February 3 Events in History - February 3 Birthdays - February 3 Deaths
2015 Harper Lee will release her second novel, 'Go Set a Watchman,' after 55 years; Lee wrote this novel first, presenting Scout as an adult, but editors convinced Lee to write instead about Scout as a child, resulting in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
2014 The 2011 abortion rate reportedly is at its lowest in 30 years; the rate of 16.9 abortions per thousand women of childbearing age was 19.4 per thousand in 2008, and 29.3 per thousand in 1981
2014 Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, wins a record fifth Associated Press MVP award; the award has never been won more than three times by a single NFL player
2013 Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to air strikes on Syria, saying Israel's government is waging 'state terrorism'
2013 A power outage occurs during the Super Bowl XLVII at New Orleans' Superdome; the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34 - 31
2012 The U.S. unemployment rate drops to 8.3%, the lowest in three years after employers added 240,000 jobs in January
2012 Colorado closes its highways, including the I-70, due to heavy snowfall
2011 The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports that world food prices have reached a record high
2011 Lawmakers in Nepal vote to elect a new Prime Minister
2010 Somali pirates seize a North-Korean flagged cargo ship south of Yemen
2002 Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams 20-17
1998 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli's is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
1998 New York Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
1998 Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale across Britain
1998 U.S. military plane clips cable car lines in northern Italy, kills 20
1997 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Ithaca New York
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Detroit, Michigan on WKRK 97.1 FM
1995 STS-63 (Discovery 19), launches into orbit
1994 "Les Miserables," opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore
1994 Actor Jean-Claude van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
1994 President Bill Clinton lifts U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam
1994 STS-60 (Discovery) launches into orbit
1993 Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments
1993 Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles California
1992 Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends
1992 Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $300 per week
1991 Meg Mallon wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
1991 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-21
1990 Darryl Strawberry enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation
1990 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
1990 New York Met Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Alcohol rehab center
1989 Bill White named NL president; 1st black major-league sports head
1989 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
1989 Start 1st Test Cricket, New Zealand vs. Pak, washed out
1987 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
1987 San Diego Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
1986 President Reagan announces formation of Commission on Challenger Accident
1985 "Harrigan 'n Hart" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 5 performances
1985 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1984 10th Space Shuttle Mission (41B)-Challenger 4 launched
1983 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
1982 Columbia Shuttle moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating for STS-3 mission
1982 Greatest helicopter lift, 56,888 kg, Podmoscovnoe, U.S.S.R.
1982 John Sharples of England finishes disco dancing 371 hours
1981 Australia beats New Zealand 3-1 to win World Series Cup
1981 Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
1980 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Washington
1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1980 Mohammed Ali tours Africa as President Carter's envoy
1979 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
1979 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
1979 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
1979 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
1978 Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test
1978 India needing 493 to beat Australia at Adelaide, all out 445
1977 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
1976 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
1975 Billy Herman, Earl Averill, and Bucky Harris elected to Hall of Fame
1974 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 65 performances
1974 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
1973 Dr. Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 and peaks at #6
1973 President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
1972 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
1969 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 122 performances
1969 The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasser Arafat head of PLO
1967 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix
1966 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched U.S.
1966 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
1965 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating on exams
1965 Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture
1965 Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)
1965 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
1964 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
1964 Black and Puerto Rican students boycott New York City public schools
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
1962 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
1962 President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs
1961 6th largest snowfall in New York City history (17.4" (44.2cm))
1959 American Airlines Electra crashes in New York's East River, killing 65
1958 Royal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart and peaks at #3
1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
1956 Autherine J Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
1956 Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
1954 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
1953 J. Fred Muggs, a chimp, becomes a regular on NBC's Today Show
1951 "Victor Borge Show," debuts on NBC TV
1951 Dick Button wins U.S. skating title for 6th time
1951 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
1951 Tennessee Williams' "Rose Tattoo," premieres in New York City
1950 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spy charges
1948 Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US
1947 -81 degrees F (-63 degrees C), Snag Yukon (North American record)
1947 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)
1947 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
1945 Almost 1000 Flying Fortresses drop 3000 ton bombs on Berlin
1945 Walt Disney's "3 Caballeros" released
1943 4 chaplains drown after giving up their life jackets to others
1942 1st Japanese air raid on Java
1942 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
1941 Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage and Hour law, sets minimum wages and max hours
1938 Paul Osborn's "On Borrowed Time," premieres in New York City
1937 Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th Test Cricket vs. England
1933 1st interstate legislative conference in U.S. opens, Washington, D.C.
1933 German minister Goering bans social-democratic newspaper Vorwarts
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe departs to Berlin
1931 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls state "apex of moronia"
1930 Vietnamese Communistic Party forms
1930 William Howard Taft, resigns as chief justice for health reasons
1929 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam
1927 Uprising against regime of general Carmona in Portugal
1924 Alexei Ryko elected as President of People's commission (succeeds Lenin)
1919 Herbert/Blossom's musical "Velvet Lady," premieres in New York City
1919 League of Nations 1st meeting (Paris)
1919 Socialist conference convenes (Berne Switzerland)
1918 Twin Peaks Tunnel longest (11,920') streetcar tunnel begins service
1917 U.S. liner Housatonic sunk by German sub and diplomatic relations severed
1916 Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down
1916 Tristan Tzar publishes Dada-manifest in Zurich Switzerland
1915 Turkish and German army reach Suez Canal
1913 16th Amendment, federal income tax, ratified
1913 Golden/Cawthorne's musical "Sunshine Girl," premieres in New York City
1908 Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
1903 Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa
1901 Dutch troops under General Van Heutsz conquer Batu Ilie on Sumatra
1900 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Balt
1895 Wilhelm Mauseth skates world record 500 m (46.8 seconds)
1894 1st U.S. steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched, Bath, Me
1892 Russia closes down Yeshiva of Volozhin
1887 To avoid disputed national elections, Congress creates Electoral Count Act
1882 Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
1876 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football
1870 15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed
1869 Booth theater at 23rd and 6th opens in New York City (Romeo and Juliet)
1867 Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)
1865 Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Lincoln and Stephens reach an impasse
1864 Sherman's march through Mississippi
1860 Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st U.S. superintendent of agriculture
1855 Wisconsin Supreme Court declares U.S. Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
1844 Hector Berlioz' "Carnaval Romain," premieres in Paris
1836 Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany New York)
1825 Dutch North Sea coast floods
1815 World's 1st commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
1809 Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)
1783 Spain recognizes U.S. independence
1781 Dutch West Indies island of St. Eustatia taken by British
1752 Dutch States-General forbid export of windmills
1743 Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants
1740 Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
1690 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
1660 General Moncks army reaches London
1653 Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile
1591 German monarchy forms Protestant Union of Torgau
1576 Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris
1547 Russian czar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova
1488 Bartholomeus Diaz discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros)
1377 Cardinal Robert of Geneva (anti-pope Clemens VII) starts term
1377 Mass execution of population of Cesena Italy