- 1451 Sultan Mehmed II (the Conqueror) inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.
- 1690 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
- 1870 US state of Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing suffrage for all races & colour
- 1919 League of Nations first meeting (Paris)
- 1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
On February 3, 1882