20 February, 1913 – Works to build Australia's capital city commence

Canberra is an entirely planned city and was chosen as the Australian capital as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne.

21 February, 1958 – The peace symbol is designed by Gerald Holtom

The symbol was commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and combines the semaphore symbols for the letters N and D - an abbreviation of “Nuclear Disarmament”.

22 February, 1983 – The play Moose Murders flops spectacularly on Broadway

According to critic Frank Rich, “a visit to Moose Murders is what will separate the connoisseurs of Broadway disaster from mere dilettantes for many moons to come.”

23 February, 1917 – The February Revolution begins in Russia

The demonstrations and armed clashes ultimately resulted in the demise of the Russian Empire.

24 February, 1582 – Pope Gregory XIII orders the introduction of the Gregorian calendar

Luigi Lilio's reform of the Julian calendar was first introduced in some European countries and is now the world's most widely used calendar.

25 February, 1964 – Muhammad Ali becomes world heavyweight champion

Ali, who still used his original name Cassius Clay at the time, is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history.

26 February 26, 1920 – The first German Expressionist film is premiered

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari by Robert Wiene is considered to be one of the best silent films of the horror genre.