What are the important events that happened on February 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
February 2: Facts & Myths About This Day
February 2 is the 33rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 333 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 20, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,580,601,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘triacontatrigon’ day.
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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 376 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,599 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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February 2 Historical Events
Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum) a collection of Roman law.
New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
The Australian Premiers’ Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia’s capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne.
Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
World War II: The Battle of Stalingrad comes to conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of the Axis forces.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dog in Chinese astrology.
Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.
Hama Massacre: Syria attacks the town of Hama.
Who were born on February 2?
René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
Leo Fall, Austrian operatta composer (d. 1925)
Bonita Granville, American actress (d. 1988)
Geoffrey Hughes, British actor
Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
Aleksander Tammert, Estonian discus thrower
Radric Davis, American rapper
Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
Who died on February 2?
Ivan Belostenec, Croatian linguist and lexicographer (born ca.1594)
Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip, British statesman (b. 1713)
Carlo Acton, Italian composer and concert pianist (b. 1829)
Agha Petros, Assyrian nationalist leader (b. 1880)
Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
Shlomo Hestrin, Canadian-born Israeli biochemist (b. 1914)
Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (b. 1905)
Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
Lou Harrison, American composer (b. 1917)
Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
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