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February 1 1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence
February 2 1887 First American Groundhog Day
February 2 1956 First Canadian celebrated Groundhog Day
February 3 1916 Canada's original Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa, burned down
February 4 1948 Birth of rocker Alice Cooper
February 5 1973 Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto
February 6 1895 Baseball legend Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore
February 7 1922 Reader's Digest goes on sale
February 8 1952 Queen Elizabeth II took the oath of accession to the throne
February 9 1964 First flight of the Boeing 727
February 10 1957 Laura Ingalls Wilder US author (Little House on Prarie), dies at 90
February 11 1847 American inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio
February 12 1944 Edvard Munch's painting "The Cry" stolen (in Oslo)
February 13 1542 The fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery
February 14 1924 IBM Corporation founded by Thomas Watson
February 15 1965 Canada replaces the Union Jack flag with the Maple Leaf
February 16 399 Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death
February 17 1933 "Newsweek" was first published
February 18 1516 Mary Tudor, England's queen popularly known as "Bloody Mary," was born in Greenwich Palace
February 19 1960 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
February 20 1962 Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard "Friendship Seven."
February 21 1965 Former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, was shot to death in New York by assassins identified as Black Muslims
February 22 1987 Pop artist Andy Warhol died at a New York City hospital at age 58
February 23 1996 Meet the first successful animal clone - Dolly the Sheep
February 24 1924 Mahatma Gandhi released from jail
February 25 1971 Birth of actor Sean Astin
February 26 1867 The British House of Lords passed the British North America Act establishing the Dominion of Canada
February 27 1974 "People" magazine begins sales
February 28 1692 Salem witch hunt begins

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