Historical Events on 2nd February

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  • 506 Alaric II, king of the Visigoths, promulgates the Lex Romania Visigothorum (or Breviary of Alaric), a collection of Roman law
  • 962 Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
  • 1032 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy, succeeding Rudolf III
  • 1119 Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II
  • 1141 Battle of Lincoln: King Stephen captured by forces loyal to Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester
  • 1536 Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
  • 1542 Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Muslim-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
  • 1550 Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, freed
  • 1633 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano" premieres in Rome
  • 1637 Zorilla's "El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las" premieres in Madrid
  • 1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
  • 1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"
  • 1714 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Jane Shore" premieres in London

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1731 George Frideric Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London

  • 1732 King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia
  • 1742 British Walpole government resigns
  • 1762 Thomas Arnes' opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
  • 1787 Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
  • 1795 Joseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B premieres
  • 1798 Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire
  • 1802 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
  • 1811 Russian settlers establish Ft Ross trading post, north of SF
  • 1823 Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
  • 1829 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage
  • 1843 US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee
  • 1848 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in SF
  • 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million
  • 1852 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London)
  • 1852 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "La Dame aux Camélias" premieres in Paris
  • 1854 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On persecution of Armenians"

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1863 Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"

Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • 1864 -Oct 7th) Cruise of CSS Florida
  • 1869 James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade
  • 1870 Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
  • 1876 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1878 Greece declares war on Turkey
  • 1880 SS Strathleven arrives in London with first shipment of frozen Australian mutton
  • 1887 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • 1888 Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1892 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
  • 1892 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England v Australia SCG
  • 1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
  • 1893 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ
  • 1894 US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
  • 1899 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1900 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
  • 1901 Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization

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1901 Queen Victoria's funeral takes place.

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1901 Mexican government troops are ambushed by Yaqui Indians, 100 killed
  • 1901 The US Congress passes the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000
  • 1906 Pope encyclical against separation of church & state
  • 1909 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • 1912 Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)

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1913 NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1913 NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens
  • 1914 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu" premieres in NYC
  • 1919 Monarchist riot in Portugal
  • 1920 Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
  • 1920 France occupies (German) Memel territory
  • 1920 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
  • 1922 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22

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1922 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1923 Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1923 US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
  • 1924 International Ski Federation (FIS) forms
  • 1925 Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism & socialism
  • 1925 Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km
  • 1925 NL holds Golden Jubilee Year meeting at same hotel where NL began
  • 1926 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • 1926 19th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst Cozens beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-1, 6-3)
  • 1926 19th Men's Australasian Championships: John Hawkes beats James Willard (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1927 Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy's "Rio Rita" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 Ziegfeld Theater (Loew's Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave & 54th St NYC
  • 1931 1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students
  • 1931 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)

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1932 Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1932 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
  • 1932 Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83)
  • 1932 Reconstruction Finance Corp organized

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1933 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves the Reichstag (Parliament)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1933 Hermann Goering bans Communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1933 Ucicky's "Rotten Morning" premieres in Berlin
  • 1934 Dutch RC Bishops warn against fascism/nazism
  • 1935 Leonarde Keeler first use of his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings (Portage Wisc)

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1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer/Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1942 LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • 1942 US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
  • 1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • 1943 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad, turning point in Europe during WW II
  • 1944 4th US marine division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands
  • 1944 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • 1944 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • 1944 Edward Chodorov's "Decision" premieres in NYC
  • 1945 Escape attempt at Mauthausen concentration camp
  • 1946 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1946 The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic is made.
  • 1948 President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program

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1949 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1950 "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • 1950 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • 1951 -35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1952 B.B. King's “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1954 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game

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1954 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1954 Snow falls on Gibraltar
  • 1955 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
  • 1956 Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • 1957 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances
  • 1957 UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
  • 1958 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • 1958 Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic
  • 1958 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting

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1959 Buddy Holly's last performance

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly

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1959 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

  • 1960 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
  • 1961 Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
  • 1962 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 1962 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1963 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
  • 1964 GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy
  • 1964 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating
  • 1964 Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins are selected to Hall of Fame
  • 1965 Joe Orton's "Loot" premieres in Brighton
  • 1966 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war.
  • 1967 Bolivia adopts its constitution
  • 1967 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1968 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • 1969 KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

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1970 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

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1970 27th Golden Globes: Anne of the Thousand Days, John Wayne, & Genevieve Bujold

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1971 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • 1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
  • 1972 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

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1972 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 1972 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • 1973 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1973 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • 1973 Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
  • 1974 Barbra Striesand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"
  • 1974 Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"
  • 1974 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
  • 1974 The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
  • 1974 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975 Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea

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1975 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1975 US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
  • 1975 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • 1976 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • 1976 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1976 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame
  • 1977 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • 1977 Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer
  • 1977 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • 1980 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
  • 1982 Government troops and Muslim fundamentalists battle in Hamah, Syria
  • 1983 Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested

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1983 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1983 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
  • 1984 1st Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1984 Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • 1985 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • 1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances
  • 1986 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 1986 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India
  • 1986 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24
  • 1986 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • 1987 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • 1987 Philippines adopts constitution
  • 1988 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • 1989 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states
  • 1989 FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

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1990 South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • 1991 NH snaps its 32-game losing streak at home beating Holy Cross, 72-56
  • 1991 US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents
  • 1991 Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages'
  • 1992 Colleen Walker wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1992 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45.02 sec)
  • 1992 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth

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1992 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1992 Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m freestyle (14:32.40)
  • 1992 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-15
  • 1993 Frito Lay pays court ordered $2,500,000 to Tom Wait for using his song
  • 1993 Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.05 sec)
  • 1995 "Molière Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1995 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
  • 1995 US space shuttle Discovery launched
  • 1996 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
  • 1997 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC
  • 1997 Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
  • 1997 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)

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1997 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1998 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • 1998 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
  • 2002 52nd NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 8-5 at Los Angeles, California
  • 2003 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida

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2003 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez