25 January 2018
What’s on in February 2018
or what will be in the news?
|THURS 1ST||* Rugby league – Super League season starts
* 100 years ago: Birth of Muriel Spark (1918-2006)
|FRI 2ND||* Candlemas – Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. ref Luke 2:22-40
* Ground-Hog Day – Superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has become the most attended.
*Tennis: Davis Cup World Group – Spain v Great Britain until 04/02
* Rugby union: Women’s Six Nations – Wales v Scotland
* 75 years ago: WW2 – official surrender of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad. Nazi government acknowledged this failure to the German public.
|SAT 3RD||* Rugby Union: Mens Six Nations (Week 1)
– Wales v Scotland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Ko 14:15
– France v Ireland, Stade de France, Paris KO 17:45 CET (UTC+1)
* Women’s Six Nations – France v Ireland
* Motor racing: Formula E – Santiago E-Prix, Race 4
|SUN 4TH||*Rugby Union: Men’s Six Nations – Italy v England, Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Women’s Six Nations – Italy v England
*American football: Super Bowl LII, Minneapolis, USA (Justin Timberlake headlines the Halftime Show)
|MON 5TH||*100 years ago: Death of Gustav Klimt (1962-1918), Austrian art nouveau painter
* 75 years ago: WW2 – The Allies now have all of Libya under their control.
|TUES 6TH||* Waitangi Day, Public holiday in New Zealand commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840 by British Crown and 40 Maori chiefs|
|WED 7TH||* Leicester Comedy Festival – until 25/02|
|THURS 8TH||* 75 years ago: WW2 – General Orde Wingate’s Chindits begin an incursion into Burma.|
|FRI 9TH||* Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea start – until 25th Feb
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Guadalcanal is finally secured; it is the first major achievement of the American offensive in the Pacific war.
|SAT 10TH||* Cricket – Australia v England, T20 tri-series, Melbourne
* Rugby Union: Men’s Six Nations (Week 2)
– Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
– England v Wales; Twickenham
* Rugby Union: Women’s Six Nations
– England v Wales
– Scotland v France, Murrayfield
* Football – Scottish Cup fifth round – until 11/02
*Tennis – Fed Cup first round – until 11/02
|SUN 11TH||* Rugby Union: Men’s Six Nations – Scotland v France; Murrayfield, Edinburgh
* Rugby Union: Women’s Six Nations – Ireland v Italy
* 75 years ago: WW2 – U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is selected to command the Allied armies in Europe.
|MON 12TH||* Half-term starts for many London Schools’|
|TUES 13TH||* Shrove Tuesday – pancakes for tea?
* Football – Champions League last 16 first legs – until 14/02
|WED 14TH||* SAINT VALENTINES DAY
* Ash Wednesday
* Cricket – New Zealand v England, T20 tri-series, Wellington
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Rostov-on-Don liberated by the Red Army.
* 30 years ago: Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards attracted attention at the Winter Olympics, Calgary when he became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, finishing last in the 70 m and 90 m events.
|THURS 15TH||* 100 years ago: Birth of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt (1918 – 1970) iconic figure in the Arab world, he led the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy, introduced far-reaching land reforms and was central to the Suez crisis.|
|FRI 16TH||* CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE DOG
* Football – FA Cup fifth round – until 17/02
* Rugby league – World Club Challenge – Melbourne Storm v Leeds, Australia
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Soviet Union re-conquers Kharkov, later to driven out in the 3rd Battle of Kharkov.
|SAT 17TH||* Rugby league: World Club Series – South Sydney v Wigan & St George Illawarra v Hull, Australia
* Boxing: World Boxing Super Series semi-final: George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr, Manchester Arena
* Athletics: British Indoor Championships, Birmingham – until 18/02
|SUN 18TH||* Half Term ends for many London Schools
* BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards), Royal Albert Hall in London, to honour the best national and foreign films of 2017.
* Cricket – New Zealand v England, T20 tri-series, Hamilton
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Joseph Goebbels declares a “Total War” against the Allies.
the Nazis arrest the members of the White Rose movement, an anti-Nazi youth group.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Chindits under Wingate cut the railway line between Mandalay and Myitkyina.
* 100 years ago: WW1: Operation Faustschlag, last offensive on Eastern Front. – until 03/03/1918
* Graeme Garden (Goodies) is 75 today
|MON 19TH||* 75 years ago: Battle of Kasserine Pass, Atlas Mountains. General Erwin Rommel defeats US forces in their first major battle of WW2
* 100 years ago: WW1 – British Army begin their assault on Jericho.
* Prince Andrew is 58 today
|TUES 20TH||* Caravan & Camping Show & Motorhome Show NEC Birmingham ccmshow.co.uk until 25/02
* Football – Champions League last 16 first legs – until 21/02
* Mike Leigh (British film director) is 75 & Gordon Brown is 67 today
|WED 21ST||* Brit Awards (British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards), O2 Arena, in London
* Cricket – T20 tri-series final, Auckland
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Americans take the Russell Islands, part of the Solomons
* 100 years ago: WW1: The British capture Jericho
* 100 years ago: WW1: Germans capture Minsk.
* Kelsey Grammer (aka Frasier) is 63 today
|THURS 22ND||* Table tennis – Team World Cup, London – until 25/02
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Hans and Sophie Scholl of the White Rose movement are executed.
* Julie Andrews is 68 today
|* Rugby union: Mens Six Nations (Week 3) – France v Italy, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
* Rugby union: Women’s Six Nations – Scotland v England
|SAT 24TH||* Rugby union – Mens Six Nations
– Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
– Scotland v England; Murrayfield, Edinburgh
* Rugby Union: Women’s Six Nations – France v Italy
|* Football – EFL Cup final, Wembley
* Cricket – New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton (d/n)
* Athletics – Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix
* Rugby Union – Women’s Six Nations – Ireland v Wales
* 100 years ago: WW1: German troops capture Estonia.
* 75 years ago: WW2 – 25 Japanese POWs refuse to work at Featherston prisoner of war camp; this escalates into a deadly clash between the inmates and the guards.
* 75 years ago: Birth of George Harrison (The Beatles) (1943-2001)
|MON 26TH||* Ed Balls is 51 today|
|WED 28TH||* Cricket: New Zealand v England, 2nd ODI, Mount Maunganui (d/n)
* Cycling: Track World Championships, Netherlands until 04/03
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Operation Gunnerside: six Norwegians attack heavy water plant Vemork.
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