February 3 - The United States embargo against Cuba is announced.
February 4 - The Sunday Times in the United Kingdom becomes the first paper to print a colour supplement.
February 4-February 5 - During a new moon and solar eclipse, an extremely rare grand conjunction of the classical
planets occurs (it includes all 5 of the naked-eye planets plus the Sun and Moon), all of them within 16º of one another
on the ecliptic.
February 5 - French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.
February 6 - Negotiations between U.S. Steel and the United States Department of Commerce begin.
February 7 - The United States Government bans all U.S.-related Cuban imports and exports.
- A coal mine explosion in Saarland, West Germany kills 299.
February 9 - The Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation opens.
February 10 - Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in
February 12 - Six members of the Committee of 100 of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament are found guilty of a breach
of the Official Secrets Act.
February 14 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House.
February 15 - Urho Kekkonen is re-elected president of Finland.
February 16 - Heavy storms flood Germany's North Sea coast, mainly around Hamburg; more than 300 people die, thousands
lose their homes.
February 20 - Project Mercury: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth,
three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
February 21 - Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev first dance together in a Royal Ballet performance of Giselle in
London. (source: Wikipedia)