February 2nd

2011
Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged into Cairo's central square on horses and camels brandishing whips while others rained firebombs from rooftops in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault against protesters trying to topple Egypt's leader of 30 years.
2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State
2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni were married at the presidential Elysee Palace.
Nicolas Sarkozy
2007
The world's leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is "very likely" caused by humans and will be unstoppable for centuries.
Scientific opinion on climate change
2003
Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel stepped down after 13 years.
Václav Klaus
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.
Apartheid
1980
The Abscam scandal was revealed.
Abscam
1979
Punk rock musician Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols died of a drug overdose at age 21.
Sid Vicious
1971
Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda.
Idi Amin
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.
Timeline of World War II (1943)
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.
Ulysses (novel)
1901
Queen Victoria's funeral takes place in St. George's Chapel.
Funeral of Queen Victoria
1887
The first gathering at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsatawney, Pa. to wait for the groundhog's shadow occurred.
1876
The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York.
National League
1870
The Cardiff Giant was revealed to be a hoax.
Cardiff Giant
1852
The first public flushing toilet is opened in London. Using the “Public Waiting Room” at 95 Fleet Street cost 2 pence.
George Jennings
1848
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed. In the treaty, Mexico ceded to the United States a huge portion of what is today the American West and Southwest, including California and New Mexico.
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
1709
Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, was rescued after four years alone on an island off the coast of Chile.
Alexander Selkirk
1653
New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York).
New Amsterdam
1536
The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza.
Pedro de Mendoza