Thursday, February 2, 2012

2nd of February

It is the 33rd day of the year, with only 332 days remaining.

506 - Alaric II, eighth kings of the Visigoths promulgates the Breviary of Alaric, a collection of Roman law.

1653 - New Amsterdam, later named The City of New York is incorporated.

1848 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed ending the Mexican-American War.

1848 - The first ship Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.

1876 - The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.

1887 - The Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.

1925 - Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.

1935 - Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine.

1943 - The Battle of Stalingrad comes to a conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of random Axis forces.

1971 - Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.

1974 - The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.

1980 - Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.

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.

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