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World Health Organization: World Cancer Day
(Annual observance on this date marking the anniversary of the first World Summit Against Cancer held in Paris on 4 February 2000)
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1865 Lila (Meade) Valentine (Virginia Champion of Women's Suffrage, Health and Education Reform) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Women's Suffrage Health Care Educators of Note Virginia Historical Society
1989 Nkosi Johnson (South African AIDS Advocate, Victim) South African Political and Social Leaders AIDS Human Rights/Civil Rights National Public Radio African American Registry
Sports Figures
1912 Byron Nelson (Texas-born Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame) Byron Nelson World Golf Hall of Fame
1913 Woody Hayes (Ohio-born Member of the College Football Hall of Fame) Ohio Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame
1959 Lawrence Taylor (Virginia-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Virginia Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1973 Oscar de la Hoya (California-born Latin-American Boxer) California Sports Figures Boxing Latin-American Sports Figures Biography.com
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2005 Max Schmeling (German Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) German Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame BBC
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1783 The First of Six Earthquakes Occurs Near Calabria, Italy That Will Be Responsible for 50,000 Deaths Over a 2-month Period Italy Earthquakes Death USGS
1797 Thousands Die as an Earthquake Levels the Ecuadorian Town of Riobamba Ecuador Earthquakes Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date Catholic Encyclopedia
1926 In Wales, England's Malcolm Campbell Sets a New World Land Speed Record of 174 mph Wales English Sports Figures Transportation Historic UK
1931 Malcolm Campbell Sets a Ground Speed Record of 245 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona Beach, Florida English Sports Figures Transportation Florida Historical Society
1932 Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt Opens the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, New York Lake Placid, New York Franklin Roosevelt 1932 Winter Olympics New York Times
1960 San Francisco Giants Officially Move into Their Offices at Candlestick Park San Francisco Baseball San Francisco Giants Historic Firsts Baseball Library Learn California
1965 8.7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Alaska's Rat Island Generates a Tsunami with 30-35' Waves Alaska Earthquakes Tsunami USGS
1975 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Causes 10,000 Deaths in China's Yingkou-Haicheng Area China Earthquakes Death USGS
1976 A Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras Guatemala Honduras Earthquakes Death History Channel USGS
1993 Boston Celtics Retire Larry Bird's Number 33 Massachusetts Sports Figures Larry Bird Basketball Hall of Fame Boston Celtics Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1997 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 88 People and Injures 2,000, While Destroying 5,500 Houses in in the Bojnurd-Shirvan Area in Northeast Iran Iran Earthquakes Death USGS
1998 A Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Kills 5,000 People in Northeastern Afghanistan Afgahnistan Earthquakes Death BBC USGS
2007 Tony Dungy (Colts) and Lovie Smith (Bears) Are the First Two African Americans to Coach Teams in the Super Bowl: Colts 29 Bears 17 Football African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts The Super Bowl

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