1st of FEBRUARY ~ HiSTORY ON THiS DAY

interesting  EVENTS on the 1st of FEBRUARY

  • 1662 ~ Taiwan seized by Chinese general Koxinga…
  • 1814 ~ Mayon Volcano erupted in the Philippines…
  • 1835 ~ Slavery abolished in Mauritius…
  • 1861 ~ Texas seceded in the American Civil War…
  • 1865 ~ 13th Amendment signed by Abraham…
  • 1884 ~ Oxford English Dictionary 1st volume published…
  • 1893 ~ Edison finished making 1st motion picture studio…
  • 1896 ~ La bohème premiered in Turin
  • 1897 ~ The oldest bank in South Korea opened…
  • 1918 ~ Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar…
  • 1942 ~ Voice of America began broadcasting…
  • 1946 ~ The Parliament of Hungary abolished the monarchy…
  • 1953 ~ North Sea flood of 1953…
  • 1960 ~ Greensboro sit-ins began…
  • 1964 ~ The Beatles had their 1st number 1 hit in USA…
  • 2003 ~ Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry…
  • 2009 ~ The 1st cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir formed…
  • 2013 ~ The Shard building opened to the public…

…see the main History Timeline below for more details, including videos, images, maps, links & many more interesting events

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

The 1st of FEBRUARY HiSTORY TiMELiNE

1662 ~ The Chinese general Koxinga seized the island of Taiwan after a 9 month siege.

1814 ~ Mayon Volcano erupted in the Philippines, killing about 1,200 people.

1835 ~ Slavery was abolished in Mauritius.

1861 ~ Texas seceded from the United States in the American Civil War.

1865 ~ President Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1884 ~ The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published (A to Ant).

1893 ~ Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the 1st motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey, USA.

1895 ~ Fountains Valley, Pretoria, the oldest nature reserve in Africa, was proclaimed by President Paul Kruger.

1896 ~ La bohème premiered in Turin at the Teatro Regio, conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

1897 ~ Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opened in Seoul.

1918 ~ Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar.

1942 ~ Voice of America began broadcasting official external radio and television programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.

1942 ~ Mao Zedong made a speech on “Reform in Learning, the Party and Literature”, which put the Yan’an Rectification Movement into motion.

1946 ~ The Parliament of Hungary abolished the monarchy after 9 centuries, and proclaimed the Hungarian Republic.

1953 ~ North Sea flood of 1953 was caused by a heavy overnight storm in the Netherlands, Belgium and U.K.

1960 ~ Greensboro sit-ins began when 4 black students staged the first a series of nonviolent protests, with a sit-in at a lunch counter at Woolworth department store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Within 3 months this event spread to more than 55 cities in 13 U.S. states, which led to the removing of racial segregation in Woolworth department stores in the Southern United States.

1964 ~ The Beatles had their 1st number 1 hit in the United States with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

1965 ~ The Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada was renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill.

1989 ~ Kalgoorlie and Boulder, 2 Western Australian towns amalgamated to form the City of Kalgoorlie – Boulder.

2003 ~ Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during the re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard, during mission STS-107.

2009 ~ The 1st cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was formed in Iceland, making her the country’s 1st female prime minister, and the world’s 1st openly gay head of government.

2013 ~ The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, was opened to the public, in Southwark, London.