 4
2004
This website is founded by Mark Zuckerburg
Facebook
Feb 5
1939
This generalísimo becomes leader of Spain
Francisco Franco
Feb 6
1952
This English king dies
George VI
Feb 7
2009
173 are killed by bush fires in this country
Australia
Feb 8
1950
The Stasi, secret police of this country, is established
East Germany
Feb 9
1964
This band appears on the "The Ed Sullivan Show"
The Beatles
Feb 10
2005
This country announces that it has nuclear weapons
North Korea
Feb 11
1990
In a shocking upset, this boxer is defeated by Buster Douglas
Mike Tyson
Feb 12
1832
This country annexes the Galápagos Islands
Ecuador
Feb 13
1913
The 13th Dalai Lama proclaims the independence of this country
Tibet
Feb 14
1876
Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for this device
The Telephone
Feb 15
1965
A maple-leaf design is adopted as the flag of this country
Canada
Feb 16
1959
This revolutionary becomes leader of Cuba
Fidel Castro
Feb 17
2008
This country declares independence from Serbia
Kosovo
Feb 18
1930
This dwarf planet is discovered
Pluto
Feb 19
1986
The Soviet Union launches this space station
Mir
Feb 20
1962
This astronaut becomes the first American to orbit Earth
John Glenn
Feb 21
1848
Marx and Engels publish this "manifesto"
The Communist
Manifesto
Feb 22
2011
This city in New Zealand is struck by a deadly earthquake
Christchurch
Feb 23
1455
This printer publishes his first bibles
Johannes Gutenberg
Feb 24
1989
Ayatollah Khomeini offers a $3 million bounty for the death of this author
Salman Rushdie
Feb 25
1954
Gamal Abdel Nasser becomes premier of this country
Egypt
Feb 26
1815
This famous leader escapes from Elba
Napoleon Bonaparte
Feb 27
1933
The Reichstag building is set on fire in this city
Berlin
Feb 28
1991
This war comes to an end
Gulf War
Feb 29
2004
Jean-Bertrand Aristide is deposed as leader of this country
Haiti
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level 41
Feb 11, 2013
I can't believe I only got 10. I am so sad! (Plus, I almost forgot Fidel Castro!)
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level 67
Feb 11, 2013
Would you please accept Desert Storm in addition to Gulf War?
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level 71
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."
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level 75
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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War
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level 71
Feb 13, 2017
At least the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait wasn't a part of Desert Storm
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level 65
Feb 1, 2018
I tried Gulf Assault.
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level 57
Sep 2, 2018
I tried Gulf Oil Company.
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level 64
Feb 1, 2018
Wikipedia redirects Desert Storm to Gulf War. I think this justifies accepting Desert Storm as an answer.
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level 58
Feb 13, 2013
Shouldn't Desert Storm work for the Gulf War clue?
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level 64
Feb 2, 2015
No.
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level 71
Oct 4, 2013
What?! My birth in Tasmania, Australia is not on here? I demand satisfaction!
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level 73
Mar 23, 2014
100% with 1:23 leftover. only tough one was which king died in 1952 because I am not English.
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level 67
Feb 1, 2015
well you then got a spanish leader, cuban leader, egyptian leader and usa president...so you are saying you are all of those nationalities?
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level 57
Feb 1, 2015
George VI was the British King, not English.
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level 71
Feb 13, 2017
Indeed:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_monarchs
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level 57
Sep 2, 2018
It's certainly the English king. Just because England subjugated unwilling peoples, who still wish for independence, doesn't mean it's anything but an English figurehead. And blatantly obvious that you're English pushing the British monarch line. No one but the English call themselves British.
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level 65
Feb 1, 2018
But is it not that the English King also happens to be the British King? Last time I checked, there wern't four separate kings for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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level 59
Feb 1, 2018
Gotta start demanding numbers for kings - George alone is too broad and way too easy.
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level 59
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.
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level 66
Feb 1, 2018
Dresden 1945, just for balance see the bombing of British Cities 1940 onward ......here it is
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level 65
Feb 3, 2015
Please accept GDR and German Democratic Republic !
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level 18
Feb 3, 2015
Also, please accept DDR: Deutsche Demokratische Republic.
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level 71
Sep 25, 2017
DDR worked for me.
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level 66
Feb 3, 2015
When "Germany" didn't work, I was thinking my whole life had been a lie. Why did I not think to try "East" or "West" Germany? The date should have been enough clue for that. Methinks I need more caffeine this morning. :(
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level 41
Oct 2, 2015
Exactly the same, I was like i know its Germany, so Germany was my first guess, then Russia, Italy, even Spain
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level 58
Mar 6, 2017
Whenever the answer is "East Germany" "Germany" should be accepted. As a German it annoys me every time.
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level 82
Sep 18, 2017
I posted something similar for the October Happenings quiz. If it's East Germany here, it should be U.S.A. instead of Philippines there.
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level 74
Feb 13, 2015
Good clues - spent nearly a whole minute on North Korea (thought their nuclear announcement was more recent than 2005)
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level 80
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.
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level 76
Sep 16, 2017
It's Zuckerberg, not Zuckerburg (sorry, I can't help myself)!
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level 68
Feb 1, 2018
Absolutely! In German 'Zuckerberg' means "sugar mountain" while 'Zuckerburg' means "fortress/castle of sugar". Huge difference!
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level 79
Sep 17, 2017
So here "George" is enough and in the October one you need to know it was "Henry V".
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level 76
Sep 17, 2017
George VI was the British not just the English King.
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level 71
Feb 1, 2018
Maybe it means he was a king, and he was English
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level 74
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.
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