1 February

1 February

February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 333 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about February 1st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 1st in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Baked Alaska Day
  • Car Insurance Day
  • Decorating With Candy Day
  • National Serpent Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – February 1

2003: Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates on its way back to Earth

All 7 astronauts were killed in the disaster.

1979: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exileHis triumphant return marked the beginning of the Iranian Revolution.

1968: Eddie Adams takes one of the Vietnam War’s best-known pictures

The image of the execution of a Vietcong officer in Saigon helped build opposition to the war.

1960: Four black students start the Greensboro sit-ins

Their refusal to leave a “whites only” lunch counter was a milestone in the fight against racial segregation in the United States.

1884: The first fascicle of the “Oxford English Dictionary” is published

The book contained entries A to Ant.

1969: Al Fatah fighters in training near Amman, Jordan, 1969.

Al Fatah fighters in training near Amman, Jordan, 1969.

1960: Gasping for breath, James Bevel and John Lewis are trapped inside a restaurant, a White Tower burger joint, filled with insecticide gas when the manager turns on a fumigating machine to disrupt a sit-in. Nashville, Tennessee, United States. February 1960.

Gasping for breath, James Bevel and John Lewis are trapped inside a restaurant, a White Tower burger joint, filled with insecticide gas when the manager turns on a fumigating machine to disrupt a sit-in. Nashville, Tennessee, United States. February 1960.

1937: “Broke, baby sick, and car trouble!” – Dorothea Lange’s photo of a Missouri family of five in the vicinity of Tracy, California (20 miles SW of Stockton) February 1937

“Broke, baby sick, and car trouble!” – Dorothea Lange’s photo of a Missouri family of five in the vicinity of Tracy, California (20 miles SW of Stockton) February 1937

1936: A street barber in Cairo. Egypt, 1936.

A street barber in Cairo. Egypt, 1936.

1876: Making the flame of Liberty, 1876

Making the flame of Liberty, 1876

1864: February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Tent of A. Foulke, sutler, 1st Brigade, Horse Artillery

February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Tent of A. Foulke, sutler, 1st Brigade, Horse Artillery

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, February 1

1946: Elisabeth Sladen, English actress

1931: Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician, 1st President of Russia

1901: Clark Gable, American actor

1894: John Ford, American director

1552: Edward Coke, English judge, politician

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, February 1

2002: Hildegard Knef, German actress

1981: Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer

1976: Werner Heisenberg, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

1966: Buster Keaton, American actor, director, producer

1851: Mary Shelley, English author


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