On This Day in History for February 1 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 200

  • 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 Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands' first female assistant secretary of state
  • 1953 Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835
  • 1954 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
  • 1955 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
  • 1956 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1960 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC
  • 1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • 1961 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
  • 1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
  • 1962 NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
  • 1963 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • 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.
  • 1965 NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster
  • 1967 Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & take 60 lives

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1968 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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.

  • 1969 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 1969 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • 1970 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • 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 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'
  • 1974 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
  • 1975 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • 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
  • 1977 Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives

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1978 Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
  • 1978 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl

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1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1979 Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
  • 1981 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • 1981 Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG
  • 1982 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • 1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1984 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
  • 1984 Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1985 -61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • 1985 -69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
  • 1985 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
  • 1985 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
  • 1986 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • 1987 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze
  • 1989 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
  • 1989 Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC
  • 1989 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • 1991 Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • 1991 Craig McDermott takes 8-97 v England at the WACA
  • 1991 President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws
  • 1991 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32
  • 1993 NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman
  • 1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands
  • 1994 Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.03 sec)
  • 1994 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
  • 1995 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • 1995 Amy van Dikes swims woman's world record 50 m butterfly (26.73)
  • 1995 Andy & Grant Flower make 269 stand vs Pak, brotherly record
  • 1996 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1998 Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61)
  • 1998 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
  • 2004 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
  • 2005 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • 2005 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
  • 2009 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of Government in the modern world.
  • 2012 At least 73 people are killed in the Egyptian football riots in Port Said
  • 2013 The Nigerian Army bombs a Boko Haram camp, killing 18 people
  • 2013 21 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a market suicide bombing in Hangu, Pakistan
  • 2013 26 people are killed after a fireworks truck explodes and causes a highway to collapse in Henan, China
  • 2013 Zenit-3SL, a Ukranian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean
  • 2014 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
  • 2014 Syrian civil war death toll reaches 130,000, while 4 million are displaced
  • 2016 WHO declares a global public health emergency over the rapid spread of zika-linked conditions
  • 2016 Alphabet, Google's parent company surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results
  • 2016 Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw
  • 2016 Poor weather conditions strand 100,000 Chinese New Year travelers at a railway station in Guangzhou, China

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 102 of 102

  • 1976 Phil Ivey, American poker player
  • 1985 Rachael Scdoris, American dog musher

Deaths in History

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