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Egyptian protests:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The sculpture "L'Homme qui marche I" by Alberto Giacometti sells in London for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.
The sculpture "L\\'Homme qui marche I" by Alberto Giacometti sells in London for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Palestinian National Authority demands an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip. //www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/03/AR2009020300665.html ("Washington Post")

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sri Lankan Civil War: At least eight people die and up to 100 are hurt in a suicide attack in the main railway station in Colombo. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7224783.stm (BBC News)
Egyptian troops close the last breach in Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip. //www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1201867283500pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull (AP via "The Jerusalem Post")

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Russia investigates smelly orange snow, oily to touch, which has fallen across an area of 1500 square kilometres in the Omsk region of the country. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6323611.stm (BBC)
The Spring Festival travel season in China begins, in which 156 million passengers will travel by train, and 2 billion bus trips are expected. //news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-02/03/content_5690247.htm (Xinhua) //english.people.com.cn/200702/05/eng20070205_347644.html (People's Daily)

Friday, February 3, 2006

An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people, sinks in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Political status of Taiwan: President Chen Shui-bian proposes to set up a demilitarized zone between Taiwan and mainland China. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3453631.stm
An apartment block collapses in the Turkish city of Konya, killing at least 14 people. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3453131.stm
Mini-Tuesday: Five states hold primaries and two states hold caucuses for the Democratic presidential nomination. U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts wins primary elections in Arizona, Delaware, New Mexico, Missouri and North Dakota, which a best result is 51 percent in Missouri. Senator John Edwards of North Carolina wins in South Carolina. Retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark narrowly wins in Oklahoma. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who opted to focus on the Michigan and Washington primaries the following Saturday, polls poorly in all these primaries, with a best result is third with 18% in New Mexico. For the first time, Kerry obtains a majority of elected delegates to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, with 244 delegates to Dean's 121, Edwards' 102 and Clark's 79. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, having earlier announced Joementum, comes in second in Delaware and announces his withdrawal from the race.

Monday, February 3, 2003

Record producer Phil Spector was arrested in relation to an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old woman in Los Angeles. Press reports identify the woman as the actress Lana Clarkson.

Sunday, February 3, 2002

Costa Rica holds presidential and congressional elections.
American football: Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20, Saint Louis Rams 17—one of the most astonishing upsets in Super Bowl history.

Tuesday, February 3, 1998

Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States Military pilot causes the deaths of 20 people near Trento, Italy, when his low-flying plane severs the cable of a cable-car.

Thursday, February 3, 1994

Wednesday, February 3, 1988

The Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives rejects President Ronald Reagan's request for $36.25 million to support the Nicaraguan Contras.

Monday, February 3, 1986

Thursday, February 3, 1983

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser is granted a double dissolution of both houses of parliament for elections on March 5. Bob Hawke replaces Bill Hayden as leader of the Australian Labor Party.

Wednesday, February 3, 1982

Syrian president Hafez al-Assad orders the army to purge the city of Harran of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Saturday, February 3, 1979

Khomeini creates the Council of the Islamic Revolution.
Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was known to science.
Supporters of Khomeini take over the Iranian law enforcement, courts and government administration the final session of the Iranian National Consultative Assembly is held.

Thursday, February 3, 1972

February 13 – The 1972 Winter Olympics are held in Sapporo, Japan.

Friday, February 3, 1967

Ronald Ryan becomes the last man hanged in Australia, for murdering a guard while escaping from prison in December 1965.

Thursday, February 3, 1966

The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.

Monday, February 3, 1964

Protesting against alleged de-facto school racial segregation, Black and Puerto Rican groups in New York City boycott public schools.

Friday, February 3, 1961

China buys grain from Canada for $60 million.

Wednesday, February 3, 1960

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town (although he had first made the speech, to little publicity, in Accra, Gold Coast – now Ghana – on January 10).

Wednesday, February 3, 1954

Elizabeth II becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia.

Saturday, February 3, 1945

The Soviet Union agrees to enter the Pacific War against Japan once hostilities against Germany are concluded.
Battle of Manila: United States forces enter the outskirts of Manila to capture it from the Japanese Imperial Army, starting the battle.

Thursday, February 3, 1944

WWII: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.

Wednesday, February 3, 1943

WWII: The Four Chaplains of the U.S. Army are drowned, when their ship (USAT Dorchester) is struck by a German torpedo.

Tuesday, February 3, 1942

WWII: Rommel suspends his offensive in Cyrenaica.

Monday, February 3, 1941

WWII: The Nazis forcibly restore Pierre Laval to office in occupied Vichy France.

Tuesday, February 3, 1931

Hawke\'s Bay earthquake: Much of the New Zealand city of Napier is destroyed in an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.
Hawke's Bay earthquake: Much of the New Zealand city of Napier is destroyed in an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.

Monday, February 3, 1919

Soviet troops occupy Ukraine.

Saturday, February 3, 1917

WWI: The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany.

Thursday, February 3, 1916

Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada are burned down.

Monday, February 3, 1913

The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect income taxes.

Friday, February 3, 1882

P. T. Barnum purchases the elephant Jumbo.

Wednesday, February 3, 1875

Battle of Lácar (Third Carlist War) -Carlist commander Torcuato Mendíri secured a brilliant victory when he surprised and routed a Government force under General Enrique Bargés at Lácar, east of Estella, nearly capturing newly crowned King Alfonso XII. The Carlists take several pieces of artillery, more than 2,000 rifles, and 300 prisoners. 800 men of both sides are killed - mostly government troops.

Thursday, February 3, 1870

The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing African-Americans the right to vote, is passed.

Sunday, February 3, 1867

Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu abdicates, and the late Emperor Kōmei's son, Prince Mutsuhito becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan in a brief ceremony in Kyoto, ending the Late Tokugawa shogunate.

Tuesday, February 3, 1857

The National Deaf Mute College (later renamed Gallaudet University) is established in Washington, D.C., becoming the first school for the advanced education of the deaf.

Tuesday, February 3, 1852

Battle of Caseros or Battle of Monte Caseros, Argentina: The Argentine provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes allied with Brazil and members of Colorado Party of Uruguay, defeat Buenos Aires troops under Juan Manuel de Rosas.

Friday, February 3, 1843

Argentina supports Rosas of Uruguay and begins a siege of Montevideo.

Wednesday, February 3, 1830

Greece is liberated from the Ottoman forces as the final result of the Greek War of Independence.

Thursday, February 3, 1825

Vendsyssel-Thy, once part of the Jutland peninsula that formed westernmost Denmark, becomes an island after a flood drowns its 1 km wide isthmus.

Monday, February 3, 1823

Gioachino Rossini's "Semiramide" is first performed.

Friday, February 3, 1815

The first commercial cheese factory is founded in Switzerland.

Friday, February 3, 1809

The Illinois Territory is created.

Monday, February 3, 1783

American Revolutionary War: Great Britain formally declares that it will cease hostilities with the United States of America.
A sequence of earthquakes begins in Calabria, Italy, leaves 50,000 dead.
American Revolutionary War: Britain acknowledges the United States independence.

Wednesday, February 3, 1700

The 'Lesser Great Fire' destroys a substantial part of central Edinburgh, Scotland.

Friday, February 3, 1690

The Massachusetts Bay Colony issues the first paper money in North America.

Tuesday, February 3, 1660

George Monck and his regiment arrive in London.ref name=CBH

Monday, February 3, 1653

Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile.

Tuesday, February 3, 1637

Tulip mania collapses in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands).

Saturday, January 24, 1517 (Julianian calendar)

Cairo is captured by the Ottoman Empire the Mamluk Sultanate falls.

Friday, January 25, 1488 (Julianian calendar)

Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa, becoming the first known European to travel this far south and entering the Indian Ocean.

Monday, January 25, 1451 (Julianian calendar)

Murad II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, dies and is succeeded by his son Mehmed II.

Wednesday, January 27, 1160 (Julianian calendar)

Emperor Frederick Barbarossa takes Crema, Italy following a cruel siege, as part of his caign against the independent Italian city-states.

Wednesday, January 29, 962 (Julianian calendar)

Pope John XII and Otto co-sign the "Diploma Ottonianum".
Indulf, King of the Scots and Picts, dies and is succeeded by Dubh.
December ndash A Byzantine army under Nikephoros Phokas captures and plunders Aleppo.

Monday, February 2, 313 (Julianian calendar)

Emperor Maximinus II crosses with an army (70.000 men) the Bosphorus, and lays siege to Heraclea (Turkey). He captures the city after eight days.
Edict of Milan: Constantine the Great and co-emperor Licinius met at a conference in Mediolanum (modern Milan). They proclaimed a policy of religious freedom for all, ending the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.

Friday, February 5, 6 (Julianian calendar)

Candidates for government office must take civil-service examinations.
The boy emperor, Ping Di dies of unexpected causes at age 14 Wang Mang alone selects the new emperor, the Ruzi Ying, age 2,ref name=wak1/ starting the "Jushe" era of the Han Dynasty.
The imperial Liu clan suspect the intentions of Wang Mang and foment agrarian rebellions during the course of Ruzi Ying's reign. The first of these is led by Liu Chong, Marquess of Ang-Zong (a/k/a Marquis of An-chung), with a small force starting inref name=wak1/ May or June.
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