Today in History for February 1st (Associated Press video)


1881 – The Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated by Act of Parliament in Ottawa (44th Vic., c.1).

1899 ~ Iceland’s 1st football club, Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, was founded.

1923 ~ The burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was unsealed by Howard Carter.

1930 ~ The Romanian Football Federation joined FiFA.

1937 ~ Wallace H. Carothers received a United States patent for nylon.

1959 ~ Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown (1st January).

1960 ~ The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton began the 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe.

1961 ~ Explorer program: Explorer 9 was launched.

1962 ~ The coastal areas of West Germany flooded and killed 315 people, and destroyed the homes of approximately 60,000 people.

1968 ~ The first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system went into service, in Haleyville, Alabama, USA.

1978 ~ CBBS, the 1st computer bulletin board system was created, in Chicago.

1983 ~ The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia killed 75 people.

1998 ~ China Airlines Flight 676 crashed into a road and residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan, and killed all 196 people on board, plus 7 others on the ground.

2000 ~ Emery Worldwide Flight 17 crashed shortly after take-off from Sacramento Mather Airport. The 3 crew members on board were killed.

2005 ~ The Kyoto Protocol came into force, after ratification by Russia.

2006 ~ The last Mobile army surgical hospital (M.A.S.H) was decommissioned by the United States Army.