Today in History, English
Today in History, English

12691February 1Event1993 – Gary Bettman becomes the NHL's first commissioner
12692February 1Event1994 – Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which would eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.
12693February 1Event1996 – The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
12694February 1Event1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
12695February 1Event2001 – Putrajaya, the Malaysian administrative city, is declared a Federal Territory.
12696February 1Event2002 – Daniel Pearl, American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped January 23, 2002, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors.
12697February 1Event2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
12698February 1Event2004 – 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
12699February 1Event2004 – Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.
12700February 1Event2005 – King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
12701February 1Event2009 – The first cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was formed in Iceland, making her the country's first female prime minister and the world's first openly LGBT head of government.
12702February 1Event2012 – At least 72 people are killed and over 500 injured as a result of clashes between fans of Egyptian football teams Al-Masry and Al-Ahly in the city of Port Said.
12703February 1Event2013 – The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, is opened to the public.
12704February 1Birth1261 – Walter de Stapledon, English bishop and politician, Lord High Treasurer (d. 1326)
12705February 1Birth1402 – Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (d. 1445)
12706February 1Birth1459 – Conrad Celtes, German poet and scholar (d. 1508)
12707February 1Birth1462 – Johannes Trithemius, German lexicographer, historian, and cryptographer (d. 1516)
12708February 1Birth1501 – Queen Munjeong of Korea (d. 1565)
12709February 1Birth1552 – Edward Coke, English lawyer, judge, and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales (d. 1634)
12710February 1Birth1635 – Marquard Gude, German archaeologist and scholar (d. 1689)
12711February 1Birth1648 – Elkanah Settle, English poet and playwright (d. 1724)
12712February 1Birth1659 – Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (d. 1729)
12713February 1Birth1663 – Ignacia del Espíritu Santo, Filipino nun, founded the Religious of the Virgin Mary (d. 1748)
12714February 1Birth1687 – Johann Adam Birkenstock, German violinist and composer (d. 1733)
12715February 1Birth1690 – Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1768)
12716February 1Birth1701 – Johan Agrell, Swedish-German pianist and composer (d. 1765)
12717February 1Birth1710 – Konrad Ernst Ackermann, German actor (d. 1771)
12718February 1Birth1761 – Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, South African-French mycologist and academic (d. 1836)
12719February 1Birth1763 – Thomas Campbell, Irish minister and theologian (d. 1854)
12720February 1Birth1764 – George Duff, Scottish captain (d. 1805)

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