Thursday, February 2, 2012
The International Criminal Court announces it will investigate Israeli war crimes possibly committed during Operation Cast Lead.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
opens its first space center and launches a rocket
Opens Space Center, Launches Rocket, Associated Press
An 11-story apartment building collapses in Konya
, killing more than 90 residents.
U.S. President George W. Bush announces the formation of the Iraq Intelligence Commission, an independent, bipartisan inquiry presidential commission to probe into prewar intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction leading up to the decision to invade Iraq. Former Iraq Survey Group chief David Kay, who searched for weapons in Iraq, meets with Bush at the White House and maintains that Bush was right to go to war in Iraq and characterizes the Saddam Hussein regime as far more dangerous than even we anticipated when it was thought he had WMDs ready to deploy. //www.cnn.com/2004/US/02/02/sprj.nirq.iraq.wmd/index.html
(See rationale for the Iraq War and Senate Report on Pre-war Intelligence on Iraq)
Tuesday, February 2, 1999
Apartheid: In South Africa, President F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to legally function again and promises to free Nelson Mandela.
Wednesday, February 2, 1983
Tuesday, February 2, 1982
Saturday, February 2, 1980
Thursday, February 2, 1967
The word "Aerospace" is coined, from the words Aircraft (aero) and Spacecraft (space), taking into consideration that the Earth's atmosphere and outerspace is to be one, or a single realm.
The Tybee Bomb, a 7,600 pound (3,500 kg) Mark 15 hydrogen bomb, is lost in the waters off Savannah, Georgia.
Saturday, February 2, 1957
A coal gas explosion at the giant Bishop coal mine in Bishop, Virginia
kills 37 men.
France prohibits U.N. involvement in Algeria
The first nuclear-powered submarine, the , logs its 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional "Nautilus" described in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
Saturday, February 2, 1952
A tropical storm forms just north of Cuba moving northeast. The storm makes landfall in southern Florida the next day. It is the earliest reported landfall from a tropical storm, and the earliest formation of a tropical storm on record in the Atlantic basin.
(King of the United Kingdom and his dominions, of Canada, of South Africa, of Australia, of New Zealand and of Ceylon) dies aged 56 after a long illness. He is succeeded by his daughter The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (now Elizabeth II
), who is on a visit to Kenya
. She is simultaneously proclaimed Queen of Canada
at Rideau Hall
Wednesday, February 2, 1944
Tuesday, February 2, 1943
WWII: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs an executive order directing the internment of Japanese Americans and the seizure of their property.
is executed in the Soviet Union on charges of treason and espionage. He is cleared of all charges 15 years later in the first waves of de-Stalinization
Thursday, February 2, 1939
Hungary joins the Anti-Comintern Pact.
In a response to Georges Bonnet's speech of January 26, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, referring to Bonnet's alleged statement of December 6, 1938 accepting Eastern Europe as being in Germany's exclusive sphere of influence, protests that all French security commitments in that region are now off limits.
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
states in the House of Commons that any German attack on France will be automatically considered an attack on Britain.
Thursday, February 2, 1933
A second international conference on disarmament ends without results, It tries to limit the army sizes of the major powers, while Germany is entitled to 200,000, Germany leaves the conference because a plan postpones the limitations for 4 years.
Thursday, February 2, 1922
Thursday, February 2, 1899
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne
agrees that Australia's capital (Canberra
) should be located between Sydney and Melbourne
Wednesday, February 2, 1887
Wednesday, February 2, 1881
Saturday, February 2, 1878
Greece declares war on Turkey
Wednesday, February 2, 1876
The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs is formed at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois it replaced the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. Morgan Bulkeley of the Hartford Dark Blues is selected as the league's first President.
Battle of Montejurra
-(Third Carlist War
)-The new commander General Fernando Primo de Rivera
marched on the remaining Carlist stronghold at Estella, where he met a force of about 1,600 men under General Carlos Calderón at nearby Montejurra. After a courageous and costly defence Calderón was forced to withdraw.
Wednesday, February 2, 1870
First railway opens in New Zealand, by Dun Mountain Copper Mining Company.
Saturday, February 2, 1856
Tuesday, February 2, 1819
Tuesday, February 2, 1808
Thursday, February 2, 1786
The Articles of Confederation are ratified by Maryland
, the 13th and final state to do so.
March ndash Riots break out in Socorro
and spread to other towns.
Saturday, February 2, 1709
An earthquake hits the town of L'Aquila, Italy.
Jan van Riebeeck
produces the first South African wine at the Cape of Good Hope.
Thursday, February 2, 1645
King Charles I of England is crowned, but without his wife, Henrietta Maria, who declines to participate in a non-Catholic ceremony.
Saturday, February 2, 1602
Candlemas night) ndash First known production of William Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night", in London.
Sunday, January 23, 1558 (Julianian calendar)
The University of Jena is founded in Thuringia, Germany.
Wednesday, January 23, 1555 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, January 23, 1542 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, January 23, 1536 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, January 23, 1509 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Diu: The Portuguese defeat a coalition of Indians, Muslims and Italians.
Saturday, January 24, 1461 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Mortimer's Cross: Yorkist troops led by Edward, Duke of York defeat Lancastrians under Owen Tudor and his son Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke in Wales.
Thursday, January 25, 1347 (Julianian calendar)
Genoese ships fleeing the Black Death plague in Kaffa stop in Constantinople, contaminating the city.
Sunday, January 26, 1141 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Lincoln: Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester and Empress Matilda wrest control of the English throne from King Stephen.
Sunday, January 26, 1119 (Julianian calendar)
The archbishop of Tarragona, Oleguer Bonestruga, very successfully preaches the Crusade in against the Moors in Catalonia.
Zhu Yu's book is the first to report the use of a magnetic compass for navigation at sea, although the first actual description of the magnetic compass is by another Chinese writer Shen Kuo in his "Dream Pool Essays" published in 1088.
In Toulouse, condemnation by the Church of the Petrobrusian
Councils of Toulouse and Reims
Friday, January 26, 1106 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, January 27, 1033 (Julianian calendar)
Panic spreads throughout Europe that the end of the universe may be near, on the supposed 1,000th anniversary of the crucifixion of Christ
, due to some unusually harsh spring weather. The Book of Revelation
predicts the end of the earth after a 1000 year period.Revelation Chapter 20
Tuesday, January 28, 962 (Julianian calendar)