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24th February 1848: King Louis Philippe of France abdicates
24 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 24th February 1848, amidst the revolutions that were beginning to sweep across the continent, King Louis Philippe of France abdicated the throne. Having come to power following the July Revolution in 1830 he...

23rd February 1455: Gutenberg Bible published (traditional date)
23 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 23rd February 1455, tradition dictates that Johannes Gutenberg published his printed Bible – the first book to be produced with moveable type in the West. Although there is no definitive evidence for this...

22nd February 1943: Trial and execution of White Rose members
22 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 22nd February 1943, the first three members of the White Rose resistance group were put on trial and executed by guillotine in Germany. Active from June 1942, the first arrests took place after...

21st February 1848: The Communist Manifesto first published
21 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 21st February 1848, The Communist Manifesto was anonymously published in London although the text by Karl Marx, supported by Friedrich Engels, was in German. Officially called The Manifesto of the Communist Party, the...

20th February 1959: Jimi Hendrix plays his first gig (and gets fired)
20 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 20th February 1959, Jimi Hendrix played his first ever live concert – and got fired from the band after the first set. This set a pattern for the legendary guitarist’s early years, as...

19th February 1985: BBC broadcasts first episode of EastEnders
19 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 19th February 1985, the BBC’s flagship soap opera EastEnders was broadcast for the first time. Now airing four episodes a week, the series has been broadcast continuously ever since and remains one of...

18th February 1930: Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly
18 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 18th February 1930, Nellie Jay – better known as Elm Farm Ollie – became the first cow to fly in an aeroplane. Featured as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis,...

17th February 1966: The Beach Boys start recording Good Vibrations
17 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 17th February 1966 Brian Wilson, the co-founder of the Beach Boys, began the first recording session for the song Good Vibrations at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. Part of the Rock and...

16th February 1923: Howard Carter unseals Tutankhamun’s burial chamber
16 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 16th February 1923, Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. It took two and a half months for his team to catalogue and clear the contents of the antechamber and...

15th February 1971: The UK and Ireland decimalise their currency
15 Feb 2017 @ 03:05 am

On the 15th February 1971, the United Kingdom and Ireland abandoned their old currency of pounds, shillings and pence and introduced a decimalised system. Thanks to a long transitional period that had been established prior...