This Day in History: February

February 6, 1895: Babe Ruth Is Born
1: 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.

10 min
February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela Freed from Prison
2: 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.

10 min
February 23, 1945: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
3: 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).

8 min
February 24, 1868: Andrew Johnson Impeached
4: 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.

12 min