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February 16, 1899: Knattspyrnufelag Reykjavikur, Iceland’s first football club, is founded.

February 17, 1753: February 17 is followed by March 1 in Sweden as the country moves from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar.

February 18, 1861: Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy, and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.

February 19, 1819: British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands.

February 20, 1472: Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

February 21, 1804: The first self-propelled steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

February 22, 1797: Battle of Fishguard begins in Wales, the last successful invasion of the United Kingdom. The French invasion force surrendered two days later.