What happened on February 2? There are more than 314 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 2

February 2 In HistoryFebruary 2 is the 33rd day of the year 2021. There are 332 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 5th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Hanksville, Utah 84734 sunrise occured at 07:25 AM and sunset occured at 05:47 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

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Historical Events For February 2

  • 506
    Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum) a collection of Roman law.
  • 962
    Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly 40 years.
  • 1032
    Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy.
  • 1207
    Terra Mariana, comprising present-day Estonia and Latvia, is established.
  • 1461
    Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Mortimer’s Cross is fought in Herefordshire, England.
  • 1536
    Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1542
    Portuguese under Christovão da Gama capture a Muslim-occupied hill fort in northern Ethiopia in the Battle of Baçente.
  • 1653
    New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
  • 1812
    Russia establishes a fur trading colony at Fort Ross, California.
  • 1848
    California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
  • 1848
    Mexican-American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed.
  • 1876
    The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
  • 1887
    In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • 1899
    The Australian Premiers’ Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia’s capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1901
    Funeral of Queen Victoria.
  • 1913
    Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
  • 1920
    France occupies Memel.
  • 1920
    The Tartu Peace Treaty is signed between Estonia and Russia.
  • 1922
    Ulysses by James Joyce is published.
  • 1925
    Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.
  • 1925
    The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake strikes northeastern North America.
  • 1934
    The Export-Import Bank of the United States is incorporated.
  • 1935
    Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.
  • 1946
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dog in Chinese astrology.
  • 1946
    The Hungarian Republic is proclaimed.
  • 1957
    Iskander Mirza of Pakistan lays the foundation-stone of the Guddu Barrage.
  • 1966
    Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
  • 1971
    Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
  • 1972
    The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest at Bloody Sunday.
  • 1974
    The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
  • 1976
    The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada.
  • 1980
    Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.
  • 1982
    Hama Massacre: Syria attacks the town of Hama.
  • 1987
    After the 1986 People Power Revolution the Philippines enacts a new constitution.
  • 1989
    Soviet war in Afghanistan: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul.
  • 1990
    Apartheid: F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to function legally and promises to release Nelson Mandela.
  • 2004
    Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men’s singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.

Who Were Born On February 2?

  • 1208
    King James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
  • 1455
    King John of Denmark (d. 1513)
  • 1494
    Bona Sforza, queen of Poland (d. 1557)
  • 1502
    Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
  • 1506
    René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • 1522
    Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
  • 1600
    Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
  • 1613
    Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1621
    Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian humanist (d. 1679)
  • 1649
    Pope Benedict XIII (d. 1730)
  • 1650
    Nell Gwynne, English actress and royal mistress (d. 1687)
  • 1669
    Louis Marchand, French organist and harpsichordist (d. 1732)
  • 1695
    François de Chevert, French general (d. 1769)
  • 1695
    William Borlase, English naturalist (d. 1772)
  • 1700
    Johann Christoph Gottsched, German writer (d. 1766)
  • 1711
    Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz, Austrian diplomat (d. 1794)
  • 1714
    Gottfried August Homilius, German composer (d. 1785)
  • 1717
    Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
  • 1754
    Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French diplomat and statesman (d. 1838)
  • 1786
    Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (d. 1856)
  • 1802
    Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (d. 1887)
  • 1803
    Albert Sidney Johnston, American Confederate general (d. 1862)
  • 1829
    Alfred Brehm, German zoologist (d. 1884)
  • 1829
    William Stanley, inventor and engineer (d. 1909)
  • 1841
    François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
  • 1842
    Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
  • 1849
    Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (d. 1921)
  • 1851
    José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • 1860
    Curtis Guild, Jr., American politician (d. 1915)
  • 1861
    Solomon R. Guggenheim, American art collector and philanthropist (d. 1949)
  • 1873
    Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat and statesman (d. 1956)
  • 1873
    Leo Fall, Austrian operatta composer (d. 1925)
  • 1875
    Fritz Kreisler, Austrian violinist (d. 1962)
  • 1878
    Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1881
    Orval Overall, American baseball player (d. 1947)
  • 1882
    James Joyce, Irish author (d. 1941)
  • 1887
    Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • 1888
    Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1889
    Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French general, posthumous Marshal of France (d. 1952)
  • 1890
    Charles Correll, American actor (d. 1972)
  • 1892
    Tochigiyama Moriya, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 27th Yokozuna (d. 1959)
  • 1893
    Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1974)
  • 1893
    Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)
  • 1895
    George Halas, American NFL co-founder (d. 1983)
  • 1896
    Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • 1897
    Aimé Avignon, France’s former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • 1897
    Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • 1900
    Willie Kamm, American baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1901
    Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian violinist (d. 1987)
  • 1902
    Jane Ising, German-born wife of Ernst Ising
  • 1902
    Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)
  • 1905
    Ayn Rand, Russian-born American author and philosopher (d. 1982)
  • 1908
    Wes Ferrell, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • 1909
    Frank Albertson, American actor (d. 1964)
  • 1912
    Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist (d. 1997)
  • 1912
    Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic (d. 2009)
  • 1913
    Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (d. 1985)
  • 1914
    Eric Kierans, Canadian politician and economist (d. 2004)
  • 1915
    Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • 1917
    Đỗ Mười, Vietnamese leader
  • 1918
    Hella S. Haasse, Dutch writer
  • 1919
    Georg Gawliczek, German football manager (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Bonita Granville, American actress (d. 1988)
  • 1923
    James Dickey, American poet and author (d. 1997)
  • 1923
    Liz Smith, American gossip columnist
  • 1923
    Red Schoendienst, American baseball player and manager
  • 1924
    Elfi von Dassanowsky, Austrian-born American producer and musician (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Jack Clemmons, American law enforcement officer (d. 1998)
  • 1925
    Elaine Stritch, American actress
  • 1926
    Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician
  • 1927
    Doris Sams, American baseball player
  • 1927
    Stan Getz, American musician (d. 1991)
  • 1928
    Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr, American civil rights activist (d. 1998)
  • 1929
    George Band, British mountaineer (d. 2011)
  • 1929
    Věra Chytilová, Czech director
  • 1931
    Dries van Agt, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977 until 1982
  • 1931
    Judith Viorst, American author
  • 1931
    Les Dawson, British comedian (d. 1993)
  • 1932
    Robert Mandan, American actor
  • 1933
    Than Shwe, ruler of Myanmar
  • 1933
    Tony Jay, English actor (d. 2006)
  • 1936
    Duane Jones, American actor (d. 1988)
  • 1937
    Anthony Haden-Guest British American writer
  • 1937
    Don Buford, American baseball player
  • 1937
    Remak Ramsay, American actor
  • 1937
    Tom Smothers, American musician and comedian
  • 1939
    Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (d. 2000)
  • 1940
    David Jason, English actor
  • 1940
    Thomas Disch, American science fiction author and poet (d. 2008)
  • 1940
    Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • 1941
    Lee Redmond, owner of the longest fingernails until February 10, 2009
  • 1941
    Terry Biddlecombe, English horse racing jockey
  • 1942
    Graham Nash, British-born American musician
  • 1943
    Susan Hanson, English actress
  • 1944
    Andrew Davis, British conductor
  • 1944
    Geoffrey Hughes, British actor
  • 1944
    Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • 1946
    Alpha Oumar Konaré, Mali politician
  • 1946
    Blake Clark, American actor
  • 1946
    Constantine Papadakis, Greek-American businessman (d. 2009)
  • 1947
    Farrah Fawcett, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1948
    Al McKay, American guitarist and songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1948
    Ina Garten, American author and TV personality
  • 1948
    Roger Williamson, English racecar driver (d. 1973)
  • 1949
    Brent Spiner, American actor
  • 1949
    Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish entrepreneur
  • 1949
    Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • 1949
    Ross Valory, American musician (Journey)
  • 1950
    Barbara Sukowa, German actress
  • 1950
    Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1950
    Osamu Kido, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1952
    John Cornyn, American politician, junior senator of Texas
  • 1953
    Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 1954
    Christie Brinkley, American model
  • 1954
    Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer and actor
  • 1954
    John Tudor, American baseball player
  • 1955
    Kim Zimmer, American actress
  • 1955
    Leszek Engelking, Polish poet, writer and translator
  • 1955
    Virginia Leng, British equestrian
  • 1957
    Phil Barney, French singer
  • 1958
    Michel Marc Bouchard, Canadian playwright
  • 1960
    Jari Porttila, Finnish sports journalist
  • 1961
    Lauren Lane, American actress
  • 1961
    Steve Penney, National Hockey League goaltender
  • 1962
    Andy Fordham, English darts player
  • 1962
    Michael T. Weiss, American actor
  • 1962
    Paul Kilgus, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Eva Cassidy, American singer (d. 1996)
  • 1963
    Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • 1965
    Carl Airey, English footballer
  • 1965
    Naoki Sano, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis player
  • 1966
    Robert DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • 1967
    Arturs Irbe, Latvian hockey player
  • 1967
    Laurent Nkunda, Congolese military leader
  • 1968
    Scott Erickson, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Sean Elliott, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Simon Wickham-Smith, British musician
  • 1968
    Thomas Teige, German martial artist, actor and record holder
  • 1969
    Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • 1970
    C. Ernst Harth, Canadian actor
  • 1970
    Jennifer Westfeldt, American actress
  • 1970
    Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1970
    Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • 1972
    Dana International, Israeli singer
  • 1972
    Melvin Mora, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1973
    Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
  • 1973
    Marissa Jaret Winokur, American actress
  • 1975
    Donald Driver, American football player
  • 1975
    Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • 1975
    Niclas Wallin, Swedish hockey player
  • 1975
    Todd Bertuzzi, Canadian hockey player
  • 1975
    Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • 1976
    James Hickman, British swimmer
  • 1976
    Lori Beth Denberg, American actress
  • 1977
    Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • 1977
    Shakira, Colombian singer
  • 1978
    Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • 1978
    Eden Espinosa, American singer and actress
  • 1978
    Rich Sommer, American actor
  • 1979
    Fani Chalkia, Greek hurdler
  • 1979
    Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • 1979
    Klaus Mainzer, German rugby player
  • 1979
    Shamita Shetty, Indian actress
  • 1979
    Urmo Aava, Estonian rally driver
  • 1980
    Angela Finger-Erben, German television presenter
  • 1980
    Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • 1980
    Radric Davis, American rapper
  • 1980
    Teddy Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Michelle Bass, English reality TV star and glamour model
  • 1982
    Brandy Talore, American pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Han Ga In, South Korean model/actress
  • 1982
    Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • 1983
    Alex Westaway, British musician
  • 1983
    Carolina Klüft, Swedish athlete
  • 1983
    Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • 1983
    Ronny Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983
    Will South, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1984
    Renn Kiriyama, Japanese actor
  • 1984
    Rudi Wulf, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1987
    Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player
  • 1987
    Martin Spanjers, American actor
  • 1990
    Dan Gosling, English footballer
  • 1992
    Danielle White, American singer
  • 1993
    Ravel Morrison, English footballer
  • 1995
    Paul Digby, English footballer

Who Died On February 2?

  • 1124
    Borivoj II, Duke of Bohemia
  • 1218
    Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (b. 1186)
  • 1250
    Eric XI of Sweden (b. 1216)
  • 1260
    Sadok and 48 Dominican martyrs from Sandomierz
  • 1294
    Louis II, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1229)
  • 1307
    Oljeitu Temur Khagan, Emperor of the Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty (b. 1265)
  • 1461
    Owen Tudor, Welsh founder of the Tudor dynasty of England
  • 1529
    Baldassare Castiglione, Italian writer (b. 1478)
  • 1580
    Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese retainer (b. 1558)
  • 1594
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer (b. 1525)
  • 1648
    George Abbot, English writer
  • 1660
    Gaston, Duke of Orléans, French politician (b. 1608)
  • 1660
    Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (b. 1615)
  • 1661
    Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
  • 1675
    Ivan Belostenec, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (born ca.1594)
  • 1688
    Abraham Duquesne, French naval officer (b. 1610)
  • 1704
    Guillaume François Antoine, Marquis de l'Hôpital, French mathematician (b. 1661)
  • 1712
    Martin Lister, English naturalist and physician
  • 1714
    John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (b. 1643)
  • 1723
    Antonio Maria Valsalva, Italian anatomist (b. 1666)
  • 1768
    Robert Smith, English mathematician (b. 1689)
  • 1769
    Pope Clement XIII (b. 1693)
  • 1802
    Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip, British statesman (b. 1713)
  • 1804
    George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
  • 1895
    Archduke Albert, Austrian general (b. 1817)
  • 1904
    William C. Whitney, American financier (b. 1841)
  • 1907
    Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist (b. 1834)
  • 1909
    Carlo Acton, Italian composer and concert pianist (b. 1829)
  • 1918
    John L. Sullivan, American heavyweight boxer (b. 1858)
  • 1925
    Jaap Eden, Dutch skater and cyclist (b. 1873)
  • 1926
    Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (b. 1848)
  • 1932
    Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader (b. 1880)
  • 1942
    Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1942
    Hugh D. McIntosh, Australian theatre entrepreneur (b. 1876)
  • 1944
    Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (b. 1882)
  • 1945
    Alfred Delp, German Jesuit priest, member of the German resistance (b. 1907)
  • 1945
    Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German politician, member of the German resistance (b. 1884)
  • 1945
    Johannes Popitz, Prussian finance minister, member of the German resistance (b. 1884)
  • 1948
    Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 1948
    Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • 1950
    Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1956
    Charles Grapewin, American actor (b. 1869)
  • 1956
    Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • 1957
    Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • 1959
    Buddy Holly, American rock and roll singer (b. 1936)
  • 1961
    Anna May Wong, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1962
    Shlomo Hestrin, Canadian-born Israeli biochemist (b. 1914)
  • 1969
    Boris Karloff, English actor (b. 1887)
  • 1970
    Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, English mathematician, writer and philosopher, Nobel laureate (b. 1872)
  • 1970
    Lawrence Gray, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1972
    Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • 1973
    Hendrik Elias, Belgian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1974
    Imre Lakatos, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1922)
  • 1979
    Sid Vicious, English musician (Sex Pistols) (b. 1957)
  • 1980
    Hanna Rovina, Israeli actress
  • 1980
    William Howard Stein, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1982
    Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b. 1905)
  • 1983
    Sam Chatmon, American blues musician (b. 1897)
  • 1986
    Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • 1987
    Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (b. 1922)
  • 1987
    Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1988
    Marcel Bozzuffi, French film actor (b. 1929)
  • 1988
    Panos Gavalas, Greek singer and musician (b. 1926)
  • 1989
    Arnold Nordmeyer, New Zealand politician (b. 1901)
  • 1989
    Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • 1990
    Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • 1992
    Bert Parks, American television host (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    Donald Pleasence, English actor (b. 1919)
  • 1995
    Fred Perry, British tennis player (b. 1909)
  • 1995
    Thomas Hayward, American tenor (b. 1917)
  • 1996
    Gene Kelly, American dancer, actor, and director (b. 1912)
  • 1997
    Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • 1997
    Sanford Meisner, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1999
    David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
  • 2002
    Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • 2003
    Lou Harrison, American composer (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Max Schmeling, German boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2007
    Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners) (b. 1939)
  • 2007
    Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • 2007
    Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • 2008
    Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • 2011
    Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • 2011
    Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)

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