This Day in History for 2nd February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 208

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
Composer George Friedrich HandelComposer George Friedrich Handel 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"
Author Mark TwainAuthor Mark Twain 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.
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)
Versatile Athlete Jim ThorpeVersatile Athlete Jim Thorpe 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)
Novelist & Poet James JoyceNovelist & Poet James Joyce 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)
Gangster Al CaponeGangster Al Capone 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 - Lie detector 1st used in court (Portage Wisc)
1935 - Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine.
1940 - Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra 1942 - LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
1942 - US auto factories switch from commercial to war production
1943 - Battle of Stalingrad ends with final surrender of the German army
1943 - Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
1943 - German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad, turning point of 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
Golfer Ben HoganGolfer Ben Hogan 1949 - Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident
1950 - "Arms & the Girl" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 134 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 294

1208 - James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
1455 - King John of Denmark (d. 1513)
1494 - Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
1502 - Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
1506 - René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
1522 - Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
1583 - Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
1595 - Jacob van Campen, painter/architect (New Church, Amsterdam)
1600 - Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
1613 - Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
1621 - Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
1649 - Benedict XIII, [Pierfrancesco Orsini], Italy, 245th pope (1724-30)
1650 - Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn, English actress/mistress (King Charles II)
1669 - Louis Marchand, composer
1695 - William Borlase, English naturalist (d. 1772)
1695 - François de Chevert, French general (d. 1769)
1711 - Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz, Austrian diplomat (d. 1794)
1714 - Gottfried August Homilius, composer
1717 - Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
1748 - Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer
1773 - Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, composer
1780 - Johannes van den Bosch, gov-gen (Neth East Indies)
1786 - Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (d. 1856)
1802 - Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault, French chemist
1803 - Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1862
1804 - Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
1815 - Nathaniel Collins McLean, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1905
1817 - John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid)
1817 - Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
1820 - Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
1827 - Abner Monroe Perrin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1827 - Oswald Aschenbach, German painter
1829 - Alfred Brehm, German zoologist (d. 1884)
1835 - Luigi Manzotti, Milano, ballet choreographer
1840 - Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
1841 - François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
1842 - Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
1844 - Leander Schlegel, composer
1847 - Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
1849 - Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (d. 1921)
1850 - Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
1851 - José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
1852 - Teunis Stoel, actor/director (Small Theater, Rotterdam)
1856 - Makar Grigori Ekmalyan, composer
1857 - Jan Six, Dutch art historian/art collector
1859 - Havelock Ellis, US physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
1860 - Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
1861 - Mehmed VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
1861 - Solomon R Guggenheim, philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC)
1873 - Freiherr Konstantin von Neurath, German secretary of State (1932-38)
1873 - Johan P earl van Limburg Stirum, Dutch diplomat
1873 - Leopold Fall, Austria, operetta composer (Dollar Princess)
1875 - Annette Kolb, German/French author (Small Fanfare)
1875 - Fritz Kreisler, Vienna Austria, violinist/composer
1878 - Christian Gauss, educator/writer (Phi Beta Kappa award namesake)
1878 - Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
1881 - Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic-gold-1920)
Novelist & Poet James JoyceNovelist & Poet James Joyce (1882) 1882 - James Joyce, Ireland, novelist/poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake)
1882 - James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
1883 - Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer
1884 - Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/General Spanish rep army
1884 - S Z Sakall, Budapest Hungary, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca)
1885 - Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
1886 - Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
1887 - Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
1888 - Candelario Huizar, composer
1888 - Frank Lloyd, Scotland, actor/director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist)
1888 - Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
1890 - Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)
1891 - Antonio Segni, premier/president (Italy)
1891 - Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
1893 - Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1974)
1893 - Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)
1895 - George S Halas, [Papa Bear], end/coach (Bears), co-founder NFL
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George HalasAmerican Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas (1895) 1895 - George Halas, Chicago Illinois, NFL pioneer (owner of the Chicago Bears)
1896 - Jane Wilde, writer
1896 - Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
1897 - Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
1897 - Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
1898 - Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar)
1899 - Benny Rubin, Boston Mass, actor/comedian (Benny Rubin Show)
1900 - Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Springfield Ohio, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65)
1900 - Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
1901 - Connie Gilchrist, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Cry Havoc, Letter to 3 Wives)
1901 - Jascha Heifetz, Vilna Lithuania, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall)
1902 - Tyra Ryman, Arboga Sweden, actress (Peter the Tramp)
1902 - Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)
1903 - Frank McGrath, Mound City Mo, actor (Wagon Train)
1904 - Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
1904 - Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer
1905 - Ayn Rand, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, writer and philosopher (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead)
1905 - Jean-Pierre Guerlain, French cosmetics pioneer
1907 - Bernardas Brazdzionis, Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
1908 - Anita Garvin, actress (Swiss Miss, Blotto, Charlatan, Hats Off)
1908 - Cal Tinney, Oklahoma, comedian (Stop Me If You Heard This One)
1908 - Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, California, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)/actor
1908 - Pavel Sivic, composer
1908 - Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer
1908 - Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher (d. 1976)
1909 - Franc Albertson, Fergus Falls MN, actor (Psycho, Alice Adams)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 12 of 12

Author Mark TwainAuthor Mark Twain (1870) 1870 - American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY
1904 - US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
1936 - Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy
1957 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (24) marries for the 3rd time to Producer Mike Todd (47)
1976 - Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)
1985 - NFL Footballer and felon OJ Simpson marries 2nd wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ SimpsonNFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson (1985) 1990 - Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Engl princess Alexandra) weds Paul Mowatt
1997 - "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul (34) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman at The Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel
2002 - Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (38) weds Argentinean born Maxima Zorreguieta (34) at the Beurs van Berlage
2008 - Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
2008 - 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France
President of France Nicolas SarkozyPresident of France Nicolas Sarkozy (2008) 2010 - Former glamour model Katie Price (32) weds MMA fighter and former "Hollyoaks" actor Alex Reid (34) at the chapel in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 148

672 - Saint Chad
1032 - Rudolf III, last independent king of Bourgundy, dies
1124 - Bořivoj II of Bohemia
1218 - Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (b. 1186)
1250 - Eric XI of Sweden (b. 1216)
1435 - Johanna II, lawless Queen of Naples (1414-35), dies at 61
1461 - Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty of England
1491 - Martin Schongauer, German painter, dies at 40
1529 - Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer (b. 1478)
1540 - George Schenck van Toutenburg, gov/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
1563 - Hans Neusiedler, Hungarian/German luitist/author, dies at approx 54
1580 - Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese retainer (b. 1558)
1594 - Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, dies at 68
1597 - Lucas van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 61
1648 - George Abbot, English writer
1660 - Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), dies at 45
1660 - Jean BG duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, dies at 51
1661 - Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
1673 - Kaspar Forster, composer, dies at 56
1688 - Abraham Duquesne, French naval officer (b. 1610)
1704 - Guillaume F A de l'Hospital, French mathematician, dies at about 62
1712 - Martin Lister, English naturalist and physician
1714 - John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (b. 1643)
1723 - Antonio M Valsalva, Italian anatomist, dies at 66
1750 - Johann Graf, composer, dies at 65
1768 - Robert Smith, English mathematician (b. 1689)
1769 - Clement XIII, [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
1779 - Georg Philipp Kress, composer, dies at 59
1789 - Armand-Louis Couperin, Fren composer/organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
1793 - William Aiton, English botanist (Kew Gardens), dies at 61
1802 - Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip, British statesman (b. 1713)
1804 - Caesar Rodney, US judge (signed Declar of Independence), dies at 62
1804 - George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
1822 - Jean-Baptiste Davaux, composer, dies at 79
1827 - Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, composer, dies at 62
1828 - Frederik Sigismund earl of Bylandt, vice-admiral, dies at 78
1852 - Francois MP Liberman, French founder (Congr of H Heart), dies at 49
1881 - Aleksej F Pisemski, Russian writer (Clodhopper), dies at 59
1882 - Fabio Campana, composer, dies at 63
1895 - Archduke Albert, Austrian general (b. 1817)
1902 - Emanuil Mandlov, composer, dies at 42
1904 - William C. Whitney, American financier (b. 1841)
1907 - Dmitri I Mendelejev, Russian chemist (Periodic Table), dies at 72
1909 - Adolf Stoecker, German anti-semite/prime minister, dies at 73
1918 - John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59
1919 - Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, composer, dies at 55
1921 - Luigi Mancinelli, composer, dies at 72
1925 - Antti Aarne, Finnish sociologist, dies at 57
1926 - Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (b. 1848)
1931 - Theodor Batthynyi, Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
1932 - Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader
1934 - Ernesto Nazareth, composer, dies at 70
1941 - Johannes Schlaf, writer, dies at 78
1942 - Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (b. 1905)
1945 - Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German Leipzig mayor and Nazi regime opponent (20th July plot), hanged at 60
1948 - Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
1948 - Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
1950 - Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
1952 - Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
1952 - Johann Babtist Thaller, composer, dies at 79
1953 - Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
1954 - Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
1956 - Charley Grapewin, actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
1956 - Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
1957 - Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
1959 - Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
1960 - Jeno Huszka, composer, dies at 84
1961 - Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
1961 - Anna May Wong, actress (Thief of Baghdad), dies at about 56
1963 - Herman Bouber, [Blom], actor/playwright (Bluejackets), dies at 77
1965 - Richard P Blackmur, US, critic/publisher (Good European), dies at 61
1965 - Richard Wurz, composer, dies at 79
1969 - Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
1969 - Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
1970 - Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
1970 - Jaroslav Vogel, composer, dies at 76
1970 - Lawrence Gray, American actor (b.1898)
1972 - Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
1972 - Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
1973 - Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
1973 - Hendrik Elias, Belgian politician (b. 1902)
1974 - Jean Absil, Belgian composer (Benedictions), dies at 80
1976 - Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
1976 - Johan[nes A] Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
1976 - Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
1978 - Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
1979 - Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide
Musician Sid ViciousMusician Sid Vicious (1979) 1979 - Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), OD's at 21
1980 - William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
1981 - Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
1981 - Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
1981 - Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
1982 - Stringfellow Barr, US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
1982 - Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b 1905)
1983 - Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
1983 - Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
1983 - Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
1987 - Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
1987 - Patrick "Spike" Hughes, Brit jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
1987 - Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)

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