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

Events in History

Events 101 - 141 of 141

  • 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 Richard Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA; succeeded by James R Schlesinger (until July)
  • 1974 Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1984 Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • 1985 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • 1986 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India
  • 1986 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • 1987 Philippines adopts constitution
  • 1989 0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states

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1989 F. W. de Klerk replaces P. W. Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1990 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs
  • 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 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45.02 sec)
  • 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 US space shuttle Discovery launched
  • 1998 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose
  • 1998 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
  • 2012 Cold snap across Europe kills more than 100 people (over 400 people by 08-02)
  • 2012 MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papa New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside)
  • 2013 23 people are killed and 8 are injured after militants attacked an army base in the Lakki Marwat District, Pakistan

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2013 Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs"

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 2013 18 people are killed and 34 are injured after a bus catches fire after falling down a ravine in Gansu province, China
  • 2014 Protests in Ukraine turn violent after parliament passes legislation that outlaws protest
  • 2016 First case of Zika contracted on US mainland (Texas) and second known sexually transmitted case confirmed in Texas

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