Ah, the month of love.  February is a fantastic month for so many reasons – Valentine’s Day, Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays , groundhog day, and the birth of  Steve Jobs to name a few. So snuggle up with your significant other, and learn all about other great things that happened in the month of February!


February 3, 1821:  Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Blackwell became a leading public health activist

February 6, 1913: Mary Leakey, British paleoanthropologist who, with her husband Louis, made several important scientific discoveries. Skull fossils discovered by the Leakeys advanced understanding of human evolution

February 7, 1918: Ruth Sager, American geneticist who carried out influential research about the location of genetic material in cells

February 8, 1828: Jules Verne, French novelist, poet and playwright, who is considered the father of science fiction. Verne’s best known works include Around the World in 80 Days and Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

February 10, 1880: Jesse G. Vincent, American engineer who designed the first V-12 engine

February 11, 1934: Mary Quant, British fashion designer famous for inventing the Mod look

February 11, 1898: Leo Szilard, Hungarian physicist who worked on the atomic bomb and later became a peace activist

February 15, 1934: Niklaus Wirth, Swiss computer programmer who invented the computer language PASCAL

February 24, 1955: Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers

February 26, 1852: John Harvey Kellogg, started the “flaked cereal” industry and founded Kellogg Cereal

Events & Inventions

February 1, 1911: The first use of fingerprint evidence in the U.S. resulted in a conviction of murder for Thomas Jennings who was convicted of killing Clarence B. Hiller

February 2, 1893: The first-ever movie close-up was filmed at Thomas Edison’s studio in New Jersey showing comedian Fred Ott sneezing

February 6, 1944: American obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. John Rock and Miriam F. Menkin fertilized the first human egg in a test tube

February 12, 1878: Frederick W. Thayer, the captain of the Harvard University Baseball Club, patented the baseball catcher’s mask

February 16, 1923: Archaeologist Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway to the chamber of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Thebes, Egypt

February 18, 1897: A U.S. design patent was issued to Auguste Bartholdi for a statue intended to commemorate the independence of the United States, “Liberty Enlightening the World,” better known as the Statue of Liberty

February 22, 1995: American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett completed the first hot air balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean

February 23, 1954: The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

February 24, 1938: DuPont began production of nylon toothbrush bristles, when prior toothbrush bristles were made of of neck hairs from wild swine

February 27, 1947: The first closed-circuit broadcast of a surgical operation showed procedures to observers in classrooms at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland



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