February 8, 1587
After 19 years of being imprisoned for a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded. Ouch.
February 11, 1990
Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released after 27 years in prison.
February 14, 1929
Bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming “accidentally” discovers penicillin when mold falls into an uncovered plate of staphylococcus bacteria.