Today in History, English
Today in History, English

14461February 5Holiday and observanceUnity Day (Burundi)
14462February 6Event1649 – The claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland is declared King of Great Britain, by the Parliament of Scotland. This move was not followed by the Parliament of England nor the Parliament of Ireland.
14463February 6Event1685 – James II of England and VII of Scotland becomes King upon the death of his brother Charles II.
14464February 6Event1778 – American Revolutionary War: In Paris the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce are signed by the United States and France signaling official recognition of the new republic.
14465February 6Event1788 – Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
14466February 6Event1806 – Battle of San Domingo: British naval victory against the French in the Caribbean.
14467February 6Event1815 – New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
14468February 6Event1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.
14469February 6Event1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society depart New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.
14470February 6Event1833 – Otto becomes the first modern King of Greece.
14471February 6Event1840 – Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony.
14472February 6Event1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
14473February 6Event1851 – The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria.
14474February 6Event1862 – American Civil War: Forces under the command of Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew H. Foote give the Union its first victory of the war, capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee in the Battle of Fort Henry.
14475February 6Event1899 – Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, is ratified by the United States Senate.
14476February 6Event1900 – The Permanent Court of Arbitration, an international arbitration court at The Hague, is created when the Senate of the Netherlands ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree.
14477February 6Event1914 – The Bondetåget, a peasant uprising in support of the monarchy, takes place in Sweden
14478February 6Event1918 – British women over the age of 30 get the right to vote.
14479February 6Event1919 – The five-day Seattle General Strike begins.
14480February 6Event1922 – The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.
14481February 6Event1934 – Far-right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.
14482February 6Event1942 – World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.
14483February 6Event1951 – The Canadian Army enters combat in the Korean War.
14484February 6Event1951 – The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The accident kills 85 people and injures over 500 more. The wreck is one of the worst rail disasters in American history.
14485February 6Event1952 – Elizabeth II becomes queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.
14486February 6Event1958 – Eight Manchester United F.C. players and 15 other passengers are killed in the Munich air disaster.
14487February 6Event1959 – Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.
14488February 6Event1959 – At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.
14489February 6Event1975 – A crucial by-election is held in Kankesanthurai, Sri Lanka.
14490February 6Event1976 – In testimony before a United States Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

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