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    • February 1, 1327 "Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer."

    • February 1, 1411 "Peace of Toru 1411 signed in Toru, Poland"

    • February 1, 1539 Emperor Karel & King Fran‡ois I sign anti-English treaty

    • February 1, 1587 English queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuart's death sentence

    • February 1, 1662 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders for Chinese pirates

    • February 1, 1662 The Chinese general Koxinga seizes the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege.

    • February 1, 1663 The town of Quebec is rocked by an evening earthquake

    • February 1, 1669 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion

    • February 1, 1709 Alexander Selkirk [Robinson Crusoe] rescued from Juan Fernandez

    • February 1, 1713 "The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized."

    • February 1, 1717 Henri d'Aguesseau's first appointment as chancellor of France

    • February 1, 1720 Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty

    • February 1, 1732 Parliament of Ratisborn accept Pragmatic Sanctions

    • February 1, 1742 Sardinia & Austria sign alliance

    • February 1, 1775 Peasants in Bohemia revolt against servitude.

    • February 1, 1780 British Major John Graves Simcoe leads 200 of his Rangers in a foray into New Jersey in the American Revolutionary War

    • February 1, 1783 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex

    • February 1, 1788 "First US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet"

    • February 1, 1788 Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patent the steamboat.

    • February 1, 1789 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long

    • February 1, 1790 In New York City the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time.

    • February 1, 1790 Supreme Court convenes for the first time (New York NY)

    • February 1, 1793 "Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, New York, for oiled silk & linen"

    • February 1, 1796 Capital of Upper Canada transferred from Newark (Niagara) to York.

    • February 1, 1796 The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York.

    • February 1, 1799 Royal Assent given to change the name of Ile St. Jean (St. John's Island) to Prince Edward Island.

    • February 1, 1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system

    • February 1, 1810 First insurance company managed by blacks (American Insurance Company of Philadelphia)

    • February 1, 1810 "Seville, Spain surrenders to the French"

    • February 1, 1810 "US Population - 7,239,881; Black population - 1,377,808 (19%)"

    • February 1, 1811 UK hist Light first lit on Robert Stephenson's Inchcape (Bell) Rock lighthouse off Scotland

    • February 1, 1814 "Lord Byron's ""The Corsair"" sells 10,000 copies on the day of publication"

    • February 1, 1814 "Mayon Volcano, in the Philippines, erupts, killing around 1,200 people; most devastating eruption of Mayon Volcano."

    • February 1, 1840 "The first U.S. college of Dentistry is chartered in Baltimore, MD."

    • February 1, 1851 Anti-transportation groups meet in Melbourne to lobby for permanent end to shipping of convicts to eastern Australian colonies.

    • February 1, 1851 "Death of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, British author of Frankenstein."

    • February 1, 1851 "Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, dies at age 53."

    • February 1, 1854 Fire destroys Parliament Buildings at Quebec; government transfers to Toronto; hastens the decision to move to Ottawa

    • February 1, 1856 Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College.

    • February 1, 1858 Douglas Law goes into effect in British Columbia; miners required to buy licenses to search for gold in the Fraser Valley.

    • February 1, 1861 Dike breaks in Gelderland Netherlands

    • February 1, 1861 Texas votes to secede from the Union.

    • February 1, 1862 "Julia Ward Howe's ""Battle Hymn of the Republic"" is published for the first time in the Atlantic Monthly."

    • February 1, 1864 2nd German-Danish war begins

    • February 1, 1864 Austrian/Prussian troops occupy Sleeswijk/Holstein

    • February 1, 1864 "Battle of Yazoo River, Mississippi"

    • February 1, 1865 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)

    • February 1, 1865 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins

    • February 1, 1865 "JS Rock, first black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court, admitted to bar"

    • February 1, 1867 Bricklayers start working 8-hour days

    • February 1, 1870 Founding of the Quebec Provincial Police force.

    • February 1, 1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia is first black to make an official speech in House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)

    • February 1, 1881 US Assay Office in St Louis MO authorized

    • February 1, 1883 French Lieutenant-Colonel Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger

    • February 1, 1884 Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

    • February 1, 1884 "First volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published"

    • February 1, 1887 Harvey Wilcox of Kansas subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)

    • February 1, 1892 "Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning the use of the ""400"" to describe the socially elite"

    • February 1, 1893 "Prince Albert, Saskatchewan recorded the coldest day on record in Saskatchewan: -56.7 degrees Celsius"

    • February 1, 1893 "Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria (West Orange, New Jersey)."

    • February 1, 1893 Thomas Edison completes worlds first movie studio (West Orange NJ)

    • February 1, 1896 The opera La bohme premieres (Turin).

    • February 1, 1897 "Shinhan Bank (former CHB), oldest bank in South Korea, opened in Seoul."

    • February 1, 1898 "First auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Company"

    • February 1, 1902 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet

    • February 1, 1905 Hungarian premier Tisza resigns

    • February 1, 1906 English Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Grey's wife Dorothy fatally injured

    • February 1, 1906 "First federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth KS"

    • February 1, 1908 "King Carlos I of Portugal and his son, Prince Luis Filipe are killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon."

    • February 1, 1909 "US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens"

    • February 1, 1910 Dragoumis government forms in Greece

    • February 1, 1910 The first British labour exchange opens

    • February 1, 1913 New York City's Grand Central Terminal opens as the world's largest train station.

    • February 1, 1914 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] Censors appointed

    • February 1, 1914 Tanganyika Railway opens

    • February 1, 1916 "SS Empress Queen, stranded in fog off Bembridge, Isle of Wight, where she later broke up. Although there were 1300 troops on board all were got off."

    • February 1, 1918 Russia adopts Gregorian calendar (becomes Feb 14)

    • February 1, 1918 Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar.

    • February 1, 1918 The French ship LaDive is torpedoed in the Mediterranean.

    • February 1, 1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police

    • February 1, 1920 The first commercial armored car introduced (St Paul MN)

    • February 1, 1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin operations.

    • February 1, 1923 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel

    • February 1, 1923 Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Mussolini

    • February 1, 1924 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens

    • February 1, 1924 New British MacDonald government recognizes USSR

    • February 1, 1924 United Kingdom recognizes USSR.

    • February 1, 1926 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR

    • February 1, 1926 Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per square inch

    • February 1, 1929 "Frenchman Charles Rigoulet is the first weightlifter to lift over 400 pounds (181 kg) in the ""clean and jerk"" method."

    • February 1, 1930 Arnold Sch”nbergs opera premieres in Frankfurt

    • February 1, 1932 "Bradman makes 299 vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th"

    • February 1, 1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname

    • February 1, 1933 Dutch bishops forbid membership in non-catholic unions

    • February 1, 1933 "German Parliament dissolves, General Ludendorf predicts catastrophe"

    • February 1, 1934 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his own

    • February 1, 1935 "First ""March of Time"" newsreel premieres at the Capitol"

    • February 1, 1935 "James T Farrell finishes his ""Studs Lonigan"" trilogy"

    • February 1, 1940 Russia begins new offensive against Finland

    • February 1, 1943 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier

    • February 1, 1943 Mussert forms pro Nazi shadow cabinet (Netherlands)

    • February 1, 1943 World War II: Vidkun Quisling is appointed Premier of Norway by the Nazi occupiers.

    • February 1, 1944 First Japanese territory invaded at Kwajalein.

    • February 1, 1944 Supreme Soviet enlarges soviet republics' autonomy

    • February 1, 1945 US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie

    • February 1, 1946 Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie is selected as the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

    • February 1, 1946 "Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president"

    • February 1, 1946 Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.

    • February 1, 1947 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of Christian-democrats & communists

    • February 1, 1947 Dmitri Shostakovitch named professor at conservatory of Leningrad

    • February 1, 1947 NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established

    • February 1, 1948 Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates

    • February 1, 1948 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed

    • February 1, 1949 "200"" (5.08-meter) Hale telescope first used"

    • February 1, 1949 RCA releases first single record ever (45 rpm)

    • February 1, 1950 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland

    • February 1, 1950 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes

    • February 1, 1951 "-50§F (-46§C), Gavilan NM (state record)"

    • February 1, 1951 Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed

    • February 1, 1951 First telecast of atomic explosion

    • February 1, 1951 The first X-ray moving picture process demonstrated

    • February 1, 1951 UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea

    • February 1, 1952 General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia

    • February 1, 1952 The United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria) is formed.

    • February 1, 1953 """General Electric Theater"" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts"

    • February 1, 1953 """You Are There"" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television great show for it's time"

    • February 1, 1953 Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands first female assistant Secretary of state

    • February 1, 1953 "Flooding in Netherlands, kills 1,835"

    • February 1, 1954 "First TV soap opera ""Secret Storm"" premieres"

    • February 1, 1954 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire

    • February 1, 1955 H C Hansen appointed premier of Denmark

    • February 1, 1956 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking

    • February 1, 1957 Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the Wankel engine was running at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany

    • February 1, 1957 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam

    • February 1, 1957 The first black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline

    • February 1, 1958 1959 Swiss males vote against voting rights for women

    • February 1, 1958 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic

    • February 1, 1958 "Merger of Egypt and Syria to form the United Arab Republic, which lasted until 1961."

    • February 1, 1958 US satellite (Explorer I) launched

    • February 1, 1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)

    • February 1, 1960 "4 students stage first civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth"

    • February 1, 1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender

    • February 1, 1960 "Four black students stage a sit-in at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina."

    • February 1, 1961 A full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful

    • February 1, 1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive

    • February 1, 1961 Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 minutes for cricket draw vs West Indies

    • February 1, 1963 "Neil Young performs his first professional date at a Winnipeg country club, at age 17."

    • February 1, 1963 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda

    • February 1, 1964 """Stop the World, I Want to..."" closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances"

    • February 1, 1964 "Beatles' ""I Want to Hold Your Hand,"" first #1 hit & stays #1 for 7 weeks"

    • February 1, 1964 "Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban ""Louie Louie"" for obscenity"

    • February 1, 1964 Suriname River dammed

    • February 1, 1965 "Churchill River, Newfoundland - Hamilton River in Labrador renamed Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill."

    • February 1, 1965 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam

    • February 1, 1965 "Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news"

    • February 1, 1965 The Hamilton River in Labrador renamed Churchill River in honour of Winston Spencer Churchill

    • February 1, 1966 "Buster Keaton, famous comic film star, dies at age 69."

    • February 1, 1967 Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & 60 lives

    • February 1, 1968 Famous photo Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head

    • February 1, 1968 Former Vice-President Richard Nixon announces candidacy for President

    • February 1, 1968 Merger of the historic New York Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad to form ill-fated Penn Central Transportation.

    • February 1, 1968 "Official unification of the three military services of Canada, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, into the Canadian Forces."

    • February 1, 1968 "The government halted further unification of the Canadian Armed Forces, many say it did not work"

    • February 1, 1968 Vietnam War: Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem is executed by Nguyen Ngoc Loan a South Vietnamese National Police Chief. The execution was videotaped and photographed by Eddie Adams and helped sway public opinion against the war.

    • February 1, 1968 Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of the Green Bay Packers

    • February 1, 1968 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

    • February 1, 1969 Saturday mail delivery in Canada eliminated.

    • February 1, 1970 "Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die"

    • February 1, 1970 West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract

    • February 1, 1971 "Canada and China open diplomatic relations; exchange diplomats in both countries, and officially recognize each other's sovereignty"

    • February 1, 1972 Kuala Lumpur became a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

    • February 1, 1972 The calculator arrives as a scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)

    • February 1, 1972 "Wings release ""Give Ireland Back to the Irish"" in UK"

    • February 1, 1973 Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

    • February 1, 1974 """Good Times"" (spinoff from ""Maude"") premieres on CBS TV"

    • February 1, 1974 "Joelma Building fire - a fire in a 25-story office building kills 189 and injures 293 in Sao Paulo, Brazil."

    • February 1, 1974 Kuala Lumpur declared a Federal Territory.

    • February 1, 1975 """Hoppy, Gene & Me"" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65"

    • February 1, 1975 """Men on the Moon"" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances"

    • February 1, 1975 Number one hit on UK music charts - Pilot - January

    • February 1, 1975 Otis Francis Tabler is first open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department

    • February 1, 1976 """Rich Man, Poor Man"" mini-series premieres on ABC TV"

    • February 1, 1976 "Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce"

    • February 1, 1977 Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives

    • February 1, 1978 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl

    • February 1, 1978 Harriet Tubman is first black woman honored on a US postage stamp

    • February 1, 1979 "Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back into Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile."

    • February 1, 1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile.

    • February 1, 1979 Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter.

    • February 1, 1979 Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst leaves federal prison when her sentence for bank robbery is commuted by President Jimmy Carter.

    • February 1, 1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System

    • February 1, 1980 "Soap opera ""Love of Life"" ends a 28 year run"

    • February 1, 1981 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell causes furore when he orders his brother Trevor to bowl underarm to a New Zealand batsman.

    • February 1, 1981 "Duke Ellington-musical ""Sophisticated Ladies,"" premieres in New York NY"

    • February 1, 1981 "Dutch Antilles census is 231,932"

    • February 1, 1981 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq

    • February 1, 1981 "Trevor Chappell bowls his infamous ""Underarm Ball"" to Brian McKechnie to prevent New Zealand scoring a 6, and tying the ODI, on the last ball of the third match in the final of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup. It directly led to the banning of underarm bowling by the International Cricket Council as not within the spirit of the game."

    • February 1, 1982 Amoco Canada and Chevron Standard Ltd. withdraw from $13.5 billion Alsands oil consortium in Alberta .

    • February 1, 1982 David Letterman begins an 11-year run as the host of the NBC program Late Night with David Letterman.

    • February 1, 1982 Late Night With David Letterman makes its debut on NBC-TV.

    • February 1, 1982 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)

    • February 1, 1982 Senegal and Gambia form a loose confederation known as Senegambia.

    • February 1, 1983 "New channels first available on cable as pay TV launched in Canada; First Choice, Superchannel and C-Channel allyou got to do is PAY"

    • February 1, 1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test

    • February 1, 1984 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations

    • February 1, 1984 "Ravindara Mhatrem, Indian diplomat, kidnapped in England (killed 0203)"

    • February 1, 1985 "-61§F (-52§C), Maybell CO (state record)"

    • February 1, 1985 "-69§F (-56§C), Peter's Sink UT (state record)"

    • February 1, 1985 Azharuddin scores 3rd Test century in 3rd Test Cricket (122 vs England)

    • February 1, 1986 "Dick James, music publisher for the Beatles from 1962-70, dies in London at age 58."

    • February 1, 1986 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

    • February 1, 1987 "163 day strike against Deere & Company ends, workers accept wage freeze"

    • February 1, 1989 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion

    • February 1, 1989 Princess Diana of England visits New York NY

    • February 1, 1989 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    • February 1, 1990 CN Rail commences cabooseless train operations.

    • February 1, 1991 35 people die when a USAir jetliner crashes atop a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport.

    • February 1, 1991 "Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die"

    • February 1, 1991 Craig McDermott takes 8-97 vs England at the WACA

    • February 1, 1991 "President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws"

    • February 1, 1992 "The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal Disaster case."

    • February 1, 1992 "Uniondale, New York Denis Potvin's #5 becomes first number retired by the New York Islanders"

    • February 1, 1993 New York Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman

    • February 1, 1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands

    • February 1, 1994 "In Portland, Oregon Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his role in attacking figure skater Nancy Kerrigan."

    • February 1, 1994 "Jeff Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, pleads guilty to taking part in an attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan."

    • February 1, 1994 "Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean"

    • February 1, 1995 Amtrak New York-Tampa run ends

    • February 1, 1995 "Andy & Grant Flower make 269 stand vs Pakistan, brotherly record"

    • February 1, 1995 Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

    • February 1, 1996 The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

    • February 1, 1996 "Toronto Stock Exchange 300 index breaks through the symbolic 5,000 mark for the first time, our Dow Jones"

    • February 1, 1998 """Street Corner Symphony,"" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances"

    • February 1, 1998 86th Australian Mens Tennis Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (6-2 6-2 6-2)

    • February 1, 1998 Australian Mixed Doubles Tennis J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (6-2 6-1)

    • February 1, 2000 Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico say they have traced the origin of the AIDS virus to around 1930.

    • February 1, 2003 "Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard."

    • February 1, 2004 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

    • February 1, 2005 "Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage."

    • February 1, 2005 Nepal King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'tat to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.







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