Historical Events on February 1

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  • 772 Adrian I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

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1327 Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1539 Emperor Karel & King Francois I sign anti-English treaty

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1587 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart
Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart
  • 1662 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates

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1669 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1713 The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.
  • 1717 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
  • 1720 Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty
  • 1732 Parliament of Ratisborn accepts Pragmatic Sanctions
  • 1742 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance

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1783 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1788 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet
  • 1789 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
  • 1790 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 1793 France declares war on Great Britain and Netherlands
  • 1793 Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen
  • 1796 The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York.
  • 1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
  • 1810 1st insurance company managed by blacks (American Insurance Co of Philadelphia)
  • 1810 Seville, Spain surrenders to French
  • 1810 US Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%)
  • 1814 Lord Byron's "Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on day of publication
  • 1814 Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200
  • 1840 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated
  • 1846 Theophile Gautier publishes "Hashish Club" about his initiation
  • 1856 Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College.
  • 1860 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • 1861 Dike breaks in Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 1861 Texas secedes from the Union (which precipitates the American Civil War)
  • 1862 Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic"
  • 1864 -Feb 8th] Battle of Yazoo River, MS
  • 1864 2nd German-Danish war begins
  • 1864 Austrian and Prussian troops occupy Schleswig-Holstein
  • 1865 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)

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1865 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins

  • 1865 JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in US Supreme Court, admitted to bar
  • 1867 Bricklayers start working 8-hour days
  • 1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
  • 1880 The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published.
  • 1881 US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized
  • 1883 French Lt-Col Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger
  • 1884 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
  • 1887 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • 1892 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of "400" to describe socially elite
  • 1893 Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut" premieres in Turin

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1893 Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

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1896 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1897 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
  • 1898 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
  • 1902 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
  • 1902 Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben" premieres in Berlin
  • 1902 US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the 'open door' policy granting all nations equal rights there
  • 1905 Hague soccer team ADO forms
  • 1905 Hungarian premier Count István Tisza resigns
  • 1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1906 Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured
  • 1908 King Carlos I of Portugal and his hier, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathisers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
  • 1909 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
  • 1909 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • 1910 1st British labour exchange opens
  • 1910 Dragoumis government forms in Greece
  • 1914 NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
  • 1914 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • 1914 Tanganyika Railway opens
  • 1917 German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
  • 1918 Franz Lehar's opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest
  • 1918 Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1918 Russia adopts Gregorian calender (becomes Feb 14)
  • 1919 Dodgers trade Jake Daubert to Reds for Tommy Griffith Daubert
  • 1920 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul, Minn)
  • 1920 Soccer team Quick Boys forms
  • 1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
  • 1923 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel

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1923 Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Benito Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1923 Noel Coward's "Young Idea" premieres in London
  • 1924 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens
  • 1924 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union
  • 1924 Soccer team VSV Tonido forms in Voorburg
  • 1925 1st national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkämpferbund in Berlin
  • 1926 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
  • 1926 Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
  • 1929 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs
  • 1929 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • 1930 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt

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1932 Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
  • 1933 Dutch bishops forbid membership of non-catholic unions
  • 1933 German Parliament disolves, Gen Ludendorf predicts catastrophe
  • 1934 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his
  • 1935 1st "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol
  • 1935 James T Farrell finishes his "Studs Lonigan" trilogy
  • 1937 Stapleton, Staten Island, becomes a customs-free port
  • 1940 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • 1940 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1941 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
  • 1941 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
  • 1942 2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms
  • 1943 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier
  • 1943 Mussert forms pro-Nazi shadow cabinet in Netherlands
  • 1944 Supreme Soviet increases Soviet republics' autonomy
  • 1944 US 7th Infantry/4th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur
  • 1945 US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie
  • 1946 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zoltán Tildy as its communist president
  • 1946 Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Sectary General of the United Nations
  • 1947 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists
  • 1947 Dmitri Shostakovitch named professor at conservatoire of Leningrad
  • 1947 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established

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1948 Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1948 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
  • 1949 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]
  • 1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
  • 1950 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
  • 1950 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • 1951 -50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
  • 1951 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
  • 1951 1st telecast of atomic explosion
  • 1951 Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed
  • 1951 UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1952 General strike against French colonial rule in Tunisia
  • 1952 SN Behrman's "Jane" premieres in NYC
  • 1953 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts

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1953 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 1953 Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands' first female assistant secretary of state
  • 1953 Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835
  • 1953 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • 1954 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
  • 1954 The County soccer team forms in Doetinchem
  • 1954 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
  • 1954 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • 1955 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
  • 1956 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • 1956 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
  • 1957 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
  • 1957 Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the rotary Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany
  • 1958 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • 1958 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • 1958 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • 1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 1959 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • 1959 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • 1959 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • 1959 Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1960 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC
  • 1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • 1960 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)

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1960 48th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser (5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1961 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
  • 1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
  • 1961 Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies
  • 1962 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 1962 NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
  • 1963 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • 1964 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 perf
  • 1964 Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," 1st #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks
  • 1964 Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity
  • 1964 Afobaka Dam is completed on the Suriname River
  • 1965 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam

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1965 Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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1965 Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 1965 NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster

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1965 53rd Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Maria Bueno (5-7, 6-4, 5-2 ret.)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

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1965 53rd Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (7-9, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1967 Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & take 60 lives
  • 1967 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1968 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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1968 Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

  • 1968 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

CommunicationExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

1968 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

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1969 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
  • 1969 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 1969 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • 1969 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1970 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • 1970 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract
  • 1970 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland
  • 1972 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • 1972 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • 1972 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • 1972 British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)
  • 1972 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • 1972 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1973 Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1974 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • 1974 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
  • 1975 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • 1975 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1975 1st successful Wash Cap penalty shot, Ken Lockett vs Vancouver Canucks
  • 1975 Lorne Henning scores on 3rd Islander penalty shot
  • 1975 Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department
  • 1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV
  • 1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

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1976 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop