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1 February (Monday)

US President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that foresees the
deficit hitting a record $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year but falling to about $700 billion by 2013.
Chinese state media voices its disapproval after the Obama administration unveils its first arms
package for Taiwan, a move that prompted China to threaten sanctions on the firms involved.
2 February (Tuesday)
A hearing whether to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is held in the United States allowing the
possibility of openly gay people to become active-duty members of the United States armed forces.
China says that relations will be undermined if U.S. President Barack Obama meets the Dalai Lama.
Paul Volcker testifies before the Banking Committee of the United States Senate about the so-called
"Volcker rule," an administration proposal to separate banks from hedge funds and have them close
down their risk-taking prop desks.
3 February (Wednesday)
L'Homme Qui Marche I by Alberto Giacometti, a bronze sculpture sells in London for £65,001,250,
a new world record auction price.
4 February (Thursday)
5 February (Friday)
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin agree to devolution from Westminster from 12
April 2010 after two weeks of discussions, the longest ever during the Northern Ireland peace process.
Four British politicians will face criminal prosecution over their expense claims in the ongoing
expenses scandal.
6 February (Saturday)
The Group of Seven nations agree to write off Haiti's debts following a conference in Iqaluit,
The Bank of Spain announces that Spain’s economy fell 3.6% in 2009, the most in decades.
7 February (Sunday)
Sir Richard Branson warns that oil crunch is coming within five years.
Britain is to tighten the rules on immigrants entering the country on a student visa in a clampdown
on a system which some security experts say has been exploited by Islamist militants.
8 February (Monday)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir could still face charges of genocide in Darfur.
Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in pop singer Michael Jackson's death.
The Boeing 747-8 takes its maiden flight, lasting just under four hours.
Reform of the banking system was one of the key themes at this year’s World Economic Forum in
9 February (Tuesday)
10 February (Wednesday)
Officials in Haiti state that at least 230,000 people died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but that number
may yet grow, approaching the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake as the deadliest natural disaster of the
21st century thus far.
Nationwide strikes led by Communist and Socialist parties take place in Greece to protest the
government's handing of the country's debt. Most of the country was brought to a standstill as factories,
schools, airports and hospitals closed down or reduced capacity.
11 February (Thursday)
A European Union summit takes place to discuss a possible bailout for Greece's economy.
The European Parliament rejects an agreement that would have granted the United States Terrorist
Finance Tracking Program unlimited access to the SWIFT bank transactions database.
British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is found dead at his home in London at the age of 40,
on the eve of his mother's funeral, in an apparent suicide.
Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran is now a nuclear state, following a
successful 20% uranium enrichment.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has two coronary stents implanted in his heart at the NewYork–
Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, after chest pains.
12 February (Friday)
The XXI Olympic Winter Games competitions begin in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili is killed after a crash at the Whistler Sliding Centre, during a
training run.
13 February (Saturday)
Year of the Tiger: China prepares to celebrate New Year holidays with tens of millions of people
travelling and fireworks anticipated.
The letters of J. D. Salinger reveal new details about how the author became reclusive and reluctant
to engage with the "big shitty world".
14 February (Sunday)
Viva Leroy Nash, the oldest death row inmate in the United States, dies of natural causes at the age
of 94.
Death of Dick Francis (born October 1920), a Welsh best-selling crime writer and retired jockey.
BMW Oracle win the 33rd America's Cup becoming the first American team to win since 1992.
Iran detains five more members of the Baha'i minority, in addition to Baha'i leaders jailed since
2008, for alleged involvement in protests against the regime.
Viktor Yanukovych is officially named winner of the Ukraine presidential election.
15 February (Monday)
Halle train collision: 20 people die in a train collision in Halle, Belgium.
Pope Benedict XVI begins a two-day meeting with all 24 Irish Roman Catholic bishops to discuss
child abuse in a "quite unprecedented" move.
16 February (Tuesday)
Bill Gates declares at the TED Conference that his top priority was achieving zero global emissions.
Libya detains Irish nationals at its airport in Tripoli due to the escalation of a dispute between it and
Switzerland which has led Libya to refuse anyone from the Schengen area, despite Ireland not being a
18 February (Thursday)
United States President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama amid opposition from China.
In Niger, a military junta named the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy carries out a
coup d'état, suspending the constitution and detaining President Mamadou Tandja.
A small private plane is intentionally crashed into an office building in Austin, Texas.
Former New York City police chief Bernard Kerik is jailed for four years on tax fraud.
19 February (Friday)
International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran could be making nuclear warheads.
Element 112 is officially named Copernicium and assigned the symbol Cn on the 537th anniversary
of the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus.
Social networking site Facebook closes down spontaneous support groups for a pilot who crashed his
plane in Austin, United States.
20 February (Saturday)
The Chinese military and several schools deny involvement in cyber attacks on Google.
21 February (Sunday)
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada dismisses Australia's threat to take the country to the
International Court of Justice over Japan's whaling in the Antarctic.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown battles a book published in The Observer which makes claims of
bullying, including grabbing a secretary, stabbing with a pen and shouting expletives as members of his
own staff contact the National Bullying Helpline to express their "concerns".
22 February (Monday)
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez almost come to blows at
the Rio Group summit in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with Uribe taunting Chávez "Be a man! … you're
a coward face-to-face! Stay and argue face-to-face!" and Chávez responding with a simple "Go to
Hell!" The Summit also announces the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean
China throws a surprise 86th birthday party for President Robert Mugabe in its Zimbabwe embassy
in Harare, the first time Mugabe visited a foreign embassy in the country since Zimbabwe won
independence in 1980.
23 February (Tuesday)
A United Nations report says mobile phones are used by around 4.6 billion in total or two-thirds of
the world population, including more than half of people in the developing world.
China increases controls on the internet, requiring anyone who wishes to set up a website to produce
identification and meet regulators.
24 February (Wednesday)
The discovery of the sauropod genus Abydosaurus is announced.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda apologises to the US Congress for safety problems that led to deaths and
worldwide recalls of its vehicles.
25 February (Thursday)
President Hugo Chávez vows to withdraw Venezuela from the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights following its publication of a highly critical report on human rights in the country.
Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi calls for jihad against Switzerland after a referendum last year
supported a ban on minarets and other rows between the two nations.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva tours Haiti to monitor the destruction caused by the
recent earthquake and meets President René Préval.
Barack Obama, serving as moderator and chief defender of Democratic policy prescriptions holds an
all-day televised bi-partisan forum on health care reform.
The Congressional Black Caucus appeals to the President and Democratic congressional leaders for
tougher efforts to reduce racial disparities in the U.S. health system, saying there are four critical areas
not addressed by Obama's plan.
26 February (Friday)
Burma's Supreme Court rejects an appeal by detained National League for Democracy leader Aung
San Suu Kyi against an 18 month extension on her house arrest.
27 February (Saturday)
2010 Chile earthquake and Pacific Ocean tsunamis:
An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits near the city of Concepción, Chile. A tsunami-warning is issued in a
huge swath of the Pacific Ocean including Chile and Peru.
The death toll is revealed to be more than 140 at this point.
New Zealand's Chatham Islands, French Polynesia and Ecuador's Galápagos Islands are among the
other world areas struck by the resulting tsunami as the "biggest tsunami warning in history" gets
Drinks firm Gatorade ends its endorsement deal with golfer Tiger Woods after his string of extra-
marital affairs.
28 February (Sunday)
Pacific Ocean nations continue to be pounded by tsunami waves following the 2010 Chile earthquake
The death toll in Chile rises to 214 as 50 countries prepare for the resulting tsunamis.
Japan evacuates coastal residents as a three metres (10 ft) or higher tsunami approaches Hokkaidō.
The tsunamis cross "a quarter of the globe at the speed of a jetliner" on their way to Hawaii.
Two huge icebergs let loose off Antarctica's coast. The two icebergs are drifting together about 62 to 93
miles (100 to 150 kilometers) off eastern Antarctica, said an Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist.