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.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Saturday, February 3, 2007
ian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people, sinks in the Red Sea
off the Saudi coast.
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
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.
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.
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
Thursday, February 3, 1983
Wednesday, February 3, 1982
Saturday, February 3, 1979
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
Thursday, February 3, 1972
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
Protesting against alleged de-facto school racial segregation, Black and Puerto Rican groups in New York City boycott public schools.
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
Tuesday, February 3, 1942
WWII: Rommel suspends his offensive in Cyrenaica.
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.
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.
The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect income taxes.
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.
Tuesday, February 3, 1857
Tuesday, February 3, 1852
Wednesday, February 3, 1830
Thursday, February 3, 1825
, once part of the Jutland peninsula that formed westernmost Denmark
, becomes an island after a flood drowns its 1 km wide isthmus
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.
Wednesday, February 3, 1700
The 'Lesser Great Fire' destroys a substantial part of central Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Massachusetts Bay Colony issues the first paper money in North America.
Tuesday, February 3, 1660
George Monck and his regiment arrive in London
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)
Monday, January 25, 1451 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, January 27, 1160 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, January 29, 962 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, February 2, 313 (Julianian calendar)
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.