February 2 in History
1653February 2, 1653:
New Amsterdam (present-day New York City) is incorporated into a city through its reception of municipal rights.
1848February 2, 1848:
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed by Mexico and the United States.
1901February 2, 1901:
A state funeral is held in Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel for the fallen British monarch, Queen Victoria.
1912February 2, 1912:
The first movie stunt is performed by Frederick Rodman Law with a parachute from the Statue of Liberty.
1971February 2, 1971:
Idi Amin begins his reign as the self-declared President of Uganda.
1974February 2, 1974:
The song “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand peaks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1979February 2, 1979:
British punk rock band, the Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious is killed by a drug overdose in New York City.
1990February 2, 1990:
The ban on the African National Congress party of South Africa is finally lifted by the country’s President, F.W. de Klerk after 30 years, freeing Nelson Mandela from prison.
2012February 2, 2012:
An accidental heroin overdose kills American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
2014February 2, 2014:
The Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos to become Super Bowl XLVIII champions.