On This Day

Historical Events on February 1 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 312 of 312

  • 1973 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee
  • 1974 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
  • 1975 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • 1975 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1975 Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department
  • 1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

Music History

1976 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

  • 1977 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives

Historic Event

1978 Harriet Tubman is 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

Film & TV History

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

Historic Event

1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

  • 1979 Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 English international forward Trevor Francis becomes Britain’s first £1 million soccer player when he transfers from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest
  • 1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1980 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
  • 1980 "Call Me" single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)

Music Premiere

1981 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

  • 1981 Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
  • 1981 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • 1981 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-7; MVP: Eddie Murray, Detroit Lions, PK
  • 1981 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell sensationally instructs younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm to Brian McKechnie with NZ needing 6 from last ball to tie 3rd World Series ODI in Melbourne; Australia wins by 6

NBA All-Star Game

1981 31st NBA All-Star Game, Coliseum at Richfield, OH: East beats West, 123-120; MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston Celtics, PG

Television Debut

1982 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV, Bill Murray is first guest

  • 1982 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • 1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1984 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
  • 1984 American lawyer and businessman David Stern becomes NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O'Brien; stays in position until 2014
  • 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 Patient innings from Dilip Vengsarkar (137) and Mohammad Azharuddin (122) set India up for 5th cricket Test draw vs England in Kanpur; Azharuddin, 3 centuries in 1st 3 Tests
  • 1986 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • 1987 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze

NFL Pro Bowl

1987 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

Historic Publication

1987 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Fine Things” is published

  • 1989 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
  • 1989 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • 1991 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
  • 1991 Australian cricket fast bowler Craig McDermott sets up a 9 wicket, 5th Test win over England with a career best 8-97 in Perth

Historic Event

1991 South African President F. W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws

  • 1991 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32

Historic Publication

1991 American writer John Grisham publishes his second novel "The Firm" (bestselling novel of the year)

  • 1992 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances

Contract of Interest

1992 Slugging outfielder Barry Bonds signs highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with Pittsburgh Pirates

Sports History

1992 Defenseman Denis Potvin's #5 becomes first number retired by NY Islanders; Potvin played entire 15 year NHL career in NY

  • 1993 NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman
  • 1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands
  • 1994 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
  • 1994 South African cricket fast bowler Fanie de Villiers bravely survives 197 minutes for 30 on last day of 3rd Test against Australia in Adelaide; Proteas finally all out 129; Australia win by 191, draw series

Sports History

1994 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his part in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding

  • 1995 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • 1995 Zimbabwe batsmen Andy (156) & Grant Flower (201) set world record brotherly stand of 269 to propel Zimbabwe to first ever victory in Test cricket in 1st Test against Pakistan in Harare
  • 1995 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

Sports History

1995 Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Centre in Salt Lake City

  • 1996 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

Sports History

1997 Future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque scores a goal and an assist to become the Boston Bruins' all-time scoring leader, with 1,341 points in an 18-year NHL career

  • 1998 "Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances
  • 1998 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 29-24; MVP: Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks, QB, HI
  • 1998 Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • 1998 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
  • 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.

Music Concert

2004 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Super Bowl

2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2004 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins his first Australian title; beats Marat Safin of Russia 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

  • 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.
  • 2005 Arsenal’s English Premier League record 33-game unbeaten streak at home ends when the Gunners go down, 4-2 to Manchester United at Highbury
  • 2006 High school senior Epiphanny Prince scores US girls national prep basketball record 113 points in Murry Bergtraum HS's 137-32 win over Brandeis HS; surpasses Cheryl Miller's 105
  • 2008 Canadian jockey Russell Baze rides his 10,000th career winner aboard Two Step Cat in 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields, Albany, CA; prevails in a 3-horse photo finish
  • 2008 Minnesota starter Johan Santana signs a 6-year, $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets to become the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history; trade from Twins to Mets official the next day
  • 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.
  • 2009 Super Bowl XLIII, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23; MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2009 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Spanish ace Rafael Nadal wins his first Australian title; beats Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2

  • 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 Ukrainian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean

Film Release

2013 "House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix

  • 2013 44th NAACP Image Awards: "Red Tails" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Sports History

2014 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning becomes all-time record-holder for MVP trophies, winning his 5th at the NFL Honours in New York; also 2013 Offensive Player of the Year

  • 2014 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
  • 2014 Ray Guy (Oakland/LA Raiders) becomes second pure kicker, and first pure punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • 2014 Syrian civil war death toll reaches 130,000, while 4 million are displaced

Sports History

2014 American businessman and lawyer Adam Silver becomes the 5th NBA Commissioner

  • 2015 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
  • 2015 France defeats Qatar, 25-22 to win the World Men's Handball Championship in Lusail, Qatar

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2015 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Serbian ace Novak Đoković wins an Open era record 5th men's singles crown, beating Scotsman Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0

  • 2015 31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 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

Appointment of Interest

2017 Rex Tillerson confirmed as 69th US Secretary of State

  • 2017 British MPs vote in favour of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit
  • 2018 The Indian government announces plan to give 500 million people free healthcare
  • 2018 Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million

Treaty of Interest

2019 US President Donald Trump confirms US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty because of Russia's violation of the treaty

  • 2019 January 2019 was Australia's hottest month on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology
  • 2020 Australian Open Women's Tennis: 21 year old American Sofia Kenin wins her first Grand Slam title with a 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 victory over Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain
  • 2020 Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years
  • 2020 Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, appointed the new Prime Minister of Iraq by President Barham Salih after 4 months of protests

Coup d'état

2021 Military stage a coup in Myanmar, detaining civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and declare a one-year state of emergency

  • 2021 Wildfires ignite on the outskirts of Perth, Australia, forcing evacuations amid five-day COVID-19 lockdown
  • 2021 Wisdom the albatross, the world's oldest known bird, hatches at chick at 70 at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge, North Pacific [1]