Welcome to February 2011
Feb 1st: Canadian police are investigating reports that 100 husky dogs, used by an outdoor-adventure company for sled rides, were killed inhumanely when business declined.
Feb 2nd:Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe says a visit to London has inspired him to come out of retirement in a bid to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
Feb 3rd: Barbie’s man Ken celebrates his 50th.
Feb 4th: A woman’s risk of getting breast cancer over her lifetime has increased to one in eight, show statistics obtained by Cancer Research UK.
Feb 5th: Torrential rain has led to flash flooding in the southern Australian state of Victoria.
Feb 6th: Belgian runner Stefaan Engels sets a new world record by completing 365 marathon races in a year.
Feb 7th: The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is due to begin his legal battle against extradition from the UK to Sweden.
Feb 8th: An international police search is continuing for two Swiss six-year-old twin girls, missing since their father threw himself under a train on Friday.
Feb 9th: US authorities investigate the death of a UK woman who had allegedly been injected with silicone in a hotel room “buttocks-enhancement” procedure.
Feb 10th: Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet is sued over failings in Chile’s tsunami warning system during the February 2010 earthquake.
Feb 11th: Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt, after weeks of protests by anti-government demonstrators, many of which were organised on Facebook – so how important was social media to this revolution?
Feb 12th: A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hits central Chile, sending people running into the streets, but without causing serious damage or injuries.
Feb 13th: The Irish pop star Bono is criticised in South Africa for apparently endorsing the controversial song Shoot the Boer.
Feb 14th: US planemaker Boeing has unveiled the latest version of its jumbo jet, the 747-8 Intercontinental, pledging to carry more passengers using less fuel.
Feb 15th: A Thai couple has sealed a new record for the longest kissing, after locking lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes.
Feb 16th: US actor Mickey Rooney has been granted a temporary restraining order that requires his stepson to stay at least 100 yards away from him.
Feb 17th: Lady Gaga’s latest single makes US chart history as it becomes the 1,000th number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 countdown.
Feb 18th: The tiny Australian town of Speed changes name to SpeedKills in a traffic safety bid for fame.
Feb 19th: White couples should be allowed to adopt black and ethnic minority children according to new guidelines for social workers in England.
Feb 20th: Some 1,900 guests have been invited to the royal wedding, St James’s Palace says, as invitations begin landing on doormats across the UK and abroad.
Feb 21st: Susan Boyle scored the most successful album overseas by a UK artist for a second year running, research by Music Week magazine reveals.
Feb 22nd: Sailors aboard an Australian naval ship engaged in “predatory” behaviour and drunken misconduct while deployed in Asia in 2009, a retired judge reports.
Feb 23rd: Chinese workers injured by chemical poisoning at a factory making iPhones have written to Apple outlining their grievances.
Feb 24th: A Brazilian woman finds an alligator hiding behind her couch, washed into her house during flooding caused by heavy rain.
Feb 25th: Production of Two and A Half Men is halted after remarks by the hit US series’ star, Charlie Sheen.
Feb 26th: Three people die in clashes between security forces and protesters in the Tunisian capital in a second day of unrest.
Feb 27th: Four dead bodies with their heads severed are dumped in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, in the latest atrocity blamed on drugs gangs.
Feb 28th: Floods and landslides strike the Bolivian city of La Paz, killing at least five people and destroying a poor suburb.
February was summed up by the earthquakes that again hit Chile. I have family there and I remember when the first one hit in 2010 and how difficult it was not knowing where my family were and the 2011 quake was no different. Thankfully both times all my family were physically fine but the 2nd quake had a deeper emotional impact on them.
Did anything significant happen to you in February?