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FEBRUARY 2

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1754 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand (French Statesman) French Political and Social Leaders
1803 Albert Sidney Johnston (Kentucky-born Confederate General) Albert Sidney Johnston American Civil War History Channel
1842 Knute Nelson (Norwegian-American Governor of Minnesota; U.S. Senator from Minnesota) Norwegian Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Minnesota Historical Society
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1804 George Walton (Virginia-born Signer of the Declaration of Independence for Colonial Georgia) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Colonial Georgia Declaration of Indpendence University of Georgia
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1536 The Argentine City of Buenos Aires Is Founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain Argentina Spain New York Times
1620 María Coronel Takes Her Religious Vows and Becomes María de Jesús the Mystic "Woman in Blue" Spanish Political and Social Leaders New Mexico Texas Native American Heritage Catholicism Texas State Historical Society
1790 In New York City, U.S. Supreme Court Meets for the First Time: Chief Justice John Jay Presiding New York City U.S. Supreme Court Historic Firsts Oyez (pdf)
William Cushing (MA) Sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Massachusetts President George Washington U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
John Blair (VA) Sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Virginia President George Washington U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1812 Russians Establish Fort Ross North of San Francisco Russia California Forts History Channel
1819 Supreme Court Rules NH Cannot Take Control of Dartmouth College New Hampshire U.S. Supreme Court Education Oyez
1841 Lincoln Votes to Reduce the Size of Future Illinois Counties from 400 to 325 Square Miles Illinois Counties Abraham Lincoln Law and Legal Resources Lincoln Logs
1848 Treaty of Hidalgo Ends Mexican-American War: Mexico Cedes Territory for $15M Mexico Arizona California Colorado Nevada New Mexico Texas Utah Mexican-American War Treaty of Hidalgo New Mexico Magazine
1850 Abraham Lincoln Buries His Three-Year-Old Son, Eddie Abraham Lincoln Death Lincoln Logs
1859 27-year-old Miguel Miramón Sworn in as Mexico's Youngest President Ever Mexico Mexico Connect
1861 Mexican Government Passes "Printing Law" Ensuring Freedom of the Press Mexico Journalism Mexico Connect
Florida's Governor Asks Legislature to Strengthen State's Militia for Protection Against Union Attack Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1862 President Lincoln Discusses Issues of Slavery with Poet/Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Logs
Confederate War Department Requisitions Two-and-one-half Regiments from the State of Florida Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Sends Condolences to Hawaiian King Kamehameha V, on Death of His Brother Hawaii Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Logs
President Lincoln Approves Removal of Trade Restrictions with West Virginia within Union Lines West Virginia Abraham Lincoln Economics Lincoln Logs
1865 President Lincoln Discusses Conditions for Peace with Representatives of the Confederacy Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Logs
Confederate Major General Sam Jones Assumes Command of the District of Florida Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1870 Georgia General Assembly Ratifies the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Georgia 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Voting Rights Human Rights/Civil Rights University of Georgia
1934 The U.S. Export-Import Bank Is Authorized U.S. Government International Trade U.S. Treasury
1942 Vidkun Quisling Is Installed as Prime Minister of Nazi-occupied Norway Norwegian Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany Jewish Virtual Library History Channel
1943 Battle of Stalingrad Ends, Soviet Troops Take 90,000 Nazis Prisoner Nazi Germany The Soviet Union Battle of Stalingrad History Channel New York Times BBC
1948 President Truman Announces Steps Taken to Immediately Eliminate Discrimination in the Military U.S. Congress Ten Points Civil Rights Message Human Rights/Civil Rights African American History Truman Library
1949 U.S. Rejects Stalin Proposal for Summit in Russia Josef Stalin President Harry Truman Cold War History Channel
1953 President Eisenhower Announces the Withdrawal of the U.S. 7th Fleet from the Taiwan Strait China Taiwan President Eisenhower Naval History Cold War Asian History
1962 First U.S. Air Force Plane Crashes in South Vietnam Vietnam War Aviation History Historic Firsts History Channel
1970 Antiwar Protestors Sue Dow Chemical Over Napalm Production Vietnam War Dow Chemical Law & Legal Resources History Channel
1971 Idi Amin Assumes Power in Uganda Following Ouster President Milton Obote Uganda History Channel
1972 Irish Protestors Burn Down the British Embassy in Dublin Ireland Great Britain BBC
1976 U.S. Senate Hearings Reveal That U.S. Business Have Bribed Japan's Former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei Japan Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Business Crime Asian History
1980 Reports Surface of "Abscam", an FBI Sting Operation Targeting Congress U.S. Congress The FBI Crime History Channel
1987 Islamic Terrorists Kidnap Church of England Envoy, Terry Waite, in Beirut, Lebanon British Political and Social Leaders Lebanon Islam Terrorism BBC
1989 Apartheid Advocate, P. W. Botha, Resigns as President of South Africa's National Party P. W. Botha Apartheid South African History
1990 South African President F.W. de Klerk Dismantles Apartheid F.W. de Klerk Apartheid South African History BBC
1994 President F.W. de Klerk Announces Dates for South Africa's First Non-Racial Elections F.W. de Klerk Elections South African History

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