Valentine’s Day isn’t the only noteworthy happening in February History. Take a quick history lesson here and brush up on your February History!
February 1, 2003 – Sixteen minutes before it was scheduled to land, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart in flight over Texas, killing all seven crew members.
February 2, 1848, the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war between the U.S. and Mexico. The US paid $15 million to Mexico for areas encompassing parts or all of present-day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and set the Rio Grande as the border of Texas.
February 3, 1870, – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.
February 3, 1913, – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.
February 3, 1959, – The Day The Music Died. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. died in a plane crash.
February 8, 1910, – The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
February 14, 2021, – Valentine’s Day. This is the official Wells Brothers reminder. It falls on Sunday this year.
February 17, 1909, – Apache Chief Geronimo (1829-1909) died while in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
February 19, 1942, – Internment of Japanese Americans began after President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order Number 9066.
February 23, 1942, – During World War II, the first attack on the U.S. mainland occurred as a Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California.