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The anniversary of the last Thames Frost Fair image
1st February

The anniversary of the last Thames Frost Fair

This day in 1814, the River Thames finally froze solid enough for Londoners to enjoy their last ever frost fair.

The crown bottle cap was patented this day image
2nd February

The crown bottle cap was patented this day

Today we are doffing our cap to William Painter, the inventor of the crown cap used to seal most beer and soda bottles. He filed three separate “Bottle

The Day The Music Died image
3rd February

The Day The Music Died

This day in February 1959, is known to fifties addicts as the day the music died, a day immortalised in Don McLean's American Pie in the early 70s (and

Bacardi's birthday image
4th February

Bacardi's birthday

The founder of Bacardi was a Catalan wine merchant called Facundo Bacardi Massó, who left Spain for Cuba in 1830.

World Nutella Day image
5th February

World Nutella Day

Is Nutella one of your guilty pleasures? If so, today is for you. For the shamelessly sugary gloop known as Nutella - we're sorry, the delicious hazelnut

The day Elizabeth Windsor became Queen image
6th February

The day Elizabeth Windsor became Queen

In 1952, the Queen's father, George VI, died in his sleep at Sandringham Palace, having reigned for only 15 years. Elizabeth heard the news in Treetops,

Charles Dickens' birthday image
7th February

Charles Dickens' birthday

Charles John Huffman Dickens was born on this very day back in 1812. Despite describing himself as a very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of

MacElhone bought Europe's oldest cocktail bar this day image
8th February

MacElhone bought Europe's oldest cocktail bar this day

On this day in 1923, Harry MacElhone finally achieved his dream and bought the New York Bar on 5 Rue Daunou, Paris, where he had worked more than a decade

The Beatles conquered America image
9th February

The Beatles conquered America

On this day in 1964, the Beatles officially cracked America - making them still one of very few British bands to have achieved this difficult feat.

Umbrella Day image
10th February

Umbrella Day

Being English we are seldom ever out without an umbrella (or brolly as we call them), and we're particular fans of the nifty pocket sized fold-up variety.

Thatcher became Britain's 1st female party leader image
11th February

Thatcher became Britain's 1st female party leader

It was on this date back in 1975 that Maggie became the leader of the UK Conservative party and the first woman to head any British political party, though

The anniversary of The Scream heist image
12th February

The anniversary of The Scream heist

This day in 1994, as the Winter Olympics opened up the road in Lillehammer, curators in Norway's National Gallery in Oslo, arrived at work to find a broken

Jerry Springer's birthday image
13th February

Jerry Springer's birthday

On this day in 1944, as some of the last German bombs of the Second World War dropped on London, a woman sheltering in Highgate Tube Station gave birth

Valentine's Day image
14th February

Valentine's Day

You can't have failed to notice that 14 February is St. Valentine's Day, a time of year when a sum equivalent to the GDP of a small country is spent on

Canada Flag Day image
15th February

Canada Flag Day

Today in 1965 Canada adopted its iconic flag and the date is celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day. The red and white maple leaf design replaced

Tutankhamun's tomb was unsealed this day image
16th February

Tutankhamun's tomb was unsealed this day

In front of an audience of dignitaries from around the world, on this day in 1923, the archaeologist Howard Carter opened the tomb of King Tutankhamun,

World Cat Day image
17th February

World Cat Day

This is a day to excite cat lovers everywhere with pet shops around the world set for bumper sales of cat treats, toys and even collars – yup some people

Fernand Petiot's birthday image
18th February

Fernand Petiot's birthday

On this day in 1900, Fernand Pete Petiot was born in Paris, to parents who owned a guesthouse - he would come to fame, correctly or otherwise, as the inventor

EastEnders' birthday image
19th February

EastEnders' birthday

Ok, so the Eastern part of this drink is meant to refer to a foreign, exotic east - not London's East End. But sod it. We quite liked the idea of associating

Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premièred today image
20th February

Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premièred today

Tonight in 1877 Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The story was fashioned from Russian folk stories and tells the tale

Boudicca's grave was found this day image
21st February

Boudicca's grave was found this day

It was on this day back in 1988 that The Daily Telegraph reported that contractors working on Platform 10 at London's King's Cross station had unearthed

Margarita Day image
22nd February

Margarita Day

There are days for most things in the US, but Margarita Day is a subject very close to our hearts. Because, no matter who invented this classic cocktail,

Dick Turpin was unmasked on this day image
23rd February

Dick Turpin was unmasked on this day

Dick Turpin, like Ned Kelly or Bonnie & Clyde, is one of those folk heroes whose bio doesn't quite live up to his rep. He's famous as a lone highwayman,

World Bartender Day image
24th February

World Bartender Day

We're celebrating what the Oxford English dictionary defines as a person serving drinks at a bar but we know as creative, hard-working folk who satisfy

Cassius Clay became World Champion this day image
25th February

Cassius Clay became World Champion this day

On this night in 1964, history was made. Cassius Clay (The Louisville Lip) took down world heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston (The Big Bear). As Clay realised

The Grand Canyon became a National Park this day image
26th February

The Grand Canyon became a National Park this day

One of the world's most beautiful natural wonders was designated a National Park by the US Congress on this day in 1919.

Polar Bear Day image
27th February

Polar Bear Day

Polar bears are majestic and pretty fearsome creatures, who also happen to produce the most adorable looking offspring known to the arctic circle.

The last episode of MASH was broadcast this day image
28th February

The last episode of MASH was broadcast this day

Viewing figures for the final episode of MASH broke the record that had been set by the Dallas Who Shot J. R? episode, making it the most watched TV broadcast

Leap Year Day! (Well, it will be in 2024) image
29th February

Leap Year Day! (Well, it will be in 2024)

This cocktail sits on our database waiting for attention once every four years so don't miss today's Leap Year Martini, created by Harry Craddock for the