On This Day

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

Events in History

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1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • 1972 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1972 Tom Stoppard's play "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 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)

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1974 Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary"

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • 1974 The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
  • 1974 Playmobil toys debut at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, designed by Hans Beck and produced by the Brandstätter Group
  • 1975 Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea
  • 1975 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • 1976 "The Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
  • 1977 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • 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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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
  • 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
President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1990 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political organisations
  • 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
  • 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)

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1993 Václav Havel becomes the first president of an independent Czech Republic, after the split with Slovakia

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 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 Papua 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
  • 2018 All 955 miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom town, South Africa, after 2 days underground
  • 2019 More than 40 mummies from 323-30 BC found at a burial site at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site south of Cairo, Egypt
  • 2019 Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admits to wearing blackface in 1984 but says he's not in a photo of men wearing blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe on a yearbook page
  • 2020 Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111)
  • 2021 Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine deemed 91.6% effective according to analysis published in "The Lancet" [1]
  • 2021 Pete Buttigieg is the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a US cabinet post as transportation secretary
  • 2021 Alejandro Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant to be confirmed as head of the US Department of Homeland Security

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2021 Jeff Bezos announces he is stepping down as CEO of Amazon after 30 years, becoming executive chairman

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 2021 Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny jailed for three and a half years in jail over alleged parole violations in Moscow

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