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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which National Wear Red Day can fall, while February 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Friday in February. (United States)
  • National Freedom Day (United States)
  • The start of Black History Month (United States and Canada)
  • The start of National Bird-Feeding Month (United States)

Events

  • 2009 – 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 gay head of government.
  • 2002 – 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.
  • 1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
  • 1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
  • 1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • 1946 – Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary-General.
  • 1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.
  • 1942 – World War II: U.S. Navy conducts Marshalls–Gilberts raids, the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater.
  • 1893 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.
  • 1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Texas secedes from the United States.
  • 1411 – The First Peace of Thorn is signed in Thorn (Toruń), Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights (Prussia).

Births

  • 1991 – Kyle Palmieri, American hockey player
  • 1988 – Brett Anderson, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Austin Jackson, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Ronda Rousey, American mixed martial artist and actress
  • 1986 – Lauren Conrad, American fashion designer and author
  • 1983 – Andrew VanWyngarden, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1983 – Kevin Martin, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Jason Isbell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Lari Ketner, American football player (d. 2014)
  • 1977 – Robert Traylor, American basketball player (d. 2011)
  • 1976 – Phil Ivey, American poker player
  • 1975 – Big Boi, American rapper and producer
  • 1974 – Walter McCarty, American basketball player and coach
  • 1973 – Andrew DeClercq, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Michael C. Hall, American actor and producer
  • 1970 – Malik Sealy, American basketball player and actor (d. 2000)
  • 1969 – Andrew Breitbart, American journalist, author, and publisher (d. 2012)
  • 1969 – Brian Krause, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Patrick Wilson, American drummer
  • 1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1968 – Pauly Shore, American comedian, actor, director, and producer
  • 1967 – Meg Cabot, American author and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Michelle Akers, American soccer player
  • 1965 – Brandon Lee, American actor and martial artist (d. 1993)
  • 1965 – Sherilyn Fenn, American actress
  • 1964 – Jani Lane, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)
  • 1961 – Daniel M. Tani, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1957 – Gilbert Hernandez, American author and illustrator
  • 1956 – Exene Cervenka, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Chuck Dukowski, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1951 – Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1950 – Mike Campbell, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1950 – Rich Williams, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1948 – Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2004)
  • 1947 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983)
  • 1944 – Mike Enzi, American soldier, accountant, and politician
  • 1944 – Petru Popescu, Romanian-American director, producer, and author
  • 1942 – Bibi Besch, Austrian-American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1941 – Jerry Spinelli, American author
  • 1939 – Joe Sample, American pianist and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1939 – Paul Gillmor, American lawyer and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1938 – Jacky Cupit, American golfer
  • 1938 – Jimmy Carl Black, American drummer and singer (d. 2008)
  • 1938 – Sherman Hemsley, American actor and singer (d. 2012)
  • 1937 – Don Everly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1937 – Garrett Morris, American actor and comedian
  • 1936 – Azie Taylor Morton, American educator and politician, 36th Treasurer of the United States (d. 2003)
  • 1928 – Tom Lantos, Hungarian-American academic and politician (d. 2008)
  • 1927 – Galway Kinnell, American poet and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Richard Hooker, American novelist (d. 1997)
  • 1923 – Ben Weider, Canadian businessman, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (d. 2008)
  • 1920 – Mike Scarry, American football player and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1909 – George Beverly Shea, Canadian-American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1908 – George Pal, Hungarian-American animator and producer (d. 1980)
  • 1905 – Emilio G. Segrè, Italian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)
  • 1904 – S.J. Perelman, American humorist and screenwriter (d. 1979)
  • 1902 – Langston Hughes, American poet, social activist, novelist, and playwright (d. 1967)
  • 1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960)
  • 1901 – Frank Buckles, American soldier (d. 2011)
  • 1898 – Leila Denmark, American pediatrician and author (d. 2012)
  • 1894 – James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (d. 1955)
  • 1894 – John Ford, American director and producer (d. 1973)
  • 1887 – Charles Nordhoff, English-American lieutenant, pilot, and author (d. 1947)
  • 1884 – Bradbury Robinson, American football player and physician (d. 1949)
  • 1878 – Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer and architect, designed the Grand Hotel Aranybika (d. 1955)
  • 1872 – Jerome F. Donovan, American lawyer and politician (d. 1949)
  • 1859 – Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)
  • 1851 – Durham Stevens, American lawyer and diplomat (d. 1908)
  • 1844 – G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist and academic (d. 1924)
  • 1820 – George Hendric Houghton, American clergyman and theologian (d. 1897)
  • 1663 – Ignacia del Espíritu Santo, Filipino nun, founded the Religious of the Virgin Mary (d. 1748)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Monty Oum, American animator, director, and screenwriter (b. 1981)
  • 2014 – Rene Ricard, American poet, painter, and critic (b. 1946)
  • 2013 – Cecil Womack, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2013 – Ed Koch, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Don Cornelius, American television host and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2007 – Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American playwright and composer (b. 1911)
  • 2005 – John Vernon, Canadian-American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003 – Mongo Santamaría, Cuban-American drummer and bandleader (b. 1922)
  • 2003 – crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia - David M. Brown, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1956)
  • 2003 – crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia - Kalpana Chawla, Indian-American engineer and astronaut (b. 1961)
  • 2003 – crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia - Laurel Clark, American captain, surgeon, and astronaut (b. 1961)
  • 2003 – crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia - Michael P. Anderson, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1959)
  • 2003 – crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia - Rick Husband, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1957)
  • 2003 – crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia - William C. McCool, American commander, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1961)
  • 1999 – Paul Mellon, American art collector and philanthropist (b. 1907)
  • 1997 – Herb Caen, American journalist and author (b. 1916)
  • 1996 – Ray Crawford, American race car driver, pilot, and businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1989 – Elaine de Kooning, American painter and academic (b. 1918)
  • 1981 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., American engineer and businessman, founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (b. 1892)
  • 1976 – George Whipple, American physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1878)
  • 1966 – Buster Keaton, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1895)
  • 1966 – Hedda Hopper, American actress and journalist (b. 1885)
  • 1959 – Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress (b. 1873)
  • 1958 – Clinton Davisson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1949 – Herbert Stothart, American conductor and composer (b. 1885)
  • 1944 – Piet Mondrian, Dutch-American painter (b. 1872)
  • 1940 – Philip Francis Nowlan, American author, created Buck Rogers (b. 1888)
  • 1928 – Hughie Jennings, American baseball player and manager (b. 1869)
  • 1924 – Maurice Prendergast, American painter (b. 1858)
  • 1922 – William Desmond Taylor, American actor and director (b. 1872)
  • 1893 – George Henry Sanderson, American lawyer and politician, 22nd Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
  • 1832 – Archibald Murphey, American judge and politician (b. 1777)
  • 1222 – Alexios Megas Komnenos, first Emperor of Trebizond
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