What Happened on February 2

Significant Events

  • 1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
  • 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 1901 Queen Victoria's funeral takes place in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England
  • 1922 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)
  • 1943 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • 1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda
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Did You Know?

British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"

On February 2, 1709

Would You Believe?

1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ

On February 2, 1893

Famous Weddings

  • 1870 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY
  • 1904 US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
  • 1936 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy
  • 1957 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to producer Mike Todd (47)
  • 1963 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada
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