February 1 Events in History - February 1 Birthdays - February 1 Deaths



2013 U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton steps down from her post; she is succeeded by Senator John Kerry
2013 Former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, dies in Manhattan of congestive heart failure at age 88
2012 American Airlines' parent company announces it will cut 13,000 jobs or 15% of its workforce
2012 In the state of Washington, the State Senate passes legislation allowing same sex marriage
2011 Protesters stage the largest demonstration ever against the Mubarak regime; two million people gather in Tahir Square, vowing to stay until Mubarak leaves his post
2011 Russia began searching for a missing military satellite that was launched into the wrong orbit
2010 U.S. President Barack Obama proposes a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 which projects a record-high budget deficit of $1.6 trillion in fiscal 2010
2009 The Russian Orthodox Church enthrones Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church
2006 United Airlines emerges from bankruptcy
2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Reliant Stadium, Houston, New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers 32-29
2004 At least 250 Muslim pilgrims crushed to death during the annual stoning of Satan ritual in the Mena Valley, Saudi Arabia
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia destroyed over Texas when returning to Earth, 7 crew members are killed
1998 "Street Corner Symphony," closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 79 perf
1998 86th Australian Mens Tennis: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (62 62 62)
1998 Australian Mixed: J. Gimelstob and V. Williams beat Suk and Sukova (62 61)
1998 NFL Pro Bowl Game, AFC beats NFC 29-24
1998 At least 119 Muslim pilgrims crushed to death during the annual stoning of Satan ritual in the Mena Valley, Saudi Arabia
1995 Amtrak New York City - Tampa run ends
1995 Amy van Dikes swims woman's world record 50 m butterfly (26.73)
1995 Andy and Grant Flower make 269 stand vs Pak, brotherly record
1995 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air
1994 Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.03 sec)
1994 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
1993 NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman
1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands
1992 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater New York City after 7 performances
1992 Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract - $4.7 mil
1992 Denis Potvin's #5 becomes 1st number retired by New York Islanders
1991 Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
1991 Craig McDermott takes 8-97 vs. England at the WACA
1991 President F. W. de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws
1991 U.S. Air and Skywest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32
1989 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
1989 Princess Diane of Wales visits New York City
1987 163 day strike against Deere and 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
1986 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles, California changes call letters to KRTH
1986 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
1985 -61 degrees F (-52 degrees C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
1985 -69 degrees F (-56 degrees C), Peter's Sink, Utah (state record)
1985 Azharuddin scores 3rd Test century in 3rd Test Cricket (122 vs. Eng)
1985 Cards trade D Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint to Giants for Jack Clark
1985 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin
1984 China and Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
1984 Daniel Stern becomes NBA commissioner
1984 Ravindara Mhatrem, Indian diplomat, kidnapped in England (killed 0203)
1983 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1982 "Late Night With David Letterman," debuts on NBC-TV
1982 Senegal and Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
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-musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in New York City
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
1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System
1980 Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
1979 Patricia Hearst is released from a San Francisco prison for bank robbery
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp
1978 Director Roman Polanski skips bail and fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
1977 Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives
1977 Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball
1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV
1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
1976 Sonny and Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce
1976 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Michigan State University after he is warned not to
1975 "Hoppy, Gene and Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
1975 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater New York City after 5 performances
1975 1st successful Washington Capitals 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
1974 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
1973 Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1972 1st scientific hand-held calculator, the HP-35, introduced for $395
1972 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
1970 Ford Frick, Earle Combs and 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 and U.S.S.R. sign gas contract
1969 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert
1969 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
1969 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
1969 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (IND) begins broadcasting
1968 Former Vice President Richard Nixon announces candidacy for presidency
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
1967 Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million and 60 lives
1967 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam
1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Alabama
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
1964 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert New York City 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
1963 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
1962 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 28 performances
1962 NL releases its 1st 162-game schedule
1961 1st full-scale test of U.S. Minuteman ICBM is successful
1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
1961 Mackay and Kline hang on for 100 minutes for cricket draw vs West Indies
1960 34th Australian Womens Tennis: Margaret Smith beats J Lehane (75 62)
1960 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro North Carolina Woolworth
1960 48th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats N Fraser (57 36 63 86 86)
1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
1959 Swiss males vote against voting rights for women
1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
1959 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
1959 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
1959 WVUE TV channel 8 in New Orleans, Louisiana (ABC) begins broadcasting
1959 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
1959 Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1958 1st U.S. satellite, Explorer I, launched
1958 Egypt and Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
1958 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a U.S. scheduled passenger airline
1957 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam
1956 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
1956 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, Georgia (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
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
1953 "General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts
1953 "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television
1953 Dr. A de Waal appointed as Netherlands 1st female Assistant Secretary of State
1953 Flooding in Netherlands, kills 1,835
1953 WEEK TV channel 25 in Peoria, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia
1952 SN Behrman's "Jane," premieres in New York City
1951 -50 degrees F (-46 degrees C), Gavilan, New Mexico (state record)
1951 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
1951 1st telecast of atomic explosion
1951 Alfred Krupp and 28 other German war criminals freed
1951 United Nations condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
1951 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1950 U.S.S.R. demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
1950 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
1949 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used
1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
1948 Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates
1948 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
1947 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems and communists
1947 Dmitri Shostakovich named professor at conservatory of Leningrad
1947 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established
1946 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president
1946 Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Secretary-General of UN
1945 U.S. Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie
1944 Supreme Soviet enlarges soviet republics' autonomy
1944 U.S. 7th Infantry/25th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur
1943 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier
1943 Mussert forms pro Nazi shadow cabinet (Netherlands)
1942 2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms
1941 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn
1941 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
1940 Russia begins new offensive against Finland
1937 Stapleton, Staten Island becomes a customs-free port
1935 1st "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol
1935 James T Farrell finishes his "Studs Lonigan" trilogy
1934 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his
1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
1933 Dutch bishops forbid membership in non-catholic unions
1933 German Parliament disolves, General Ludendorf predicts catastrophe
1932 Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th
1930 Arnold Schonbergs opera premieres in Frankfurt
1929 1st clean and jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402 lbs
1926 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
1926 Land at Broadway and Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
1925 1st national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkampferbund in Berlin
1924 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens
1924 New British MacDonald government recognizes U.S.S.R.
1924 Soccer team VSV Tonido forms in Voorburg
1924 Soviet Union formally recognized by Britain
1923 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel
1923 Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Mussolini
1923 Noel Coward's "Young Idea," premieres in London
1920 1st commercial armored car introduced in St. Paul Minn
1920 Soccer team Quick Boys forms
1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
1919 Dodgers trade Jake Daubert to Reds for Tommy Griffith Daubert
1918 Franz Lehars opera "Wo die Lerche singt," premieres in Budapest
1918 Kern, Bolton and Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York City
1918 Russia adopts Gregorian calender (becomes Feb 14)
1917 Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
1914 New York Giants and Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
1914 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
1914 Tanganyika Railway opens
1910 1st British labour exchange opens
1910 Dragoumis government forms in Greece
1909 U.S. Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
1906 English Minister of Foreign affairs Edward Grey's wife Dorothy fatally injured
1905 Hague soccer team ADO froms
1905 Hungarian premier Tisza resigns
1902 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
1902 Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben," premieres in Berlin
1898 1st auto insurance policy in U.S. issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
1896 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin
1893 Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut," premieres in Turin
1893 Thomas Edison complete's worlds 1st movie studio in West Orange, New Jersey
1892 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of "400" to describe socially elite
1887 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
1884 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
1883 French Lt-colonel Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger
1881 U.S. Assay Office in St. Louis, Missouri authorized
1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
1867 Bricklayers start working 8-hour days
1865 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)
1865 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
1865 J. S. Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court, admitted to bar
1864 2nd German-Danish war begins
1864 Austrian/Prussian troops occupy Sleeswijk/Holstein
1862 Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of Republic"
1861 Dike breaks in Gelderland Netherlands
1861 Texas becomes 7th state to secede
1860 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of New York City
1846 Theophile Gautier publishes "Hashish Club" about his initiation
1840 Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in U.S., incorporated
1814 Lord Byron's "Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on day of publication
1814 Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200
1810 1st insurance co managed by blacks, American Insurance Company of Philadelphia
1810 Seville, Spain surrenders to French
1810 U.S. Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%)
1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
1793 France declares war on England and Netherlands
1793 Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, New York, for oiled silk and linen
1790 Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (New York City)
1789 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
1788 1st U.S. steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs and Longstreet
1783 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex
1742 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance
1732 Parliament of Ratisborn accept Pragmatic Sanctions
1720 Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty
1717 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
1709 Alexander Selkirk [Robinson Crusoe] rescued from Juan Fernandez
1669 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion
1662 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders for Chinese pirates
1587 English queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuarts death sentence
1539 Emperor Karel and King Francois I sign anti-English treaty











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