Thursday, 2 February 2017


  • 1653 New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
  • 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 1901 Queen Victoria's funeral takes place in St. George's Chapel
  • 1922 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)
  • 1943 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • 1971 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself president (dictator) of Uganda

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