On This Day

What Happened on February 2

Important 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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Feb 2 in Film & TV

Feb 2 in Sport

  • 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8; MVP: Malcolm Smith, Seattle, LB

Did You Know?

Leonarde Keeler first uses his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings in Portage, Wisconsin

On February 2, 1935

Would You Believe?

Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby

On February 2, 1892

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
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