This Day in History – February 2

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February 2

History written in textbooks may seem boring, but do you know that history is being every day we live? The beauty of history is such that a past moment becomes a part of it and indicates the coming future. From wars, truces, treaties, births, deaths, discoveries, breakthroughs, and much more, let us recall the events that happened through the years on this day in history – February 2.

962: Otto I crowned the King
Pope John XII crowned German King Otto I, The Great Emperor. 

1032: Conrad II succeeded Rudolf III
The Holy Emperor, Conrad II became the King of Burgundy, succeeding Rudolf III

1141: Battle of Lincoln
King Stephen was captured by soldiers of Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester. 

1349: Black Death
Around 200 people a day were buried in London who succumbed to the Black Death Plague.

1637: El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las premiered 
Zorrilla El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las was premiered on February 2, 1637 in Madrid.

1709: Alexander Selkirk rescued by William Dampier
British Sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued by William Dampier after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. 

1731: Poro by George Handel premiered in London
The opera Poro by George Handel premiered in London.

1787: Arthur St. Clair was elected as the President of Continental Congress
Arthur St. Clair was elected as the 9th President of Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

1802: First Leopard exhibited in the US
The first leopard to be exhibited was in Boston, the USA. It was for an amount of 25 cents per person.

1869: Tempered Steel Plow Blade invented
James Oliver invented a removable Tempered Steel Plow Blade on February 2, 1869. 

1870: Cardiff Giant Exposed
The Cardiff Giant which was thought to be a petrified human giant was revealed to be made of Gypsum.

1878: Greece versus Turkey
Greece declared war on Turkey.

1892: Longest Boxing Match
77 rounds were fought between Harry Sharpe and Frank Cosby in Illinois, making it the longest boxing match.

1901: Queen Victoria’s Funeral
Queen Victoria’s funeral took place in St. George’s Chapel, England.

1931: Rocket Mail Service
A rocket was used for the first time to deliver mail in Austria on February 2, 1931.

1933: Adolf Hitler dissolved the Reichstag
Just 2 days after being the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolved the German Reichstag.

1962: 8 out the of 9 planets aligned
For the first time in 400 years, 8 out of the 9 planets aligned together.

1991: US postage cost raised
US postage cost was raised from 25 cents to 29 cents.

1998: DC-9 Crashed
Philippine DC-9 crashed and all 104 onboard perished in the horrible accident.

2012: Cold Snap in Europe
Cold Snap killed more than 100 people in Europe on February 2, 2012.

2016: First case of Zika in the US
The first case of Zika virus was contracted on the US mainland in Texas. 

2019: 40 mummies discovered
40 mummies from 320-30 BC were discovered at a burial site at Cairo, Egypt.

Famous Birthdays

  • Shakira, a Pop Singer
  • Chad Franke, a Youtube Star
  • Gerard Pique, a Soccer Player
  • Ingrid Nilsen, a Youtube Star
  • P.O., a Rapper 
  • Ellie Bamber, an Actress
  • Southside, a Music Producer
  • Christie Brinkley, a Model
  • Harry Winks, a Soccer Player

These were the most historical events that happened in world history on February 2. Stay tuned to Leverage Edu and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Quora, Facebook for more educational content.

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