What Happened On This Day – February 2
1990 The South African Apartheid system of racial segregation begins to disintegrate
President de Klerk announced the unbanning of the African Nation Congress (ANC) and his intentions to release Nelson Mandela.
1943 The Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end as the Axis Powers surrender
Germany's defeat marked a turning point in World War II.
1925 20 mushers embark on a journey to transport medicine to Nome, Alaska, inspiring the Iditarod Race
The Iditarod is the world's longest and most challenging dog sled race.
1922 “Ulysses” by James Joyce is published
The novel is considered one of the most important works of modernist literature.
1852 The first public flushing toilet is opened in London
Using the “Public Waiting Room” at 95 Fleet Street cost 2 pence.
Births On This Day – February 2
Colombian singer-songwriter, producer, actress
1963 Eva Cassidy
American singer, guitarist
1926 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
French politician, 20th President of France
1905 Ayn Rand
Russian/American author, philosopher
1882 James Joyce
Deaths On This Day – February 2
1996 Gene Kelly
American dancer, actor
1979 Sid Vicious
English singer, bass player
1972 Natalie Clifford Barney
American poet, playwright
1970 Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell
English mathematician, historian, philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate
1945 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler