This Day in History: February
01: February 6, 1895: Babe Ruth Is Born
George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. is one of the most famous names in baseball. Discover why his athletic achievements helped him obtain this notoriety and how he helped create the game as we know it today.
02: February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela Freed from Prison
February 11, 1990, may have felt like an ordinary day for many of us, but it marks an extraordinary and often overlooked event in world history. On this date, South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela was freed from prison after 27 years of captivity. Join Professor Douglas Linder, the Elmer Powell Peer Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law, as he walks you through the astounding—and not too distant—story of blatant racism and apartheid, persistence and courage, and how this day in history marked the emergence of a real-life hero who changed our world for the better.
03: February 23, 1945: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Join a four-star general to dig into the details and historical context around of the one of the most iconic images in American military history: “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” (Feb. 23, 1945).
04: February 24, 1868: Andrew Johnson Impeached
Look at this day in history to reveal the details, the speeches, the high and low points, and the impactful aftermath of the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
05: February 7, 1964: Beatlemania Comes to America
Join historian and author Michael Sheldon to relive the before, the aftermath, and the exciting moment that Beatlemania hit the USA.
06: February 13, 1945: The Dresden Bombing Begins
Join historian and biographer Michael Shelden to look at what events led to the Dresden bombings and how Churchill’s pivotal and controversial military decision changed the direction of World War II.
07: February 28, 1953: Watson and Crick Discover the Shape of DNA
The double-helix shape has long been associated with the shape of the DNA molecule, but as Professor Sam Kean notes, its discovery is less than 70 years old. Follow the secret research of biologists James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 as they raced to solve the secret of life.