- February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 333 days remaining until the end of the year (334 in leap years).
- The preceding day is January 31.
- Next day is February 2.
February 1st Deaths (Here)
February 1 Events:
1327 – Edward III is crowned King of England as teenager, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella & her lover Roger Mortimer.
1411 – The First Peace of Thorn is signed in Thorn, Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights (Prussia).
1587 – Colony of Roanoke Island was established by the landing of Sir Walter Raleigh. Later known as the "Lost Colony"
1662 – The Chinese general Koxinga seizes the island of Taiwan after a 9-month siege.
1713 – The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery - the Ottoman sultan's order that King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized.
1790 – Supreme Court of the United States (in In New York City) attempts to convene for the first time.
1793 – French Revolutionary Wars - France declares war on the United Kingdom & the Netherlands.
1814 – Mayon Volcano, erupts in the Philippines.
1861 – American Civil War - Texas secedes from the United States.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1884 – First volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
1896 – The opera La bohème - premieres in Turin.
1897 – Shinhan Bank (oldest bank in South Korea) opens in Seoul.
1908 – King Carlos I of Portugal & his son, Prince Luis Filipe are killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
1918 – Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar.
1920 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin operations.
1924 – The United Kingdom recognizes the USSR.
1942 – Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government. (World War II)
1946 – Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.
1957 – Felix Wankel's first working prototype DKM 54 of the Wankel engine runs.
1958 – Egypt & Syria merge to form the United Arab Republic - lasted until 1961.
1958 – The United States Army launches Explorer 1.
1965 – Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada - renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill.
1968 – Vietnam War: The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan is videotaped & photographed by Eddie Adams.
1968 – The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army & the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces.
1968 – The New York Central Railroad & the Pennsylvania Railroad are merged to form the ill-fated Penn Central Transportation.
1972 – Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
1974 – Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
1978 – Roman Polanski (film director) skips bail & flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in illicit sex.
1979 – Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence (for bank robbing) is commuted by President Jimmy Carter.
1979 – Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
1982 – Senegal & the Gambia form a loose confederation known as Senegambia.
1992 – Bhopal Disaster case - Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear.
1993 – Gary Bettman becomes the NHL's first commissioner
1996 – The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disaster - Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts.
2004 – Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII.
2005 – King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
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