On this day February 07-13, 2021 (week 06)
February 7, 2021 - February 13, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features British sailor Ellen MacArthur, actor James Dean, the South Korean film Parasite, the city of New Delhi, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, The Channel tunnel and penicillin.
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February 7, 2005: British sailor Ellen MacArthur completed a solo round the world voyage in a then record 71 days. She remains the only woman to have completed the feat
February 8, 1931: James Dean, actor and cult hero who personified teenage rebellion in films such as Giant (above) and Rebel Without a Cause, was born. He died in a car crash at age 24
February 9, 2020: The South Korean film Parasite became the first non-English language film to win a Best Picture Oscar. Bong Joon-ho also won the award for Best Director
February 10, 1931: The city of New Delhi was inaugurated as the capital of India. It houses all three branches – legislative, executive and judicial – of the Government of India
February 11, 2011: Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak bowed to pressure and stepped down, sparking wild celebrations in Tahrir Square and across the country
February 12, 1986: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President François Mitterrand signed a treaty to construct an undersea tunnel between their two nations
February 13, 1941: Penicillin, discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, was first used on a human patient, an Oxford policeman whose scratches from a rose bush had turned septic