Clio In Time
February 1, 1966 Buster Keaton, famous comedian of the silent film era, dies.
Movie: Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face (1968) - Documentary
Book: John Bengston et al., Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton
February 2, 1709 Alexander Selkirk, who will inspire a Daniel Defoe novel, is rescued after spending over four years castaway on an island off the coast of Chile.
Movie: Robinson Crusoe (1975) - Animation
Book: Timothy Severin, In Search of Robinson Crusoe
February 3, 1970 The British police confiscate the film, Flesh, produced by artist Andy Warhol, on the grounds of obscenity.
Movie: Super Star: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) - Documentary
Book: Pat Hackett (ed.), Andy Warhol Diaries
February 4, 1928 African American dancer, Josephine Baker, draws complaints from the Austrian Nazi Party that her stage act is provocative
Movie: Intimate Portrait: Josephine Baker (1999) - Documentary
Book: Jean-Claude Baker, The Hungry Heart
February 5, 1974 The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patti Hearst, the granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst
Movie: The Ordeal of Patti Hearst (1979) - Documentary
Book: Patti Hearst, Patti Hearst: Her Own Story
February 6, 1783 Landscape artist, Capability Browne, who created some of the most famous natural landscape gardens of Britain, dies.
Movie: Great Gardens of England (1996) - Documentary
Book: Joan Clifford, Capability Browne
February 7, 1964 British rock stars, the Beatles, land at John F. Kennedy airport to begin their first American concert tour.
Movie: The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991) - Documentary
Book: Hunter Davies, The Beatles
February 8, 1587 Mary, Queen of Scotland, is beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle, after enduring almost nineteen years of confinement by order of her cousin Elizabeth I.
Movie: Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) Vanessa Redgrave
Book: Margaret George, Mary Queen of Scots and the Isles - Novel
February 9, 1958 Endgame, a new play by a controversial author, Samuel Beckett, is banned on the grounds of blasphemy by the British government.
Movie: Samuel Beckett (1989) - Documentary
Book: Samuel Beckett, Endgame
February 10, 1837 Alexander Pushkin, famous Russian writer and author of Eugene Onegin, is killed in a duel.
Movie: Eugene Onegin (1991) - Performance
Book: A.D.P. Briggs, Alexander Pushkin
February 11, 1858 Bernadette Soubirous, 14, claims to have had 18 visions of the Virgin Mary in a grotto near Lourdes, France.
Movie: Song of Bernadette (1945) Jennifer Jones
Book: Franz Werfel, The Song of Bernadette
February 12, 1554 Lady Jane Grey, 16, cousin of Mary Tudor, is executed for treason in the Tower of London.
Movie: Nine Days a Queen (1936) Sybil Thorndike
Book: Alison Plowden, Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen
February 13, 1542 Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII, is beheaded after accusations of infidelity.
Movie: The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Catherine Howard (1971) Angela Pleasence
Book: Antonia Fraser, The Wives of Henry VIII
February 14, 1975 Novelist, P. G. Wodehouse, whose comic stories about Bertie Wooster and his accomplished butler, Jeeves, sold millions of books, dies in the United States.
Movie: Jeeves & Wooster: Jeeves' Arrival (1991) Hugh Laurie
Book: P. G. Wodehouse, Carry on Jeeves
February 15, 1931 Shakespearian actress Claire Bloom is born in Britain.
Movie: Limelight (1952) Charlie Chaplin
Book: Claire Bloom, Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress
February 16, 1959 Former guerilla leader, Fidel Castro is sworn in as leader of Cuba.
Movie: Fidel Castro - Documentary
Book: Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro
February 17, 1909 Legendary Indian warrior, Geronimo, dies at age eighty in Oklahoma.
Movie: Geronimo (1993)
Book: Geronimo et al.., Geronimo: His Own Story
February 18, 1517 After a number of miscarriages and stillbirths, Queen Katherine of Aragon gives birth to a living child, the future queen, Mary Tudor.
Movie: The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Katherine of Aragon, Annette Crosbie
Book: David M. Loades, Henry VIII and His Queens
February 19, 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt emphasized the need for an International Conference on conservation.
Movie: The American Experience-TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (2000)
Book: Edmund Morris, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
February 20, 1947 Lord Louis Mountbatten becomes last Viceroy of India, as Britain's Labour government prepares for Indian independence.
Movie: Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy (1985) Nicol Williamson
Book: Earl Mountbatten, The Last Empire: Photographs in British India, 1855-1911
February 21,1965 Malcolm X, leader of the American Black Muslim group, is murdered in New York.
Movie: Malcolm X (1992) Denzel Washington
Book: Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
February 22, 1819 Spain cedes Florida to the United States following Andrew Jackson's military expedition in 1818.
Movie: Andrew Jackson (1995) - Documentary
Book: Robert V. Remini, The Life of Andrew Jackson
February 23, 1917 Doctors amputate actress Sarah Bernhardt's right leg, which many fear will end her career on the stage.
Movie: Hamlet's Duel (1900) Sarah Bernhardt
Book: Sarah Bernhardt, My Double Life: The Memories of Sarah Bernhardt
February 24, 1812 The U.S.S. Hornet sinks the Royal Naval vessel HMS Peacock during War of 1812.
Movie: The Final Invasion, The War of 1812 (2001) - Documentary
Book: John M. Malton, The War of 1812
February 25, 1570 Pope Pius V issues a Bull of Excommunication against Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Movie: Elizabeth R (1984) Glenda Jackson
Book: Christopher Haigh, Profiles in Power: Elizabeth I
February 26, 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from exile on Elba, intent on controlling France again.
Movie: Waterloo (1970) Rod Steiger
Book Geoffrey Wooten, Waterloo 1815: The Birth of Modern Europe
February 27, 1991 The Gulf war, Operation Desert Storm, ends today as Iraq agrees to accept the United States Resolution on Kuwait.
Movie: Operation Desert Storm (2003) -Documentary
Book: Jeffrey J. Coonjohn, Operation Desert Storm: Stories from the Front
February 28, 1900 The four month siege of Ladysmith ends as British troops arrive to relieve the beleaguered city.
Movie: Young Winston (1972) Richard Attenborough
Book: Thomas Pakenham, The Boer War