On This Day

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

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 201

  • 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
  • 1957 MLB club owners accept new 5-year pension plan proposed by the players, but reject request to increase minimum salary from $6,000 to $7,500
  • 1958 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
  • 1958 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
  • 1958 "Volare" ("Nel blu dipinto di blu") single released by Domenico Modugno (Grammy Award Record of the Year, Song of the Year 1958)

  • 1959 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
  • 1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 1959 Heiss sisters go 1-2 in US women's Figure Skating C'ships; defending champion Carol wins from Nancy; David Jenkins wins his third straight men's title
  • 1960 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • 1961 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful

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1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive

British Politician Enoch Powell
British Politician
Enoch Powell
  • 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. and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Alabama

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 bushfires 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

VietnamExecution 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.

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General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém
General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém
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  • 1969 Tim Wood wins second of 3 straight US Men's Figure Skating titles whilst Janet Lynn takes first of her 5 consecutive Women's National Championships in Seattle
  • 1970 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
  • 1970 West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1970 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 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.

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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)

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 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 Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department
  • 1977 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives

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

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
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
  • 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)
  • 1986 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH
  • 1987 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 1989 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion

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1989 Diana, Princess of Wales visits New York City

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 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

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

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1991 US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • 1993 NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman
  • 1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands
  • 1994 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
  • 1995 Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends
  • 1996 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 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.

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2006 Economist Ben Bernanke becomes chairman of the US Federal Reserve, succeeding Alan Greenspan

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Alan Greenspan
  • 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

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2013 John Kerry succeeds Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 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
  • 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

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2014 Janet Yellen becomes Chair of the US Federal Reserve, succeeding Ben Bernanke

Economist and Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
Economist and Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 Iowa Caucuses: Republican Ted Cruz defeats Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton beats Bernie Sanders by a coin toss

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2016 Poor weather conditions strand 100,000 Chinese New Year travelers at a railway station in Guangzhou, China

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2017 Rex Tillerson confirmed as 69th US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson
  • 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

AgreementTreaty 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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 January 2019 was Australia's hottest month on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology
  • 2020 Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years

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