Cubans will be lighting up in Havana for the world-renowned Habanos Cigar Festival on Feb. 21. Despite the difficulties of traveling to Cuba, aficionados from around the world make their way to the five-day festival of cigars and smoking. This year, promoters promise to unveil a few new cigar brands created just for women.
The space shuttle Endeavour will blast off for the final time on Feb. 26. Built as a replacement for the space shuttle Challenger, Endeavour first flew into space in 1992. Now with its odometer reading over 100 million miles traveled, Endeavour will embark on the penultimate space shuttle mission, delivering supplies to the International Space Station. On June 28, NASA plans to launch its final space shuttle mission, unceremoniously ending a nearly 50-year era of NASA manned space flight.
Sled dogs will set out for the race of a lifetime when the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins near Anchorage on March 5. And for the following eight or nine days, mushers will guide their dog teams through 1,150 miles of Alaskan wilderness before the race's finish line in Nome. Reigning champion Lance Mackey will attempt to win his fifth consecutive race, a feat that would tie him for first in all-time wins.
Gulf War anniversary
Twenty years ago on Feb. 28, the 100-hour ground campaign against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm ended when President George Bush declared Kuwait liberated from Iraqi forces and announced a ceasefire. To mark the anniversary, Kuwait's Liberation Day Parade will feature air and maritime displays.
Happy birthday, Gorbachev
As festivities surrounding the centennial celebration of President Ronald Reagan's birth subside, his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 2. As the Soviet Union's first and only president, Gorbachev oversaw the dissolution of the Communist superpower.