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1992Denis Potvin's #5 becomes 1st number retired by NY Islanders

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

1978Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp

1669French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion

196048th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats N Fraser (57 36 63 86 86)

1965Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala

1969Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert

1865General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins

1992Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 mil)

1893Thomas Edison complete's worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange NJ)

1327Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.

1932Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th

1923Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Benito Mussolini

1587Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

1965Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

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

2004Janet 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.

1968Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

1953"You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television

1896Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin

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

1968Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

February 1st Historical Events
Date Event
772
Adrian I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
1327
Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. 
1539
Emperor Karel & King Francois I sign anti-English treaty 
1587
Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots 
1662
Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates 
1669
French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion 
1713
The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized. 
1717
Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France 
1720
Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty 
1732
Parliament of Ratisborn accept Pragmatic Sanctions 
1742
Sardinia and Austria sign alliance 
1783
William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex 
1788
1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet 
1789
Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long 
1790
Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC) 
1793
France declares war on Great Britain and Netherlands 
1793
Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen 
1796
The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York. 
1809
Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system 
1810
1st insurance co managed by blacks (American Insurance Co of Phila) 
1810
Seville, Spain surrenders to French 
1810
US Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%) 
1814
Lord Byron's "Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on day of publication 
1814
Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200 
1840
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated 
1846
Theophile Gautier publishes "Hashish Club" about his initiation 
1856
Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College. 
1860
1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC 
1861
Dike breaks in Gelderland, Netherlands 
1861
Texas secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 
1862
Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic" 
1864
-Feb 8th] Battle of Yazoo River, MS 
1864
2nd German-Danish war begins 
1864
Austrian and Prussian troops occupy Schleswig-Holstein 
1865
13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day) 
1865
General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins 
1865
JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Ct, admitted to bar 
1867
Bricklayers start working 8-hour days 
1871
Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates) 
1880
The first edition of theatrical newspaper The Stage is published. 
1881
US Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri authorized 
1883
French lt-col Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger 
1884
1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published 
1887
Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood) 
1892
Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of "400" to describe socially elite 
1893
Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut," premieres in Turin 
1893
Thomas Edison complete's worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange NJ) 
1896
Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin 
1897
Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul. 
1898
1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co 
1902
China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet 
1902
Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben," premieres in Berlin 
1902
US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the 'open door' policy granting all nations equal rights there 
1905
Hague soccer team ADO froms 
1905
Hungarian premier Count István Tisza resigns 
1906
1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas 
1906
Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured 
1908
King Carlos I of Portugal and his hier, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathisers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon. 
1909
US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens 
1909
US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912 
1910
1st British labour exchange opens 
1910
Dragoumis government forms in Greece 
1914
NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt 
1914
Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed 
1914
Tanganyika Railway opens 
1917
German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war 
1918
Franz Lehars opera "Wo die Lerche singt," premieres in Budapest 
1918
Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical premieres in NYC 
1918
Russia adopts Gregorian calender (becomes Feb 14) 
1919
Dodgers trade Jake Daubert to Reds for Tommy Griffith Daubert 
1920
1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul Minn) 
1920
Soccer team Quick Boys forms 
1920
Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police 
1923
Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel 
1923
Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Benito Mussolini 
1923
Noel Coward's "Young Idea," premieres in London 
1924
Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens 
1924
Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union 
1924
Soccer team VSV Tonido forms in Voorburg 
1925
1st national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkämpferbund in Berlin 
1926
Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR 
1926
Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch 
1929
1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs 
1930
Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt 
1932
Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th 
1933
Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname 
1933
Dutch bishops forbid membership of non-catholic unions 
1933
German Parliament disolves, Gen Ludendorf predicts catastrophe 
1934
Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his 
1935
1st "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol 
1935
James T Farrell finishes his "Studs Lonigan" trilogy 
1937
Stapleton, Staten Island becomes a customs-free port 
1940
Russia begins new offensive against Finland 
1940
NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas. 
1941
US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn 
1941
US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner 
1942
2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms 
1943
German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier 
1943
Mussert forms pro-Nazi shadow cabinet in Netherlands 
1944
Supreme Soviet enlarges soviet republics' autonomy 
1944
US 7th Infantry/4th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur 
1945
US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie 
1946
Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president 
1946
Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Sec-Gen of UN 
1947
Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists 
1947
Dmitri Shostakovitch named professor at conservatory of Leningrad 
1947
NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established 
1948
Federation of Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates 
1948
Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed 
1949
200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948] 
1949
RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm) 
1950
USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes 
1950
Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland 
1951
-50°F (-46°C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record) 
1951
1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated 
1951
1st telecast of atomic explosion 
1951
Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed 
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 management in Tunisia 
1952
SN Behrman's "Jane," premieres in NYC 
1953
"General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts 
1953
"You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television 
1953
Dr A de Waal appointed as Neth 1st female asst sect of state 
1953
Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835 
1953
WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1954
1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres 
1954
Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire 
1954
Soccer team The County froms in Doetinchem 
1955
HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark 
1956
Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking 
1956
WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
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 Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany 
1958
1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched 
1958
Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic 
1958
WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1959
Swiss men vote against voting rights for women 
1959
Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit) 
1959
US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss 
1959
US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins 
1959
WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1959
Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament 
1959
Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame 
1960
34th Australian Womens Tennis: Margaret Smith beats J Lehane (75 62) 
1960
4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth 
1960
48th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats N Fraser (57 36 63 86 86) 
1960
Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender 
1961
1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful 
1961
British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive 
1961
Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies 
1962
"New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances 
1962
NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule 
1963
Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda 
1964
"Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 perf 
1964
Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," 1st #1 hit, stays #1 for 7 weeks 
1964
Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity 
1964
Suriname River dammed 
1965
Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam 
1965
Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala 
1965
Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news 
1965
NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster 
1967
Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & 60 lives 
1967
WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1968
Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president 
1968
Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers 
1968
World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi 
1968
Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to head 
1969
Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert 
1969
US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn 
1969
US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood 
1969
WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1970
Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Hall of Fame 
1970
Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die 
1970
WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1970
West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract 
1970
Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss matters related to the Northern Ireland economy 
1972
1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395) 
1972
Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK 
1972
Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. 
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) 
1972
The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday' 
1973
Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame 
1974
"Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV 
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
1st successful Wash Cap penalty shot, Ken Lockett vs Vancouver Canucks 
1975
Lorne Henning scores on 3rd Islander penalty shot 
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 
1976
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
1976
Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce 
1976
East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Mich State U after he is warned not to 
1977
Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives 
1977
Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball 
1978
Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp 
1978
Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl 
1979
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile 
1979
Patricia Hearst is released from a SF prison for bank robbery 
1979
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1980
Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System 
1980
Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run 
1981
11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7 
1981
31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Cleveland 
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: NFC beats AFC 21-7 
1981
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek 
1981
Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG 
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
Daniel Stern becomes NBA commissioner 
1984
Ravindara Mhatrem, Indian diplomat, kidnapped in England (killed 0203) 
1985
-61°F (-52°C), Maybell, Colorado (state record) 
1985
-69°F (-56°C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record) 
1985
Azharuddin scores 3rd Test century in 3rd Test Cricket (122 v Eng) 
1985
Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark 
1985
US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin 
1986
KHJ-AM in Los Angeles CA changes call letters to KRTH 
1987
163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze 
1987
38,873 NBA crowd watch Chicago at Detroit 
1987
Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic 
1987
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 10-6 
1989
Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion 
1989
Diana, Princess of Wales visits NYC 
1989
The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 
1991
Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die 
1991
Craig McDermott takes 8-97 v England at the WACA 
1991
President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws 
1991
US Air & Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32 
1992
"Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 perfs 
1992
Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 mil) 
1992
Denis Potvin's #5 becomes 1st number retired by NY Islanders 
1993
NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman 
1993
Soyuz TM-16 lands 
1994
Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.03 sec) 
1994
Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean 
1995
Amtrak NY-Tampa run ends 
1995
Amy van Dikes swims woman's world record 50 m butterfly (26.73) 
1995
Andy & Grant Flower make 269 stand vs Pak, brotherly record 
1995
Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air 
1996
The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress. 
1998
"Street Corner Symphony," closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 perf 
1998
86th Australian Mens Tennis: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (62 62 62) 
1998
Australian Mixed: J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (62 61) 
1998
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24 
1998
Rear Admiral 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. 
2004
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. 
2004
Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29 at the Reliant Stadium MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB 
2005
Nepal 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. 
2009
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of State in the modern world. 
2009
Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR 
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 Ukranian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean 
2013
"House of Cards", starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix 
2014
14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia 
2014
Ray Guy becomes the first pure NFL punter to be inducted in the hall of fame 
2016
UK scientists given go-ahead to genetically modify human embryos 
2016
Zika virus constitutes a 'public health emergency,' World Health Organization says 
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