1st February, on this day

1119 Pope Callixtus II begins papacy
1327 Teenager Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.
1539 Emperor Karel and King François I sign anti-English treaty
1587 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs the warrant authorising the execution of Mary Queen of Scots
1662 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates
1669 French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion
1691 Pope Alexander VIII end his papacy
1702 Battle of Cremona was a battle of the War of the Spanish Succession
1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island (Fernandez Island) for 5 years, his story is the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe"
1717 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
1720 Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty
1732 Parliament of Ratisborn accept Pragmatic Sanctions
1742 Sardinia and Austria sign alliance
1783 William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex
1788 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs and Longstreet
1789 Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
1790 Supreme Court convenes for the 1st time (New York NY)
1793 Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, New York, for oiled silk and linen
1793 France declares war on England and Netherlands
1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
1810 1st insurance company managed by blacks (American Insurance Company of Philadelphia)
1810 Seville, Spain surrenders to the French
1810 US Population - 7,239,881; Black population - 1,377,808 (19%)
1814 Battle of La Rothière between the French Empire and Prussia
1814 Lord Byron's "The Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on the day of publication
1814 Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200
1860 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of New York NY
1861 Dike breaks in Gelderland, Netherlands
1861 Texas becomes 7th state to secede
1862 Julia Howe publishes "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1864 2nd German-Danish war begins
1864 Austrian/Prussian troops occupy Sleeswijk/Holstein
1865 In America, the signing of the Bill to abolish slavery in the United States
1865 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
1865 JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court, admitted to bar
1871 Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
1883 French Lieutenant-Colonel Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger
1884 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published
1887 Harvey Wilcox of Kansas subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
1892 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning the use of the "400" to describe the socially elite
1893 American inventor Thomas Edison opens the world's first film studio in New Jersey
1896 In the Greek-backed island of Crete, the start of a revolt against Turkey
1896 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin
1898 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Company
1899 The US flag is raised over the Pacific Island of Guam, formerly under Spanish control
1902 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
1905 Hungarian premier Tisza resigns
1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth KS
1906 English Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Grey's wife Dorothy fatally injured
1908 King Carlos I of Portugal and the Crown Prince are murdered in Lisbon. Prince Manuel succeeds as King Manuel II
1910 Britain opens its first Labour Exchange to help the unemployed find a job
1910 Dragoumis government forms in Greece
1914 Tanganyika Railway opens
1917 Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
1918 Russia adopts Gregorian calendar (becomes Feb 14)
1920 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul MN)
1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
1923 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel
1923 Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Mussolini
1924 Britain officially recognises the Communist-led government of the Soviet Union
1925 1st national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkämpferbund in Berlin
1930 In Britain, 'The Times' newspaper publishes its first crossword puzzle
1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
1933 German Parliament dissolves, General Ludendorf predicts catastrophe
1934 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his own
1935 1st "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol
1937 Stapleton, Staten Island becomes a customs-free port
1940 Russia begins new offensive against Finland
1942 2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms
1942 Rommel's forces reach El Gazala, Libya, near the border with Libya; during a "Winter lull" he will remain there.
1943 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier
1943 Mussert forms pro Nazi shadow cabinet (Netherlands)
1944 Supreme Soviet enlarges soviet republics' autonomy
1944 US 7th Infantry/25th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur
1944 The battles at both Monte Cassino and Anzio intensify.
1945 US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie
1946 Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Secretary-General of UN
1946 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president
1947 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of Christian-democrats and communists
1947 Dmitri Shostakovich named professor at conservatory of Leningrad
1948 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed
1948 Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates
1949 The end of clothes rationing in Britain - four years after the end of World War II
1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
1950 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
1950 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
1951 1st telecast of atomic explosion - US nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1951 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated
1951 Alfred Krupp and 28 other German war criminals freed
1951 UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea
1952 General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia
1953 Flooding in Netherlands, kills 1,835
1954 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
1955 H C Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
1957 Northeast Airlines Flight 823 was a scheduled flight departing from New York City's LaGuardia Airport en route to Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida on February 1, 1957, but crashed shortly after takeoff. - 20 fatalities
1957 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
1958 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
1958 Egypt and Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
1958 Formation of the United Arab Republic with a union between Egypt and Syria. The agreement is broken in 1961
1959 Swiss males vote against voting rights for women
1959 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
1960 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
1961 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
1961 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
1963 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
1964 Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 1st number 1 hit and stays for 7 weeks
1964 Suriname River dammed
1965 Martin Luther King Jr and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma AL
1967 Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million and 60 lives
1968 Famous photo Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head
1968 Former Vice-President Richard Nixon announces candidacy for President
1968 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi
1969 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert
1970 Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die
1970 West-Germany and USSR sign gas contract
1972 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
1972 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
1972 The British Embassy in Dublin is bombed as anti-British demonstrations sweep through Ireland
1974 Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs, who escaped from prison in England in the 1960s, is arrested in Brazil
1975 Otis Francis Tabler is 1st open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the US Defense Department
1976 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV
1976 Sonny and Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce
1977 Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives
1977 Official opening of the Pompidou Centre in Paris - designed by Richard Rogersa nd Renzo Piano
1978 Director Roman Polanski skips bail and fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
1978 Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
1979 Patricia Hearst is released from a San Francisco prison for bank robbery
1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
1982 Senegal and Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1983 TV-AM begins ITV breakfast television in Britain
1984 Ravindara Mhatrem, Indian diplomat, kidnapped in England (killed 0203)
1984 China and Netherlands regain diplomatic relations
1986 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
1989 'Guardian Angels' arrive in Britain from America - four US vigilantes set up branch in London to patrol the London Underground
1989 Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion
1989 Princess Diana of England visits New York. NY
1991 USAir Flight 1493, a Boeing 737, strikes a Fairchild Metro commuter plane waiting to take off from the same runway on which the Boeing 737 was landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Of the 101 people on both aircraft, 34 people, including all 12 aboard the Metro and 22 of the Boeing 737 passengers, are killed.
1991 President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws
1991 Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
1991 Battle of Khafji ends
1992 US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Camp David Declaration stating that Russia and the United States do not regard each other as potential adversaries
1993 Soyuz TM-16 lands
1994 Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean
2003 Seven Astronauts are killed as the Space Shuttle, Columbia, reenters the Earth's atmosphere
2004 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
2005 Nepal King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.

1st February 2006

Muhammad cartoon row intensifies

Saddam fails to appear in court

Bush urges end to oil 'addiction'

1st February 2007

Warming 'very likely' human-made

US warns Iran on Iraq insurgents

Dozens die in Iraq suicide blasts

1st February 2008

Twin bombs kill scores in Baghdad

Rebels battle near Chad capital

New cable cut compounds net woes

1st February 2009

Davos finds no answers to crisis

Israel vows tough rocket response

First gay PM for Iceland cabinet

1st February 2010

Female suicide bomber kills dozens in Iraq

9 killed in China bus 'rampage'

Obama unveils 2011 budget plans

Birthdates which occurred on 1st February :

1552 Sir Edward Coke England, jurist/politician (defended common law)
1603 Michael Trumper composer
1605 Isaac Aboab de Fonseca Portuguese/Netherlands rabbi/mystic
1633 Gabriel Schutz composer
1659 Jacob Roggeveen Dutch Swiss lawyer/navigator (Easter Island)
1669 Miguel Lopez composer
1690 Francesco Maria Veracini Italian opera composer
1710 Konrad E Ackermann German actor (Die Oberpfalz)
1757 John P Kemble England, actor/director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden)
1763 Thomas Campbell founder (Church of Disciples in America)
1789 Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chelard composer
1791 Charles J Sax Belgian music instrument builder
1801 Thomas Cole US, romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School)
1801 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad composer
1805 Auguste Blanqui France, revolutionary (workers' leader)
1807 Henri Klimrath French lawyer (Mémoire sur lesson Olim)
1807 William Bowen Campbell Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1810 Charles Lenox Remond Salem MA, famous black
1819 Henry Lawrence Eustis Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1885
1821 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg composer
1827 Alphonse de Rothschild French banker
1829 John Potts Slough Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1833 Henry McNeal Turner black methodist bishop
1839 James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak)
1841 William H H Davenport Buffalo, stage medium
1844 Granville Stanley Hall US, psychologist
1844 Eduard Adolf Strasburger German botanist (Angiospermen)
1848 Adhémar Esmein French lawyer
1859 Victor August Herbert Dublin Ireland, composer (Babes in Toyland)
1869 Johannes F "Frits" Bakker Sr actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap)
1872 Paul Fort French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
1873 Clara Butt Southwick Sussex, contralto (Country of Hope & Glory)
1874 Hugo von Hofmannsthal Austria, poet/dramatist/essayist
1875 Eddie Pola composer (Lullabye of Broadway)
1877 Thomas Frederick Dunhill composer
1878 Hattie Wyatt Caraway politician/teacher/1st woman elected to senate
1879 Sydney Baynes composer
1880 Antonio Guarnieri composer
1880 Francesco Balilla Pratella composer
1881 Jose Ignacio Quinton composer
1882 Louis St Laurent Compton Québec Canada, (L) 12th Canadian PM (1948-57)
1883 Jevgeni B Vachtangov Armenian/Russian actor/director (Eric XIV)
1884 Yevgeny Zamyatin Russia, novelist/playwright (We)
1885 Camille Chautemps premier France
1887 Dirk Roosenburg Dutch architect
1889 Gertrude Caton-Thompson British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, Southern Arabia)
1891 James Price Johnson composer
1892 K Rudolf Mengelberg composer/musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall)
1895 John Ford Maine, director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man)
1896 Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza General/President of Nicaragua (1937-56)
1897 Denise Robins London, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss)
19-- Bill Leydon Chicago IL, TV host (Musical Chairs)
19-- Don Amendolia Glassboro NJ, actor (Emory Battis-Twin Peaks, Dino-Mama Malone)
1900 Stephen Potter humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders)
1901 Clark Gable Cadiz OH, actor (Gone With the Wind)
1902 Langston Hughes poet/translator (The Weary Blues)
1902 Carlo Borbolla composer
1903 Georg Rendl Austria miner/bee-keeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
1904 S J Perelman Brooklyn NY, author/humorist (Around the World in 80 Days)
1905 Emilio Segre
1905 Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg
1906 Hildegarde Adell WI, night club singer (I'll Be Seeing You)
1906 Pierre Cardevielle French composer/conductor (Amants Captifs)
1907 John Canaday art critic (Metropolitan Museum of Art Portfolios)
1907 Alan Strode Campbell Ross professor (coined the terms U & non-U)
1907 Camargo Guarnieri Brazil, composer/conductor
1907 Günter Eich German literary (Underground Highway, Girls of Viterbo)
1907 Mozart Camargo Guarnieri composer
1907 Sándor Veress Hungarian pianist/composer
1908 Albie Booth collegiate Hall of Fame football star (Yale)
1908 Edward Staempfli composer
1908 George Pal Hungarian/US director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons)
1909 Douglas Hall Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
1909 Helen Chandler Charleston SC, actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula)
1910 H Stanley Cayzer
1910 Jahangir Khan cricketer (father of Majid, Indian player 1932-36)
1910 Michael Kanin Rochester NY, director/writer/actor (Woman of the Year)
1913 Jeffrey Kindersley Quill Test pilot
1914 Hans Zülig Swiss dancer
1915 Sir Stanley Matthews 1st British soccer player to be knighted
1916 Gordon Hobday Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)
1918 Maurice Laing life president (John Laing)
1918 Muriel Spark Edinburgh Scotland, novelist (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
1920 Pierre Jonquéres d'Oriola France, equestrian jumper (Olympics-gold-1952, 64)
1920 Kenneth Bond former vice-chairman
1921 Peter Sallis actor (Taste the Blood of Dracula)
1922 Renata Tebaldi opera singer (La Bohéme)
1922 Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski professor of Cushtic Languages
1922 Clifford McWatt cricketer (West Indies wicket-keeper in 6 Tests 1954-55)
1926 Douglas Johnson historian
1926 Peter Crill Bailiff of Jersey
1926 Stuart Whitman San Francisco CA, actor (Captain Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip, Revenge)
1927 Galway Kinnell Providence RI, author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares)
1928 Peter Gordon Dorrell archaeologist/photographer
1928 Sam Edwards physicist
1928 Thomas Eric Evans dean (St Paul's)
1928 Tom Lantos (Representative-D-CA, 1981- )
1928 Ursula Mamlok composer
1930 Peter Tapsell British MP
1931 Boris Yeltsin Ural Mountains USSR, president of Russian SSR
1931 Madeline Berthod Switzerland, downhill skier (Olympics-gold-1956)
1931 Barrel [ABM] Frinking, teacher/Dutch MP (CVP)
1931 Mark Richmond CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
1931 Ton [ABM] Frinking Dutch MP (CDA)
1932 John Hart Denver CO, newsman (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News)
1932 John Nott British MP
1933 Reynolds Price US writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light)
1934 Bob Shane vocalist (Kingston Trio-Scarlet Ribbons)
1935 Ruth Clarke Moderator (General Assembly of the United Reform Church)
1935 Vladimir Viktorovich Aksyonov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 22, T-2)
1936 G H Blake Principal (Collingwood College, Durham University)
1937 Don Everly Brownie KY, singer (Everly Brothers-Wake Up Little Susie)
1937 Ray Sawyer [Dr Hook] Alabama, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
1937 Garrett Morris New Orleans LA, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live, Martin, Carwash)
1938 Jacky Cupit golfer (Rookie of the Year 1961)
1938 Sherman Hemsley Philadelphia PA, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen)
1938 Jimmy Carl Black rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
1939 Del McCoury bluegrass singer/musician
1939 Paul E Gillmor (Representative-R-OH)
1939 Ray Sawyer rocker
1940 Herve Filion sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
1941 Anatoliy Firssov USSR, ice hockey play (Olympics-gold-1964, 68, 72)
1941 Franco Nones Italy, 30K cross country skier (Olympics-gold-1968)
1941 Robert Walmsley British Vice-Admiral
1942 Bibi Besch Vienna Austria, actress (Star Trek 2, The Beast Within)
1942 Dave Sincock cricketer (chinaman bowler played for Australia 1964-66)
1942 Terry Jones Colwyn Bay North Wales, actor/comedian (Monty Python)
1943 Tina Sloan New York, actress (Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow)
1943 Josceline Dimbleby cookery writer
1943 Lord Mountevans
1944 Leo Burmester Louisville KY, actor (Flo, Chiefs, The Abyss, Odd Jobs)
1944 Tommy Duffy rocker (Echos)
1945 Ole Buck composer
1946 Bert Braverman Los Angeles CA, actor (Bobby-Vega$, Roy-New Odd Couple)
1947 Adam Ingram British MP
1947 Terry Hibbitt soccer star
1948 Debbie Austin LPGA golfer
1948 Jennifer Adams superintendent (Central Royal Parks)
1949 Jimmy Lee Thorpe Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)
1951 Andrew Smith British MP
1951 Brandis Kemp Palo Alto CA, actress/comedienne (Fridays)
1952 Rick James [James Johnson], rock/soul/funk vocalist (Super Freak)
1953 Andy Mill skier/husband of Chris Evert
1953 C A Barnett headmaster (Whitgift School)
1954 Mike Campbell guitarist (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers-Breakdown)
1954 Billy Mumy California, actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte)
1955 Kate Ashbrook General Secretary (Open Spaces Society)
1957 Donna Adamek Duarte CA, bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81)
1958 Maureen Madill Coleraine Northern Ireland, golfer (British Open Amateur 1979)
1959 Anthony LaPaglia Adelaide South Australia, actor (Murder One, Criminal Justice, Betsy's Wedding)
1959 Carolyn Hill Santa Monica CA, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's Classic)
1959 Mike Horan NFL punter (New York Giants)
1959 Wade Wilson NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
1961 Daniel M Tani Ridley Park MD, astronaut
1961 Gabrielle Carteris Phoenix AZ, actress (Beverly Hills 90210)
1961 Gina Hull Jacksonville FL, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th)
1964 Jani Lane rocker (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
1964 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel musician
1964 Kaitlin Hopkins New York NY, actress (Kelsey-Another World)
1964 Sharon Bruneau Toronto Ontario, actress (Sensuous Muscle)
1965 Brandon Lee Emerson CO, actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo)
1965 Sherilyn Fenn Detroit MI, actress (2 Moon Junction, Twin Peaks)
1965 David Callaghan cricketer (South African all-rounder in one-dayers 1992)
1965 Stephanie Marie Elisabeth de Grimaldi Monte Carlo Monaco, Princess
1966 Donna Edmondson Greensboro NC, playmate of the year (November 1986)
1966 Eddie Zambrano Venezuelan/US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
1966 Michelle Akers Santa Clara CA, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
1967 Laura E Dern Los Angeles CA, actress (Blue Velvet, Mask, Smooth Talk)
1967 Tim Naehring Cincinnati OH, infielder (Boston Red Sox)
1968 George Quigley Jr Cincinnati OH, skeet (Olympics-1996)
1968 Javier Sanchez Spain, tennis star
1968 Kent Mercker Dublin OH, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles)
1968 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson Memphis TN, (Elvis' daughter)
1968 Mark Recchi Kamloops, NHL right wing (Montréal Canadiens)
1968 Pauly Shore Hollywood, comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man)
1968 Sean Millington CFL fullback (British Columbia Lions)
1969 Bryan Jacob Palatka FL, 59 kg (130 lbs) weightlifter (Olympics-1992, 96)
1969 John Moore Australian baseball catcher (Olympics-1996)
1970 Eric Mobley NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
1970 Malik Sealy NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers)
1971 Ajay Jadeja cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
1971 Derek Byrd NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
1971 Robert O'Neal WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
1971 Tommy Salo Surahammar Sweden, NHL goalie (Team Sweden, New York Islanders)
1972 [Thomas] Carlton Bruner US, 1500 meter freestyle swimmer (Olympics-96)
1972 Brian Krause actor (December, Sleepwalkers, Return to Blue Lagoon)
1972 Geoff Sanderson Hay River, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers)
1972 Richard Becker Aurora IL, outfielder (Minnesota Twin)
1973 Andrew DeClercq NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics)
1973 Elena Makarova Moscow Russia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Val)
1973 Michael Joyce Santa Monica CA, tennis star (1989 USTA National Boys' 18)
1973 Tlia Reima ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics-98)
1974 Jennifer Lien actress (Hannah Moore-Another World)
1974 Lisa Marie Scott Pensacola FL, playmate (February 1994)
1974 Randy Josselyn Los Angeles CA, actor (Fever Lake, Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure)
1974 Walter McCarty NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
1975 Martijn Reuser Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
1980 Courtney Hamilton Miss Arizona Teen-USA (1996)


Deaths which occurred on February 1st:
0656 Sigebert III king of Austrasia, dies at about 25
1204 Alexius IV Angelus regent of Byzantium (1203-04), murdered
1248 Hendrik II duke of Brabant (1235-48), dies
1294 Louis II the Stern, ruler of Upper-Bayern, dies
1328 Charles IV the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), dies
1502 Olivier de la Marche Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies
1542 Hieronymus Aleander [Girólamo Aleandro], Italian diplomat, dies at 61
1650 Rene Descartes philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking
1666 Sjihab al-Din Sultan C Shah Djahan mogol of India (Taj-Mahal), dies
1669 Abandoned child Huygens friend poet Catharina Questiers, buried at 31
1691 Alexander VIII [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80
1691 George Etherege English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56
1694 John L baron van Elderen 63rd bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73
1733 August II the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62
1743 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni Italian composer, dies at 85
1747 Jacobus E J Capitein Dutch slave/vicar/merchant, dies
1795 Giacomo Insanguine composer, dies at 66
1818 Giuseppi Gazzaniga composer, dies at 74
1824 Maria Theresia von Paradis composer, dies at 64
1832 Ecco Epkema Dutch classic linguist (Frisian/Old Frisian), dies at 71
1838 Abraham de Veer Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
1839 Giuseppe Valadier Italian architect/archaeologist, dies at 76
1851 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novelist (Frankenstein), dies at 53
1869 Frederik W Conrad hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer, dies at 68
1871 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov composer, dies at 51
1873 Matthew Maury hydrographer, dies
1875 William Sterndale Bennett composer, dies at 58
1877 Joseph-Leon Gatayes composer, dies at 71
1878 George Cruikshank English illustrator (Grimm), dies at 85
1883 Pavel Melnikov Russian historian/author, dies
1889 Joseph Gungl composer, dies at 78
1902 Salomon Jaoassohn composer, dies at 70
1903 George G Stokes British physicist/presidential Royal Society, dies at 83
1904 Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm Dutch historian/writer, dies at 76
1905 Oswald Aschenbach German painter, dies at 77
1908 Carlos I King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by mob at 44
1910 Otto Julius Bierbaum German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44
1916 Anton Simon composer, dies at 65
1922 William Desmond Taylor director/actor (Broken Coin), dies at 49
1929 August Otto Halm composer, dies at 59
1937 Marguerite Audoux writer, dies
1944 Martin Lunssens composer, dies at 72
1944 Piet Mondrian abstract painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71
1945 Johan Huizinga Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72
1946 Hans Betghe writer, dies at 70
1949 Herbert Stothart composer, dies at 63
1950 Harry Blomberg Swedish author (Jacobs Dröm), dies at 56
1954 Julius P Hoste Belgian minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69
1957 Friedrich von Paulus German field marshal (Stalingrad), dies at 66
1958 Clinton Joseph Davisson dies
1959 Madame Sul-To-Wan [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
1966 Nicholas Piantanida sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
1966 Buster Keaton [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69
1966 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75
1966 William Harrigan actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
1967 Ernie Bromley cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1933-34), dies
1967 Langston Hughes poet/translator (Weary Blues), dies on 65th birthday
1968 Lawson Little amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934, 35), dies at 57
1970 Blaz Arnic composer, dies at 69
1971 Jim A J Christy cricket (10 Tests for South Africa, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
1974 Lynda Ann Healy 1st Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle
1974 Marieluise Fleißer writer, dies at 71
1975 Richard Wattis actor (Dick & the Duchess, Liberace), dies at 62
1976 Edgar Pangborn sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
1976 Werner C Heisenberg physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
1977 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
1979 Mort Marshall actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
1980 Jack Bailey TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
1980 Romolo Valli actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
1981 Donald W Douglas US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
1981 Ernst Pepping composer, dies at 79
1981 Nils Geirr Tveitt composer, dies at 72
1981 Wanda Hendrix actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies
1983 Tullio Campagnolo Italian bicycle manufacturer, dies
1986 Alva Myrdal Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
1986 Dick James Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
1987 Erin Westmore makeup artist (Hollywood Backstage), dies at 82
1988 Heather O'Rourke "Poltergeist" star dies of intestinal ailment at 12
1988 Reinder Zwolsman Dutch businessman, dies at 75
1991 Carol Dempster actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
1991 H J van Ommeren-Averink Dutch MP (CPN), dies
1991 James G MacDonald cartoon voice (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
1991 Phil Watson NHL coach (New York Rangers), dies
1992 George Berkeley actor (Life Stinks, Captains & the Kings), dies at 70
1992 Irving R Kaufman federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
1994 Fouad Fram al-Boustani Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
1994 Olan Soule radio voice (Super Friends), dies of lung cancer at 83
1995 George Abbot director (Damn Yankees), dies at 107
1995 John Smith CEO (Liverpool FC), dies at 74
1995 Michael Caesar pope of pot, dies of liver cancer at 52
1996 Clive Burton neuropathologist, dies at 54
1997 Herb Caen columnist, dies of lung cancer at 80
1997 Mitchell Goodman writer, dies at 71
1997 Peter Morris historian of France, dies at 50
1997 Thelma Moss psychologist, dies at 78

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