February 2 Events in History - February 2 Birthdays - February 2 Deaths
2015 The four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta have been put on display at the British Library in London; access is limited to scholars and to 1,215 viewers from all over the world who were selected by lottery
2014 The Superbowl takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8, a historic win for the Seahawks, who haven't won a major championship in 30 years
2014 Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts on Sumatra Island, shooting toxic clouds of ash into the air; 15 people die, and the search continues for more victims and survivors
2013 Iran releases a new Qaher-313 combat jet which they claim can evade radar detection
2013 In a speech directed at Japan's Self-Defense Forces, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, vows to defend the Senkaku Islands
2012 A serious cold snap across Europe causes 110 deaths
2012 In Kuwait, voters go to the polls for a parliamentary election
2011 Egypt partially restores Internet access after a five-day blackout
2011 Ian Thorpe, an Australian swimmer, announces he will come out of retirement to compete in the London Olympics in 2012
2010 The World Food Programme reports that 4.3 million people suffer from hunger in Sudan, the number has quadrupled since 2009
2009 Iran launches first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit
1998 Daniel Baldwin hospitalized in New York City for cocaine overdose
1998 Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
1997 "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" closes at Gershwin New York City
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
1996 Ali Landry, 22, (Louisiana), crowned 45th Miss USA
1995 "Moliere Comedies" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 56 performances
1995 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
1995 U.S. space shuttle Discovery launched
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)
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 vs. India at Perth
1992 IRS and 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
1991 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 vs. New Zealand at Wellington
1991 U.S. postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents
1990 Marina Ogilvy, daughter of English princess Alexandra, weds Paul Mowatt
1990 South Africa's President FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela and legalizes ANC and 60 other political orgs
1989 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C) or below in 15 U.S. states
1989 FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader
1989 NL announces Yankees' broadcaster Bill White will be 1st black president
1988 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* vs. England at Sydney
1987 Kansas City Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
1987 Philippines adopts constitution
1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz New York City after 13 performances
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
1985 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
1984 8th Soap Opera Digest Poll Awards
1984 Lebanese army fight in Beirut
1983 Chicago Absp Joseph L. Bernardin is among 18 new cardinals invested
1983 Pope John Paul II names 18 new cardinals
1982 "Late Night with David Letterman" premieres on NBC
1982 Government troops and Moslem-fundamentalists battle in Hamah Syria
1982 San Diego beats Miami 41-38 in OT after blowing a 24-0 lead
1980 FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected and public officials for bribes for political favors
1977 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (U.S.S.R.)
1977 Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer
1977 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
1976 "Honeymooners Second Honeymoon" airs on TV
1976 "Rich Little Show," debuts on NBC-TV
1976 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom and ump Cal Hubbard elected to Hall of Fame
1975 Army offensive against rebels in Eritrea Ethiopia
1975 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
1975 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
1975 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
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)
1973 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
1973 James R. Schlesinger, becomes 9th director of CIA
1973 Richath Helms, ends term as 8th director of CIA
1973 Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, New Zealand vs. Pakistan, Wellington
1972 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs and William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame
1972 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London
1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
1970 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points
1969 KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
1969 Stan Coveleski and Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame
1968 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
1967 Bolivia adopts its constitution
1967 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
1965 Joe Ortons "Loot," premieres in Brighton
1964 GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy
1964 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Netherlands) wins Olympic gold for figure skating
1964 Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, and Miller Huggins are selected to Hall of Fame
1963 Helen Shapiro begins tour (Beatles are part of undercard)
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 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1961 Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
1960 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
1959 Buddy Holly's last performance
1959 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers
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, Puerto Rico (PTC) begins broadcasting
1957 "Candide" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 73 performances
1957 United Nations adopts a resolution calling for Israeli troops to leave Egypt
1956 Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
1955 1st presidential news conference on network TV, Eisenhower on ABC
1954 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
1954 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb, done in 1952
1954 Snow falls on Gibraltar
1951 -35 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Greensburg, Indiana (state record until 1994)
1951 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1950 "Arms and the Girl" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 134 performances
1950 1st broadcast of "What's My Line," on CBS-TV
1949 1st 45 RPM record released
1949 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident
1948 President Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
1946 "Nellie Bly" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 16 performances
1945 Escape attempt at Mauthausen concentration camp
1944 4th U.S. marine division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands
1944 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
1944 Baseball meets in New York City to discuss postwar action
1944 Edward Chodorov's "Decision," premieres in New York City
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
1942 Los Angeles Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
1942 U.S. auto factories switch from commercial to war production
1940 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
1935 Lie detector 1st used in court, Portage, Wisconsin
1934 Dutch RC Bishops warn against fascism/nazism
1933 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament
1933 Goring bans communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany
1933 Ucicky's "Rotten Morning," premieres in Berlin
1932 Al Capone sent to prison
1932 Geneva disarmament conference begins with 60 countries
1932 Grimmett takes 14 wickets vs. South Africa (7-116 and 7-83)
1932 Reconstruction Finance Corp organized
1931 1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students
1931 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail, Austria
1927 Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy's "Rio Rita," premieres in New York City
1927 Ziegfeld Theater (Loew's Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave and 54th St. New York City
1926 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
1925 Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism and 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
1924 International Ski Federation (FIS) forms
1923 Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio
1923 United States signs friendship treaty with Central American countries
1922 It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22
1922 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)
1920 Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
1920 France occupies (German) Memel territory
1920 Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: U.S.S.R. recognizes Estonian independence
1919 Monarchist riot in Portugal
1914 James Royce Shannon's musical "Shameen Dhu," premieres in New York City
1913 N.Y. Giants sign Jim Thorpe
1913 New York City's Grand Central Terminal opens
1912 Frederick R Law, parachutes from Statue of Liberty (stunt for Pathe)
1909 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
1906 Pope encyclical against separation of church and state
1904 U.S. blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
1901 Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization
1900 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris
1894 U.S. warship Kearsarge wrecked on Roncador Reef, near Solomon Island
1893 1st movie close-up, of a sneeze, Edison studio, West Orange, New Jersey
1892 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
1892 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England vs. Australia SCG
1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby
1882 Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Conn
1880 SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton
1878 Greece declares war on Turkey
1876 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis
1870 Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
1870 Mark Twain, 34, marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York
1869 James Oliver invents removable tempered steel plow blade
1863 Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time
1854 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On persecution of Armenians"
1852 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St. London)
1852 Alexandre Dumas Jr's "Le Dame aux Camelias," premieres in Paris
1848 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in San Francisco
1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; U.S. acquires Texas California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
1843 U.S. and British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee
1829 Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does 60,000 pounds damage
1823 Rossini's opera "Semiramide" premieres in Venice
1811 Russian settlers establish Ft. Ross trading post, north of SF
1802 1st leopard exhibited in U.S., Boston (admission 25 cents )
1798 Federal St. Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in U.S. destroyed by fire
1795 Joseph Haydns 102nd Symphony in B, premieres
1762 Thomas Arnes opera "Artaxerxes," premieres in London
1742 British Walpole government resigns
1732 King Frederik Willem I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia
1731 Georg F Handels opera "Poro," premieres in London
1714 Nicholas Rowe's "tragedy of Jane Shore," premieres in London
1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"
1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city, later called New York City
1637 Zorilla's "El mas Impropio Verdugo Para Las," premieres in Madrid
1633 M Rossi's opera "Erminia sul Giordano," premieres in Rome
1550 English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset, freed
1536 Pedro de Mendoza finds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
1461 2nd battle of St. Alban's-Lancastrian defeat Yorkists
1141 Battle at Lincoln: King Stephen captured
1119 Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II
1032 Koenraad II succeeds Rudolf III as king of Bourgundy
962 Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
506 King Alarik II of Visigoten delegates Lex Romania Visigothorum out