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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of February




February 21st

NASCAR Inc 1948

1885...The Washington Monument is dedicated in Washington DC.

1948...NASCAR, the National Association for Stock Car Racing, is officially incorporated.  It will become one of America's most watched sports, and eventually have 100 tracks across North America.  Billions of dollars will be made on everything from television contracts to children's toys.

1972...President Nixon travels to the People's Republic of China. This is the first time a US president has visited China.  It is the first time a US President has visited a country not recognized by the United States.  China became a communist nation in 1949.  Prior to this time the US did not recognize China.  One of the goals of this meeting is to lessen the risk of war by expanding the contact between the two nations.


February 22nd

General MacArthur

General MacArthur

1819...The Florida Purchase gives the rest of Florida to the United States.  After numerous boundary disputes, John Quincy Adams, serving as the Secretary of State under President James Monroe, signs a Treaty with Spain in which it acquires the rest of Florida.  General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the War of 1812, was appointed the military governor.

1980...The US Hockey Team, made up of amateur players, performs a "Miracle on Ice" at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.  They beat the highly favored Soviet team, which is made up of professional players.

1942...President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders MacArthur to get out of the Philippines.

February  23rd

Raising the flag at Iwo Jima

US Flag raised on Iwo Jima

1945...US Flag is raised on Iwo Jima.  Iwo Jima is a small island 750 miles south of Japan.  Iwo Jima has two airports.  The US needs Iwo Jima to protect its bombers and to provide a base for its fighter planes near Japan. Japanese and American forces engage in a bloody 36-day battle.  The battle takes  6,000 American lives, and injures 17,000. When the Marines scale Mount Suribachi and raise the American flag the battle is not yet over. The iconic picture of the American flag being raised over Iwo Jima symbolizes the bravery and sacrifice of American soldiers during WWII.

1455 ...Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible.


February 24th

President Andrew Johnson

President Andrew Johnson

1836...Realizing they were being overpowered, the defenders of the Alamo call for help.

1868...President Andrew Johnson becomes the first President to be impeached.

1991...The Gulf War continues as ground forces enter Kuwait and Iraq.


February 25th

Hiram Revels

Hiram Revels

1862...In order to raise money for the Civil Way, Congress passes the Legal Tender Act. This enables the government to print money that is not backed by gold.

1870...Hiram Revels becomes the first African American to be sworn into the Senate and to sit in Congress.


February 26

Grand Tetons National Park

The Grand Tetons National Park

1919...The Grand Canyon is made a National Park.

1929...The Grand Tetons is made a National Park.

1935...Hitler organizes the Luftwaffe.

1993...The World Trade Center is bombed.


February 27th

Suffragettes and Voting Rights

1827...The initiation of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

1864...Prisoners from the civil war begin arriving at the Confederate prison in Andersonville.

1922...The 19th Amendment passes, giving women the right to vote.


February 28th

John Wesley

John Wesley

1784...John Wesley charters the first Methodist Church.

1861...Congress creates the Territory of Colorado.

1993...Federal Agents raid a cult compound in Waco, TX.



February 29th

Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel

1939...Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American actress to win an Oscar, for her role as a housemaid in the movie Gone with the Wind.






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