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.
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Cora, during The Battle of Fishguard, there is strong evidence that the French were deceived by the appearance in the neighbourhood of large numbers of local womenfolk wearing the traditional dress of red shawls and black hats, which at a distance resembled infantry uniforms. It is certain that inhabitants over a wide area were flocking towards Fishguard to attack the enemy. The formidable local cobbler, Jemima Nicholas captured a dozen demoralised French soldiers and secured them in St. Mary’s Church.
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