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On this day: February 2 | Historical Timeline

Learn the most important historical events that happened on this day: February 2

February 2, 962

Emperor Otto I crowned…

Emperor Otto I of the Holy Roman Empire is crowned by Pope John IB.

February 2, 1461

Battle of Mortimer Kroes

The Battle of Mortimer Kroes takes place in England, during the War of the Roses, as part of the conflict.

February 2, 1536

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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina, is founded by Pedro de Mendoza.

February 2, 1709

Robinson Crusoe

Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Defoe to write the book Robinson Crusoe.

February 2, 1848

Treaty of Guadeloupe

American-Mexican War: Treaty of Guadeloupe Hindalgo is signed.

February 2, 1868

Japan

The Tokugawa shogunate loses Osaka Castle to the Imperial Japanese Army, which burns it to the ground.

February 2, 1913

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New York

New York City’s Grand Central Terminal opens.

February 2, 1920

Tartu Treaty

Estonia and Russia sign the Tartu Treaty.

February 2, 1943

Battle of Stalingrad

During World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad comes to a close when the Soviet Union accepts the surrender of the Axis powers’ remaining 91,000 soldiers.

February 2, 1983

Cold War

US-USSR arms reduction discussions began.

February 2, 1989

Afghanistan

Following a nine-year occupation, Soviet forces finally leave Kabul.

February 2, 1990

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Romania

Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu’s four executives are given life sentence.

February 2, 1991

Albania – USA

The United States and Albania have their diplomatic relations re-established after 52 years.

February 2, 1991

Cyprus

In Cyprus, the Bush report on the Cyprus issue provokes strong reactions from the government and parties, in which Turkish intransigence is completely omitted.

February 2, 1994

Egypt

After the Security Forces killed seven of Jamaa el Islamiya’s members, the Islamist terrorist group declares that all foreigners must leave Egypt for their own protection.

February 2, 1995

Cairo

Israel, Jordan, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and Egypt meet for the first time as part of an effort to to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

February 2, 1995

NASA

The first flight of the Discovery space shuttle.

February 2, 2012

Papua New Guinea

The ferry MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea near the Finschhafen District, with an estimated 146–165 dead.

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