1st February 1944
Piet Mondrian, the Dutch pioneer of abstract art and important contributor to the De Stijl art movement, dies. 70 years.
3rd February 1924
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, dies. 90 years.
5th February 1914
William S. Burroughs, the American novelist and short story writer, is born. 100 years.
7th February 1964
The Beatles arrive in America for the first time for their United States Tour. 50 years.
9th February 1814
Samuel Tilden, an American lawyer and politician, Governor of New York and Democratic Presidential Candidate, is born. 200 years.
10th February 1939
Pope Pius XI, the sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state, dies. 75 years.
15th February 1764
The founding of the city of Saint Louis, Missouri in America. 250 years.
18th February 1564
Michelangelo, the Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet and engineer of the High Renaissance, dies. 450 years
23rd February 1934
Edward Elgar, a prominent English composer, dies. 80 years.
25th February 1964
Muhammad Ali, the famous american boxer, becomes World Champion. 50 years.
25th February 1914
Sir John Tenniel, the British illustrator and political cartoonist, best know for his work for Punch and Alice in Wonderland, dies. 100 years.
26th February 1939
The first Grand National steeplechase, took place at Aintree Racecourse. 175 years.
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