On This Day in History, February 02

On this day, there is normally the tradition of predicting winter using a Groundhog. As you anticipate to know what next, enjoy these historical facts. Here is what happened on February 2nd, in history.

  • 1916 – German zeppelins drop close to 400 bombs over the West Midlands the crew of a British fishing trawler later comes across the crashed remains of one of the giant airships floating in the North Sea.
  • 1933 – 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves the German Reichstag (Parliament).
  • 1943 – The Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end as the Axis Powers surrender
  • 1949 – Golfing champ Ben Hogan was seriously injured in an auto accident.
  • 1952 – Hubert de Givenchy presented his first collection in Paris.
  • 1961 – The 600 passengers aboard the hijacked Santa Maria liner were finally landed and released in Brazil.
  • 1970 – Pete Maravich becomes 1st player to score 3,000 college basketball points.
  • 1971 – Idi Amin ousted Milton Obote and appointed himself the President of Uganda.
  • 1972 – The British embassy in Dublin was destroyed by crowds throwing firebombs as retaliation over the shooting dead of 13 people in Londonderry.
  • 1975 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill.
  • 1983 Pope John Paul II named 18 new cardinals.
  • 1992 – IRS & Willie Nelson settled on a $9M tax bill.
  • 1992 – A race had occurred on this day, the “24 Hours of Daytona” event.
  • 1996 – Ali Landry, 22 years old, was crowned as the 45th Miss USA.
  • 1997 -Scotty Bowman became the first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games.
  • 2003-Jennifer Lopez started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All I Have’.
  • 2007 -Scientist reports show that humans are Responsible for Climate Change.
  • 2008 -Microsoft made an unsolicited offer for Yahoo, offering $31-per-share.
  • 2019 – American singer R. Kelly was arrested after turning himself in on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including with three minors.
  • 2021 Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine deemed 91.6% effective according to analysis published in “The Lancet”.

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