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Notable Historical Events on February 2nd

1975Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

1959Buddy Holly's last performance

1992IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

2003Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

1970Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

1959Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

1949Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

1983Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals

1731George F Handel's opera "Poro," premieres in London

1933Hermann Goering bans communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany

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

1940Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

1990South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs

1932Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)

1997Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

19332 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament

1922James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)

1863Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time

1913NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe

1986Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India

February 2nd Historical Events
Date Event
506
King Alarik II of Visigoten delegates Lex Romania Visigothorum out 
962
Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor 
1032
Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy, succeeding Rudolf III 
1119
Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II 
1141
Battle of Lincoln: King Stephen captured by forces loyal to Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester 
1461
2nd battle of St Alban's-Lancastrian defeat Yorkists 
1536
Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires 
1542
Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Moslem-occupied hillfort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente. 
1550
Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, freed 
1633
M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano," premieres in Rome 
1637
Zorilla's "El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las," premieres in Madrid 
1653
New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York) 
1709
British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe" 
1714
Nicholas Rowe's "tragedy of Jane Shore," premieres in London 
1731
George F Handel's opera "Poro," premieres in London 
1732
King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia 
1742
British Walpole government resigns 
1762
Thomas Arnes opera "Artaxerxes," premieres in London 
1787
Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. 
1795
Joseph Haydns 102nd Symphony in B, premieres 
1798
Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire 
1802
1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents) 
1811
Russian settlers establish Ft Ross trading post, north of SF 
1823
Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice 
1829
Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage 
1843
US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee 
1848
1st ship load of Chinese arrive in SF 
1848
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico & Arizona for $15 million 
1852
1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London) 
1852
Alexandre Dumas Jr's "Le Dame aux Camélias," premieres in Paris 
1854
Pope Pius IX encyclical "On persecution of Armenians" 
1863
Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time 
1864
-Oct 7th) Cruise of CSS Florida 
1869
James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade 
1870
Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum 
1876
Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis 
1878
Greece declares war on Turkey 
1880
SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton 
1882
Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Conn 
1887
In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed. 
1888
Frank Sprague opens the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, Virginia 
1892
Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore) 
1892
Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England v Aust SCG 
1892
Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby 
1893
1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, NJ 
1894
US warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island 
1899
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne. 
1900
Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris 
1901
Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization 
1901
Queen Victoria's funeral takes place. 
1901
Mexican government troops are ambushed by Yaqui Indians, 100 killed 
1901
The US Congress passes the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000 
1906
Pope encyclical against separation of church & state 
1909
Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris 
1912
Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe) 
1913
NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe 
1913
NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens 
1914
James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu," premieres in NYC 
1919
Monarchist riot in Portugal 
1920
Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace) 
1920
France occupies (German) Memel territory 
1920
Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence 
1922
It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22 
1922
James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies) 
1923
Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio 
1923
US signs friendship treaty with Central American countries 
1924
International Ski Federation (FIS) forms 
1925
Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism & socialism 
1925
Dogsleds reach Nome with emergency diphtheria serum after 1000-km 
1925
NL holds Golden Jubilee Year meeting at same hotel where NL began 
1926
3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours 
1927
Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy's "Rio Rita," premieres in NYC 
1927
Ziegfeld Theater (Loew's Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave & 54th St NYC 
1931
1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students 
1931
1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria) 
1932
Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia) 
1932
Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries 
1932
Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83) 
1932
Reconstruction Finance Corp organized 
1933
2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament 
1933
Hermann Goering bans communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany 
1933
Ucicky's "Rotten Morning," premieres in Berlin 
1934
Dutch RC Bishops warn against fascism/nazism 
1935
Leonarde Keeler first use of his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings (Portage Wisc) 
1940
Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch) 
1942
LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans 
1942
US auto factories switch from commercial to war production 
1943
Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest 
1943
German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad, turning point in Europe during WW II 
1944
4th US marine division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands 
1944
Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory 
1944
Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action 
1944
Edward Chodorov's "Decision," premieres in NYC 
1945
Escape attempt at Mauthausen concentration camp 
1946
"Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 16 performances 
1946
The Proclamation of Hungarian Republic is made. 
1948
President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program 
1949
Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident 
1950
"Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances 
1950
1st broadcast of "What's My Line," on CBS-TV 
1951
-35°F (-37°C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994) 
1951
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1952
B. B. King's "3 O'Clock Blues" hits #1 on the US Billboard's R&B hit parade to become his first national hit 
1954
Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game 
1954
Pres Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952) 
1954
Snow falls on Gibraltar 
1955
1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC 
1956
Coasters sign with Atlantic Records 
1957
"Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 73 performances 
1957
UN adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt 
1958
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open 
1958
Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic 
1958
WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting 
1959
Buddy Holly's last performance 
1959
Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers 
1960
Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss 
1961
Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam 
1962
1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games) 
1962
8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years 
1962
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1963
Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard) 
1964
GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy 
1964
Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating 
1964
Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins are selected to Hall of Fame 
1965
Joe Ortons "Loot," premieres in Brighton 
1966
Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war. 
1967
Bolivia adopts its constitution 
1967
Formation of American Basketball Association is announced 
1968
Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed 
1969
KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1969
Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame 
1970
Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points 
1971
Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda 
1972
Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame 
1972
Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London 
1972
Funerals of eleven of those killed on Bloody Sunday: in Dublin, over 30,000 march to the British Embassy, carrying thirteen replica coffins and black flags; they attack the Embassy with stones and bottles, then petrol bombs eventually burning it to the ground 
1973
"Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV 
1973
James R Schlesinger, becomes 9th director of CIA (until July) 
1973
Richath Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA 
1973
Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington 
1974
Barbra Striesand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were" 
1974
Pope Paul VI encyclical "To Honor Mary" 
1974
Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641) 
1974
The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time. 
1975
Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea 
1975
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
1975
US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill 
1975
US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr 
1976
"Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV 
1976
"Rich Little Show," debuts on NBC-TV 
1976
Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame 
1977
Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR) 
1977
Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer 
1977
Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman 
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 
1982
San Diego beats Miami 41-38 in OT after blowing a 24-0 lead 
1983
Chicago Archbishop Joseph L Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested 
1983
Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals 
1984
8th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
1984
Lebanese army fight in Beirut 
1985
US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano 
1986
"Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 perfs 
1986
Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
1986
Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India 
1986
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24 
1986
Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica 
1987
KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires 
1987
Philippines adopts constitution 
1988
David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney 
1989
0°F (-18°C) or below in 15 US states 
1989
FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader 
1989
NL announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will be 1st black president 
1990
South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs 
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 
1991
Sting scores his second UK No.1 album with 'The Soul Cages' 
1992
Colleen Walker wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic 
1992
Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45.02 sec) 
1992
David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth 
1992
IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M) 
1992
Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m freestyle (14:32.40) 
1992
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-15 
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) 
1995
"Moliere Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 56 performances 
1995
Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket 
1995
US space shuttle Discovery launched 
1996
Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA 
1997
"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin NYC 
1997
Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am 
1997
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT) 
1997
Royal Caribbean Senior Golf Classic 
1997
Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games 
1998
Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in NYC for cocaine overdose 
1998
Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board 
2003
Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have' 
2003
Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said' 
2003
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 45-23 
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 Papa New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside) 
2012
NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989 
2013
23 people are killed and 8 are injured after militants attacked an army base in the Lakki Marwat District, Pakistan 
2013
Shinzō Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs" 
2013
18 people are killed and 34 are injured after a bus catches fire after falling down a ravine in Gansu province, China 
2014
Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8 to win Super Bowl XLVII 
2014
Super Bowl XLVIII becomes the the most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers 
2016
Ted Cruz Wins Republican Caucuses in Iowa 
2016
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees early spring 
2016
Yahoo lays off 15% of staff after posting a massive loss 
2017
Milo Yiannopoulous' speech at UC-Berkeley canceled over protest 
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